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    Advice in deciding on ski length

    Hi All, I am new to this site, but loving the content so far.

    I am looking for some advice on choosing the correct ski length. I am planning to purchase the Head Kore 93, and I am trying to decide between the 171 and 180.
    I am 5'11", 155 lbs., advanced skier with racing background (high school and some club racing in college). I was leaning towards the 171 because of my weight, as I am worried I will not be able to turn the 180's as effectively. That said, I do ski on the fast side, so the 180's would probably be more stable at speed.
    Any input on these skis or general input on what size I should go for would be appreciated. Thanks for the help!!

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    Demo, demo, demo.
    Ski them both back to back and you'll have a much better idea what each length feels like, and which you'd prefer.
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    demo is right answer.

    but in general, 171 sounds really short for your height. granted youre a lightweight. i'm 5'11 195 and anything under 180 feels tiny to me.

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    Thanks, yes I will try to do that. How do you go about finding out where and when Head will be doing demos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by daverissin View Post
    Thanks, yes I will try to do that. How do you go about finding out where and when Head will be doing demos?
    Check the mountains you normally ski. When there's a demo day coming up, they will usually promote it very well.
    Also talk to your local shops, they can get that info from their Head rep and get you that info.
    A lot of times, local shops set up the demo days at a certain mountain. I got lucky and caught a Joe Jones demo day at Loon last year and got to try a bunch of stuff out.

    I know that Sunday River usually does their demo days the Saturday & Sunday after Thanksgiving, so that is next weekend if you can get there.

    Wachusett just posted a demo day they have coming up on Facebook. I have not read the details about which companies are demo-ing, but you can check that out.

    Also, if you're certain you're buying that particular ski, you can probably demo direct from a shop. Demo days are great when you want to try a bunch of different skis out, but just doing a demo-rental from a shop for the ski you want to try could work too.
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    Demo is the right answer if you can.

    I'm 5'8 170lbs and my newest skis are 177. My older skis are 170. From my experience, the newer skis with some rocker to them tend to feel a bit shorter than they really are.

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    5'11 and 155? Drink a protein shake. If you are not on 185+ with a 100+ waist youre a bitch.

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    Demo is the answer. I demoed skis at Loon back a few years ago for the first time and found some I really liked, and I could not get to the bottom fast enough to give the Atomic guy back his Crimsons. Boy were they BAD!

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