Originally Posted by Supra
Do the Tornado's need to be skied long? Would I be okay in a 170?
I spent a considerable amount of time on the Tornado's across almost every condition imaginable.
At 210 LB and 6ft 2 I would not buy the 170, once you progress even a bit it will not be enough ski or edge.
Buy the 178, it skies short, it makes real quick transitions and it can be thrown around easily, therefore the extra 8 cm isn't going to phase you at all.
The Tornado is a Intermediate to advanced intermediate ski. Great ski to take you from advanced beginer all the way to advanced intermediate. Easy on the body, fun, zippy, light, holds a fair edge at moderate speeds, makes long and short turns well.
It starts a turn weak but finishes nice and strong propelling you to the next turn.
It performed best in softer snow, in icy hard conditions it was tentative to hold an edge unless pressured and ridden just right, even still there are better ice skis out there. AC30 would be one.
It is and will do all mountain but it's best performance came on blue runs with soft groomed snow. there it was pleasure to ride them.
It has a speed limit. This is not a ski for going fast on, I found it became unstable and difficult to engage solid carve turns going fast, rather it was a jumbled affair of control at speed.
would not be a bad choice but I would consider the Volkl AC30 to take you to a higher performance level.