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Need help picking out right ski length???

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi,
I'm buying a ski for my husband and need your help on length. He is 5'11, 185 to 190 lbs, like to ski mostly groom runs out west but occasionally venture off piste at Alta. I guess he would be an advance skier but not an expert, though he has skied over 20+ years. We live in midwest and ski 5 to 7 days out of the year. I've narrow it down to HR Modified but deciding between 170 or 178? You advice will be much apprciated.

Thanks,
Gina
post #2 of 13
I'm on the HR Modified in 170cm. 6' 180#, level 8, PSIA-L2. East coast. I find the 170cm to be enough ski. Since I ski east-coast bumps and tight tries, I tend to err on the short side. 170cm is certainly plenty for groomers. If those 5-7 days a year are only at Alta, them 178cm might be okay.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
learn2turn, thanks for your responds.
My husband is 42 years old and he's active & in good shape. Here is my confusion, when I first called the ski shop, rep. no.1 recommended 170cm but when I called second time, rep. no.2 recommended 178cm. He wants a fun & fast skis.
When we were in PC this Spring, we asked the rentel shop to give us the very best skis, and he skied on 180cm Salomon XW Fury. He did not like the feel or the stability of this ski for some reason. Anyhow, do you think 178 cm is a good length for him???
post #4 of 13
Out west = open hills I say get 178 at least!
FAST I say 178 at least!

FYI I weigh 165 lbs. My go-fast ski is 208cm. My slalom-turn ski is 165 cm. I just got a leftover ski for all-around skiing at 180cm. The 165 is a handful at speed in rough snow because of the need for quick fore-aft balance adjustments. The 180 cm is a little unwieldy in tight bumps (peaks less than a ski length apart and troughs more than 3 feet deep), but I suck at bumps. I haven't tried them in tight trees, but I can see where a shorter ski might be valued there. The 208 is a SG ski that only feels good going over 45 mph making GS or larger turns. If I were skiing a big hill out west instead of the tiny hills in southern Ontario Canada, there is no question I would get the longer ski.
post #5 of 13
Rep #1 reply was probably based on your 5 to 7 days a year description.
Rep # 2 was based on his preference for high speed and the more likely bigger turns that go along with that.

170 Modified has a 15.8 m turn radius and the 178 has a 17.6 m turn radius. The 170 would be easier to ski for someone who doesn't know what they are doing. Most people who only ski half a dozen days a year would be happier on the 170, but if he really likes sking fast, he would be happier on the 178. The 178 would also give him more float in powder. "Advanced" is a pretty wide range of abilities.
post #6 of 13
Instead of buying skis, why not get him a season long demo package? My friend got a demo package this last season and he was like a kid in a candy store.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your replies. Do you think 178 is too much for him??? I've heard for his weight, he will be better off with 178 due to weight distribution. He makes medium to long turns, likes little to no effort kind of skiing, and when he is with his buddies, he likes to ski fast and straight if that will get him down the moutain first. I guess he wants a fun, fast, little effort with long sweet spots kindda skis. Thank you all.
post #8 of 13
Assuming he isn't going to be skiing tight moguls or tight trees, doesn't mind speed and isn't afraid to tip his skis up on edge and ride those edges, he should be fine on the 178s.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by ThreeS View Post
Thanks for your replies. Do you think 178 is too much for him??? I've heard for his weight, he will be better off with 178 due to weight distribution. He makes medium to long turns, likes little to no effort kind of skiing, and when he is with his buddies, he likes to ski fast and straight if that will get him down the moutain first. I guess he wants a fun, fast, little effort with long sweet spots kindda skis. Thank you all.

If he likes skiing fast and straight, long turns, I think the 178 will suit him better.
Also, 185-190 lbs. will probably be good on 178.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thank you all,
I've decided to go with 170 cm after much debated length size.
Since he likes mostly groom runs, 170 will best suit him.
He is not a mogul skier so he is not an advance skier???:

Gina
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by ThreeS View Post
Thank you all,
I've decided to go with 170 cm after much debated length size.
Since he likes mostly groom runs, 170 will best suit him.
He is not a mogul skier so he is not an advance skier???:

Gina
:. "What length?" you ask. Most people reply, "178." You decide 170:.
post #12 of 13
I skied the 170 Nitrous, which is now my husband's ski. He loves it as an alternative to his longer skis for doing trees. When he's skiing anything else, he prefers a ski closer to a 180 length.
post #13 of 13
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:. "What length?" you ask. Most people reply, "178." You decide 170:.
Yeah. But I guess that's her decision. I personally think his skiing style (fast, straight, long turns) suits a 178cm ski. Maybe you should get your husbands input?
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