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Prophet 90 172 vs 179

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Thread Starter 
Hi all, I've tried searching the threads but haven't been able to come up with anyone in quite the same situation as me. I'm 5'9 and 160 lbs, going to pull the trigger on some Line Prophet 90s just need to decide on the length. I plan on mounting them with Marker Barons and will probably be about 60/40 on piste. I'm probably an advanced-expert skiing in Maine. The guy at a shop I went to suggested the 172's but a lot of the information I'm reading here says they ski short and makes me lean toward the 179. What do you all think?
post #2 of 14
I'm having the same problem deciding if I should buy a pair of last years Prophet 90s in a 186 size.  The price is $312 which is tempting.  I'm 5' 11" 185 lbs. I gotta grab these soon if I want them.  Is 186 too long?

I ski everything inbounds in the northeast with occasional slackcountry.  I like powder, play in trees, love slush, dabble in bumps, and rail groomers. 
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Originally Posted by ed_d View Post

I'm having the same problem deciding if I should buy a pair of last years Prophet 90s in a 186 size.  The price is $312 which is tempting.  I'm 5' 11" 185 lbs. I gotta grab these soon if I want them.  Is 186 too long?

I ski everything inbounds in the northeast with occasional slackcountry.  I like powder, play in trees, love slush, dabble in bumps, and rail groomers. 

The 186 shouldn't be too long (I weight 165 and ski a 180) and that's a pretty good price so I'd go for it!
post #4 of 14
They do ski short, now with that being said it Really depends on where you ski the most, in the trees out in open terrain???  If in the trees ALOT, at your size I would go to the 172, if you ski in more open areas where maneuverability is not at a premium go with the 179..  Real fun ski, and Very versatile, you made a good choice at your size with this ski... 
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Ended up going with the 172 as per several people's suggestions. I'm skiing on 166's now and have a hard time imagining myself on a 179. I do like to bomb groomers but also want the versatility in the tight New England trees, bumps, etc. Will let everyone know how they ski once I get out on them. Thanks for the continued help on this message board!
post #6 of 14
Hey man, I picked up a pair of Prophet 90s in a 172. I'm about the same size as you so i also could have gone with the longer ski. However I love skiing in the trees and i wanted more versatility, so i got the 172s
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I bought a pair of 172's from Al's ski barn.  They came in and on the tails of the skis they read 179.  I measured and I got around 175cm.  So who know how long my skis are, but they are amazing!  Probably the best east coast ski you could pick.  I'm 6' .
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Sounds like someone at Al's messed up... but if you're happy you're happy! That's where I got mine from too, hopefully they'll be here Monday, I picked up some Barons the other day... can't wait!
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Downhillin99 View Post




The 186 shouldn't be too long (I weight 165 and ski a 180) and that's a pretty good price so I'd go for it!






 

Got em!  Good times.
post #10 of 14
 Aloveitt,

I think you will be happy with the 172cm length. I have the same length in the Prophet 100s and they are very quick from turn to turn and great in trees. For people our size (me 5' 9sh" 150lb),  I think the 172cm length are not as stable at high speeds in East Coast hard pack (ice). I would feel more confident one size up if I were to want to carry more speed. I do understand the skis are different but I think you made a good choice.
post #11 of 14
I'm 5'10-175lbs and 60 yrs. Bought a 177 last year and skied 4 days in Utah. Extremely stable at speed on  groomed. I found them too long in 20' fresh at Snowbird. Perhaps more runs would work this out but I'm looking to unload them for a shorter ski.
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Originally Posted by tsbent View Post

I'm 5'10-175lbs and 60 yrs. Bought a 177 last year and skied 4 days in Utah. Extremely stable at speed on  groomed. I found them too long in 20' fresh at Snowbird. Perhaps more runs would work this out but I'm looking to unload them for a shorter ski.

That shouldn't be too long for you.  With a full twin the prophets ski pretty short, and in soft snow you can usually benefit by going longer for stability.  If you struggled at snowbird, it was probably due to the 20" which I'm assuming you're not used to... and not due to the skis.
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hey all just an update- I ended up going with the Prophets in 172, mounted them with Marker Barons. So far they are a sick setup, have skied them in in everything from a heavy snow (not fresh but snow that was being cut up as it fell) to fairly hard east coast conditions. I knew they would be excellent in the softer snow but can't get over how well these grip the hard pack. They don't grip well for a 90 mm wasted ski, they grip well for any ski. I actually took some gates at Sugarloaf yesterday and they zipped right through them. Overall I am very pleased.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Aloveitt View Post

Hey all just an update- I ended up going with the Prophets in 172, mounted them with Marker Barons. So far they are a sick setup, have skied them in in everything from a heavy snow (not fresh but snow that was being cut up as it fell) to fairly hard east coast conditions. I knew they would be excellent in the softer snow but can't get over how well these grip the hard pack. They don't grip well for a 90 mm wasted ski, they grip well for any ski. I actually took some gates at Sugarloaf yesterday and they zipped right through them. Overall I am very pleased.
 


  Dude I had the same experience too with my new Prophets 90s mounted with Salomon Sth12 bindings. These things absolutely shred the pow, but man they ski like a dream on hard pack and groomers. Way better then my old Volkl carving skis. What a phenomenal ski. Glad they worked out for you!!!
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