New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Am I crazy?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

I am 5'7 155lbs and I own a 170 lenght and 177. The 177 is a twin tip so it skis a little short. I am constantly reading post of people 6'0+ 200lbs who ski skis this length or just a little longer.

 

I have always skied this length, I have demoed skis a in the 160-165 range and generally did not like them. I found they did not hold edge as well and woud over steer(that is the best way I can describe the feeling atleast)

 

Is there something wrong with me? Or are there any other shorties like myself skiing a similar length

post #2 of 8

Its all personal TFull. Depends on what skis you have (you didn't mention it) & what terrain you like. I know I don't like skiing on short (below 175cm) skis in the bumps as I need some tails to slap around and some tips to drive down. I'm 5'9" 165 and like 175 - 188cm skis.

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

I ski all over the moutain, I like the trees, Bumps, and making gs turns on the groomers. I do not really see the benefit of skiing a shorter ski. Maybe they are  a little less work? My two skis are an old salamon xscream 2004 which i need to replace and a 2009 fischer misfit. I am looking to replace the xscream for when I ski the hardpack and the bumps.

 

I am trying to decide between a Fischer Watea 78 either the 174 or the 167 or a kastle mx 78.

 

I have found a new Watea with bindings for 550 or a pair demo kastles for 550. The kastle have about 30 days on them so that concerns me.

post #4 of 8

those darn Kastles are hard to find new & they've got great reviews.

post #5 of 8


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by TFull View Post

I am 5'7 155lbs and I own a 170 lenght and 177. The 177 is a twin tip so it skis a little short. I am constantly reading post of people 6'0+ 200lbs who ski skis this length or just a little longer.

 

I have always skied this length, I have demoed skis a in the 160-165 range and generally did not like them. I found they did not hold edge as well and woud over steer(that is the best way I can describe the feeling atleast)

 

Is there something wrong with me? Or are there any other shorties like myself skiing a similar length



no your probably a good skier. most people on this site who you think are buying to short of skis usually use alot of muscle and skidding to get it around.  with finese you can ski a longer ski.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Nice, do you think I would benefit in anyway by going shorter? I have been told I may want to go a little longer for a bump ski(around 175). I do not quite understand the theory behind this.

post #7 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by JHoback View Post

 I know I don't like skiing on short (below 175cm) skis in the bumps as I need some tails to slap around and some tips to drive down.



I use the tails to slow me down when I need to scruff the speed by sliding/slapping the bump as I go by. For the tips, when I come over the bump and am using proper hip angulation and forcing my tips down, I want them to contact the snow. A longer ski will allow the tip to contact the snow just a little quicker.

 

Don't get me wrong, I don't want to go back to my old 200's that I used to ski on!!! The nice thing about the shorter skis are they are very hard for me to cross my tips.

post #8 of 8

You are probably using those short skis for longer radius turns, or trying to smear your turns with them.   That's not what they were made for.

 

Short lengths are good for short radius skis when making short radius turns.

Making long radius turns on short skis, not so good.

Making long radius turns on short skis that have a short sidecut radius, even worse.

 

I really enjoy my short 165 cm Fischer WC SCs for cranking out short turns.

I prefer longer and longer radius skis for longer turns at higher speeds.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion