Are my skis too short?
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phatgreen
February 12, 2002
Member since 02/12/2002
1 posts
I just bought a pair of Volant Machete skis online. They are 168cm and I'll be using them to ski pretty much everything including lots in the terrain park. I weigh 170 lbs. and am about 6'2". Do I need a longer ski? I'm an intermediate to advanced skier and am not sure on the length.
Lietmotiv
February 12, 2002
Member since 12/31/2001
113 posts
For what you are doing I think you are fine. You will feel unstable at mach speeds but the volants are a little heavier so they'll absorb more crud than other skis. I have Volant McG's 183's and I love them. Good buy.

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Jim
February 13, 2002
Member since 11/22/1999
317 posts
phatgreen - I agree with Lietmotiv. For what you want to do, the skis are fine. If you were planning on goin mach 2 down a super G course, you'd definitely want longer for more stability, but for farting around and playing in the parks, you're at the right size. Smaller generally means more maneuverable. In fact, the trend seems to be going towards shorter and shorter shaped skis.
Rich
February 13, 2002
Member since 11/30/2000
194 posts
Wow...183's to a 168.

I'm on K2 Merlin's (188) and was going to go to Dynastar AutoDrive Carves (178). I'm 190 lbs. 6' and thought the 178's seemed short. Maybe they'd be just right (?).

davisdonna
February 19, 2002
Member since 01/24/2002
14 posts
I'm a 5'5 gal weight 158. I tried 160s for the first time yesterday and had no problem with them. I'm thinking of buying my own skis, should I stick with 160s or buy 170s? I'm an intermediate skiier, did my first black diamond yesterday - Eye Opener at Wisp.

Donna

Otto
February 19, 2002
Member since 11/19/1999
176 posts
Conventional wisdom about ski length has gone out the window. Your best bet is to follow the guidance of the staff at a good shop or look on the manufacturer's website.

Rich, for your weight and height, I wouldn't go shorter than 183 unless you are going to a shorty slalom.

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