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You guys told me the Gots ski short...

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Just picked this up on sale at REI....psyched to finally get my hands on a pair at a decent price. I went with the 183s (I'm 6 foot 3, 185 lbs, level 8 skier) and I'm seriously considering swapping em out for the 190s. I compared them to my 179 PEs and they were almost exactly the same length! Save for the longer tips that the PE's have...the running or contact length was barely longer on the PEs. For those of you who have debated which size to get...does it make sense to upsize on these? Please advise...

Cheers,
post #2 of 19
Yes it does make sense. Especially if you plan on using them more as a powder ski then an allaround ski.
post #3 of 19
I'm 5'9",175 lbs, ski the 183's. At first I thought a lot of running cm under feet, but after a day or two, absolutely love them. At your size, the 183's can't be too small for sure. lol. Great price at REI, $519? Gotta love it. By the way, you should be able to handle 190's" ... EASY, I should think.
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by locknload View Post
I compared them to my 179 PEs and they were almost exactly the same length!
K2 sizes are wrong, because K2 doesn't follow the ISO standard for measuring skis.

Or from an alternative view, everyone on the planet but K2 prints the wrong size on their skis.
post #5 of 19
I have read many goat owners wishing they had gone longer. Including myself.

5'8" 175, on a 183 and wish it were a 190. (Not that there is anything I could do on a 190 that I can't currently do.)

"If I had 190's, I'd totally huck that cliff." :

more tip and more float would be nice though.
post #6 of 19
Does Mantra have the same problem?
post #7 of 19
I'm 6" 200 lbs and ski the 183. I've skiied the 190 as well. It was fine, but it didn't make me feel like the 183 was too short. My vote, it doesn't matter. Trade up if you want, or mount them and go skiing.
post #8 of 19
Well, we told ya........swap 'em.
post #9 of 19
Don't listen to us.

Keep the 183... and start another thread later about wanting a bigger ski.

We've all done it.
post #10 of 19
I think you'd be fine either way. So just stick with what you got.
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Ha...lots of great stuff. Thanks for the feedback...I think it polled about 50/50...either way...I will be skiing on them next week in Utah...snow coming in from CA should hit the 'Bird or Alta just in time for me to give them their virgin voyage. Will report back on what length I go with....let me know if any of you will be around. I'll be with my crew at out ski haus....should be fun!

Hey Grook...Mantra doesn't have a real twin tip...it has the slightly upturned tail so I'm guessing that it goes much closer to its stated length. Will compare mine to the 184 Mantras and report back to you...

Cheers
post #12 of 19
Get the 190's. I skied 183's for a few years before breaking down and getting the 190's. I wish I had done it a long time ago. Got's DO ski short. The 183's will be fine in everything but powder, and then you will wish for more shovel and float. The 190's are pretty easy to ski, too.

P.s. Samurai is right that you'll be wanting a bigger ski soon.
post #13 of 19
I'm a little heavier than you and same height but love my 191 P4s, similar shape and similar in that they ski short. Go 190.
post #14 of 19
I ski on the 190- and so does just about every guy in Jackson. It makes a great Jackson ski. Twin tips always ski shorter than a directional ski. As for skking short, it sure feels like a 190 to me.

With a 29.5m turning radius, you don't find me in the trees, through it is (for me) a ski for the great wide open. It is a wonderful ski for skiing in chopped show and crud.
post #15 of 19
Now I bet that's why Fischer Watea 101 comes in only 192cm (similar to Goat 190cm). A bigger mountain soft snow ski that just about anyone can ski.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Skiing-in-Jackson View Post
I ski on the 190- and so does just about every GIRL in Jackson. It makes a great Jackson chick ski. Twin tips always ski shorter than a directional ski. As for skiing short, it sure feels like a 190 to me.

With a 29.5m turning radius, you don't find me in the trees, through it is (for me) a ski for the great wide open. It is a wonderful ski for skiing in chopped show and crud.
Fixed it for ya'. (just kiddin')
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by locknload View Post
Hey Grook...Mantra doesn't have a real twin tip...it has the slightly upturned tail so I'm guessing that it goes much closer to its stated length. Will compare mine to the 184 Mantras and report back to you...
My 177 Mantras have almost exactly the same overall length as my 174 K2 Recons - about what one would expect, given the different measuring methods.

FWIW, I weigh 165 lbs, and I use the Mantras extensively in hip deep (or deeper) powder, bowls and trees. It feels to me like they ski a bit short, but given the tightness of some of the tree lines at Whitewater, I don't mind that.

It also seems to me like the Mantras have plenty of float, but since I have also skied the Recons in powder that's more than hip deep, it's not too surprising that I think the Mantras float well. (Hey, when you're riding smaller skis, you need more pitch and you get more face shots!)
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
Alright..good stuff....and I feel the love the Whiteroom and know that I must get the 190 or the ladies will be on longer skis then me and we can't have that! Taking them in to get them mounted today and leaning toward upsizing....if they still have the 190s then I'll make it happen. Thanks for all the good opinions.

Cheers!
post #19 of 19
I REALLY was just kidding... Jackson Hole is a special place, there are plenty of girls who RIP... that was more my 'joke' than your skis being too short. I'm 6'3" 235 and ski the 190cm in Stowe... I think it's very easy going and quick, I've skied the 183 and honestly didn't notice a huge difference. If you like short quick turns in tight spaces keep the 183cm, if you like bigger turns and higher speeds in open terrain get the 190 (but either length will do BOTH tasks).
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