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Length for my first ski (easy, right?) [New Zealand]

post #1 of 11
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First off, I'm new around here, but there seems to be a fair level of knowledge floating around, so hopefully somebody can steer me the right way.

 

I plan on picking up my first pair of skis, something reasonably cheap to begin with in the ninthward B Murdahs from here: http://www.levelninesports.com/Ninthward-B-Murdah-Skis

 

Long story short I'm really not too sure on sizing. I am about 180cm (5"11) and 65kg (143 pounds) and an intermediate/advanced skier. A few online length calculators rated me at around a 170cm length of ski, not very useful when the sizes are 165 or 175cm. If anybody could point me in the right direction that would be great, I'm leaning towards the 175 ski as I believe they will ski shorter than 175, due to the twintip 'taking some length out' of the running edge of the ski, is this right?

 

Cheers.

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Originally Posted by SlopeRookie View Post

First off, I'm new around here, but there seems to be a fair level of knowledge floating around, so hopefully somebody can steer me the right way.

 

I plan on picking up my first pair of skis, something reasonably cheap to begin with in the ninthward B Murdahs from here: http://www.levelninesports.com/Ninthward-B-Murdah-Skis

 

Long story short I'm really not too sure on sizing. I am about 180cm (5"11) and 65kg (143 pounds) and an intermediate/advanced skier. A few online length calculators rated me at around a 170cm length of ski, not very useful when the sizes are 165 or 175cm. If anybody could point me in the right direction that would be great, I'm leaning towards the 175 ski as I believe they will ski shorter than 175, due to the twintip 'taking some length out' of the running edge of the ski, is this right?

 

Cheers.

Based on your size, and those skis I'd say you'll probably do well with the 175, however that depends a lot on how you ski, where you ski and what you want to get out of this ski. 

 

You say these are your first skis.  Does that mean you're a beginner or intermediate skier, or have you been renting for a long time? 

Where would you rate yourself on the Timid-Aggressive scale? 

Do you like to ski off piste or on the groomers?  Trees, moguls, race course?

These questions will get us started.  

 

Welcome to EpicSki!

post #3 of 11
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I'd like to say I'm a reasonably high level intermediate? I ski mostly black runs, although the steeper or more technical blacks I'm a bit cautious on. I have been skiing for about 5 years now, doing around 5~8 days per season. I think I've stopped (slowed down?) on the growing, so figured it was time to kit up. I prefer to ski off piste as much as possible, although realistically most of my time is spent on hardpack or groomers rather than soft stuff on account of living in New Zealand.

 

Cheers for any help smile.gif

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Originally Posted by SlopeRookie View Post

I think I've stopped (slowed down?) on the growing, so figured it was time to kit up.

 

Don't forget classes! They are always good once in a while and everybody can benefit from them! Take a class once in a while to help you overcoming some of the issues you think you might have...

 

I think also sticking to the same ski might help you as well, but don't give up on classes!

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Don't forget classes! They are always good once in a while and everybody can benefit from them! Take a class once in a while to help you overcoming some of the issues you think you might have...

 

I think also sticking to the same ski might help you as well, but don't give up on classes!

I meant height wise... but I will definitely keep that in mind wink.gif

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Don't forget classes! They are always good once in a while and everybody can benefit from them! Take a class once in a while to help you overcoming some of the issues you think you might have...

 

I think also sticking to the same ski might help you as well, but don't give up on classes!

you forgot to tell him to get boots first.biggrin.gif 

 

175 seems about right for that kind of ski.  Different kinds of skis come in different length ranges.  Rather than absolute length look at where in the range of lengths for that model you want to be.  175 is in the middle, so about right.  If you were buying a slalom racer you would go a lot shorter, a pure powder ski with full rocker, longer.

Wonder why you picked those--small American company. If there's a problem with them you're going to have a hard time getting customer service from NZ and will probably have to ship at your expense and with long delay. I can see why the price is attractive but might be false savings. Might be better dealing with a shop where you live.  I should add I don't know anything about Ninthward skis.

post #7 of 11

According to the write up on the ski it is "employee owned" and a park ski. I would pass on a used park ski that is sight unseen, plus what is the shipping going to be from the USA to NZ?

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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

According to the write up on the ski it is "employee owned" and a park ski. I would pass on a used park ski that is sight unseen, plus what is the shipping going to be from the USA to NZ?

the "employee owned" just indicates that a member of the staff likes the ski enough to use it, kind of like a 'staff picks' award. They are new skis. Shipping to New Zealand is about $35US, pretty cheap compared to the prices of skis here.

Consider a 2013 rossignol experience 83 ski, $1200 US at the local ski store compared to $500US in the states. 


Edited by SlopeRookie - 6/27/13 at 3:21pm
post #9 of 11

Buy a 175 length in whatever you decide and have the ski shop detune them until you are comfortable. They can make them ski like a 170 then when you are ready retune them to your 175 length.

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by SlopeRookie View Post

I'd like to say I'm a reasonably high level intermediate? I ski mostly black runs, although the steeper or more technical blacks I'm a bit cautious on. I have been skiing for about 5 years now, doing around 5~8 days per season. I think I've stopped (slowed down?) on the growing, so figured it was time to kit up. I prefer to ski off piste as much as possible, although realistically most of my time is spent on hardpack or groomers rather than soft stuff on account of living in New Zealand.

 

Cheers for any help smile.gif

Welcome to Epicski!  No advice about skis but here are a couple recent threads that include posts related to buying skis online from US e-stores for shipping to New Zealand.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/119828/best-all-mountain-ski-for-nz

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/120294/buying-skis-online-for-a-woman-in-new-zealand

 

Best of luck with your shopping!

post #11 of 11
You can shop with confidence from L9. i've purchased several skis/boards from them and they are the best US shop that I have found for Oz/NZ customers.

I would also reccomend the 175's. Twin tips ski shorter.

Cheers
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