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Ski length question for AC20s

post #1 of 10
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I am about to pull the trigger on a set of AC20's and am debating between 170's and 177's. I've been skiing Salomon XFree 185's for the past few years and want something more shaped and shorter because I don't feel like I'm able to get any better on what I'm skiing on now. I pretty much only ski in the northeast US so I need something appropriate for the "Pocono Powder".

Any insight as to which size would be better for me? I'm 6' and 190lbs and would consider myself a level 6/7 skier. I feel like I've been all over the place looking at different brands, models, etc. and just want another set of skis I can use to help me improve and mess around on for this season.
post #2 of 10
At your stature you would be more able to ski the AC20 in a 177. It will certainly feel shorter but most likely you will feel that it is as stable at higher speeds yet more nimble at lower speeds.
post #3 of 10
I am thinking of getting the Volkl AC20s also and have the same question. The last skis I had were the Volkl carver access in 184 but I always thought they were a bit long for me. I am 5'7" or 5'8" and weigh about 150-155 pounds. Should I be get the 149 or 156...? The 149 come to about my chin; the 156 to about my upper lip, I think. I used to be a solid intermediate, but have not had the chance to ski much in the last 4 years.
post #4 of 10
From what I've noticed lower level skiers like longer skis.

OP, 170 should be fine if your willing to take a few lessons with these new tools and learn how to use them. May be demo them for the frist lesson.

AB, 163's might be a safer bet unless you can demo and take a lesson on the shorter ones.

Tell the instructor or person at the ski school desk what your trying to do. Hopefully they will give you a PSIAIII instructor. Hey, I know a few great insturctors at Okemo if your willing to make the drive, I would give you there names.

I'm 5'11" 190lbs and ski on 170's at Okemo. In some skis (high end Rossi's) I ski them in 162cm.
post #5 of 10
eyes to forehead.
post #6 of 10
I thought for a 4/5 skier, which is what I am probably, conventional "wisdom" is to go no higher than your nose. Am I wrong about this?

But, in the end, how significant would the difference be between 149 and 156?
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Originally Posted by ski2dude View Post
I am about to pull the trigger on a set of AC20's and am debating between 170's and 177's. I've been skiing Salomon XFree 185's for the past few years and want something more shaped and shorter because I don't feel like I'm able to get any better on what I'm skiing on now. I pretty much only ski in the northeast US so I need something appropriate for the "Pocono Powder".

Any insight as to which size would be better for me? I'm 6' and 190lbs and would consider myself a level 6/7 skier. I feel like I've been all over the place looking at different brands, models, etc. and just want another set of skis I can use to help me improve and mess around on for this season.
Dude..where are you? I am at Wick's in Exton and have these in stock if I can help you out.
post #8 of 10
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I am about to pull the trigger on a set of AC20's and am debating between 170's and 177's....

Any insight as to which size would be better for me? I'm 6' and 190lbs and would consider myself a level 6/7 skier.
I don't think either would be wrong. Either length will work for what you intend, it's more a matter of your personal preference as to which you'd like better.

By way of data points, the guy I ski with regularly is 6'5" and >250 lbs and he's very happy on 170 cm AC40s. I'm slightly smaller than you and prefer a 177. But either of us would be basically happy on either size. Which will you like better? No idea.

The best advice I can give is to spend the $50 on a demo day and see which you like better. Other than that, the 170 is the better bet if I was going to assign a probability, but not by that big a margin.

Where do you ski in the poke-your-nose?
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
I am at Wick's in Exton

Wow. Wick's Ski Shop. That's a blast from the past. I remember them when they were located on the Philadelphia Pike between Claymont and Bellefonte. You go back that far?

BTW, the ersatz A-frame chalet is still there (a lawyers office now, the last I looked.)
post #10 of 10
[quote=Walt;1007836]Wow. Wick's Ski Shop. That's a blast from the past. I remember them when they were located on the Philadelphia Pike between Claymont and Bellefonte. You go back that far?
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Oh dear, you'd be surpeised how far back Phil can go...LOL

Sorry Phil, couldn't pass that one up...
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