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Uh oh, worried I got the wrong ski length

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So awhile ago in late october I got my first pair of twin tips, the K2 sight in 159 cm.  I'm about 5'6" and 135ish lbs, and I'm not sure if the skis I got were to short, even though the guy at the store said they were the right size.  I'm worried because I know that they will ski even shorter than 159 because of the twin tip and the slight tip rocker.  I am an advanced by wisconsin standards and int-adv. (probably about level 7?) by out west standards, who skis mostly in wisconsin and the UP where everything is pretty easy, but I will be going to summit county for four days in late march/early april.  

 

To my understanding, ski size is determined mainly by weight and skill level, and I am worried because one of my freinds who weighs about 10 lbs less than me got 169 cm skis that aren't twin tips and are fully cambered, and he is a much weaker skiier than I am.  He is also about 4 inches taller than me.  

 

I'm also probably going to grow another inch or so and keep putting on weight (I'm 16 years old) and I'm worried these skis won't last for long, and will suck because they're too short.  

post #2 of 4

Some of this depends on how you ski; lotsa turns, air, park action, or are these for all over the mountain? If all over, my hunch is that they're short for you, especially at 16. You'll be growing for a while yet. If you can, I'd think about turning them back in for a pair in the next size up. 

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Well in wisconsin I spend quite a bit of time in the park but I'm not very good and can't do much there.  I'm more worried about how these will do out west, when i don't plan on going in the park at all, I want to ski all the GNAR stuff lol.  I suppose If we get a powder day I could just rent some fatter and longer skis.  

post #4 of 4

i'd agree that if you can, trade up to the 169's by just talking to the shop you got em at.  K2's site and a few other sites suggests the longer it does depend on how you ski as they also suggest the 159 is fine for intermediate..  If you think you'll grow a lot, these may be fine for a while but likely end up short on you before a few seasons as you grow and improve.

 

but if you can't change em easily, enjoy em till you need longer, they still could be quite fun.

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