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An award-winning, insane magic stick.

After a dozen turns through your pow stash in the trees, you reach an open, untracked bowl and let the Volkl Shiro Ski rip long, railing arcs top to bottom. It's as if you and this power ski were made for each other—you both love to play in deep stuff and rocket down open faces. The Shiro's full rocker and wide dimensions enable effortless floatation, and torsion box wrap and vertically laminated full wood core give you quickness edge-to-edge and powerful control. Carbon reinforcement gives you the go-ahead for full-throttle, scary-fast runouts. But what more would you expect from a SKI Magazine Ski of the Year?

  • Full rocker profile
  • Power/Tough Box construction
  • Vertical sidewalls and internal torsion box
  • Multi-layer Sensorwood vertically laminated poplar and beech core
  • Powered by Carbon reinforcement

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183 or 193?
I'm 6'4" 230lbs and in addition...

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183 or 193?
I'm 6'4" 230lbs and in addition to my mass, I'm also aggressive. My current rides are 05/06 186 Dynastar Legend Pro Rider (Pre-Rocker/Reverse Camber, basically the old Jeremy Nobis 124/97/116) as my frontside ride and 06/07 189 K2 Pontoon as my powder boards. The Pro Riders rip on the frontside and blast through slop without a problem, but they don't 'float' in the the modern rocker sense. The Pontoons float and smear like a champ, but they are excessive if there is anything short of a ton of snow. Anything between a few inches and 2 feet, I feel like I'm compromising no matter what I choose. I'm basically looking for a 1 stick quiver pair to fit in between what I have. I heard that the Shiros ski short, but it seems weird to pick a size longer than my powder boards even though the Pontoons ski long. Any thoughts? Any advice on bindings (I love my Rossignol Axial 2) and mounting would be appreciated too.

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Hey there Govey80,

At your height and weight 193cm is the right choice. I'm 6'1" 178 lbs and I would buy the 183cm to get the most versatility out of it. Even the 193cm for me would be a blast but would get heavy after awhile. I ski a lot of bumps and don't exactly have massive resorts in my neck of the woods so 183cm is just much more playful and fun for me. I own 185 and 195 Armada JJ's so I am used to big skis but unless the snow is very deep or I'm charging hard I prefer a little shorter.

You have 3" , 50lbs, and not sure how old you are but that's enough of a jump to easily justify the 193 Shiro in my opinion. I'm pretty confident that others will share the same opinion as well. Just read through the posts below as a guide.

Only way I would recommend the 183cm is if you spent a ton of time in moguls the size of you and were a conservative intermediate - advanced skier and new to rockered skis.

People are mounting the Shiro ahead of factory recommended between 1-3cm which will help initiate your turns easier and make the ski feel a little quicker. What number in between 1-3 is going to be up to you, again review posts below or jump on some other forums. Can always split the difference and go 2cm ahead and never look back. Re-drilling the ski isn't a big deal either way.

Bindings are a personal preference, if you like Axial 2 then stick with them just get the right brake width. If you want something different then look Marker Griffon or Jester, Rossignol or Look Pivots, and the new Salomon STH2 WTR13 or 16. Just pay attention to brake width, Shiro is 119mm at the waist.

Hope that helps and feel free to ask anything else,

SkiFreak

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Thanks for the advice SkiFreak. I think I'm going with the 193 cm and mount them +1, but I'm on the fence on binding. I like the Rossignol FKS but I'm worried about break width. The FKS come in 115 or 130, and all the forums I've been on give me conflicting advice. I know the Shiros are 119, but I hear the 130s are too wide, then they are just fine, then bending the 115s is fine and then bending that far is too much. I'm just looking for a consistent answer. Thanks.

5'7" 160 lbs very aggressive skier (bowls,...

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5'7" 160 lbs very aggressive skier (bowls, trees, etc). ski out west in variable conditions (i live east so ski what there is). at times ski harder terrain than i should so value a bit of stability/easy turning. should i get 183 of 173? armada jj's better? let me know!

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J,

Before trying to help you on either of these can I ask if you are wanting to use this as a one ski quiver? When you travel away from home will you take a narrow ski as well? Do you ski back east? Reason I ask is that in my opinion the JJ is hands down more versatile. The Shiro will lean towards a more powder specific tool and also perform better as a hard charging ski, it still says Volkl on it. You won't see the words hard charger and JJ in the same sentence, that's why they make an AKJJ or other models.

I have a ton of experience on JJ's and honestly have never skied a Shiro but I know enough from research, reviews, hands on, old age, and other people's comments to offer educated advice on it.

Food for thought and I will check in later,

SF

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Thanks SF, I would want to use them as my go-to skis and likely only owned pair. I almost never ski on the east coast but when out west don't have the luxury of only skiing powder days. I like to charge hard but also like to ski moguls, want skis that will be pretty responsive / easy to turn / maneuver. What do you think?

What's a good size for 5'9" 180lbs Advanced...

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What's a good size for 5'9" 180lbs Advanced skier profile? I have a 179 in the Volkl Bridge and thinking 183 for the Shiro.

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Jon,

183cm for everyday agile fun. If you were a very strong aggressive charger and wanting this for only the really deep days then your weight could handle the 193cm.

I'm 6'1" 176lbs and I would struggle on deciding what length to buy for Shiro. 183 seems a little short and 193 is too long. I would give up a little float to keep nimble, playful, and light in our tight spots on my local hills. Plus the turning radius gets pretty long as you go up in length. I think 183cm is the right choice for you. Look at Jamie Preston's comments below.

SkiFreak

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Surfs Up!

Awesome burly stix for slaying pacific northwest snow. Pure pleasure at Crystal mtn this Feb when 11 feet of snow fell in 9 days! (-: #

Thinking about getting a dedicated pow...

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Thinking about getting a dedicated pow setup for New England skiing, which for me mostly means pounding soft bumps and hunting powder stashes in tight trees. These sound pretty awesome, but I've never skied a full-rocker ski before and confess I'm kind of skeptical -- it seems like they'd lack any pop and would suck in the bumps. I'd be pleased to hear that I'm totally wrong about that, though. Also, what length should I be considering for these? I'm 5'8", 145 lbs and an advanced, fairly aggressive skier. I'm guessing 173 would be best given the terrain I usually ski, but my current go-to skis are 178 Rossi S3s (mounted +1) and I feel like I could actually go a bit longer for a pow ski. I also have some 172 skis in the quiver which I like, but those are full camber, I mostly use them in firm snow, and they are mounted further back. It sounds like people prefer these forward-mounted, so maybe 183 would be better, if I could still handle them in tight terrain. Any thoughts?

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How much snow do you ever get at once or I should say how much do you routinely encounter?This year has been incredible on the east coast but Shiro seems a little big for New England, but that's just my westerner's opinion. A lot of people have been mounting them ahead of recommended and yes they will ski short. I think for a totally dedicated deep powder ski the Shiro will work very well for you.

Without confusing you to much I'm going to suggest just one other ski for you to consider based on the conditions you like to ski and where. Armada JJ. I ski a ton of moguls ranging from small and firm all the way up to big, deep, and soft with my 185JJ and LOVE THEM. One of my most favorite mogul skis of all time and just incredibly quick in tight trees. Advantage JJ will have over the Shiro is it's versatility, quickness, and groomer performance. Just compare turn radius, width, rocker and camber profiles.

Shiro was Skiing magazine's powder ski of the year last year so obviously it is a killer ski. I'm just here to offer you advice on what I personally think would be a better fit for your needs.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Skifreak





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Thanks, Skifreak. You're probably right that these would be a pretty burly ski for my purposes. JJ is already at the top of my list, and you actually answered some questions about them for me!

That being said, I'd still love to hear someone address my skepticism about full-rockered skis....

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Free-heel,

Just ask another simple question about your skepticism again so it goes into the main unanswered question portion of Backcountry so it will get addressed quicker. In other words basically just resubmit the question again or ask it in the JJ section. People seem to jump on the JJ postings often.

I have a little experience with fully rockered vs cambered. RTM 84, 2015 Volkl Mantra, and my wife had a Kiku for awhile. We just noticed they were extremely smooth, once on edge they had awesome edge grip through the entire turn, and in the bumps were awesome. Very easy to pivot and turn with consistency in any snow conditions. I just personally like the shorter turn radius of some of the camber/rocker skis. Again more versatility.

On the new Mantra once I got the old one out of my head I loved it. Nothing like I was expecting. In the 177cm I could get any response I wanted out of the ski. Lock up and carve high speed, done. Dance quickly edge to edge, done. Hover and bomb through nastiness, done. It may lack the massive rebound the old one had when loaded but it just felt more fun to me over the entire mountain.

I know you are looking for a powder ski comparison but just wanted to give you my two bits from personal experiences. I do at least know that my wife wouldn't trade her VJJ for her old Kiku.

Again, resubmit a question somewhere for more responses and I won't jump in on that thread.

SF

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Although I live in Utah, I am an ex VTer and have skied Stowe and Mad River a ton with lots of time in the woods. A 173 Shiro would be a great ski, when it is epic. But, the Stowe Volkl boys usually go towards the Gotama or the Katana - both a little quicker and more versatile. Of those the Gotama is better in the bumps. I ski tele a bit and the mid taper skis like the JJ or the One or Two ski better from the middle as opposed to driven from the front (a la tele) so a traditional sidecut might work better. This is fantastic price on the Shiro though. Next year Volkl is flattening the tail which might allay your rocker concerns a bit - but believe me once you go full rocker you will love it. And, don't be afraid to go wide for the NE! Good luck.

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So I ended up going with the JJs and am actually mounting them alpine. Jamie, interesting point though about the amount of taper that's appropriate for tele setups -- I hadn't put that together before, but I totally agree. My S3s, with 10 mm of taper, definitely handle way better tele than my old Atomic Kontegas which only had about 6. On the other hand, I've spent some time on Megawatts out at the 'Bird and found them to have too much taper -- the tails would totally wash out on me if I tried to drop a knee on a groomer.

Thanks for the advice!

Thanks. About 150lbs. Ski mostly in Chamonix...

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Thanks. About 150lbs. Ski mostly in Chamonix and the monte rosa region in Northern Italy (recommend the latter ) if you ever get a chance.

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I have to ask how do you feel the length your Katana is? If you like the length of the Katana at 177 with all that stiffness and titanium in it going down to the 173 Shiro will seem very short in my opinion. You are definitely in between sizes but if you are an aggressive skier and ski in the wide open spaces of Europe I think you are thinking correctly buying the 183cm. If you pull up reviews and comments online they ski short despite how wide they are.

Before mounting either version take a look at some skiers opinions on binding position, I've read that riders are mounting them a little more forward. Just a heads up for you.

Your size is tougher but I think you know which way to go. Good luck and let us know which way you go.

SF

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SF thank you. Very helpful. I love the katanas as they are. Very easy to ski so I'm going to go for the 183. Yes you are correct +1-2cm forward is where people are mounting most volkl big mountain skis. I have my Katanas @ +1cm. Which Works well. Begs the question why the good old Germans would design something that their users feel need adjusting? That said some volkl purists are sticking to boot centre. Thanks again and will definitely let you know how I get on albeit it might be next season as spring has arrived here in Chamonix

What length? I'm 5'7 ski 177 katana's and...

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What length? I'm 5'7 ski 177 katana's and also want a pair of shiros but I'm thinking that the 173s are to small and 183s are to long. I like to ski fast so leaning towards the 183s but not sure. Help and suggestions welcome?

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How much do you weigh?

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My lightweight friends (sub 140) who are your height ski the 173. Strong skiers.

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i love this ski.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i use to ski volkl katana, i had 3 pairs of katanas . i had to replace them all. there is no going back for powder, crud, spring snow, etc. yeah, these are marginal on groomers. but what else to expect @ 120? epic skis overall...

Hi,
Thinking about buying my first powder...

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Hi,
Thinking about buying my first powder ski. 65 years old, 5'9 150 lbs, Expert. I have been skiing steeps with my old 168cm Volkl Supersport, 116-70-101. Fun but not much float, so I get bogged down when the hill flattens out. Time to modernize and get with the program. The 173 cm SHIRO looks nice, but wonder if this is the right tool for the job? What about bindings? Will the Salomon STH2 WTR 13 be a good choice?

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I'd suggest the 183 for pow days since they offer a bit more stability for and aft compared to the 173 when things get deep or chopped up. The Shiros ski quite short, and are very easy for their width. Use whatever bindings you are accustomed to, like and trust.

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Hey there
I am 6'5, 190 lbs without gear,...

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Hey there
I am 6'5, 190 lbs without gear, advanced, aggressive rider.
Riding in the alps, i dont really get too many "very deep" days, but a lot of good, challenging terrain.
I am thinking about replacing my k2 sideseth with the shiro, probably in 203, since i get a lot of tip dive with the k2s. 188 seems to be too short for a guy my size, who does not like riding in the backseat, but prefers to press the nose hard.
how does the shiro compare to the sideseth in terms of stiffness and edgehold?
being a full rocker, i assume that the shiro in 203 is probably just as agile, as the sideseth in 188, is that true?
and is there actually a skin out there, that fits on to the 203?
i heard, that some v�lkl skies end up a little shorter than in the discription. would the kohla multifir 200 maybe fit?

Which binding is proper for shiro?
I'm...

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Which binding is proper for shiro?
I'm 180cm, 76kg.

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look pivot 14 would probably be a decent idea.

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The Pivots will be fine but you'd do better getting Salomon STH16s or Marker Jesters because they have a wider platform for more efficient energy transfer over a larger surface area. Think about pushing a cutting board across a table with the tip of a pencil vs pushing it with the the palm of your hand.

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Jester or Jester Pro - engineered for a wide ski.

??? Need some Sizing Advice.
I'm 5'10"...

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??? Need some Sizing Advice.
I'm 5'10" and 175lbs. I live in the northeast and ski a pair of 170 Volkl Kendos primarily. I'm a solid skier and can shred in the dbl diamonds around here and at Jackson Hole, as well. I want to pick up a powder ski and the shiro is has got my attention but as I've never owned a fully rockered powder ski I need some counsel on sizing. The shiros would be used between Jackson and Alta for the most part. I'm thinking of making them my AT ski, as well, so if you've got any ideas on that I love to hear 'em. I appreciate the help.

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PartnerinClimb,
I would recommend the 183cm in the Volkl Shiro Ski based purely on your height and weight. If you see yourself as an expert skier, you could go as big as the 193, but for versatility sake I think the 183cm will be good for AT/pow skiing in the locations you describe.

I am 5' 7", 130 lbs, and a aggressive...

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I am 5' 7", 130 lbs, and a aggressive skier. Looking for these to be my go to pow ski for trees and open bowls. Should I go with the 183 or 173cm?

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At your size and weight the 173 would seem to be a more versatile choice. At 6'1" 180 I ski a 183. Strong skiers I ski with who are close to your size ski the 173. It is a very stable ski, so there should be no issue in that regard.

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Thanks Jamie!

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Still the Go To powder ski in the line

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The only thing changes on this ski for 2014 are the graphics - but why mess with a great thing? While this is an awesome powder ski, it really can do so much more, it carves on soft groomers, is nimble in the trees and busts crud for days after a storm. I live in Utah and this is usually the first ski I look to unless it has snowed in a while (and I ski the Kuro on the deepest days). At 6'1", 180 I have skies the 193 and 183, but prefer the 183 since you get a lot more versatility without any real downsides. Bottomline, one of the best skis out there.

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Thanks for the input.
Katana similar to my Mantra was what I was thinking as well.
If I had only 1 pair I would probably go Kat., but Shiro seems like a better choice. I was originally told that Shiro would be a noodle for my weight but have seen the insane stuff the Volkl pros are doing on these things and they look bombproof.
Is +2 to +3 the best mount for my stature ??

Thanks again :)

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Jason, I mount all my Volkl powder skis, plus one. That has always worked for me, and it was the local Utah rep recommends. I do see that Ian M recommends plus 2 or 3. Given your size, maybe plus 2 (sounds like you are closer to his side). From a real world standpoint, I ski these hard and fast, and have never felt they were noodles, but you have 50 pounds on me, but in a 193, I think they will be great for you. I hope it is snowing up there, we are high and dry right now!

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Hi Jamie
Thanks for the info. Sounds like 193 Shiro :)
We have snow up here but also -30 , and then +5 and freezing rain. Crazy weather year.
The WorldCup womens speed races at Louise were -28 C before they added their 150km/h wind chill.
Hope you get some snow soon !!!

Shiro or Katatna ??
JRock in Ab.
I am...

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Shiro or Katatna ??
JRock in Ab.
I am in the market to go to a 2 ski set up. My everyday day ride is the first Gen full cambered Volkl Mantra. I love these skis as they charge like a GS racer but can zip through bumps and light pow . Stability and edge hold in true Volkl fashion. LOVE THEM !!

But since I do all of my skiing in Alberta and B.C. I have been lucky enough to get regularly dumped on and sometimes I wish I had some more meat under my feet.

I am 6'2" 230 and ski quite aggressively as the cambered Mantras need to be driven but they do exhaust me by days end.
Would my go to powder ski be better being the Katana or Shiro. I am looking for 190+ lengths, and am looking to use them in trees and bowls ( Fernie ) , chutes ( Kicking horse ), Delerium/Wild West ( Sunshine).

Thanx ,
I appreciate any comments on this :)

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Jason,
Given that you have the Mantra at slightly under 100 underfoot, I would think that the Shiro would be your best bet. The Katana (a great ski) is probably a little too close to the Mantra. The Shiro will give you the girth and the float that you want on your big days up north. I live in Utah and ski Alta/Bird and the PC areas, the Shiro is my usual choice even if there is only a few inches of new, and these skis actually carve. Good luck.

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Jason R,
Jamie Preston is correct! I too live in Utah (Ski the Bird), and I'm blown away at how well the Shiro carves.

SKIING magazine does their ski tests every year at Snowbird. The Shiro won 2013 Ski of the Year for over 100mm underfoot.

The Shiro is one of the best skis you'll ride. And on pure powder days you're only hurting yourself if you're not on the Shiro!

How does this ski in a mach down a run...

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How does this ski in a mach down a run like Devil's Castle. I am 6'1" about 230 with gear. Love to ski hard and fast.

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Rob,
Like a bat out of Hell.

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Good times all the time

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Shiro is my favorite ski out there. It rails on groomers, is agile in the bumps and trees, holds strong on the big mountain at high speeds and floats in pow. So much fun!

I'm 5'8" and 165lb female. I'm wondering...

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I'm 5'8" and 165lb female. I'm wondering if the 173cm is too small. Live and ski mostly in the east, with an annual ski trip out west. Ski trees, bowls, steeps.

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Sharon,
I would not say that size is too small for you at all. I would suggest that you honestly examine you skiing style and what you intend to ride this year. If you are looking to ride steeps, backcountry, and sidecountry and consider yourself an aggressive experienced skier then the 183cm is probably going to serve you better. However, if you want something that will help you turn quicker and maintain control on dicier terrain I would do the 173cm. With this ski's full rocker and decent width I don't think the 173 will let you down in deep powder fields if that is your concern.

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Sharon,

I ride the Shiro nearly everyday. I think the 173 is probably perfect for you. I agree with the above comment, if your looking to have more of a powder ski I think you may want to go with a slightly larger but for all conditions all terrain I think you'll be just right!

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173 is a solid choice - I ski with a couple of very strong females in Utah who are slightly smaller than you - they ski the 173 without complaint.

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Have another question - I' a guy, a little bigger than Sharon (5'-8.5", 170-180 lb). I'm wondering if I should get the 173 0r 183. The thing is, I live in the east, ski Stowe, Sugarbush etc, and get out west once a year, usually Whistler. I ski trees, bumps etc, and like to poke around the mountain looking for what I can find that's fun to ski. For a lot of east coast stuff I like a 99 rocker twin (currently Rossi S3 but might get Blizzard Peacemaker, or Soul 7). Out west, that's a little less ski than I like for steep chutes, though its fine for trees, & I was thinking of the Shiro as a west coast most days ski. I would normally get the 183, but seeing the answers here, I wonder if I would get more use out of the 173 - and if it would still work as a great deep day ski, or am I just a little big for that length? (BTW the skis in the photo are 181 Scott P4s if that helps).

Have another question - I' a guy, a little bigger than Sharon (5'-8.5", 170-180 lb). I'm wondering if I should get the 173 0r 183.  The thing is, I live in the east, ski Stowe, Sugarbush etc, and get out west once a year, usually Whistler.  I ski trees, bumps etc, and like to poke around the mountain looking for what I can find that's fun to ski. For a lot of east coast stuff I like a 99 rocker twin (currently Rossi S3 but might get  Blizzard Peacemaker, or Soul 7).  Out west, that's a little less ski than I like for steep chutes, though its fine for trees, & I was thinking of the Shiro as a west coast most days ski. I would normally get the 183, but seeing the answers here, I wonder if I would get more use out of the 173 - and if it would still work as a great deep day ski, or am I just a little big for that length? (BTW the skis in the photo are 181 Scott P4s if that helps).

6' - 165 lbs aggressive expert skier. ...

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6' - 165 lbs aggressive expert skier. Live in New England but ski mostly Telluride. 193 Shiro too much ski?

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Not at all. With the full rocker profile on this ski I don't think you necessarily need that length. You would do very well on the 183, especially if you were looking for something more all-terrrain. But as an agressive expert skier, that would be a fine big mountain length for you.

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Strongly recommend the 183, especially for Telluride where you are going to ski a lot of chalky snow and bumps. I am your size, plus 15 pounds. I ski Utah and have never felt the 183 was not enough ski, and I have skied the 193. Think of the Starirs, Plunge, Bushwhacker days after a storm - something a little more nimble is better. Plus, you can actually ski that size in New England.

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My go to for any condition.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Shiro has a nice gradual elongated rocker that feels great in the pow allowing for great smear turns. On hard pack once you roll the ski on edge you get almost full edge contact with the snow witch makes for great carving. Mount them at +2 or +3 for best performance.

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