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Lenght of Karmas

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm pretty much convinced that my next pair of skis will be karmas. My question has to due more with what length to get. I'm 6'3'' and about 185. I ski pretty fast and aggressively and ski EVERYTHING (groomers, park, BC, you name it...), but I typically frequent Blue Sky. Is the difference between the 177s and the 185s going to be that noticeable, in other words am I going to sacrifice much of the "playfulness" of the 177s by going to the 185s, and am I going to lose some float of the 185s by going to the 177s?
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post #3 of 10
yeah they ski a little short thats for sure, also take into consideration where you plan to mount them....
I ski the 177s and i am a few inches shorter, and they work quite well. However im in western new york.
If it was any steeper or deeper i would say the extra length wold be a must.
If you are going to be in the park at all... and mount them forward even a little bit.. you will run out of tip real fast with the 177's
Id say 185s for sure
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Forgot to mention, I'm in a 342mm boot, so mounting is gonna influence a little more than usual. Is that reason to go even longer than 185s?
post #5 of 10
I've commented on this before, and got jumped on... Everyone on here seems to like child length skis...

Put it this way, though... My WIFE skis those in a 185.

The effective edge length on those (because of the turned up tail) is equivalent to a 180 with a conventional tail. I put them side by side with my wife's 180 GS skis, and the contact length was virtually the same.

A 177 would feel closer to a 173, and a 169... well, just don't get a 169.
post #6 of 10
def 185's I'm 5'10" 180 and that's what I ski, couldn't imagine much more playful being of any use if it limited everything else as IMHO a shorter length would.
post #7 of 10
185, i have the 169 andim 5'10" 170. mine ski really short. i wish i went with 177. at your height and weight 185 wont be a problem, it will ski like a 180 due to the twin tip
post #8 of 10
def 185...I'm 6-1 200 and I ski the 185....
post #9 of 10
I just acquired a pair of 184's. I love these skiis, but could only demo the 177's and 184's. Given the opportunity, I'd consider the 191's.
post #10 of 10
5'11" 185, I ride the 177.

like an over zealous dufus, I didn't even bother demoing the 185 as last season I was of the mind that anything over 180 was too long for me in a shaped ski.

now keep in mind that my previous rides were 198s and you gotta wonder what I was thinking.

i enjoyed the 177 when i rode it last season at Breck's upper bowls off the T-Bar. Lively, turny, helped me negotiate moguls (i'm not super proficient on 'em).

however, this year i rode 'em first day of the season (they're now kinda rock skis) and i found 'em a bit short on groomers and crud. knowing that they basically ride like a 180 in the 185, i'd get that if I could go back to the future (180 seems to be my sweet size as I'm loving my 180 No Ka Ois to death).
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