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I am a beginner (2 lessons so far).  I plan to get Rossignol Experience 74 but I have question on the size.  I am 173cm and 158lbs and plan to ski 4-5 times per season (mostly groomed).  I probably will ski greens and blues for a while.  Should I get 156cm or 166cm?   156cm seems short and 166cm is probably too much for a beginner.

 

Thanks for your help!

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As a beginner, I'd say the 156 is about right, especially if you're only going to get 4-5 days a year.  

Once you get more ski mileage under your helmet, the 166 would be more ideal, but going longer at this point may hinder your learning curve.

 

 

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Hi Trekchick,

 

Thanks for your help.  My wife has the same dilemma as a beginner.  She is 161cm and 125lbs.  She has a choice of 144cm or 137cm on Salomon Origins Lagoon.  144 is over her chin and 137 is just below.  She is going to be a mellow skier and will only ski on green trails.  She wants to go with 137 but does not know if it's too short for her.

 

JK

 

post #4 of 8

If I were her, I'd go with the 144's.  

 

But first, I'd suggest you both get properly fitted boots and (perhaps) demo the skis in the different lengths.

 

 

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Thank you!  Yes, we will find boots that are for our level and fit comfortably.

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WARNING!!!!  Forget skis until you have boots that fit your feet.  And, I don't mean going into some store that sells sporting goods and buying something "comfortable."   If a ski boot is comfortable right out of the box, it is TOO BIG.  Once the liner starts to pack out, which they all do, your foot will be wallowing around inside the boot and you will have little if any control over the ski.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology.  Then check the "Who's Who" to see if there is a boot fitter near you.  If there isn't one listed near you, ask and someone here will be able to recommend a good fitter.  After you locate a fitter, call and make an appointment to save yourself time when you get there.  Listen to and heed the advise of the fitter, he or she will not put you in a boot that is not the right size for your foot.  Boots are the most important gear for skiing.  You marry boots and date skis.


Edited by mtcyclist - 1/6/12 at 6:31pm
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Thread Starter 

Thanks for mentioning the boots.  I have tried boot fitting at a local ski store today.  My foot is between 25.5 and 26.  I have tried 25.5 and it hurt pretty bad after a few minutes (started to feel a little cramp and numb).  I didn't know if I could fully extend my toes as it was really tight.  I then tried 26.5 (Salomon Quest 80).  I felt snugged but yet comfortable (no pressure points).  I felt I could wear it all day.  Does it mean it's too big?

 

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Thanks for mentioning the boots.  I have tried boot fitting at a local ski store today.  My foot is between 25.5 and 26.  I have tried 25.5 and it hurt pretty bad after a few minutes (started to feel a little cramp and numb).  I didn't know if I could fully extend my toes as it was really tight.  I then tried 26.5 (Salomon Quest 80).  I felt snugged but yet comfortable (no pressure points).  I felt I could wear it all day.  Does it mean it's too big?

 



Hmmmm, too big is a tricky question.

Did the boot guy take the liner out and check the shell size in relation to your foot?  

There is a description on how a shell fit works in this wiki.

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

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