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AC30 size? (5'7" 130lb)

post #1 of 12
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I have a chance to pick up a pair of 2007 demo AC30s in 163cm for a good price, but wanted to know if they were the right size for me.

I'm 24, 5'7" and range between 130-135lbs. My current pair of skis are a pair of Fischer Control Lites that I probably purchased around 7 or 8 years ago. At the time, my local hill was mostly manmade snow.

I raced GS when I was in high school, but am mostly just a recreational skier now. I'd probably consider myself an intermediate to adv. intermediate. I have no problem on blues and most single-blacks. My knees are shot, so I generally don't venture into the bumps and I mostly enjoy a mix of arcing wide turns and shorter turns and the occasional glade run. I was out last season on my Fishers and the 63mm waist wasn't so much fun in the powder and crud.

I'm finishing up grad school in Vermont to give you an idea of the snow I'll be on.

Just wondering if I should pull the trigger on the 163 AC30s.
post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 
Anybody?
post #3 of 12
IMO, 170 is a safer bet.
post #4 of 12
east coast skiing..lighter guy... for a good intermediate i dont think youd want to go up to a 170 in that ski...163 should be perfect.
post #5 of 12
I ski in the east, 39 yrs. old, 5'8", 167 lbs and I ski on the 163 cm AC3's. I love the skis, they are perfect! Go for the 163.
post #6 of 12
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Pulled the trigger on them for $330 shipped. Now, all I need is new boots to round out the package.
post #7 of 12
Just as another confirmation for your purchase. I ski them in 163 in the east. I am 5'6"-145lbs.
post #8 of 12
I just bought a pair of AC30's in the 163 size. I was worried that it may be too short and that I should go with the 170 but the salesman I worked with (and have trusted for over 20 years) insisted that the 163 was the best choice. I am roughly the same height and weight as Nix so I am glad to hear he is happy with the 163. I hope to get out on them in the next week. We are expecting 6-12 inches of new snow this evening so maybe tomorrow would be a good "sick day".
post #9 of 12
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I'm out of town visiting family, so I won't even see my new skis until the new year. I'm really looking forward to being on new tech.
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Originally Posted by hmai18 View Post
I'm out of town visiting family, so I won't even see my new skis until the new year. I'm really looking forward to being on new tech.
Well, how do you like them
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
Took them to Jay last weekend. They were a handful, that's for sure. I'm coming from a pair of Fischer Control Lites I bought almost ten years ago. Just picking the two pairs up, I knew the weight difference was going to mean the Volkls were going to be a beefier ride.

When I was forward and taking charge, the Volkls were amazing, but the second I slacked off, they let me know it. Conditions were kind of icy near the peak and I found myself having difficulty really digging the edges in for a firm foothold. Not sure whether that's me or the equipment.

I'll probably take them into the shop to have the bevel angles checked and maybe re-set and then try again at the end of the month during my next outing.
post #12 of 12

AC30's

I skied my AC30's for the first time in Whitetail, PA, which I would not normally bother with. But since I'll be in Utah next week then in Whistler in March, I wanted to see how they felt before going out west. I'm 5'-9", 155lbs, a level 8 skier with 170cm AC30's.

The slopes were basically man made groomed blues, (called blacks, but not really).

The skis felt that they were on rails plus they were FAST. At high speed they had no chatter or shimmy at all, but I could tell that they would not like sloppy technique and they were much heavier then my old Atomic Beta carve skis. I tried tight turns and they were fine, so I think they could do moguls just fine. Steep bowls should be a breeze, and hopefully powder and crud should be OK at least. But, you cannot get lazy on these skis, at least for my weight on the 170cm length. I'll see how they are in western conditions...particularly since I'll be moving to Colorado in 2010.
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