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Atomic c:9 Puls for a man?

 Poster: A snowHead
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I'm a new skier, progressing very rapidly, and have been offered a pair of Atomic C:9 Puls skis with poles for a reasonable price. But are these a suitable ski for a 170 lb man? I'm deliberately looking at 160 length skis, knowing that I'll probably grow out of them in a year. (I'm 6'0" and this seems to be a length being recommended to me by ski shops. My instructors want me to go even shorter, but I don't feel that I want to if I'm going to buy.)

Are these really a woman's ski? Do I care? The reviews on the skis indicate that they'd get me to the next level quite nicely, if they are an appropriate ski for me.


Last edited by Poster: A snowHead on Mon 26-01-09 13:52; edited 1 time in total
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My husband and I started skiing on C9s. He's about the same weight as you but 2" shorter. They are an easy ski to turn and learn on.
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malcolmtent, they're fine, they're fun, but that length -in that ski- is a little short for you.

Meaning it won't give you as much ice grip as a lighter person would get from that ski in that length.

If you can live with that and the colour - go for it.
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I am 6' too and a 165 is as short as I would go and that would be for a slalom ski; nearer 174 for general skiing. But if the price is right take them and move on in a year or two.
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malcolmtent, They are a man's ski, although I imagine a woman could use the shorter lengths.

I wouldn't dream of skiing it as short as 160 - I have that ski in a 180, and while that is probably a little long for me, I wouldn't go below the 174 which was the next size down. But I am 40lbs heavier than you, and a couple of inches shorter.

Remember that ski is a few years old now, and not as strongly shaped as most of the more recent skis, so should be skied a little longer (although still not as long as the old "straight" skis Smile
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