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Advice on Ski Length

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Hi everyone! I'm upgrading my touring setup, and was hoping for some advice on what size ski to go for.

I found a deal on a pair of K2 talkback 88s in 160 length, and am trying to decide if I'd be better off returning them for the 153 version. I'm 5'2" and about 130lbs, and am an intermediate skier, new to the backcountry (I got out on maybe five tours last winter, but nothing too extensive).

I currently ski a pair of dynastar cham 87 166s and a pair of Armada ARW-87 155s in the resort. I like the Armadas better. I prefer tree runs, tight turns, and taking my time, rather than ripping it down slopes, and am not a super aggressive skiier. I mainly do short, half-day tours in the Wasatch, and am looking for a good "quiver of one" touring ski, and the K2 Talkbacks seem to fit that bill.

I'm worried the 160s will be too large (especially since K2 sizes tend to be larger than stated, and these were closer to 162 when I measured them), and that they will be awkward on the uphill and hard to kick turn, and not as nimble as I'd like on the downhill. However, I'm worried that the 153s will feel too short and won't have as much float as I'd like. With the rocker tip, they will feel a lot shorter, from what I understand.

Both skis are unmounted, so I won't be able to test them out before mounting my bindings on them.

Is that 7cm really going to make that much of a difference? Is it better to size down for a more maneuverable and lighter ski for the backcountry, or size up for better float/stability?

Just trying to decide between the two sizes, and any advice would be much appreciated.
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@Snowhound24, A lot depends on how much rocker they have. The more rocker it is better to go longer as the skis 'feel' like they ski shorter.
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@Snowhound24, Welcome to snowHeads! snowHead

I'm afraid I can't offer advice on your choice between the 153 and 160 K2s, the only advice I can offer is that you should probably have somewhat shorter skis than the ones in this photo.....



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Hmmm.
Kind of borderline in my view. the talkback 160 is probably about right for touring, however if you wand to have the tight turn, close tree capability go for 153.
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Doubt it’ll make much difference at all, both sound a bit short...
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@Snowhound24,

From everything you’ve said pretty sure you’ll prefer the 153 length.

Here’s a general size guide for reference.

https://www.powder7.com/k2-ski-size-chart-and-sizing-guide
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@BobinCH, crikey. Have K2 reinvented the “compact” ski?
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@under a new name, that size chart puts me at 184cm which is my preferred length for a freeride ski.

@Snowhound24, is a short, intermediate skier favoring control and technique over speed. I don’t see any possible advantage to her of going for a 160cm ski?
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@BobinCH, @under a new name, ignoring the last line on the women’s chart where it’s clearly gone a bit wrong, what is the reasoning behind the recommendation of longer skis for men than for women of the same size? Something to do with this:
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As always, men's skis are unisex and women's skis are designed with a women's body in mind.

but that doesn’t really explain anything?

I have to say, for me, the chart comes up way short, but I acknowledge that my skis are big and that may not be relevant for the OP. I’d probably say the 153 tbh.
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@BobinCH, more float.

Obv. Women are weaker.
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Thanks for the advice! I was leaning towards the 153, and I'm feeling pretty confident now that it's the right choice. I'm sure I'd be fine on the 160s, but a slightly shorter ski definitely suits my skiing style better and I think I'll feel a little more comfortable overall on the 153s.

As far as K2's size chart, it does seem a lot shorter than other ski size charts I've seen. I've read that most of their skis are a few cm longer than stated, so maybe they are adjusting for that?

Anyway, just ordered the 153s, I think they'll be perfect. Thanks again!
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Hi , for what it is worth my Mrs has yr stats pretty much exactly and very quickly found a 152 Cham too short versus a 158 Cham - so I would reconsider! A ski too short can be as bad as a sk too long!
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