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Salomon Lord - what's the right length for me & what binding to get

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Thread Starter 

Hi Everyone,

 

I'm new to the site, so please have patience with me smile.gif After skiing over 12 years on some old Salomons, I decided it's time to buy some new equipment. Did some research and Salomon Lord came out as clear winner. 

 

However, I can't decide what length is right for me. I'm 5'8'', 170 pounds and I would rate myself somewhere between level 7-8 according to the PSIA rating (http://www.realskiers.com/symbol_def.htm#ability), meaning I can ski pretty much any trail and go more and more off-piste.

 

Initially, I thought 169 would be right for me, but the guy in the shop told me I should go for 177 as the twin-tip adds some 5cm and also the rocker adds in a little bit. I'm not afraid of long skis (my current are 185 although with almost no carve), but would really like to get other opinions. Do you think it's reasonable to go with 177, or should I stick with the 169?

 

My other question is what binding to choose. They sell them bundled with Salomon Z10 or STH12. Which one would you recommend? Or should I go for some Marker instead? I'd really appreciate some advise on this as my knowledge of bindings is quite limited.

 

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by janci View Post

Hi Everyone,

 

I'm new to the site, so please have patience with me smile.gif After skiing over 12 years on some old Salomons, I decided it's time to buy some new equipment. Did some research and Salomon Lord came out as clear winner. 

 

However, I can't decide what length is right for me. I'm 5'8'', 170 pounds and I would rate myself somewhere between level 7-8 according to the PSIA rating (http://www.realskiers.com/symbol_def.htm#ability), meaning I can ski pretty much any trail and go more and more off-piste.

 

Initially, I thought 169 would be right for me, but the guy in the shop told me I should go for 177 as the twin-tip adds some 5cm and also the rocker adds in a little bit. I'm not afraid of long skis (my current are 185 although with almost no carve), but would really like to get other opinions. Do you think it's reasonable to go with 177, or should I stick with the 169?

 

My other question is what binding to choose. They sell them bundled with Salomon Z10 or STH12. Which one would you recommend? Or should I go for some Marker instead? I'd really appreciate some advise on this as my knowledge of bindings is quite limited.

 

Thanks!


177 for all intents and purposes.

 

Looks and tyrolia are some of the better binding you can get.

post #3 of 6

Really depends on what you're planning to do with them.  If you can flesh out your typical ski day, as well as your intended skiing (assuming they vary) the team will have more of an idea what you're about.  I lean heavily towards the 177 for the reasons you state, but if you tend to do shorter turns on a smaller, crowded hill then maybe I'm wrong.  I suspect the Z10 won't really be enough for you (although you could probably get away with them) but again that does depend on how and where you ski.

 

A bit more detail will get you a more considered answer from the more team hereabouts; where you ski, what snow conditions you ski, how aggressive you are when skiing, how fast you ski, what skis you've liked / disliked in the past and why ... that type of thing.

 

Good luck.

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Thanks for you responses, I'm getting more and more convinced 177 is the way to go.

 

Here's a bit more info on my skiing habits. I ski in Europe, usually the Alps (Italy, Austria, France), occasionally also elsewhere. I would say that I'm about 70/30 on/off-piste, but want to start going more to the backcountry. I'm quite aggressive skier who likes powder, but also enjoy carving and a little bit of speed downhill from time to time. Don't like ice and moguls too much, but have no problems skiing if there are any.

 

I've narrowed down the bindings to either Marker Squire 11 or Salomon STH12. Any opinions on this are highly appreciated.

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Originally Posted by janci View Post

Thanks for you responses, I'm getting more and more convinced 177 is the way to go.

 

Here's a bit more info on my skiing habits. I ski in Europe, usually the Alps (Italy, Austria, France), occasionally also elsewhere. I would say that I'm about 70/30 on/off-piste, but want to start going more to the backcountry. I'm quite aggressive skier who likes powder, but also enjoy carving and a little bit of speed downhill from time to time. Don't like ice and moguls too much, but have no problems skiing if there are any.

 

I've narrowed down the bindings to either Marker Squire 11 or Salomon STH12. Any opinions on this are highly appreciated.


Go with the Solly STH12s. If they're bundled then you should get the best price that way and they're a perfectly good binding. If you search a bit you'll find there's a certain level of mistrust when it comes to the Solly Z's. Sure they're lightweight, but that's not much help if they're broken.

 

Someone who's seen the Squires should comment, but on paper the heel looks like a cheap and simple job compared to one on the Griffons/Jesters. And I don't like cheap and simple heel designs - they tend to lack elasticity and are very binary in operation. If you're considering Marker then consider the Griffon.

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I'm 6' and fluctuate between 165-170 lbs. I recently bought a pair of Lord 185's with the STH12 bindings. They're a playful enough ski to where you can go bigger, and they'll be great as your ability climbs even higher. I demoed the 185, and was pleasantly surprised how such a big ski could ski so easily. I think a 177 sounds like a great choice. The 169 would definitely be out of the question for me, though. From everything I've heard, including from my favorite local ski tech, stay away from the Z12 bindings if you have the choice. Apparently the STH's are pretty dang solid bindings, and should be a great match for the Lord.

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