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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

at 5'8'' and 215-220 lb a monster iM 78 would be better in a 171  or 165  (im an intermidiate skier) living the Midwest

post #2 of 10

I wouldn't recommend this ski for an intermediate.  That, coupled with the disparity between height/weight in your case makes it difficult to recommend a length.  If you were an expert, I would say to not go any shorter than 171cm given your weight specs. 

post #3 of 10

Oscure "Tommy Boy" reference...

 

"Big Guy on some little skis..."

 

Not familiar with the skis.  Assuming your weight is composed mostly of rippling muscle, the 171 length would be more comfortable esp at higher speeds.  If by "intermediate" you mean Greens and Blues in a power wedge, then the shorter length would prob be ultimately more "enjoyable."  If you are crusing at medium speed on groomers, and your thrust to weight ratio is more F-15 than C-130, then the longer ski will be more stable and less tiring than a super short turny ski. 

 

Final thought...I have body parts that are longer (sometimes) than 6cms.  It will not feel like a huge difference for a guy your size.

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

hello

thanks guys for input, may I ask why would you not recomend the ski?

do you think in a 171 I wont be able to handle it, and 165 will be chattery?

 

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

what ski in the head line and what length?

post #6 of 10

I find the 78 to be a very good expert ski -- medium stiffness, with strong edgehold. It requires power to really get the ski going to the point where it responds to you and becomes rewarding.  In my experience, that means getting the ski up to speed, or driving it hard with agressive turns. These would not be an issue for an expert skier, that's sort of the definition, but I can see an intermediate getting on these skis and not liking them because they won't respond at lower speeds or with non-ideal (ie non-carved) turns.

 

Take a look at Head's website -- they have a product selector that lets you put in height, weight, ability level, and desired terrain, and it will recommend some options.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

problem id they dont weigth into consideration............

how about watea 78?

post #8 of 10

Watea is OK as long as you want a soft snow ski.  It's not real strong on hardpack. 

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post

I find the 78 to be a very good expert ski -- medium stiffness, with strong edgehold. It requires power to really get the ski going to the point where it responds to you and becomes rewarding.  In my experience, that means getting the ski up to speed, or driving it hard with agressive turns. These would not be an issue for an expert skier, that's sort of the definition, but I can see an intermediate getting on these skis and not liking them because they won't respond at lower speeds or with non-ideal (ie non-carved) turns.

 

Take a look at Head's website -- they have a product selector that lets you put in height, weight, ability level, and desired terrain, and it will recommend some options.


 

I am 5'7", 165lbs and ski these in a 165cm.  They do require speed to get them moving "properly".  I dont seem to have a problem letting them skid or slip when I need to go slow, but it takes alot of concentration and subtle pressures to prevent them from just grabbing an edge and going.

post #10 of 10

You should ski the 171cm as a minimum, the 177cm would be an even better choice!

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