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6'2" and 240 lb. Level 7 skier

Mix of eastern and western skiing.

Have demo'd these skis in 178 but they felt "short".  Anyone else have a similar experience?

Not sure if these would be too much at the 184 length.

Any advice appreciated.
post #2 of 12
 That's because they are short for you. I'm 5' 10", 170 lb and have the Legend 8K in 178.

Try the 184 and if it feels that you can't handle it, maybe try the 80 in 184.
post #3 of 12
184, remember weight is more important than you height...  Definitely 184 at you size....
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Originally Posted by pilotct View Post

6'2" and 240 lb. Level 7 skier

Mix of eastern and western skiing.

Have demo'd these skis in 178 but they felt "short".  Anyone else have a similar experience?

Not sure if these would be too much at the 184 length.

Any advice appreciated.

I am not surprised the 178 felt short to you.  I'd be surprised if you though the opposite.

I am 6'1" 200lb and have the 184cm.  It's a great length -- I wouldn't change a thing about the ski.
post #5 of 12
Wow.  When I demoed this ski, they put me on a 172cm.  I'm 6'0" 185lbs.

I consider myself a level 8ish skier and there were times when I felt this was a bit too much ski for me in my current condition.

Disclaimer, I'm an old 37yo, not in the best shape anymore.

I plan to try out the 80 on my next trip.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by 1SDSKIER View Post

184, remember weight is more important than you height...  Definitely 184 at you size....

Nope - you're height absolutely plays into length selection due to how your COM interacts with the length of your ski.  You should match the ski flex to your weight (this has been discussed about a million times).

Anyhow, pilotct - at your size I would definitely recommend the 184.  I skied the 178 (I'm 5' 7" and 175 lbs.) and it felt perfect for me.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all for your advice.  Another question:  a friend suggested a ride on Nordica Afterburners but I have not yet demo'd - any thoughts versus the Sultan 85s?
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I'm wondering the same thing - how do Sultan 85's compare to Nordica Afterburners (which I think are now called the Hot Rod Pro Jet Fuel CA). These are the two skis I'm considering buying, but unfortunately I haven't found a shop in my area that has either one to demo.  
post #9 of 12
I would say that these are two very different skis.  The HR-Pro Jet Fuel is more from the wide super carver lineage and the Sultan 85 is more freeride oriented.  That should tell you a whole bunch right there.  The Sultan series (there are more to come next season) do a whole lot really well.  I have found them to be very versatile skis.  If you can't afford a huge quiver of skis then you can't go wrong with a Dynastar Sultan (just pick the waist width that works for the skiing that you do the majority of the time).  PM dawgcatching and he'll hook up a deal for you.

The HR-Pro series seem to be a little more "one trick pony" to me.  Definitely stiffer and more substantial feeling, but for the little bit extra they give you on the groomers over the Sultans they lose a lot everywhere else.

This decision totally depends on your skiing style/skills and choice of terrain, but there's no way I would put these two skis anywhere in the same ball park.
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Originally Posted by Noodler View Post

The HR-Pro series seem to be a little more "one trick pony" to me.  Definitely stiffer and more substantial feeling, but for the little bit extra they give you on the groomers over the Sultans they lose a lot everywhere else.

Yeah. The Sultans are good enough on the groomers that if they are really not satisfying your need for quickness, precision, and stability on edge, then IMO you probably aren't going to be seriously happy on that terrain on any 85mm ski.
post #11 of 12
You're about my size - I'm 6'4", 240 lb.  I have the Mythic Rider in a 189 and find this to be an ideal size for about everything.  The Sultan seemed to be a little softer than the Mythic Rider so a 189 in that ski might do the trick for you.  Good luck!

Craig 
post #12 of 12
Thanks for your feedback, Noodler and qcanoe... I really appreciate it.
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