Hey epicskiers! Newbie to the forum, but been skiing about 5 years or so, now. I'm a junior in HS (Turning 17 next week), and I've been on our MN High school slalom team for about 4 years, I believe. Anyways, the ski season is going to be starting up here soon, and so I just bought some new (used) gear.
Tecnica Diablo 130's, with a nice, tight fit.
'09 165cm Volkl Racetiger SL race stocks.
I'm moving up from 148cm Jr. Racetigers (from around '04, I believe) and some broken-ass cruiser boots with a flex rating of about 50 (no joke; it was insanely hard to control the skis with them). Anyways, I'm about 5' 10" or 5' 11", and around 130lbs, but I'm trying to bulk up to around 140lbs or so during dryland training, before the snow starts coming. I was REALLY inconsistent last year, even though I felt like I could carve awesome, tight turns in free runs. I just felt like I got way to far back on my heels in the course, which I have a feeling was largely due to my boots. In slow courses I was awesome, but I just feel like I instinctively went too far back on my heels on fast courses, and my boots didn't care what I did (they didn't keep my weight forward). So, hopefully that's true, and hopefully my skiing will improve quite a bit this year.
As far as the skis, are these 165's going to be too long for me? It seems like most of the guys on our team run 165's.
I suppose it would be a good idea to try both and see what works better, but it would be cool if I might be able to sell the jr. racetigers at a ski swap - it's an expensive sport, and owning/driving a car as well has some big expenses to it too. aka I need money, haha.
So, should I just keep the 148's for now, and experiment with what works better for me, or sell the 148's and just run the 165's? I think I just answered my own question, but it'd be rad if I could get some input from you guys.