View Full Version : Too short of a ski???

05-21-2012, 07:58 AM
I demoed a 2012 65.5 Syndicate S2. I only got a few sets in but I liked the ski. The dealer is giving me an awesome price if I buy that demo ski. My concern is I'm 160-165lbs and the size chart says the ski is meant for 120-160lbs. According to the chart, the 66.5 is good for 150-190lbs. The ski felt good and I didn't have any problems getting up on it, but like I said I didn't have much time on it. So are there any advantages or disadvantages to riding a ski that is a little on the short side according to the chart? It's a good deal but I don't want to buy it if it's not going to be the right ski for me.

05-21-2012, 08:20 AM
You will be happier, longer, with the larger ski.

05-21-2012, 08:38 AM
Thanks for the quick response. Why do you say that I will be happier writhe the larger ski?

05-21-2012, 08:50 AM
I ordered my skies too short until the Kidder rep moved me up to a 68 from a 66. I am right at 200 lbs. and would never go small again. I ski at 36 mph. on a Radar 68" Strada.


05-21-2012, 09:54 AM
This realy depends on what kind of a skier you are. If your a short line skier then the smaller ski might be a good choice because it will get on edge and create more angle at the ball. If your not a short line skier I would say you'll be happier on the larger ski. Its easier to get up on, its more foregiving and just easier to ride.

05-21-2012, 06:37 PM
^^+1 also a larger ski is cause less fatigue....more surface are less drag on arms...what you do lose is corning ability. If your not competing you'll have a ton more fun on a longer ski.

05-24-2012, 03:25 PM
S2 is a wider ski....you should be fine with the demo.

05-25-2012, 07:29 AM
S2 is different than most skis. Are you skiing 36mph? If so...that ski is perfect for you.

05-25-2012, 08:41 AM
No, I'm skiing 32-34mph.

05-25-2012, 09:56 AM
If it feels good stay with the length...or is it causing fatigue to kick in early... I ski a 69" and I am 180lbs and I am pretty fit. I don't get to ski as often as I want so I have a wider ski so I can stay on the ski longer...even then when I go for a rhythmic imaginary slalom course with hard carving and working to stay on edge thru wake I get tired fairly quick. Just joy riding, I can go 3 times as long as carving hard and staying on edge... Too short a ski IMO will set your ski-tail in the water forcing your legs and arms to do more work... If you get to ski more often...go for the shorter ski...faster turns and acceleration..and more fun...