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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I have been skiing on and off for 20 years but have always been a renter. I usually rent 160 to 165 as that is the longest the local hills have but I always seem slow on them. I came accros a pair of 06 Salomon Axendo 9 180's.  with Salomon bindings in grat shape

I am 6' tall and 200 pounds, would this be a good match or to long for my size? Thanks
post #2 of 13
Welcome to EpicSki!

160-165cm is probably a reasonable length for you -- you're ~160cm tall.  For frontside skis the rule of thumb is usually from chin height to slightly over your head.  (I'm 6'6", or ~174cm, and I ski a 178cm ski.)

However, most rental skis are pretty soft, and not usually kept razor-sharp (this makes them somewhat easier for beginners to handle), which would definitely limit your performance on them at speed.

180cm seems a bit long for you, but I'm not real familiar with that ski.
post #3 of 13
Not to pick nits, but 6-feet tall is 182 cm.  At his weight, a longer ski would be much more stable at speed and over rough terrain.  Absolutely essential if he is in softer snow.   I have skied as short as 168 cm on carving skis, and they were not a problem (Volkl 6-Stars) but those were stiff skis meant to be loaded up and skied hard.  The average rental is a noodle, and as far as base and edge, performance is the last thing I would expect.

Fishman, you have skied for 20 years and deserve a good ski.   The Soloman Axendo 9 ish't it!  That is a 10 year old ski design that currently sells with bindings for $25 to $49.  If it looks like a bargain, that's because its next destination is the dump or to make a chair.  This ski bears no resemblance in performance to a modern ski, and if that is your only option, I would recommend staying with rentals.

Check out or gear swap and the Special Deals forum.  Buy a reasonably contemporary ski that is suitable for your intended purpose.  Talk to our sponsors and industry reps, to learn what ski would work best for the terrain and conditions you ski on.  You don't have to spend a lot of money, but if you put up one or two seasons worth of rental cost to make the purchase, you would get a lot more out of it. 

Welcome to EpicSki.  How are your boots?
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. I will pass on these and keep looking. I would like to go used on the skis to keep the cost down but I am going to go with new boots from a local ski shop.

I ski in Minnesota so theres not much powder, I would call it mostly ice. Any suggestions for a decent ski? I am very comfortable on all the runs. Thanks. 
post #5 of 13
Ah a fellow Minnesotan dont yah know. If your located in the twin cities area check out some of the upcoming ski swaps. Pierce Skate and Ski is a great boot fitter. Where do you ski?  Otherwise welcome to Epic Ski.

post #6 of 13
You may want to post a Want to Buy in our gear swap.  Include some details about what you are looking for (ski suitable for midwest skiing, advanced intermediate looking for more speed and performance) and see what comes up.  You may also want to start checking on or subscribe to their feed.  That site offers steeply discounted new gear, and it changes all the time.  Its a good way to get something good for a lot less money.   What is your approximate budget for skis?
post #7 of 13
I am 6 ft, as well, fellow MN resident. I would reccomend a 160-165 ski if you plan on only skiing in MN. WE don't ever get powder, or if we do its rare, and good luck getting to the hill. I have excellent condition 160cm 2006 atomic sx-10 with neox bindings with only one grind, (race grind) and great edges. I'll let them go for $200. lmk. They might be slightly over your level though. High intermediate to advanced ski for someone who likes to carve but not quite at a sl race ski level... I prefer my sl-11, and fischer rc4s.

Like other posters, get some nice boots and get fitted by a shop. Yes, its expensive, but it is worth it. We have short hills here, but it'll still pay dividends.
post #8 of 13
Do yourself a favor and get good, quality boots, and have them fitted with at least a insole. If your not comfy you are not going to enjoy skiing. Plus, the response you will get out of your skis is well worth the price.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
Shoal007 I sent you a PM about your skis

I plan to go to a ski shop for the boots. I can handle used skis but used boots I can't do, so new it will be.

post #10 of 13
Yeah... uh, math is hard.  :-)

"chin high to slightly above your head" still holds, but you should substitute in correct height/length values by using the correct factor for inch/cm conversion (2.54).  :-)
post #11 of 13
Originally Posted by Matthias99 View Post

Yeah... uh, math is hard.  :-)

"chin high to slightly above your head" still holds, but you should substitute in correct height/length values by using the correct factor for inch/cm conversion (2.54).  :-)
160 - 165 with a nice side cut, soft ski.  Get em cheap and trade up when it's time.  Too much ski is a mistake.
post #12 of 13
 I don't know much about midwest skiing, but I'd say to check ebay for good deals.  I bought last year that are from 04-05 and they are still quite lively and a ton of fun.  Skied out they are not.  I would shoot you a few links that caught my eye, but I'm looking a longer length category as I do more powder skiing here.  And I'm taller.  I don't think you should have to spend more than $200.  If you want generic info on dimensions of skis you can check out ski listings on  I downloaded their pdf's so I can check everything since a lot of sellers aren't too good about listing dimensions and I can't remember 500 skis.  Maybe that's just me though.

Also, you might want to ask people on ebay what their bsl (boot sole length) is.  If you're trying to buy a ski for cheap, it sucks to have to remount the bindings for $50, or whatever they charge in your area.

So really, take Paul Jones' advice.  Buy soft and cheap.  Use them for a year or two or three and then replace when you outgrow skill wise.  Ebay is your friend, and these forums can be a great help.
post #13 of 13
Depending on how close ya are to the slopes, most midwest ones have open houses with swap meets the beginning of Nov.   But look around first to get an idea of what you seek and a feel for price, i get confused if i cross a deal less i really pre check prices and equip.

Lots of decent deals from midwest shops or folks looking to sell stuff no longer used.  Most the shop folk are on hand and can assist.  Also note that many shops are beginning to stock up and have some deals on last yrs inventory, they often will toss more discounts with added purchases.

my first set up was unplanned, just wanted a first set of boots but the deal on the ski's, free mount and poles was too good to pass up.

I always liked hitting minneapolis area as there are more shops than my neck of the woods
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