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Skis lenght, your opinion needed

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hi Guys.
I'm 45, 5'-10", 210#. Let's say right now I'm somewhere 5-7 with my skills.(back on ski after 20 years pause)
I just ordered 2010 Fischer Progressor 8+ 165cm.
I'm new on this forum and what I read here, I should rather go with 170cm. Would these 5cm difference be so critical?
Now I have 160cm skis and I really enjoy them. I decided to go 5cm longer. Let me know what you think.
thanks for reading
post #2 of 19
There is a big difference between level 5 and 7, a level 5 is a skidder and 7 is fairly advanced. What are you? Progressor 8 is a lot of ski for a level 5 at any length. How do you ski and how big is you regular hill? 165 is pretty short unless you are making short radius turns all day. If you making any long, high speed turns on a big hill I would get the170.
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
It is hard to describe skills level using numbers. I can run down blue trails but I don't ski very fast. I'd like to be able to do short turns, long turns. Let's go back to my original question. Would these 5cm difference be so critical?
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by jazu View Post

It is hard to describe skills level using numbers. I can run down blue trails but I don't ski very fast. I'd like to be able to do short turns, long turns. Let's go back to my original question. Would these 5cm difference be so critical?
165 should be fine
post #5 of 19
Considering your weight, 170 would be better, but 165 is good for you in that ski at those speeds.  You will be able to make long turns, just not  beautifully sliced edge-locked ones.  If you wanted to make long turns at higher speeds, you would be better off on a different ski anyways.
post #6 of 19
 I guess I'd lean more towards the longer ski because of your weight.
post #7 of 19
I'm a level 7, 6' and 185 and ski the 170.  I think that 170 would have been better for you, but that the 165 will be fine.

Mike
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post

Considering your weight, 170 would be better, but 165 is good for you in that ski at those speeds.  You will be able to make long turns, just not  beautifully sliced edge-locked ones.  If you wanted to make long turns at higher speeds, you would be better off on a different ski anyways.
What different ski would you suggest?
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by jazu View Post



What different ski would you suggest?
 

for going faster, you should be on something with a longer turn radius, (a GS ski) but you can't eat your cake and have it too.  The longer turn radius ski won't excel at making short turns.  You could compromise and get somthing like Head SS Speed, i.Speed, Fischer Worldcup RC, etcetera, but it would be a compromise.  

If you want to improve your turns, a short radius ski is the best way to go; it will give you more turns for your dollar.

Realskiers/expertskiers reviews is worth the $20. subscription, a lot of skis reviewed.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post




for going faster, you should be on something with a longer turn radius, (a GS ski) but you can't eat your cake and have it too.  The longer turn radius ski won't excel at making short turns.  You could compromise and get somthing like Head SS Speed, i.Speed, Fischer Worldcup RC, etcetera, but it would be a compromise.  

If you want to improve your turns, a short radius ski is the best way to go; it will give you more turns for your dollar.

Realskiers/expertskiers reviews is worth the $20. subscription, a lot of skis reviewed.



 
Let's get real. The OP said he skis blues "not very fast" and is probably about a level 6. If that is the type of skiing he is doing, a Head SS Speed or Fischer RC 4 is about the worst choice he could make unless he doesn't want his skis to turn. Let's not over think this. The Progressor 8 @ 165 is a good choice.
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you guys for your input. 20 year ago back in my country was much easier to buy a ski:)
My ski should arrive today and tomorrow I'm going with my friend to Mt. Baker resort.
Happy skiing to all.
post #12 of 19

Are you going with the 165 Progressor 8+?

post #13 of 19
In my opinion there no universal answer to your question jazu.You will just have to experiment with ski type and length.I am 6'1", 176lb,skiing on 170cm 2010 Fischer Progressor 9+.I consider myself advanced skier,and I am telling you these skis rock.I enjoy short turns at low speed,even some old school style as well.For GS I would consider for myself 185cm skis.Anyway if you are polishing your turning skills,go with easier to turn ski,like your 165cm dual radius Fischers.
Good luck at MtBaker.
post #14 of 19
 I am about the same size as you are and ski with Progressor 8+ 170cm. You will love that ski. Don't sweat 165cm will be fine. Skis come with little wax on them. I would hotscrape and wax them before taking to the slopes.  
post #15 of 19
Keeping it real. Lesson 33.  Consider the context: The OP was advised by Ghost that 165 cm RX8 was GOOD for his stated requirements including his stated speeds.

  The "different" ski was in answer to a followup question arising in the context of IF he was looking for a ski for skiing longer turns at faster speeds.  A progressor 8+ is not what I would recommend anybody ski at high speeds.

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Let's get real. The OP said he skis blues "not very fast" and is probably about a level 6. If that is the type of skiing he is doing, a Head SS Speed or Fischer RC 4 is about the worst choice he could make unless he doesn't want his skis to turn. Let's not over think this. The Progressor 8 @ 165 is a good choice.
post #16 of 19
Understood, but what if he actually bought those skis base on your information? He would be stuck on skis that he would probably be incapable of using or at the very least have a miserable experience with.

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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post

Keeping it real. Lesson 33.  Consider the context: The OP was advised by Ghost that 165 cm RX8 was GOOD for his stated requirements including his stated speeds.

  The "different" ski was in answer to a followup question arising in the context of IF he was looking for a ski for skiing longer turns at faster speeds.  A progressor 8+ is not what I would recommend anybody ski at high speeds.

 



 
post #17 of 19
To be clear, unless he is going to be skiing at high speeds, he should get the RX8 at either 165 or 170 cm in length.

If, and only if, he is going to ski at high speeds, he should get a long radius ski; it's better to catch a few edges, and suffer a few hard lessons and learn how to use a ski, than to go skiing at high speeds on a slalom sidecut ski.  It all depends on WHAT he is going to do.
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
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...It all depends on WHAT he is going to do.

I just want to ski and have some fun with it:) That's all.
Looks like we have too many choices in these days.
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by jazu View Post

I just want to ski and have some fun with it:) That's all.
Looks like we have too many choices in these days.
 
RX8 or similar 13-m radius ski in 165 or 170 cm is best for you.   If you find yourself skiing way fast all the time, upgrade to a gs ski.  Interestingly enough, when you have a gs ski readily available, you tend to ski slower on your short radius skis.
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