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K2 Gotback--length question

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I"m having a tough time deciding between two lengths of skis--167 cm or 174 cm, a 5'8" female.  Does anyone have any experiences with skis that might be similar that would help me decide what to do?  I have a horrible time making decisions. . . . ..

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Hi jgeier, welcome to EpicSki!

 

I, too, was concerned about what length Gotback to get. Although height is a factor, weight is the key statistic that affects sizing skis. I weigh under 120. In the past, when K2 used cord length as the measure, I would ski a 160. More recently when running length was the measure, I would ski a 156. Although it is quite a bit wider than my other skis, it's also rockered and will be used on powder days off-piste, not carving slalom turns.

 

Conclusion: I went with a 160. 

 

Question: what do you weigh? 

 

Here's an interesting wiki on the subject of sizing skis.

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Originally Posted by nolo View Post

Question: what do you weigh? 

 

Also: Boots?  What skis/length have you been skiing on - plusses and minuses?  What terrain & conditions do you want to ski?  

post #4 of 11
Saw in your other post that you ski 176 older Gotamas, ski 100 days a year and will tour etc... Sounds like you like your Gots right now.



I would suggest the 174 GotBack even without knowing your weight. Will just be more versatile and you will have no problem transitioning to it. Also it has a bit of rocker so it should ski shorter than your 176 Gotamas.
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FWIW, I got the 167 Gotbacks, based on a couple of recommendations.  I ski 168 Havocs and T-Rocks OB, 178 Legend 8800's in-bounds.  5'8", although I likely weigh a good bit more than you do.  wink.gif

 

After taking them out for a couple of days, I can say that I like them a WHOLE bunch and they're going to be my go-to OB ski, but I'm feeling like I could have easily gone longer.  YMMV.  I get plenty of float from them as they are, and they are the utter bomb in shit conditions like breakable crust.  Keep in mind that I've been skiing for several years with 88 under foot, so these fatter skis are going to be giving me more float than I've been used to.

 

So far I've had them out in powder and breakable crust.  I've not tried to ski anything with them yet where I really felt like I needed a solid, stable platform underfoot so can't comment on how they'd perform in that situation.  If you're on Gotamas now, I think these are likely to feel a little noodly for you.  They'll be a whole bunch easier to push up a hill, though.

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Hey All,

 

Thanks for your help!  I weigh about 125-130 lbs, and as I said in another post I ski a lot.  I'm not necessarily a charger, but I'll ski pretty much anything. . . .as long as my skis can stay on the snow wink.gif  I know that given my weight, the 167 would probably provide enough float, and that the 174 w/ the early rise tip will feel like it skis shorter. . . .I know it could come down to skiing 'em, but I don't have that choice!  I had a few skis to chose from that my boyfriend can get in trade for some work he's doing. . . .so I have to chose based on what I "think" I'll like best.

 

As for terrain. . . .it'll be a little bit of everything--open bowls, chutes, tight trees, etc.  That's why I was kinda thinking about the 167, but my boyfriend is heavily suggesting the 174s!

 

I'm excited about the Gotbacks, I've heard only really good things about them, and I've been touring on a really heavy not so fun set-up.  I'm excited to get on something a little lighter w/ a bit more float.

 

If anyone has anyting else to add, I love opinions and advice!  Soon I'll hopefully be an expert on what to recommend!

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I'm excited to hear they're good in not-so-ideal conditions!  I'm not worried about them being noodly, I ski the Gots inbounds w/ a full alpine set-up. . .  .where as I'll have dynafits and touring boots w/ Gotbacks.

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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

 

 

Also: Boots?  What skis/length have you been skiing on - plusses and minuses?  What terrain & conditions do you want to ski?  


I have the black Diamond Shiva for boots. .  . .I'm still getting used to them, didn't *love* them last year, I still felt they were too soft, but I'm used to skiing stiff alpine boots. . . I'm getting used to skiing at gear more!  My touring skis have been 170 Rossi Scratch BCs from about 5 years ago.  I have fritchi freerides on it and the set up is HEAVY.  Skis are fun to alpine, but NOT to tour in!  Not really sure if I have any pluses for them. . .. In bounds I ski 176 Gotamas w/ a Marker Griffin binding and I really like them.  I think for 176s they ski short (I think because they're twin-tipped) Only thing I don't like about them, is sometimes I wish they had more float!  They are my favorite skis for charging groomers though! (Irrelevant b/c I"m looking for touring skis in this post.  . .) I'm excited to try the early rise tip of the K2 Gotbacks. Conditions/Terrain. . . . .almost anything.  I don't really go out if the conditions aren't going to be good, but I do occasionally get into a heavy unexpected suncrust or wind scoured area.  Or miss the corn in the spring and feel like I'm slogging down a water slope.  Usually I look for untracked powder!  (but don't we all?)

post #9 of 11

Given your reply, then, I'd say go with the 167's.  Your light weight and interest in skiing tighter terrain leads me to think that you'll be plenty happy with what the 167's give you.  These things w/Dynafits (my setup) are going to feel like feathers on your feet compared to what you've been skiing.

 

Looking forward to seeing some TRs from you!

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Given your reply, then, I'd say go with the 167's.  Your light weight and interest in skiing tighter terrain leads me to think that you'll be plenty happy with what the 167's give you.  These things w/Dynafits (my setup) are going to feel like feathers on your feet compared to what you've been skiing.

 

Looking forward to seeing some TRs from you!


+1  I'd only add that, given what you've told us, you could go either way so make your decision based on your preference.  Enjoy!

post #11 of 11

Just FYI, Nolo is one of the best skiers I have seen.  She definitely shreds anything, anywhere, anytime.  She's one of the few people I'd put in the bucket of an expert skier. 

 

I've also skied with Mountaingirl1961 (Sue).  She is an excellent skier as well, and spends considerable time backcountry.  Ive got a lot of respect for both of them. So, I'd take their advice.

 

Mike

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