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post #31 of 44
If you are going to continue skiing less than 5 days per year, it makes no real difference.
post #32 of 44
If you are skiing flat well groomed trails, then a short ski won't cause you too much grief. If you are skiing slowly, RX6 should be enough ski for you.

160 RX8 best bet for well groomed hard snow given your skill.

170 RX6 best bet if snow surface is a little more variable.
post #33 of 44
Thread Starter 
I went on every run except bunny the first time I was using new boots and the 155 RX8's. Grant it Wilmont is just a 400 ft hill in Wisconsin but the black runs and were steep and I skied them, although slowly.

It's why I went out and bought boots and now want the RX8's I skied on. I felt so much more confident on them. It was like driving a 500 SL after driving a Ford Focus. I skied for 71/2 hours and felt very confident.
post #34 of 44
Thread Starter 
By the way I live in Fort Lauderdale Florida-- snow is not our speciality! Out here I scuba dive 100 times a year.
post #35 of 44
If you ask the ski really nice to forgive you it will....like oops I didn't really pressure my outside ski that much, will you please forgive me and turn anyway, the ski will say, "well ok, but just this time" (Psst, he always says that, he'll forgive you every time ). Whereas a demanding ski will say "no way man, screw you I am going my way, you want to change directions then you're gonna have to make me...I triple dog dare ya!" This ski will be a tough guy and you better be well trained and or in shape, he puts up a good fight and can beat you up and take you for a ride if you cant overpower him.
post #36 of 44
Go ahead and get some 160 RX8s, learn for a year (6 more times) and then trade up to the right length on whatever is the best for your purposes next year. They are too short, but if you liked the 155s you won't notice. When you get going faster over choppy terrain short skis make it harder to balance front-to-back.

Start thinking about tipping skis and using little effort to guide the skis and letting the skis do the work, like using the reigns on a well trained horse instead of yanking the bit around on a stubborn mule.

I haven't been scuba diving in decades, sold most of my equipment, still do a little skin diving though, not much as it hurts my ears going up and down every two or three minutes.

Do you think my ScubaPro JetFins are still good or is their performance passee? Do those venturi holes really do anything?
post #37 of 44
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of your advice Ghost. The JetFins are still considered a fine quality fin. I use Apollo's split fin bio-fin pro.

Let me know if you come to South Florida, I owe you a drink. I can defend you in court if you get a DUI or get caught selling those prescription pills Americans keep going to Canada for. (Joking)
post #38 of 44
Thread Starter 
I ended up getting the 08/09 Fischer RX8 Fire Fti with FSX 12 bindings in 165 cm
post #39 of 44
Post up after you've skied them a few times..  I think you'll like them.
post #40 of 44
After reviewing this thread, I think that 165 cm sounds pretty much right on. I have drifted downward from 175 cm Pocket Rockets bought 5 yrs ago and 175 cm Head Monster 88s bought 2 yrs ago to 166 cm Blizzard Titan Eos bought last spring. I am finding more stability in shorter lengths than I had previously thought possible and really like the shorter length Eos' ability to boogie in the trees. (I am 5' 8", 140 lbs, skiing at about level 8 and it isn't all that long ago that I skied on 195 cm Volkl Targa Rs and still have 185 cm Volant T4 Epics leaning against the wall in the garage.) I remember a ski shop sales person telling a friend of mine a couple of years back that he could probably "handle" the longer of two lengths of a ski he was thinking of buying but "would have more fun" on the shorter length. You may very well find the 165 length satisfying to live with long term.  It's a real red letter day to move from rentals to your first pair of skis. Have a great time this season!
post #41 of 44
Perhaps a ski lesson is in order here. If schedule permits, take a full week group lesson with the same instructor and class. Don't really like privates for lower levels cuz you are always the worst student. Taos has a great ski week program - regardless of your skill level. Go there without skis - You'll be 2-3 level up and will need new skis by end of week. Wraning - base elevation is approx. 9,500 ft. Somehow it always feel Taos have less air than Alta or Snowbird.           
post #42 of 44
Thread Starter 
Hi Ghost!  Was surprised to see you respond so quickly. How are you?  Scott at ski-depot.com was great.  I received my skis last night and they had the FSX 12 bindings on them not the FX 12 which match the ski color better.  He's sending me a new pair of 165's with the correct bindings on them and throwing in a hot wax to boot. He has to use the brakes from the FSX with the FX bindings. Will let you know how skiing works out either next weekend at Loveland (a "maybe" ski weekend) or Dec 10 at Stratton date certain.
post #43 of 44
Thread Starter 
Thanks Cosmo!
post #44 of 44
You're welcome. BTW, I was thinking earlier today about your original question in this thread. About 20 yrs ago I came upon a Volkl demo day at Squaw Valley and took out progressively higher level skis through the day. I wound up on a pair of slalom race skis (detuned for mere mortals, I'm sure) and the first time I wound up in the back seat they shot off in a direction all their own. Of course, I was a much lower level skier at the time and it scared the crap out of me as I was on one of Squaw's steeper pitches. That experience nicely summarizes the most useful of the entries above and it was a lesson I have never forgotten.
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