i ski at Lake Louise, Fernie and Castle...
i ski at Lake Louise, Fernie and Castle Mountain. i am currently on a Volkl Bridge at 186cms. i find it too short. It carves wonderfully on steeps and works ok in deep pow but i feel like it wants to dive if i let them run.
Anyways, i am now looking at the Katana or Cochise.
My question is what length?
The Katana is one of my all-time favorite Volkl skis. It's the greatest ski for big-mountain charging, especially in variable conditions. The 177 and 184 have a very user friendly flex where the 191 and 198 are quite a bit stiffer and have a more pro model flex. How tall, heavy and how do you ski?
Thanks M.Curtis. i am 5'11" and 190. i am an aggressive skier, the steeper, the better. i am a fast skier as well. The only cruising runs i do are to get to the lodge at the end of a day. GS type bumps are part of the terrain as well as tight trees with lots of pow.
Background is team mogul skier back in the skinny days. Loved 210-215cm skies for all mountain decades ago...
i know the Bridge is not the same in many respects but i really am disappointed that the 186cm is just so short.
i do not want to make the mistake again. It just seems that 184 seems to be the common choice for the katana.
i appreciate the help.
Tk: For what it's worth, I'm 5'8", 165 lbs and I have been skiing various models of the Katana for the past 4 years at 190, boot center mount. I (regretfully) live back east now and use them both in the Poconos on the east coast boilerplate and on my 2-3 trips each year back to little cottonwood canyon. Great ski for all conditions. I love the 190. I tried the 184 and found it to be too short. There's a video of me skiing the 2009 model at 190 here: http://youtu.be/igvqUsjDuCI. I have since upgraded to the 2011 model. Hope that is helpful.
At 6'1" 180, i ski the 184, ski it hard and have never felt it to be too short. I used to ski the 190, and find the 184 just more versatile. But, given your parameters and size - probably 190.
I'm a fairly advanced piste skier but want to get into the real powder stuff. I've been offered the 191cm at a bargain price. I'm 5' 7" and 175lbs. Are these going to be too big to handle?? Should I be looking more around 165-175cm?