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Are these powder skis too short for me?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I jumped the gun and ordered a pair of K2 Apache Chiefs in 167 cm length. Buy now ask later I demoed these skis 2-3 years ago on a cat skiing trip in BC but couldn't remember the length. I think it was 174 cm. The skis were a really good deal though and have demo bindings. They are brand new demos that never went out. My other skis are short...Volkl 6 Stars 161 cm and Atomic M:Ex 165 cm. Every post I have seen about the Chiefs here say "go long". Will these ski float me adequately? Keep in mind I am a midget.
post #2 of 14
Matt:

No way to know if they are too short for you without you giving us your height and weight.

General conventional wisdom is that you want your powder planks a bit longer, unless you're strictly going to be riding in the trees and need something tight turning. My two sets of powder skis are the longest in my quiver (185 and 188). My "normal" skis are all 180. I'm 5' 11" and bounce between 175 and 185lbs.

Personally i tell people not to jump on "deals too good to pass up." Why? Because often the "deal" outweighs the logistics of the purchase. what i mean is that it often seems like people end up with the wrong ski just because it was a sweet deal.

it's not really a sweet deal if you spend the money on a ski that's too short or too beefy or too stiff or too soft (basically a ski that's not right for you).

sweet deals come and go like the wind (they're always there) and often it's better to just wait until the right sweet deal comes by and then jump on it.

That said, here's to hoping you scored the right sweet deal (although a 167 sounds really short for a powder ski unless you're shorter than 5').

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'm 5'5" - 150 lbs.

I usually "err" on the short side because I like a little more maneuverability and shorter used skis seem to be easier to resell, around here at least.

Sometimes the deal bug gets you...ya know? I wasn't even looking for skis I was looking for bindings for my other new skis LOL.
post #4 of 14
You should be OK, the 174 would have been a better choice. If they are like the Recon, they do ski a bit long.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
I think I read somewhere that K2 measures the running length not the ski length. Is that true? If so I think I'm good.

Well, if I need to pass them on the demo bindings will help. Or maybe I can talk my wife into skiing powder for a change. Can you believe she hates powder?
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post
Or maybe I can talk my wife into skiing powder for a change. Can you believe she hates powder?
She doesn't hate it, it's just that she hasn't learned how to love it yet.
But I digress.
post #7 of 14
I have a friend who weighs about 90 kilos and skied on those 167's for a catski week in the Selkirks last year. He raved about them. I don't know why, but people in North America are pretty obsessed with long skis these days. If you weigh 155 pounds, those skis should be fine for you.
post #8 of 14
I float in deep spring crud with my 167 phat luvs at 5'8" 240lbs gotta believe i would float in ny powder.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks....reassuring comments.

Are there some other short ski powder skiers out there that don't want to admit it on the forums for fear of being "gaperized"?
post #10 of 14
Your specs come very close to my wife's. She loves her 160 Phat Luvs. You should be fine, although you might be happier with 174s.
post #11 of 14
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Thanks....reassuring comments.

Are there some other short ski powder skiers out there that don't want to admit it on the forums for fear of being "gaperized"?
I would have gone longer personally. My powder skis are 188 and 187 but then again, I have about 50 pounds on you. Change to a 174 it if you can. If not... here's the thing, how deep are you likely to be going? Unless you are in the PNW or setting them up AT chances are you'll be fine.
post #12 of 14
I've got a friend your height and a lot more weight who uses skis that size in powder. He got them for a Canadian Rockies backcountry trip and loves them in Oregon deep. It's like chasing Ricochett Rabbit through the trees.
post #13 of 14
Those skis will be fine, unless you want to surf at high speed.

Put your wife on them on the right day, & she will love powder... & you too.

JF
post #14 of 14

Powder skis for small skiers

I don't know your ski specifically. I am 5'2", 135lb and ski a 165 Volkl Explosiv and a 164 B-Squad. These skis are way enough to float and mach. As Shane likes to joke, the 240 provides a lot of fore and aft stability. The length doesn't have that much to do with the float. More important is the hills you ski and how you like to ski them. Tight and steep, trees, chutes and gnar? or giant open faces above tree line, straight lining and 200' arcs at speed (go long!)? However, the shorter ski will crank when you need to, and you can release the tail and slip your ski to negotiate rad' terrain, you can wheelie where you have to. In tight steep terrain, you have a lot of moves with that ski. You can't do any of that with a ski that is long for you. you should be cool.
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