So I'm looking at buying this year's K2 Hellbent for next year's season. But i have no experience with powder skis, and I've always loved riding powder but with park skis, not very fun. I really want to ski backcountry as much as park.
So I have a good idea on the sizing I need. I'm 5'7 and 150 pounds so im thinking 169cm is the best choice? But I have no idea on what bindings to get. I don't want them to be too expensive but I want a good binding. Help would be appreciated.
I'd consider getting the 179. I made the terrible mistake of getting a ski too small for my first powder ski, they'll be awkward at first but you'll learn. as far as bindings go I've had good experiences with the salomon sth's
considering the 169s are more like a 175, youd probably be fine with the 169, but the 179 would not be bad either. depends what your doin. more REAL skiing, get the bigger ones, if you wanna do more trees, jumping, etc, things where the swing weight and maneuverability are a tad more important, the 169. either way, both are super easy to throw around, cept they are heavy skis. if your strong for your size, 179 for sure. if your less aggressive, 169s.
bindings, any kind of look/rossi turntable (FKS, pivot), marker jesters/griffons, sally sth16s or 14s or something.
the turntables are the best binding tho. prolly gonna have to bend brakes tho unless you buy brand new ones.
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Im 5'9" 150 pounds and had 179 hellbents last season mounted with Jesters 2cm behind center.
If I got another pair of hellbents, I'd go 189. GET 179s at least! Youll be pissed with 169s, With hellbents you're only usually skiing maybe 2/3s of the skis total length anyways.
I skiied everything with mine, from tight trees to bigger cliffs and open lines. Theyre a great pow ski, sort of roll over and die in chop, but you'll love it for your first pow ski, rocker is life changing.