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Yet another round of "How long should my skis be?"!

post #1 of 10
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I'm about 6'3", 240lbs, aggressive skiier, what sized shaped skis should I be looking at? I haven't actually bought skis in many years :P

Also, should twintips be the same length as single tips?

Edit: They'd need to be an allmountain ski, capable of deep pow

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 05, 2001 05:44 PM: Message edited 1 time, by grue ]</font>
post #2 of 10
I am 6 foot and 200 lbs and I ride a 177 in my twins and 188 in my xxx's. As for length it all depends on skiing style and what kind of ski you are looking for. For an all mountain ski I would look in the upper 180's to lower 190's at your weight. I think this would be a good compermise between stability and manoverability. As for twins the real reason that they are shorter is because they are made for manoverability and a shorter length makes this much simpiler. I mainly ride my 1080's which are 177's and have no problems with them. They are great all mountain skis and are a blast to ride. As a rule of thumb I would go shorter because that is was the skis and made for now.
post #3 of 10
You need biiiiiiiiig skis, long i mean, well compared me at my whole 140 pounds... You would be looking at the longest lengths that are available in most skis. No matter what ski you buy you will be on the longest length possible i would guess... i usually ski the shortest length in my race skis and mid range for all mountain skis. Im guessing youre not looking into slalom race skis... thats where it gets tricky, so we wont go there since you wanna ride pow. Look at mid fat skis or even fat skis that are in the 190's range. Any ski you pick as long as it is one of the longest lengths available will be fine, im guessing youre looking into an expert ski so stiffness should not be a problem. Have fun shopping!!
post #4 of 10
The question is somewhat vague. How much fuel should you put in your car? It depends how fast, agro, and far you want to go doesn't it? Same with ski lengths. Figure out what you want your skis to do for you, then you can narrow you search. With the info we have now, I'd suggest shaped skis from 180cm to 198cm.

As to the twin tips, determine a length for single tips you need. Then we answer with all the info.
post #5 of 10
I will take 180 for $1,000.00, Bob!
post #6 of 10
I am of somewhat similar statue as you (6'4", 250#); I'm an intermediate skier and found that for most of the skies that I demoed a length of 190+ cm ended up working best for me, but I finally ended up buying a pair of Volant T3 Super's at 188 cm (which is actually a little shorter than Volant themselves recommend for me). I think the best thing is to just demo a lot of skis before buying. We are well out of the normal range and therefore skies may behave quite differently for us than for most people i.e., a lot of normally sound opinions do not really count for us.

On a final note: buy something with wooden cores, they will last better under your weight than foam cores.
post #7 of 10
It's kind of like when Lincoln was asked how long a man's legs should be. He answered, "Long enough to reach the ground."

In general, shaped skis tips should curl over just above the head. From there it's a matter of what you will do with them and personal choice. A bit longer for more high speed stability, a bit shorter for quicker turns. Stiffer, softer, again a matter of choice.
post #8 of 10
Dude, you need 225's for sure.
post #9 of 10

For groomed 180-185.
For crud [ chopped up powder, ] powder you will need more flotation, due to your size. You will need at least a 188-193 cm ski with a waist width of at least 70mm.

As to specific brands, Atomics, K2's, Salomon, Volants [ if you can find them ] Volkl's.

Also they will be shaped skis, so I suggest a private lesson on day one of using your new shaped skis. The skiing technique for shaped skis is different so, if you don't take the lesson, you will be struggling until you do.

After all, whats $30-50 when compared to the cost of your new boots [ you need those as well if yours are more than four seasons old ]skis, and bindings. Do it right get foot beds and an alignemnt doen as well.So you are going to be investing at least $750.00-1000.00 US to get what you need, so a private lesson to learn how to use your new investment is minimal.

If you are a fast study and can take ideas and easily translate them into the appropriate physical action, then Lito Tejada-Flores' new book "Breakthrough on the New skis" is exactly what you are looking for. You can order it from Amazon.com.

Good Luck and ....

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 06, 2001 02:31 PM: Message edited 1 time, by wink ]</font>
post #10 of 10
I think the best answer to your question is to decide on what you want to ski to limit your choices, then go to a demo day or even rent, and try the same skis in different lengths. Do you mainly ski at high speeds? If so, you'd prefer the stability of a bigger ski. If your just hitting tame groomers at slow speeds, you could go a little shorter. At your weight, you'd want a 190cm minimum. I'm 5'11, 195lbs, a strong skier and I ski a 192cm mid-fat. I've got about 5 days in on my new Dynastar Bigs (a fat ski, 194cm) and they are definitely not to long.

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