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Rossignol s3 sizing?

post #1 of 4
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Hey guys,

  I'm a 5'3" 140lb intermediate skier who desperately needs to upgrade his 20 year old Volkis. I just caught a deal on a set of Rossignol S3 159cm, but am wondering if they are too short? Standard sizing guides suggest that they'd be okay, but reviews of the S3's all say they ride short. I ski in the Ottawa, Canada region - typically groomed runs with granular/icy conditions.

Any advice?

 

Thanks,

Adam

 

post #2 of 4

I'm 240 pounds so my thoughts on S3 sizing aren't very relevant (they're like cute little snowblades on my feet).  However, as a former Ottawa resident I do know your average conditions around there.  The S3 wouldn't be my first choice for a ski on the so called 'machine groomed granular'.  Considering their design, I think they do surprisingly well on hard snow, but not in the same league as a ski designed for such conditions.  I could see it as a fun ski for soft snow days, powder, or in the trees.  I did just buy a pair of the 168 for my wife who is a casual skier who tends to go out on softer days in the west.

 

Just my 2 cents.  

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Originally Posted by arl865 View Post
 

Hey guys,

  I'm a 5'3" 140lb intermediate skier who desperately needs to upgrade his 20 year old Volkis. I just caught a deal on a set of Rossignol S3 159cm, but am wondering if they are too short? Standard sizing guides suggest that they'd be okay, but reviews of the S3's all say they ride short. I ski in the Ottawa, Canada region - typically groomed runs with granular/icy conditions.

Any advice?

 

Thanks,

Adam

 

 

The S3 is not a great ski for those kinds of conditions, it's a soft snow ski.  I skied the 178's and weigh around 175 lbs and they were pretty short even for me on groomers, in powder the length was OK.

post #4 of 4

First I'll answer your question.  159 cm is a good enough length. 

Now I have to add that if you are on groomed runs around Ottawa, that is not the ski for you.

I have been considering a pair myself, because they are cheap and I don't have a pair of skis specifically for skiing slowly in deep snow on my local little bush run.  I decided to pass because the performance skiing on the groomed runs would likely be lacking too much.   In the mean time I had fun last weekend skiing that little bush run, with a little snow in it and a little more in spots, on 11 year old "Serious GS skis", as realskiers.com refers to them.

 

I suggest you get something fairly skinny (around 68 to 76 mm) with a 13 to 16 m turn radius for the conditions you describe. Length around 155 for 13 m, around 165 cm for 16 m (if you can find).

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