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Another "what's my size" Alpha 1 edition
Sorry to bother you all with another of these threads, but I'm very close to pulling the trigger and just want to make sure I don't make a mistake..
About me: 25, 6'1" about 170 of your American pounds. As my advanced age would suggest I'm not really progressing much any more, just looking for a fun ski for about 70% park 30% mucking around on trails. My home mountain is a bit of a joke compared to what you may be used to so playful is the name of the game. I've always prefered shorter skis; my absolute favourites were 171 MSP's. I've got my heart set on Alpha 1's and know I probably should be getting the 182's but would the 176's really be way too short? I'd really like to get the shortest I can get away with.. Any tips, opinions, abuse welcome. Thanks NS!
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With your height I would say get 176. I'm 6'3 and ride 182 Alphas they measure quite true to length and I really like them. They are awesome for presses and butters but still quite stiff for jumps. You can spin quite fast with them too.
I'd say go with the 182s... I'm 5'8 and have 176 halos which are almost the same except for the flex pattern, I was surprised by how short the rocker made them ski. I almost wish I had gone with 182s as the 176s ski shorter than a 171 ski with no camber in my experience, but then again maybe you could pull off a shorter length due to the alphas stiffer flex. I guess its all a matter of personal preference in the end, longer skis certainly have their advantages
You're looking for a really playful ski? The Alpha 1's are rather stiff am I wrong?
Yeah, I guess stiff compared to most park skis but softer tips/tails and the whole rocker thing they're going to be a lot more playful than most I've used previously..
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Alphas are super playful. Still stiff enough to hit jumps but you can easily press and butter with them. Their radius is kinda short so you can carve pretty good and make fast turns. They are an awesome ski. I still would say go with 176. They ski shorter because of the rocker in tip and tail and you are heavier than me (6'3 160) so coming from my experience with the ski i would say go with the 176. You will like how they ski!
The early rise in the tip and tail matched with the elf shoe tip will make them feel like a much shorter ski- so it is best to size up. I'm 160lbs and between 6' and 6'1 tall and I have the 182 alpha 1s this season.
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