Signs that your ski is too big

2013 67” radar Strada. 34mph, 15, 22, 28 off. I was 165lbs, now 150lbs. Double radar vectors switched to reflex 3.0 and rtp. Both bindings are in the furthest fwd hole and I still feel like I’m on the tail. I have skied for 20 years with double bindings so I’m sure that the new hardshell is pointing to form changes I need to make, however the ski just feels too big. Please don’t be bashful with the feedback, I’d rather not buy a new ski I don’t need and I don’t want to spend the rest of the season frustrated with trying form changes when the ski is just too big.


  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,379 Mega Baller
    Fwiw, my father inlaw (72 yo) is about your size, skis 28-32 off and skis on a 65 s2.
    Also, if you are on a strada it might be near the end of its useful life. Lots of good vapor closeouts around.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • Keith MenardKeith Menard Posts: 519 Crazy Baller
    I am right around your weight and went to the 66" 2017 Vapor. It takes some getting used to not having all that board under you....finding a new center of gravity...and it being slightly more difficult to get up on....oh but man...when you give it the tip pressure she wants it feels like you are on rails!
  • skialexskialex Posts: 851 Crazy Baller
    Don’t want to be disrespectful but from the comment that boots are at the furthest forward and still riding the tail, I would guess that you haven’t measured fin/boot placement and compared them to stock settings. I’ve seen people moving boots forward to stop riding the tail and end up riding the tail even more.
    Check your settings, put everything at stock, give it a try. Maybe play with boots and fin a little after trying it at stock and then decide if it’s to big and need to change.
    A new ski is not a bad idea, new or old though, it is critical to set them up right to benefit from their characteristics.
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 1,919 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Moving your fin forward effectively makes your ski shorter, you may have to play with binding position, if you were to go this route I would suggest Mikro-Just would be a good idea to get the fwd binding in the right place.

    "Getting Harder/Getting Positive”

  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,480 Mega Baller
    edited August 2018
    With the old rules of thumb on ski size you would be on the border size wise. However with the newer ski designs and improved knowledge of adjustments I think you can certainly ride a 67.

    2 comments though: if the ski is on the big side, the most likely binding change is to move the bindings back, not forward.
    It is also very common when moving from rubber to hard shell to have the binding farther back.

    Skialex is right. Put everything back to factory recommendations and see how it feels for a few sets. If it still feels too big, start moving the bindings back.
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 2,055
    Keep in mind Nate Smith is 150 -155 lbs on a 67" ski. Works pretty well for him.
    Loving the new ZO Rev. S Plus Mode C3+
  • skiepskiep Posts: 295 Solid Baller
    What Bruce said. Move to stock.
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,448 Mega Baller
    The girls won't leave you alone....
    Stir vigorously then leave!

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