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Found a good deal but not sure about size. Any advice?

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I found a good deal on a pair of Volkl 6*. Brand new unmounted w/bindings for $260. I demoed these a couple of years ago and loved them. I'm an advanced skier (raced 20 years ago) who skiis 15-20 days a year in the east. When I go out west I generally demo skiis so I can use a ski that matches the days conditions. I'm 6'0" and 185lbs. I like to make all types of turns, but at my little hill it's a lot of fast GS turns. I am yet to make the leap to shaped skiis. I'm still skiing in a pair of Salomon equipe 2S's in a 203cm. I was thinking of something in a 168-170, but I hate to pass up a deal as good as this for a couple of inches in length. Any advice?:
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You should have no issues with a 170 or an 178cm size. The 170 will be a little quicker feeling and the 178 will feel more stable and better in soft snow. If both are available, go with a 178cm.

Michael
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Originally Posted by barrettscv View Post
You should have no issues with a 170 or an 178cm size. The 170 will be a little quicker feeling and the 178 will feel more stable and better in soft snow. If both are available, go with a 178cm.

Michael
What Michael said.
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Thread Starter 
I just realized that I forgot to mention that the ones that I found are a 161 and that was the whole reason for my post. Is this entirely too short?
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I was going to say that the sizes on the 6-Star are 154, 161, 168, 175 and 182. In spite of the long ski advocates, this ski was best in a shorter length. I would have directed to to the 168 ideally. At 6'2" 200 lbs, when I orignally got these, I personally liked the 168 and 175. Given you ski in the East, the 161 will certainly work, but I think you will find it less stable at higher speeds.

Considering you are using a 203 CM ski, this will be your first venture into a highly shaped carver. You will learn a lot of balance and edging skills from a short ski, and from the perspective of really learning to ski on the sweet spot and the edges, this would be a good ski. It would be very quick edge to edge and will do short and medium radius turns well. IMO, you won't be happy with that length in the long run if you prefer GS type turns and speeds.
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I demoed these extensively back in the day and almost bought some. At your height/weight, the 161cm will be a one-trick pony. If you just want to make sharp turns on hard snow at low-moderate speed, they would be OK, but I think 168-175cm would be better for all-mountain use (though they are still not the best all mountain skis). I am about your size and was looking at the 175cm; 161cm was not even on my radar. The 168cm was fun, but not quite enough ski for me at high speeds.

To be honest, there are much better ski choices nowadays; you might be better off putting the $260 into a better ski in a more appropriate size. The 6* is 4-5 years old at this point, so it's not exactly on the cutting edge anymore. Considering this will be your first modern ski purchase, I would not jump the gun. You can get some very good 06-07 skis/bindings for $400-450 right now on closeout -- check dawgcatching's thread in the gear swap forum.
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Considering this will be your first modern ski purchase, perhaps look at current or recent consumer-GS skis if you do not expect to take lessons immediately.
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I owned the 175 6*, and the following year, the 168. Great skis for the time, but I agree with 219; their time has passed. Plus you should not go with a 161; it'd feel weird at speed.

Most of the cross/carvers from this past season are just flat better. Including the Volkl Allstar, but also think about the Head XCR1200, Elan Speedwave 14, Nordica Mach 3 Power, Stockli Laser Cross/Cross Pro. Getting to be great prices on most of these. Dawgcatching will set you up the Heads or Elans, SierraJim handles Nordicas and Volkls (also good selection for a bit more at Al's Ski Barn if SJ is out of your size), you can find good prices for the Stocklis at several places in the east like Skiershop.com.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks guys for the feedback! I'm definately going to take a pass on the 161's. Everything that everybody's said confirms what my gut was telling me. I do tend to spend more time skiing fast so I think that I will need the length for stability. Thanks also for the alternative suggestions. I have demoed a number of shaped skiis in the past, it's just that I liked these the best so far. Also, on a pretty limited budget so when I saw these so cheap and brand new I was pretty taken. Will check out those sights that you suggested. And I'm always scanning this sight and ebay.
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