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#13785 - 12/10/04 01:37 AM A/T ski info--general
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Registered: 12/09/04
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Loc: long island,ny
i've decided to purchase an AT ski package this season. two questions: how does one determine what ski length to go with? i usually rent and go with whatever the staff recommends(intermediate skier). i will be splitting my time equally between resort and b/c stuff(daks,greens). also, is there a reputable ski shop (besides the daks) where i can get the bindings mounted. (mail order sans mounting). thanks for any help!
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#13786 - 12/10/04 05:22 AM Re: A/T ski info--general [Re: skillet]
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skillet,

I'm not an expert on AT gear, but the people I work with are... for a good review of the skis out there, pick up a copy of the latest Couloir... www.earnyourturns.com

Zach
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#13787 - 12/10/04 01:21 PM Re: A/T ski info--general [Re: zachres]
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i can't find that mag anywhere! we used to get it in my shop but i haven't seen it anywhere lately. i went on their web board but everyone there is such a "tech geek" that i don't get half of what they're saying. i'm a total novice so most of the guys don't bother answering my questions and the ones that do help talk way over my head! i've gotten 4 different answers on the ski length query!
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#13788 - 12/10/04 03:33 PM Re: A/T ski info--general [Re: skillet]
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hmmmm....

Why don't you send me an email/PM with all of your vitals, skill-level, and what type of terrain you plan to ski... I can get an "expert" to answer the question.

PS - you could always subscribe

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#13789 - 12/10/04 04:36 PM Re: A/T ski info--general [Re: skillet]
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ski length will depend on your height and weight, type of ski, ability, and the terrain you plan to be on.

i ski bd crossbows, which are fairly fat and very stiff. i'm 6'1", 175 pounds and ski pretty agressively. i use 179s, and i have never wanted anything longer in the backcountry and occasionally shorter when i've been in really tight trees and chutes.

since you say you are intermediate, i would go for the shorter of two skis if you have a question about which to go with.

post up the stats i mentioned and the ski you are thinking about and i'll try to help.
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#13790 - 12/10/04 08:16 PM Re: A/T ski info--general [Re: andrew]
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okey doke,here goes: i'm 5'10", 195 lbs. i am (on a good day) an intermediate skier. i live in the northeast and will be primarily using the gear in the daks,greens,whites. i will also split my time 50/50 between resort and B/C stuff(marcy,mansfield etc). i was looking primarily at black diamond stuff and was steered towards the nunyo ski,matrix boot and explore binding. i also thought the "ethic" ski would have made a good choice as well. the "underfoot" measurement is 73mm for the nunyo and 79 for the ethic(don't quote me). does 6 mm really make that big a difference? does anyone in the lower hudson valley deal with this gear (sales,mounting)? thanks again for any help!
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#13791 - 12/10/04 09:05 PM Re: A/T ski info--general [Re: skillet]
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skillit, I have a copy of the latest Couloir sitting next to me (you should pick it up, it has the review of all the 2004 backcountry skis) and the impression I get is that the Ethic is a stiffer ski than the Nunyo. Therefore it is best suited to experts and/or people who are on the heavy side. The Ethic is also suited for a range of abilities, though.

6mm puts the Nunyo on the low end of the Midfat range of skis and therefore it will probably be better on your typical Eastern hardpack and ice. Either ski will probably be a valid choice for you, depending on the type of backcountry skiing you are most interested in and the snow conditions you expect to encounter. If you want a powder rocket or expect to encounter lots of backcountry slop, crud and crust, consider the Ethic, if you expect to do lots of more typical Eastern hardpack resort skiing, the Nunyo (in a slightly longer lenght, perhaps) may work better.


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#13792 - 12/11/04 06:24 PM Re: A/T ski info--general [Re: skillet]
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i agree totally with pedestrian's comments regarding the character of those skis. the nunyo sounds like the best choice for you if you don't travel much, and the ethic would be better if you plan on taking them out west every now and then. at your height and weight and ability level, i would go for the 175cm ski in a nunyo, or 176cm in an ethic.

i would try on both the matrix and the denali tt in terms of boots. the major downside to the denali is that it isn't dynafit compatible, but it doesn't sounds like you are thinking along those lines anyway. i upgraded from lasers(the old version of the matrix) to the denali this year, and it has made a big difference for me particularly when i am resort skiing.

make sure you have a good boot fitter, and that you get the new thermofit liners. they are warmer, lighter, and more comfortable than the old liners.
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#13793 - 12/13/04 03:23 AM Re: A/T ski info--general [Re: andrew]
skillet Offline
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cool! thanks for helping me out! what are the "rules of thumb" you guys use to arrive at these various lenghts,widths and underfoot sizes? for example: use ski X at Y length for these conditions. thanks again!
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#13794 - 12/13/04 04:46 PM Re: A/T ski info--general [Re: skillet]
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For length, the manufacturer's recommended size is largely dependent on your weight - since you use your weight to flex the ski, weight determines your turning power. Using your height and ability as secondary factors, you may want to add or subtract a size. Particularly, some manufacturers state the weight range for each size, and you may be within the recommended range for more than one size - in that case, if you are short (less height = less leverage), a beginner, or you want a ski that does short turns, you might want to try out the smaller of the two. But your best bet is to ski various lengths and decide what works best for you.

By the way, yesterday I went up to Killington for the telemark demo being hosted by Mountain Travelers. I demoed a pair of 176cm Ethics, mounted for AT with Fritschi Freerides, and they felt just right for me. I'm 6'3", but only about 147, and an advanced skiier definitely not an expert. Ethics might be OK for you - particularly if they are mounted AT rather than Tele. One of the comments about the Nunyo in Couloir was that "bigger boots and bigger skiiers can overpower this ski when pushed" - that comment probably applies double when mounted AT

Mountain Travelers should be doing another demo in January and one in March. I don't know if they're going to have AT skis for demo again; they are a telemark/AT shop, but there is not a lot of demand for AT on the East Coast so they don't have a full demo fleet. For AT, they did have one pair of Ethics and one pair of Crossbows yesterday - both were 176cm. When I spoke to their guy on the phone a few weeks ago, he made sure to emphasize that they MIGHT have ONE pair to demo.

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