/ Advice on best ski length
Looking at K2 Waybacks using Dynafit bindings but had different advice on best length to go for so would welcome comments
Barefoot I'm 169cm tall and weigh 71 kilos
Would appreciate recommendation from someone with first hand experience of these particular skis
depends on what ya look for them. for skinny miserystix to fly up the hill, go short and suffer on the way down unless you're a skiing superhero or the snow is perfect.
other options is to go longer for stability, but with weight penalty.
considering the waybacks are more in the miserystix category, your own length is a good staring point (as you seem to be also average built).
Your skis have no idea how tall you are, they only respond to your skiing weight [ie you+clothes+sack and kit]..............
> depends on what ya look for them. for skinny miserystix to fly up the hill, go short and suffer on the way down unless you're a skiing superhero or the snow is perfect.
> other options is to go longer for stability, but with weight penalty.
> considering the waybacks are more in the miserystix category, your own length is a good staring point (as you seem to be also average built).
Ehh, I wouldn't call the 1.5kg per ski a "miserystix"...
To the OP:
Which bindings exactly are you looking at? Which boots are you going to use?
When I bought my touring setup I did quite a lot of reading on this and ended up getting some skis that are a bit longer than my piste skis (178 compared to 168). The thinking behind this was for a better experience in variable snow conditions and because I am heavier in touring gear (with pack etc) than I am on the piste. I reasoned that if I was going to crumble because of the weight of 10cm etc of ski then I should probably do some more training anyway. Have done about 60 days touring on them now and they're great.
I don't have K2 waybacks so can't offer any direct advice on those I'm afraid.
>Your skis have no idea how tall you are, they only respond to your skiing weight [ie you+clothes+sack and kit]..............
AND how far above the ski that weight is distributed, so yes height does matter
isn't that adjustable?
bend ze knees....
What have you used previously and how do you ski?
> Ehh, I wouldn't call the 1.5kg per ski a "miserystix"...
Well, it's a heavy miserystix... Heavy on the uphill and still too narriow to really enjoy the down portion.
Too narrow at 88 underfoot?
I've toured in the UK and Alps with my Demon Flame Pros, and still enjoyed the down even in often less than perfect snow. They're only 77 underfoot and I'm not a skiing ninja.
I appreciate fatter skis can be fun, but they also have their limitations and imo anything over 75 is still useful enough to enjoy the down (unless it's Japan or Utah).
I also have some Coombacks in 181 with Fritschi Freerides........ lots heavier but better suited to day tours and in bounds off piste
> Too narrow at 88 underfoot?
Anything under 100 is a miserystix...
That said, even miserystix'es can be fun. I always have a ball, when I take out my Madshus Voss'es.
Thanks for the reply and thanks to Ben and Edradour
Been using a pair of 175 Black Diamond Voodoos 123/88/118 with Dynafit TLT Vertical ST and Scarpa Spirit 4's
Have never been totally happy with these on the downhill and not as strong on the downhill as I once was, so I think Ben's post has probably given me my answer.
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