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67mm to 84 mm Waist Change for Level 6?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hi Bears,

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Looking for new skis for Mrs.Steelhead. She is currently a solid blue run skier, takes on moderate blacks when she is comfortable with the conditions. She is 70/30 groomers to junk. I want to get her some wider skis to help her get comfortable with off-piste. She currently rides some K2's that are 67 at the waist and I'm concerned that going to mid-80's might be too much - that something in the mid-upper 70's might be better. Any thoughts from this community? Thanks
post #2 of 12
I went from 68 to 99, and my wife went from 70 to 95. Neither of us had a problem making the transition. Don't stress about it.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the point of view alpinedad.

I should have mentioned in the initial post that we are from the Northwest and her favorite time to ski is the spring, hence the interest in wider skis.
post #4 of 12
I switch between a 85 and a 63, in the same ski day, a lot since i ski at night and the snow usually sets up after dusk. I put the PE's away and break out the SL 11's. It usually takes no more than a run to get settled again.

They are decidedly different skis for different purposes, but don;t take a whole lot of effort to go from one to the other---or back again.
post #5 of 12
I went through the same thing this year. My old skis ("old" as in 1 year old) were 66mm underfoot (Volkl Unlimited S1). I am also a level 6/7 skier.

After asking around in the forum I started to demo skis on the 80-90mm range, especifically, I went through: Volkl Bridge, SD30, SD40, Nordica Nitrous, Atomic Snoop Daddy, and Dynastar Mythic Riders. I felt comfortable in most of them and didn't notice a lot of difficulties for the extra width underfoot, except sometimes when I wasn't paying much attention on the groomers.

After all that I decided for the MRs and rode them for the first time all day during last weekend. I love them. No major problems adjusting to them, even though they are significantly wider (90mm) and heavier than my old Volkls. Hope this helps.
post #6 of 12
Steelhead,
I agree with your original premise that a bump up to a mid to high 70's ski would probably be best for the Mrs. If I read it right, it sounds like she is an upper intermediate to advanced skier. With the 70/30 groomed biased split I see no reason to go over 84mm for her. However, pending on her athletic ability (is she aggressive or passive) may play into the equation. The more aggressive the wider you could go.

IMHO......
post #7 of 12
For Cascade Concrete (a.k.a., the northern variety of Sierra Cement), go wide. Any adjustment to account for width on groomers will pale next to the crud and corn busting goodness that a wider ski will bring.
post #8 of 12
go to the 85, even up to 95, and she will become a 70/30 off-piste to groomed
She will probably makes the transition easy in harder terrain, and have more trouble on easy stuff, (catching edges on cat tracks etc...)
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by wbsr View Post
go to the 85, even up to 95, and she will become a 70/30 off-piste to groomed
She will probably makes the transition easy in harder terrain, and have more trouble on easy stuff, (catching edges on cat tracks etc...)
This is EXACTLY what happened to me. I frown on groomed terrain now
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the thoughts everyone - the variety of perspectives are both interesting and helpful.
post #11 of 12
I went from a 76 to a 105mm waist, and it took about 2-3 runs (on early season hardpack) to adjust.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
A quick follow up to my original post for reference. Decided on a ski with an 81mm waist. Salomon Jade (same ski as the XWing Hurricane). It took her about 2 groomer runs to get them dialed in. After 2 days of skiing hard pack to some clumpy spring mush, it was clear that going wider will definitely help improve her skiing, especially off the groomers. Thanks to everyone again for their input. Great forum!
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