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What length freestyle ski?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Yes... it's one of those what length questions again....

 

I want to have a go at freestyle but I don't want to mash up my current skis so I want to get som 2nd hand/end of season bargains to mash up instead.  I've not done anything close to freestyle before so I have no real clue at what I'm looking for.

 

I am a small/medium build girly, currently on 155 for slalom and 175-180 fatties.  I'm guessing about 160 then for park?

post #2 of 15

Whats your height/weight? I'd probably point you towards something 170 or so. Remember that with twin tips you lose a lot of running length, plus you mount further forward so they feel much shorter than they are.

 

For reference my park skis are 181 and my everyday/fatties are 191.

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

I'm 1.75 but like 130lbs I think? So I can't really put heaps of power on a ski.

 

When you say mounted further forward, do you mean relative to other skis, esp powder ones, because surely you want a park ski mounted centre?

post #4 of 15

Alot of park skis are mounted towards the center of the ski running surface, not necessarily in the dead center though, as opposed to a traditional mount.  K2 brought this to every ones attention I think when they started putting a scale on the sidewall of skis like the first Public Enemy.  They had "Core Center" and "Traditional" or something like that.  The difference was 7.5 cm I think.  Even for park I never mounted mine dead center.  I had my first ones at +2 cm from traditional, my Fujatives were +4, and my newer Public Enemies were +5...so only 2.5 cm back from center.  I think the only time you'd really mount in the middle would be on a symmetrical ski, like some Nordicas, Fischers and Lines are.  It's not mandatory to mount in the middle to stomp big tricks though.

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

Cheers Fujative, I'll keep that in mind, although if I'm buying 2nd hand I'm not sure what options for re-drilling I'll have.  I found some new Afterbangs for a verrrrry good price but only 155... guess that's pushing it a bit?

post #6 of 15

For reference,recommended mount point on most park skis is generally between center and -2.5 ish from center. K2 mount points are a bit weird compared to other brands. On the Afterbang, you would want to go center since its symmetrical. If possible I would highly recommend getting something 165-170. Lots of good deals around at the moment if you search around.

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

Would I be laughed out of the park by all the cool kids if I turned up on a pair of Pocket Rockets?

post #8 of 15

Actually the cool kids don't laugh at people in the park.  The wannabes do.  The cool kids would let you ride with them and help make you better.

 

Pocket Rockets are getting a bit dated so that would be the only problem there.  They aren't really too fat for it, I see lots of people in the park on Seths and Kung Fujas. 

 

My park skis for years have only come up to my mouth and they worked fine.  I'm 6'5" and the longest the skis I was buying came in was a 179 (PE and Fujative) so I just dealt with it.  In the park that was ok.  All mountain that was a little short.  I'd figure out how many cm's off the ground your nose or eyes are and look for a ski in that length.

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by skilikeagirl2 View Post

Would I be laughed out of the park by all the cool kids if I turned up on a pair of Pocket Rockets?



Not if you land some serious air on them (or anything else). 

 

Seriously, people don't usually laugh at strangers unless they do something really funny.  Skiing on somewhat older gear isn't REALLY funny.   But skiing on 20 year old gear and not being able to land a spread might be pretty funny to some, just not me.

post #10 of 15

49ers Jackets in the park are funny.

post #11 of 15

I'm 5'9" 190lbs, and my park skis are 167's. At about the same height and 60lbs lighter, I'd shave a couple cm's off of that. So something in the 165 range would work well for you.

post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

Cheers guys.  I have been given some 176 Dumonts for free so I can't complain at that!  My Pocket Rockets are 165 so they would probably be better, but they have touring bindings on at the moment.  I could swap the bindings if the extra 11cm are really going to punish me. 

 

I'm not going to land anything anyway as I am a total rookie and a complete girl with anything scary anyway.  But there's only one way to get over that! 

 

Also - should I be looking into getting any sort of protection in the immediate term?  I'm having a few lessons to start with and then will just pick up tips from friends.  But am I likely to be getting myself into painful situations as a rookie?

post #13 of 15

Always wear protection...

post #14 of 15


 

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Originally Posted by skilikeagirl2 View Post

Cheers guys.  I have been given some 176 Dumonts for free so I can't complain at that!  My Pocket Rockets are 165 so they would probably be better, but they have touring bindings on at the moment.  I could swap the bindings if the extra 11cm are really going to punish me. 

 

I'm not going to land anything anyway as I am a total rookie and a complete girl with anything scary anyway.  But there's only one way to get over that! 

 

Also - should I be looking into getting any sort of protection in the immediate term?  I'm having a few lessons to start with and then will just pick up tips from friends.  But am I likely to be getting myself into painful situations as a rookie?

 

I'd strongly suggest using the 165's over the 176's. When you're in the park, especially when you're beginning, shorter is better. The longer the ski, the harder it is to spin. But that's my opinion. If the 176's work for you, then you save the hassle of a binding swap.

 

As far as protection, you should absolutely, positively have a helmet. A helmet is important for all skiing, but it's just about a necessity for skiing park. Beyond that, it's a matter of preference. I personally don't wear any pads. I have friends who wear pad shorts, spine protectors, wrist guards... I even know one guy who wears a waterskiing lifevest to pad his torso. Regardless, any rookie in the park is bound for some pain. If you're not really willing to risk some broken bones or a concussion, your progress in the park is probably going to be pretty limited. Go big or go home... huck it or f*** it.
 

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

Cheers Freeski.  I'm having a few lessons on the 165s before I get a hold of the 176s anyway.   If they don't laugh at the age of the ski I'm sure the touring binding will do it. 

Got a helmet, getting a better one though.  I'm only really doing park to get over my fear of drops so I know the mental battle of taking a risk will be the biggest factor.  Wish I had done it when I was a kid when the concept of having bills to pay didn't enter my mind!

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