I'm 6'3", about 170lbs, 3+, currently riding Kung Fujas in 189 which is a really good ski, good length for charging etc but I'm not that strong so find it difficult at times to play around with it which has been annoying me, plus I want something wider than 102 now. Looking for something that's pretty versatile (got park skis though). I ski the Alps so a big variety of stuff depending on the conditions - trees, hucking cliffs, relatively steep and deep lines, crud etc. I'm thinking about going wider, lighter and a tiny bit shorter (suggestions welcome), or do you guys think with my size anything shorter would be a bad decision?
What about the fugas do you find hard work. The fugas is a pretty soft all mnt ski, so if you are finding them hard work, you may not have many options. Is there anything in particular you are having problmes doing on them. It may be a differnt style of ski would help
Switching up, spinning. You're right, it is a soft ski, just feels like there is too much ski sometimes. I know it's not a park ski obviously, but I'm just wondering if it would be a good idea at all to sacrifice a little length to have a more playful ski.
I'm 6'3 200 and I'm on tha Amplid a Lexington 185. Without a doubt the most fun powder ski I've been on and I've had the Fujas, Bents send Bibbys. It s soft 155-130-151 and can haul ass. They float over everything! Check them out!
Thanks for the recommendation str6t9, stoked to hear such positive feedback.
The Lexington is definitely the kind of ski you're describing. Here's a vid that will probably do a better job of explaining the ski than any description.
https://vimeo.com/87806504 - Alex Neurohr (the guy in the red jacket with the green skis) is skiing the Greenlight Lexington in this edit in the Swiss Alps. He does all kinds of tech butters and flowly skiing so maybe it will give you a better understanding of how it skis.
Thanks for the recommendations, looks like an amazing ski. I dunno if 130 is a bit too big though given the varied conditions I can end up skiing. Amplid, do you guys have anything similar with a thinner waist?
Yeah for sure, The Lexington is a ski for big pow days more than all-mountain freeriding.
We also do the Hill Bill which comes in 79 and 88... I think the 79 would be too small for you and the 88 brings you back to where you are with your exisiting ski. It's a stiffer ski than the Lexington, it has a narrower 112mm waist and more camber underfoot with early rise tips. This ski is more popular with our team for big mountain lines and for less consistent snow conditions. McRae Williams and Luka Melloni who are well known for their park skills use the Hill bill in the backcountry for freeriding and kicker sessions. In this vid https://vimeo.com/72145997 Luka and Pako are skiing the Hill Bill ~1:46.
I'm afraid we don't make a soft flowy ski like the Lex in a narrower ski, but I'm sure the peeps on the Forum will give you some suggestions.
Atomic bentchentlers are amazing I have heard and the 2015 ones are apparently even better if you want to wait or you could go with a softer ski like opus which won't charge as hard but will be more playful. There are tons of options for pow skis in the 120 underfoot range which can handle all but the deepest of days and that won't kill you getting back to the lift.
If you're 6'3" and 170 lbs I definitely wouldn't go shorter than 189 if you are actually 3+. In fact I wouldn't go shorter than that even if you aren't. The extra length gives you more stability which is good for going fast/big. Pow skis aren't as playful as your Kung Fujas are. They are wider and heavier and you can't really get around that. Just ski on your fat skis a lot and you'll get used to it, though. Honestly the solution to the playfulness issue is getting stronger anyway.
I would say get 192 Bent Chetlers. I have the 183's and they're an awesome ski. They've been able to handle pretty much everything I've thrown at them, which includes everything you've listed. For reference I'm 5'7" and 140 lbs.
Where do you have them mounted? If they are way back, then i would maybe suggest going centered or 1-2cm back from center. You'd still have a lot of tip for floatiness, since they are actually way longer than 189, but the swingweight will be reduced.