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TwigI rode 2013 Blends and 2014 Chronics.
The Blends are a lot softer in the Nose/Tail, probably the softest feeling 'park' ski I've skied. If you like the Chronic flex I don't think you would like the Blend flex.
Twigthe 171 chronic is still stiffer than the 178 blend, it will just be too short.
TheDetectivesare the blends softer then the TC's?
PerogiesI'm comparing the flex on the 171 chronic and the 178 blend
last_tangoI hope you are not looking into buying 178 blends. Those are going to feel like snowblades for you. Line measures short. Go with the 185 if you are going to get blends. Also buy them new from a shop so you can claim warranty if you snap the butter zones.cole drexler and jarred mccarl both ride the 178 and are both bigger then me
KingTacocenter of gravity plays a factor, which is something that people are gonna start to figure out.
let me explain a little:
Im 5'4" and i own a 178 blend (not by choice but it just happened to get my hands on them). I cannot butter these skis for shit! its not my weight; its simply the fact that im not tall enough to get my center of gravity over the tip and tails to execute a butter.
heres how it will apply to you:
yes the blend is softer, but the longer length will give it a more relative stiffness to the shorter chronic. youre 6 foot and thats really tall for a 178 with early rise, so you will still probably find the ski extremely buttery. but what im saying is i assume you were able to butter the absolute shit out of a 171, so you can expect about the same from the blends.
last_tangoI hope you are not looking into buying 178 blends. Those are going to feel like snowblades for you. Line measures short. Go with the 185 if you are going to get blends. Also buy them new from a shop so you can claim warranty if you snap the butter zones.
Perogiesdont you think 185's would be pretty big to ride in the park?
TheDetectivesWhat about the flex comparison of the 174 Domain and the 178 Blend?