What is the right size slalom for me?

What is the right size slalom for me?

Post by Dekan, James » Wed, 05 Jun 1996 04:00:00


I am 6'3, 185 pounds, and I just bought a 68" HO SVM slalom.  It
seems to work OK, but I am currently low in my weight, and I'll
probably be up around 200 by mid summer.  Some of my friends tell me
that if I go with the 70" SVM that, when I get good, it will be like dragging
a log.  Others tell me that when I get back up to 200 pounds, a 68" will
be too small, and that the 70" will be the right size for me, even if I
do get pretty good at slaloming.

I ski behind an I/O 18' Sea Ray with 4.3L 160HP mercruiser, with a
20-pitch 4-blade prop, if that helps any.

I appreciate your opinions!  Thanks,

Jim Dekan
Austin, Texas

 
 
 

What is the right size slalom for me?

Post by CRMU » Wed, 05 Jun 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
James D.) writes:
>I am 6'3, 185 pounds, and I just bought a 68" HO SVM slalom.  It
>seems to work OK, but I am currently low in my weight, and I'll
>probably be up around 200 by mid summer.  Some of my friends tell me
>that if I go with the 70" SVM that, when I get good, it will be like
dragging
>a log.  Others tell me that when I get back up to 200 pounds, a 68" will
>be too small, and that the 70" will be the right size for me, even if I
>do get pretty good at slaloming.

I am 6'4" 220 and wouldn't consider a 70" ski.  The only reason you would
use a ski that small woud be if you like to ski under 30 mph.  But over 30
to 32 and you need the 68.  You will have  hard time turning the large ski
at your weight.

Bob Muse

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

 
 
 

What is the right size slalom for me?

Post by PERFS » Thu, 06 Jun 1996 04:00:00

I agree with the others.  Stay with the 68 unless you really feel the ski
is just a "slug" in the turn.  I think you'll be able to turn it alot
better and get it to work for you.  The SVM has a fairly wide tail and
should sit plenty high for you in the turn.  Hope you enjoy the ski and it
works well for you.

Best Regards,



 
 
 

What is the right size slalom for me?

Post by drtyd.. » Thu, 06 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Which raises the question in my mind:  is there a formula/rule of
thumb for what size ski(s) a person should be  using, and if so, what
is it?

Quote:


>James D.) writes:
>>I am 6'3, 185 pounds, and I just bought a 68" HO SVM slalom.  It
>>seems to work OK, but I am currently low in my weight, and I'll
>>probably be up around 200 by mid summer.  Some of my friends tell me
>>that if I go with the 70" SVM that, when I get good, it will be like
>dragging
>>a log.  Others tell me that when I get back up to 200 pounds, a 68" will
>>be too small, and that the 70" will be the right size for me, even if I
>>do get pretty good at slaloming.
>I am 6'4" 220 and wouldn't consider a 70" ski.  The only reason you would
>use a ski that small woud be if you like to ski under 30 mph.  But over 30
>to 32 and you need the 68.  You will have  hard time turning the large ski
>at your weight.
>Bob Muse
>Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

 
 
 

What is the right size slalom for me?

Post by rcsande.. » Thu, 06 Jun 1996 04:00:00

I'm not as heavy as you plan to be in mid summer, but I am 180 lb. and
5'11". I ski on a 66 inch O'Brien TRC that works great from 32 up to 36
mph. I have a friend who's more the wt. you think you'll be later, (225)
and he just got a 70 inch Rumor Comp that he says is the best ski he ever
had. I can tell he's more comfortable on a 70" vs. a 68" at 32 mph., so
I'd sugggest you go for a 70" ski.

R.C. Sanders

Opinions expressed herein are my own and may not represent those of my employer.

 
 
 

What is the right size slalom for me?

Post by Steve Romi » Thu, 06 Jun 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>I am 6'3, 185 pounds, and I just bought a 68" HO SVM slalom.  It
>seems to work OK, but I am currently low in my weight, and I'll
>probably be up around 200 by mid summer.  Some of my friends tell me
>that if I go with the 70" SVM that, when I get good, it will be like
dragging
>a log.  Others tell me that when I get back up to 200 pounds, a 68"
will
>be too small, and that the 70" will be the right size for me, even if
I
>do get pretty good at slaloming.

>I ski behind an I/O 18' Sea Ray with 4.3L 160HP mercruiser, with a
>20-pitch 4-blade prop, if that helps any.

>I appreciate your opinions!  Thanks,

>Jim Dekan
>Austin, Texas

Ditto others' comments about length of ski.  68" preferable for those
200 lbs or less.  I used a 67" until I got over 230 and then it was
more the problem of getting up behind a 115 hp O/B.

Your boat might be a little overpropped.  A prop with a little
less pitch might be better for skiing - you won't drag so far, but
you'll lose a little top end.

Have Fun, Steve  

 
 
 

What is the right size slalom for me?

Post by Tommy Philli » Fri, 07 Jun 1996 04:00:00

The 68 SVM is large and really could be rated as a 69" ski.  Your local pro shop should have a performance guarantee
program.  If not let us know and I will exchange it for you for a smalll fee to help you.  The speed you are skiing is a big factor.  If
you want to send me a video I can help you with your technique as well as help tune the ski and make suggestions for trade if
necessary.  My gut feeling is the 68 will work but call me at 1-800-592-7547 and I or Danny, Darrel, Bob our instructors will help
you make the right choice.  Thanks.

Tommy Phillips
Tommy's Slalom Shop

 
 
 

What is the right size slalom for me?

Post by Dekan, James » Sat, 08 Jun 1996 04:00:00

OK, let me rephrase the question.  Who needs a 70" ski, and in particular,
who is the 70" SVM made for?

Quote:

>The 68 SVM is large and really could be rated as a 69" ski.  Your local pro shop should have a performance guarantee
>program.  If not let us know and I will exchange it for you for a smalll fee to help you.  The speed you are skiing is a big factor.  If
>you want to send me a video I can help you with your technique as well as help tune the ski and make suggestions for trade if
>necessary.  My gut feeling is the 68 will work but call me at 1-800-592-7547 and I or Danny, Darrel, Bob our instructors will help
>you make the right choice.  Thanks.

>Tommy Phillips
>Tommy's Slalom Shop