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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
First time poster. Great forum. Based on feedback, I am going to be picking up some K2 PE's for all mountain and park. I'm 35 y/o, 5'10" and 150lbs. Advanced aspiring expert/athletic/fairly aggressive. California based, so ski mostly in Tahoe.

I'm thinking either the 169 or 174? Suggestions?

Thanks for your help.
post #2 of 14
You could get by with either. 5 cm on that ski doesn't mean much. My son is about your height and 190 pounds. He skis it in a 169cm.

BTW--Backcountry.com has (or at least had) the PE for $279 with free shipping.
post #3 of 14
For reference
Im 5'10 165# and skied on the 179s for a day.
Lots of fun everywhere until I started to do some bumps.
Apparently K2s measure short so that 179 was really like a 182 or so I hear. Not that 3cm makes a huge difference, but when I wanted to ski the 174...well you get the idea. I really think 174s would have been perfect for me.

For you, Id say the 169 for all mountain usage with bumps and trees and tight spots or the 174 for faster bigger turns. But honestly, if you want more of a big mountain ski for tahoe, you probably should be looking at something other than a K2 PE.
post #4 of 14
169 too short, 174 or 179 for sure, especially if you are mounting them more forward for park, 169 will have no tip and be brutal in soft snow.
post #5 of 14
For all around freeskiing, 174cm.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by pechelman
For reference
Im 5'10 165# and skied on the 179s for a day.
Lots of fun everywhere until I started to do some bumps.
Apparently K2s measure short so that 179 was really like a 182 or so I hear. Not that 3cm makes a huge difference, but when I wanted to ski the 174...well you get the idea. I really think 174s would have been perfect for me.

For you, Id say the 169 for all mountain usage with bumps and trees and tight spots or the 174 for faster bigger turns. But honestly, if you want more of a big mountain ski for tahoe, you probably should be looking at something other than a K2 PE.

Actually, the quoted lengths are straight-line from tip to tail, and are right on the money. Due to the twin tips, they ski a lot shorter than the advertised length. A 179cm PE is equivalent to about a 170cm traditional ski, in terms of active edge length. You lose a lot of ground contact with the twin tips. Great skis though, I highly recommend them!
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the feedback. The 174's sound like the right size. Gonna go pick them up on Friday. Hopefully will have them ready for the weekend after.

I've read that they have different mounting options in terms of fore/aft. PE users, where did you mount your bindings? Any recommendations?
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by skier219
Actually, the quoted lengths are straight-line from tip to tail, and are right on the money. Due to the twin tips, they ski a lot shorter than the advertised length. A 179cm PE is equivalent to about a 170cm traditional ski, in terms of active edge length. You lose a lot of ground contact with the twin tips. Great skis though, I highly recommend them!
then i guess its a factor of the other skis compared to it were measured long, like some 180 explosivs.
thanks for the clarification
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by 4shaw
Thanks for the feedback. The 174's sound like the right size. Gonna go pick them up on Friday. Hopefully will have them ready for the weekend after.

I've read that they have different mounting options in terms of fore/aft. PE users, where did you mount your bindings? Any recommendations?
For freeskiing, the most rearward line.
post #10 of 14
I am 5'10" 160 and have the 169. I would definately go with the 174 if not the 179. I find my skis too short but am stuck with them, not complaining too much cuz they are still really fun and good skis.
post #11 of 14
How much did you get your PE's for, 4Shaw? I'm looking at getting some myself.
post #12 of 14
I am as well but I live in Canada so if anyone has any suggestions where to get then here it would be appreciated.
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Picked mine up at REI. On clearance for $199. I couldn't pass that up. I had to call around because stock and sizes are very limited and most of the REI's are shipping their ski equipment back to the central warehouse for the season change. Local shop called Any Mountain had them for $250.

I think sierrasnowboard.com has a 179 for $250.
post #14 of 14
Thanks for the tip, shaw! I just called REI today and now have a pair of 174's headed my way too.
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