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last years legend 8000's or this years and what length and binding mounting point?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all the earlier advice, from all the searching i have done the new ski is going to be legend 8000 however i have a choice..... If i didn't have a choice it would probably be easier!!

About me: 42 years, 5 foot 8 inches, 170 lbs have been skiing for 12 years, about 25 days a season. Reasonably fit, but could be better. About a level 6 to 7. Enjoy short turns and control and these are going to be used off piste and on loads of snow on piste days. (used to bandit xx 170cm, volkl 4 stars 168cm, dynastar speed carve 63 170cm)

I can have last years ski at a good price in 165cm or this years in 172cm or 165cm which do i go for? The other complication is I have read here is that the mounting point has moved back 1.5cm. I also have very small feet (boot size 24.5), not sure if that makes a difference? The shop suggests that the 172cm would be the best size and I they can mount the binding wherever i want, but where? I assume the further back the mounting point to better tip float, but slower turn initiation?

Any help would be appreciated?

Thanks

Richard

Do legends ski short due to the turned up tail?
post #2 of 11
The Legends do ski shorter and I'd suggest the 172cm if you want this as your soft snow ski.

As you set on a binding? I set my 8000's up with a Tyrolia railflex binding mounted on the center point, but the railflex allows me to move either +/- 1.5 easily. This allows me some flexibility depending on snow conditions and eliminated the concerns re: binding placement.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
I am a bit stuck with look pivot 12, my favourite binding, but can't be moved. Hence the problem?

Richard
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by carroz
I am a bit stuck with look pivot 12, my favourite binding, but can't be moved. Hence the problem?

Richard
In that case, I'd mount it at the center point.
post #5 of 11
I am also 5'8" but have about 20 lbs on you Get the 172 mount the Look Bindings on center. Shack skis and bindings vigirously for 5 a few mins serve over at least 6" of fresh crisp powder. Now enjoy this very addictive mixture
post #6 of 11
Go with the 172 CM length. There is no difference in the ski other than cosmetics from last years model to this years model. As others have mentioned, mounting at the center point will give you a great ride.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hi, Thank you all for the advice, 172cm it is, especially as they ski short. On the question of center mounting the bindings Any ideas why the mounting point was moved back from last year? and what effect it would have if i moved it forward? its just with my small boots i am slightly back from the ball of foot point anyway.

Richard
post #8 of 11
I believe the mounting point being moved back 1.5 cm from last year's to this year's model is actually for the Legend 8800, not the 8000?

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...0+1.5+cm+mount

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...0+1.5+cm+mount
post #9 of 11
I've been on the legend 8000 for over a year, its a great all round ski, if you are comfortable with hard carving and like tight places go with the 165, I ski pretty fast and have had no problems with chatter or squirellyness as long as the ski is on edge. If you want a cruiser go with the 172. I'm 5'11'', weigh 165 and am in good shape. The local guys set me up with a marker piston and I leave it on 75% of the time. The legend is real sensitive to maintaining its edge anle all the way up to the tip and to the tail. Do not detune it or the ski will get a mind of its own. Enjoy the ski.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
From what i have read it is both models have been moved back, 8000 and 8800. Will be going with the 172cm as they are going to be a soft snow ski and perhaps more surface area will be useful, i know the 165 will be quicker, but as they ski short and with all my stuff on (boots and hydrator pack(how i ever skied all day without that....)) i am probably nearer to 175 to 180lbs so the 172cm will be the one. The shop are hopefully going to ask dynastar why the mounting point was moved, and will go from there. Thank you to everyone who assisted in my decision, i will post what i think of them after our trip to colorado in about a month, i am really looking forward to using them in lots of snow

Richard
post #11 of 11
Let us know what the shop says about the mounting position. I am very curious to know what the difference is and why.

I have the 05/06 Legend 8000s, and mounted it at the factory position, and had no problems with it. It was very quick and (of course) stable, and I did not find myself falling into the back seat at all.
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