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ROSSIGNOL Barras sizing

post #1 of 10
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I have a chance to pick up a pair of 185 barras at a great price. However I'm 5'9" and weigh 155 which makes the 185 seem a bit long (my groomer skis are 168). I want the ski pretty much only for powder days. I am an advanced skier. Any thoughts? Thanks
post #2 of 10
Way too long. You should buy them and send them to me!
post #3 of 10
They would be long, but maybe not too long as your soft snow ski.  They are twintips so the 185 will ski more like a 175 because of the twin.

Or you could just get them and send them to me as Michael says!

Mike
post #4 of 10
Exactly my issue: Sizing for Rossi S7.

Just got a pair of S7s 188 with Fritschi Freeride Plus. (They were demos and came with the binding.)  

I am 5'9", 190 and advanced skier though not particularly aggressive or fast.

The S7 just doesn't feel right to me. I do a lot of Whister skiing. The universal consensus, as here. is that the S7 is a great ski. So I assume it is me, either my style, technique and/or length.

I have skied them two days and a lot of it is powder/deep snow in past few days at Whistler -- lots of snow. They (or I feel clumsy) on the S7s. Clunky, klutzy, squirrely. I  wonder what to do. 

(The Metron B5s -- 162 cm -- took absolutely no learning curve with them when I got them (5 years ago) and I could tell within 50 feet that they were terrific, and that was also in powder in California.)

So, any insights?

Do the S7 need to be skied fast? Metrons don't need speed to turn easily in deeper snow so that is my frame-of-reference.

Or maybe too long? Wondering about that too.

Any suggestions, besides demoing a shorter pair?
post #5 of 10
Could be too long, but at your weight they should be ok even though you are 5' 9".  Could be the binding position, where are the bindings mounted?  

It also may be that you just need to ski them more to adapt to the feel of the longer ski.

Let me know if you decide they aren't for you and want to sell them.

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Originally Posted by DMS190 View Post

Exactly my issue: Sizing for Rossi S7.

Just got a pair of S7s 188 with Fritschi Freeride Plus. (They were demos and came with the binding.)  

I am 5'9", 190 and advanced skier though not particularly aggressive or fast.

The S7 just doesn't feel right to me. I do a lot of Whister skiing. The universal consensus, as here. is that the S7 is a great ski. So I assume it is me, either my style, technique and/or length.

I have skied them two days and a lot of it is powder/deep snow in past few days at Whistler -- lots of snow. They (or I feel clumsy) on the S7s. Clunky, klutzy, squirrely. I  wonder what to do. 

(The Metron B5s -- 162 cm -- took absolutely no learning curve with them when I got them (5 years ago) and I could tell within 50 feet that they were terrific, and that was also in powder in California.)

So, any insights?

Do the S7 need to be skied fast? Metrons don't need speed to turn easily in deeper snow so that is my frame-of-reference.

Or maybe too long? Wondering about that too.

Any suggestions, besides demoing a shorter pair?
post #6 of 10
I am 5'9, 150lb. - I have the S5 Barras in 171, mounted +3. They feel just right to me in powder and hardpack/groomers.

However, in crud/chopped up stuff they tend to bounce and tend to throw me around quite a bit, so I ended up having to work harder with them than my Z9 in crud. I find my Z9 easier to ski in these conditions than the S5. I do believe the surface area of the ski and the skier weight come into play here...

As most posters commented, the 185 would be a little too long for someone your weight - you may find them OK in powder and hardpack, but in crud they may be a lot of work.
post #7 of 10
Let me know how your experience turn out - I am on a season-end gear buying binge, and the S7 is on my radar....    I ski mainly California, and Whistler on my monthly trips to Canada.

I have my eyes on the 176, thinking it would be just right. My biggest concern is that with that much surface area, and being 150lbs, I don't want to be thrown around by the ski (like at times by the S5 in crud). Whatever I gain in floatation I don't want to sacrifice in agility, which I value more.

BTW - nice shot from inside the cabin of the P2P......

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Originally Posted by DMS190 View Post

Exactly my issue: Sizing for Rossi S7.

Just got a pair of S7s 188 with Fritschi Freeride Plus. (They were demos and came with the binding.)  

I am 5'9", 190 and advanced skier though not particularly aggressive or fast.

The S7 just doesn't feel right to me. I do a lot of Whister skiing. The universal consensus, as here. is that the S7 is a great ski. So I assume it is me, either my style, technique and/or length.

I have skied them two days and a lot of it is powder/deep snow in past few days at Whistler -- lots of snow. They (or I feel clumsy) on the S7s. Clunky, klutzy, squirrely. I  wonder what to do. 

(The Metron B5s -- 162 cm -- took absolutely no learning curve with them when I got them (5 years ago) and I could tell within 50 feet that they were terrific, and that was also in powder in California.)

So, any insights?

Do the S7 need to be skied fast? Metrons don't need speed to turn easily in deeper snow so that is my frame-of-reference.

Or maybe too long? Wondering about that too.

Any suggestions, besides demoing a shorter pair?
 
post #8 of 10
Well I sold my S7s.

Found a guy who was looking at that exact ski -- he knew it well and had skied the 176 size.

I tried them again last week and though I have heard from several people that the S7 is not just a powder ski but "an every-day ski." But I can't see it for me.

I am sure that the S7 is a great ski -- it has a wonderful combination of characteristics. But it wasn't the ski for me, at least in the 176 size. I will try to demo that one.

 
post #9 of 10
Whilst the S7 may be a dubious choice for an everyday ski, I find the S5 (Barras - '09) quite a potential candidate for an everyday ski, despite the width.  
I have found myself taking out the S5 a lot more even in current spring conditions, where they held edge really well in the morning icy stuff. This past weekend, I skied on them Sat. PM (soften up stuff), and all day Sun. (variable spring stuff-icy to slushy), and then Mon. (powder day).
 
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Originally Posted by DMS190 View Post

... I have heard from several people that the S7 is not just a powder ski but "an every-day ski." But I can't see it for me...

 
post #10 of 10
s7 is not an "every day ski". It will get you back to the lift line anytime you ski, but pay attention to having a little edge engaged. I just bought s7s. They will carve, etc. My every day ski is still my Mantra 170.  5' 9.5', 141 lbs.
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