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Just got word of a local close-out, and I can pick up a pair of volkl ac2's super, not-even-gonna-consider-something-else-cheap. it's a little less ski than i'd get, ideally, but i'm likely to get no more than ten to fifteen days a winter for the next two years. i've read over postings for ac2's, and it seems like i really am between two sizes: 170 and 177...and he's only got one pair each left, and i gotta decide by tomorrow night.

I'm 6 feet, weight varies between 175 and 190 depending on season and mood. Raised by a ski patroller in colorado and beaten with a stick if my knees or ankles ever came apart more than a quarter inch. used to be damn good.

Moved east, and throttled back to two days a year. am replacing a pair of 190 rossi 4s's (i know, it's been awhile). i've grown timid, but will get a little more aggressive when i move back to colorado. i want something that's going to feel right right now (170's???) but want to not completely outgrow them (177's). These will be primarily resort skis, probably get a powder pair in a a year or three, which might me lean towards smaller and snappier for this pair.

So, any advice? it seems like most brands, i'd be talking about 177's, but people seem to like all of the ac's a little short...
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The shorter ones would be very turny for you and better in bumps the longer ones would carry speed better and make nice longer turns. So I guess it depends on how you want to use them.
Out West a longer ski would serve you better and would offer better float. If it were me I would choose the 177's.
Life is full of tradeoffs. So many people here like very short skis. I like stability at speed and I think at your size you can bend this ski to get the turns you want.
The 170 will be easier for you to ski at first for sure. If you want instant gratification those would fulfill that .You could always add a longer mid fat later. On the Eastern hills a shorter ski might make more sense.
Did I help or did I just cloud this issue more for you?
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Get the 177cm size!

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Originally Posted by movingbackwest View Post
Just got word of a local close-out, and I can pick up a pair of volkl ac2's super, not-even-gonna-consider-something-else-cheap. it's a little less ski than i'd get, ideally, but i'm likely to get no more than ten to fifteen days a winter for the next two years. i've read over postings for ac2's, and it seems like i really am between two sizes: 170 and 177...and he's only got one pair each left, and i gotta decide by tomorrow night.

I'm 6 feet, weight varies between 175 and 190 depending on season and mood. Raised by a ski patroller in colorado and beaten with a stick if my knees or ankles ever came apart more than a quarter inch. used to be damn good.

Moved east, and throttled back to two days a year. am replacing a pair of 190 rossi 4s's (i know, it's been awhile). i've grown timid, but will get a little more aggressive when i move back to colorado. i want something that's going to feel right right now (170's???) but want to not completely outgrow them (177's). These will be primarily resort skis, probably get a powder pair in a a year or three, which might me lean towards smaller and snappier for this pair.

So, any advice? it seems like most brands, i'd be talking about 177's, but people seem to like all of the ac's a little short...
Hi Mr. West,

Between my wife and I we have 6 sets of Volkl skis; Mantra, Karma, Allstars, Explosiv, Queen Attiva and Attiva AC2. This is my wife’s second season on the Attiva AC2 and she absolutely loves the ski. All of our skis have been sized using the advice Volkl gives on their website and it's been right on to produce the correct result. Volkl sizing directions:

How do I choose the proper ski size?
We recommend sizing skis with the "use your head" method. The key to this rule is simplicity. For type 1 (novice) skier, size the skis with the tip approximately chin height. For type 2 (intermediate), use approximately nose height. Type 3 (expert) skiers will be sized correctly when the ski tip is at forehead height. There are only a few exceptions to be aware of, such as expert skiers looking for a slalom race skis race fit or powder specific skis. Slalom skis should be sized shorter than these guidelines and powder skis sometimes longer. For best sizing, its best to ask authorized Volkl dealer.

Given your experience and size the 177cm would be the best fit. My wife is 5’ 2” (157cm) and she is on the 156cm Attiva AC2. You’re 6’ (183cm) so you can see that the 177cm comes closest to the best fit for you. This is unique ski in that it will offer wonderful performance in a very forgiving manner. Therefore your recent time off won’t be a hindrance.

Enjoy the Ski!

Michael

PS
I'm 5' 10" and loving a pair of 177cm Volkl Karma. They've been gone for many years but my Rossi 4s skis were 195cm.
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