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Volkl AC30 - 163cm or 170cm - advice required

post #1 of 6
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Greetings

 

My first post - so thanks to all those kind enough to steer me into a final decision.  I've finally parted with a few bucks and buried my old - first generation parabolic skis with the purchase of new Volkl AC30's.  Beautiful skis but I'm unsettled as whether to go with 170's - the length of my current Head skis or the 163's which the store tech recommended.  Here are the factors in play.

 

I'm 47, 200lbs, 5' 10", advanced+ skier - but old school style(!), I ski Eastern Canada (Mont Tremblant) so lots of groomed runs, and frequent ice/crud.  I prefer short, fall line turns but can easily be tricked into wide sweeping runs.  Moguls are good too, but not my finest moment.

 

I find my current 170's a wee bit long in the moguls, but looking at the 163's - I wonder who shrunk my skis.

 

So, long story short - I think I'd prefer the 163's so long as my weight etc, dont overpower them.  I'm not out for a super aggressive all day ski hence the hedge for something shorter.  Finally, I thought shorter would be easier for the necessary transition from old school to 20th century technique.

 

Voila - any views/suggestions on the 163's??  Much appreciated!

 

YOWer

post #2 of 6

163 sounds a bit small unless you really like to turn a lot and go pretty slow. Personally, I'd do 170 if not the next size up.

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Originally Posted by Keith Jordan View Post

163 sounds a bit small unless you really like to turn a lot and go pretty slow. Personally, I'd do 170 if not the next size up.


What he said.

post #4 of 6

A large well respected ski shop says on their web site:

 

“Going to the next longer size will add stability and smooth out the ride a little, at the cost of low-speed maneuverability. When you drop a size, the skis feel more responsive, but less stable at high speed. The bottom line is that you should ski the shortest size that you’re comfortable skiing fast on. Anything longer is just unnecessary extra effort, and using skis that are too big can force skiers to develop awkward technique to compensate. The skis should be short enough to turn easily at the speeds you ski at, and long enough to feel stable when you open it up.”

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Originally Posted by YOWer View Post

Greetings

 

I'm 47, 200lbs, 5' 10", advanced+ skier - but old school style(!), I ski Eastern Canada (Mont Tremblant) so lots of groomed runs, and frequent ice/crud.  I prefer short, fall line turns but can easily be tricked into wide sweeping runs.  Moguls are good too, but not my finest moment.

 

I find my current 170's a wee bit long in the moguls, but looking at the 163's - I wonder who shrunk my skis.


As others have said, a 170 is really as short as you should ride at your height and weight. I am 5'10" and 190lbs. Shortest ski is a 179, longest is a 195. Learn to make bigger turns and stay out of moguls

post #6 of 6
I am only slightly taller and lighter, and I got the AC30 in 177cm. I demoed the AC50 in 170cm, and it was fine- fun, even - but felt wobbly at high speeds.
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