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Legend 8000 ski size question

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
My first post, so be gentle!

I ski about 10 days a year and am a level 7 skier. I like to do a little bit of everything (piste, off piste, groomers, steeps, trees), but I will not spend much time in the moguls. I am 6' 3" and weigh 200 lbs.

I will always ski out west, with an annual trip to Alta. Also, I prefer shorter radius turns and I don't ski as fast as I used too!

I demo'ed a pair of Legend 8000's and the 8800'swhen it snowed 20+ at Alta this March. Loved them both. I am considering buying a pair of the 8000's (I will demo a pair of the 8800's if it snows that much), but am confused on what size. I think the pair I rode were the 172's in each.

I have not bought a pair of ski's in awhile.

Anyway, what size would you recomend and why? Any other ski's I should be looking at?

Thanks ahead of time,
Chris
post #2 of 15
The 8000 comes in 172, the 8800 does not. The 8800 comes in 178 as does the 8000. If you skied them in the same length it must have been 178.

If that size felt right when you demoed the skis, go with it. That's the best evidence that you can get.
post #3 of 15
I would recommend the 178. At 6'3"/200 you're probably a little to big for the 172, or at least you're not too small for the 178. As far as deciding between the 8800 and the 8000 I would say if you plan on skiing 60% or more of your time off of bumps and groomers then go w/ the 88's, otherwise stick with the 8000. The 8000 is a great ski and its design is a little more up to date than the 8800. If you want a ski with similar dimensions as the 8800 you probably could do better IMHO. I highly endorse the Big Trouble by Dynastar, its a 92mm underfoot compared to 88mm of the 8800, but they're designed with the same kind of skiing in mind with the addition of a twin tip to the BT's. (doesn't matter if you'll use the twintip, the ski still rips).
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info so far.

Any opinion on the 184's? Too big? Not necessary?

Also, is there a difinitive answer on the difference between the 8000 Reds and the 8000 Fiber's?

Thanks again,
Chris
post #5 of 15
To quote Peter Keelty on the 8000-" ski it shorter thatn your ego suggests". Go with the 178 and you should be very happy.
The 184 will also be a bit long for the bumps.
post #6 of 15
I am 6 ft and 187 lb and I ski the Legends in 178. They definitely do not feel too long for me. I'd say that 172 is way too short for you. 184 may work given that you are taller and heavier. If you like your skis quick and make a lot of short turns, get the 178, if you like to go fast, get the 184, it will be more stable.

A.

Quote:
Originally Posted by NashSkier
Thanks for the info so far.

Any opinion on the 184's? Too big? Not necessary?

Also, is there a difinitive answer on the difference between the 8000 Reds and the 8000 Fiber's?

Thanks again,
Chris
post #7 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by NashSkier
Thanks for the info so far.

Any opinion on the 184's? Too big? Not necessary?

Also, is there a difinitive answer on the difference between the 8000 Reds and the 8000 Fiber's?

Thanks again,
Chris
I am 160 lbs. and have the 178cm. Nice all-around size, better for off-piste. If I would have need it strictly for piste, I would have gone with 172. For your weight, the 184 would be better in the soft. For short-turn in the groomers, go with the 178. Eveything is a trade-off....or better yet, build a quiver. Buy the 184cm and then buy a short-turn ski (Volkl Allstar, RX8) around 170cm.
post #8 of 15
5' 10", 167lbs here. I have em in the 172 and find them excellent all over...piste, off piste, steeps, bumps...even some harpack. I would think for your height and weight 178s would work well. I had a hard time with my decision when I bought mine, mostly because I'd lost a lot of weight in the last year and hadn't had much experience with a wide stiff ski before.

BTW, I was the same way...skied short turns, not too fast...but by end of season this year these skis had me skiing longer turns and much faster than I'd been...they're very stable.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I am going to go with the 178's.

Is the a definite answer to the Fiber vs. Red's issue?
I skied the Fiber's but see more of the Red's for sale (Ebay).

Also, any good references on where to buy these in the off season?

Thanks again
post #10 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by NashSkier
Thanks, I am going to go with the 178's.

Is the a definite answer to the Fiber vs. Red's issue?
I skied the Fiber's but see more of the Red's for sale (Ebay).

Also, any good references on where to buy these in the off season?

Thanks again
Even if there is a difference, as a level 7 skier it won't mean much too you in terms of lost perfomance. Red graphics are way cooler.
post #11 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alpinist
Buy the 184cm and then buy a short-turn ski (Volkl Allstar, RX8) around 170cm.
Ditto

Michael
post #12 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by NashSkier
Thanks, I am going to go with the 178's.

Is the a definite answer to the Fiber vs. Red's issue?
I skied the Fiber's but see more of the Red's for sale (Ebay).

Also, any good references on where to buy these in the off season?

Thanks again
Good move, I'm sure you'll enjoy them.
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Wahoo!!!!
Just won a pair on ebay!
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Can anyone recomend a good set of bindings?
post #15 of 15
Look Pivot which ended as of this year... check for p10's or p12's
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