I'm looking for a set of XC skis. I weight a little over 200 pounds so I'm looking for a ski in the 190 CM range with bindings and poles. Anyone have a used pair they want to unload?
WTB: XC Skis
Why 190? Are you looking for skating skis?
If not, you might have a hard time finding a classic ski that short which is stiff enough. There are "compact touring skis" in that range, and that is what manufacturers have focused on lately, but in my quiver, classic skis range from 200-213. I weigh 180.
Race type skis for groomed tracks in your flex will be around 207
Yeah, with alpine skis getting shorter the XC people decided they would sell better if they made them shorter too. I prefer older longer skis because they offer more float breaking trail. The racers find they get better glide on the longer skis, so those have not come down.
If you are tromping around in tight trees, brush etc., doing general bushwhacking, those compact skis are pretty good. If you are in groomed tracks, skied in tracks, or breaking trail in open country, the longer skis are better.
My all round ski for the logging roads at the snow-parks here is a 210 waxless ski. There ought to be some used skis like that which have gone out of fashion. (incidentally, I hate old alpine skis, but use many old xc skis)
You know the paper test for flex?
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Get the boots first, so you can price the proper binding. Once you have boot + binding, skis are easy to find.