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Do 174cm PE's sound right for me?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
2007/2006 K2 Public Enemies, 174cm

I'm 5'8" and just shy of 160 pounds. Level 7-8.

Please chime in and tell me whether you think this length is long for me. I still have time to try to contact them and change the order.

Plan on using them as my twin-tip for all except dedicated piste and icy conditions (meaning Sierra dumps, crud, park. Not a serious park devotee, just cannot bear the thought of killing edges of my race carvers on a rail/box). I have dedicated skis for piste.

SAC had them this morning for $187.50 in all sizes I stayed up all night waiting for them. *yawn*
post #2 of 17
this response is too late now....

but i pulled the trigger on some 174s for my all-mountain tele setup. and i am about the same size (a little lighter). i skied the previous generation of these skis in a 179, so this should be just right with a slightly wider width.
post #3 of 17
I'm about 140 5'9 and ski the 169 as the lone ski in my none-resistant quiver. I thought about 174s but opted for the slightly shorter ones. Looking back I probably would have bought the larger ones but am not unhappy at all w/ the 169s.
post #4 of 17
Yeah i just got the 2007 174 PE's and i'm 5'11'' and i skied them today and loved them, they are an awesome all mountain twin, they did really good in the ice and in the powder...i did a lot of park today and even tho i'm a little taller than you they were still not too long for doing 360's and stuff
post #5 of 17
i'm 5 10 205 lbs and I went for the 169. Haven;t mounted them yet though.

I didn;t realize that they "ski short" on groomed surfaces according to some opinions on the running length. that might work out okay for me though since I have been looking to go to shorter skis since I;m looking to improve my bumps and trees skills.

I just hope the opinions that it "skis long" off the groomed slope holds true too!
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by tekweezle View Post
i'm 5 10 205 lbs and I went for the 169. Haven;t mounted them yet though.

I didn;t realize that they "ski short" on groomed surfaces according to some opinions on the running length. that might work out okay for me though since I have been looking to go to shorter skis since I;m looking to improve my bumps and trees skills.

I just hope the opinions that it "skis long" off the groomed slope holds true too!
Too short homey....should have gone for the 179. Not that you won't be able to ski them, but damn.....too short!!!!!
post #7 of 17
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Too short homey....should have gone for the 179. Not that you won't be able to ski them, but damn.....too short!!!!!
Kinda my thoughts too.

I bought the Rossi Scratch FS in 174cm, but probably should have gone 181. They do ski short. I'm 5'11", 185#.
post #8 of 17
thanks for the feedback!

i guess I;ll know more after I mount them.

who knows, maybe SAC will sell them at an even lower price allowing me to get another pair!

I have been trending toward shorter skis since my first pair were 183 K2 Merlin 4's, 2nd pair were 167 K2 Axis, 3rd pair are 170 Salomon Scream Limited;s.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by tekweezle View Post
thanks for the feedback!

i guess I;ll know more after I mount them.

who knows, maybe SAC will sell them at an even lower price allowing me to get another pair!

I have been trending toward shorter skis since my first pair were 183 K2 Merlin 4's, 2nd pair were 167 K2 Axis, 3rd pair are 170 Salomon Scream Limited;s.
I would mount them at +1 or even 0, the midsole line.
post #10 of 17
thanks for the suggestions!

i should be covered using the railflex plate's ability to move the bindings to 3 positions. should be interesting to see how it changes the personality of the ski.
post #11 of 17
yeha my thoughts their are time that I think the 179 is too short...5'11 175lb. K2 if your out there 184s PEs next year please?

I skied the 174 last week and my quick short turns suffered along with long turns in chopped up snow.

For you 174 will work but I think most people should be on the 179s....
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot, everybody! I'm waiting for the skis with anticipation, even though the season is ending here
post #13 of 17
My kids started skiing twintips in the late 90s so I've been skiing them for a decade now. Maybe its because I'm used to skiing them in shorter lengths or that I prize mogul performance higher than most people but I think everyone is getting their twins in too long a length.

For DtEW I would recommend a 169cm length for everyday use and 174cm length if they are going to be your powder ski. For Axebiker I think the FS in 181cm would take the fun factor out of the skis. At 5' 11" Skirdie got the perfect length for him. They might feel short in deep powder but their performance everywhere else will be ideal and much more fun.
post #14 of 17
that;s what I was thinking too when I got mine in 169 length. i didn;t want to go too long because I wanted a quicker turning ski.

then again, some are purchasing this ski to be their sole all mountain platform and are probably west coast biased where a longer ski should be more versatile in the steeps and powder.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by tekweezle View Post
that;s what I was thinking too when I got mine in 169 length. i didn;t want to go too long because I wanted a quicker turning ski.

then again, some are purchasing this ski to be their sole all mountain platform and are probably west coast biased where a longer ski should be more versatile in the steeps and powder.
On the contrary, I'm in the east, and ski the 179 mounted at 0. It's the smallest/lightest ski in my quiver, for bumps and trees.
post #16 of 17
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For Axebiker I think the FS in 181cm would take the fun factor out of the skis.
You're probably right. Just my ego talking...
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by axebiker View Post
You're probably right. Just my ego talking...
I have some friends that are serious masters racers. For them the new machoism isn't how long your skis are but how short.
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