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Ski length question

 Poster: A snowHead
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I'm buying my first set of wide boards. I have narrowed my choice down to Head Mojos or the B3. I had pretty much determined that I was looking at the 186 length in the Mojo or 185 in the B3. I'm 6' and 195lbs and over the last 3 years have been getting into skiing steeps, chutes and some trees.

Anyway, I was at Whistler 2 weeks ago and demoed some B3's in a 178 because it was all that was available that day and it was free. I had them in some tight chutes and found some boot deep relatively uncut powder and liked them a lot. Tried the 185's two days later. I expected them to be slower into short turns but they also felt a little dead compared to the shorter length. Or was it was my legs getting dead at the end of the week?

So if I go with the shorter ski, what am I giving up? I realize shorter means less surface area and less float in deep snow, but is it significantly less? I'm not really comfortable ripping high speed on steeps yet so I don't think giving up a little stability at speed is an issue right now. Are there any other issues I should be considering?


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Last edited by Poster: A snowHead on Mon 4-03-19 5:38; edited 1 time in total
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203 for slalom, 207 for GS. Them's the rules.
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@Franeno,
Don't listen to @under a new name, , he is only interested in racing style skis you need something a bit more versatile that will give you air as well.
https://shop.slatnar.com/skis/world-cup-skis/air-world-cup-2.html should do you fine, If you carry a bit of weight the 275's will probably suit.
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You've skied the 178's and the 185's. You really like the 178's. Sounds like you're not that keen on the 185's. Why are you even considering buying anything other than the 178's?
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RobMcQ wrote:
You've skied the 178's and the 185's. You really like the 178's. Sounds like you're not that keen on the 185's. Why are you even considering buying anything other than the 178's?


Exactly. By rights I should be on 176 on my skis, but I preferred the 184s. Just go with what you like!
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@Franeno, measure peni5 then x80.
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185
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Very much a simimar question that I have, I fancy trying a pair of Nordica Enforcer 110s and had a chance of some cheap ex disply 185s, just the right size for me at 95kg but I really fancy the shorter turn radius of the 177s and my current 181s are frequently cumbersome in tight spots.
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@T Bar, I think you missed the chronological joke...

165 for SL, 190ish for GS is current.

Anyway, as regular readers know, I ski a 173 Bonafide ... wink
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@under a new name,
I realised you weren't being serious hence my link, not sure I get the chronology still though?
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+1 for just buy the ones you like. I prefer a shorter ski and have never found myself wishing for they were longer.
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No idea what B3's are (unless they are the old Rossi's from BITD) but at 6ft and 90kg I regret getting the 180 Soul 7s and would be happier on the 188s.
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under a new name wrote:
165 for SL, 190ish for GS is current.

That doesn't help. You are not in the weight range for 165cm SL skis, the OP is in the weight range for the longest size of fat skis.
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So much depends on the rocker and ski geometry. I am 176cm, and out of my all mountain 176 skis and the much fatter 185cm powder skis... I find that the longer skis are much more agile and better for quick turns in tight trees.


Last edited by You know it makes sense. on Sat 2-03-19 11:05; edited 1 time in total
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@rjs, I loved my Nordica SL-Rs. I am totally in the weight range. My wife’s 155s were way too short.

@T Bar, haha sorry, missed that. The chrono reference was that I was quoted that in umm, 1984? Buying my much loved Mk 1 Dynastar Course SLs... way nicer than the Omeglass IIs
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@T Bar, that's the first time I've seen a site that sells jump skis, so thanks for the link. Still trying to work out why they make such a huge range of sizes!
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