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How ski lengths are measured?

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I`m curious about how the different manufacturers define their ski lengths, is it tail to tip? Is it the full ski length as it was flat on the ground? I`m thinking about a ski with tip and tail rocker, something like a Rossignol S7 our a K2 obsethed, how do these skis get their lengths defined? Do they have longer ski`s base surface, considering it was possible to put the skis flat on the ground, or are those skis shorter (tip to tail) than their length because of the length is defined by the ski base surface?

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There is no short answer but the most common is a measurement along the base of the ski with the tape measure or string or whatever touching the base for the entire way.  This is the longest measurement you can come up with.  Somteimes a manufacturer will say "straight pull" which is a straight line stretch on the top of the ski from tip to tail (this will give a shorter measurment).  And then just to complicate things some manufacturers' skis lengths don't match up with their skis at all.  Up until this year there was absolutely no way to measure a Volkl Katana or Gotama and get the stated length (they are "full lungth now but they used to be about 2 cm shorter than stated).

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If it's any help as far as I'm aware K2 lengths are how high they stand up, i.e. they won't be shorter than stated even if they've got rocker or twin tips.


 

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