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- Location: Stanley, New Brunswick, Canada
- Ski style: Nordic backcountry touring
- Favorite Skis: Asnes Ingstad BC; Asnes Gamme 54 BC; Asnes Falketind 62;Asnes Storetind Carbon
- Favorite boots: Alfa Guard Advance BC; Alpina Alaska BC; Scarpa T4
- Occupation: Forestry Professional
Instructor at Maritime College of Forest Technology
Husband, father, farmer and logger
(As far as true distance-oriented XC performance is concerned- neither of these skis can keep up with longer narrower skis- such as the Fischer E99 or Asnes Gamme. More of my thoughts on this here: http://www.telemarktalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=2855)
To me, the primary advantage of the 78/88 is that you can get decent XC kick in a shorter compact geometry.
So in this context- I would recommend going with Fischer's length recommendations- willingly giving up maximum XC glide for a shorter and- perhaps- more maneuverable ski. (I say "perhaps" here because even my 210cm E99 is so light that I find them very maneuverable!)
AND- in this context- I do not see the advantage of the 78 over the 88- as one is giving up XC glide anyway- I would choose the 88 over the 78- more stable and more grip.
(And as far as the 78 goes- IMO- the E99 ski beats the 78 at everything- I would choose a short E99 over a short 78.)
Unashamed to be a "cross-country type" and love skiing down-hill.