I'm trying to determine what size Soul 7's to get. I'm a 5'8", 155lbs, 50 yr. old "finesse" expert rider and want them for 80% powder, 20% groomed. Last week I visited a local store who had them in a 180cm. Expecting the 180cm Souls to raise above my head by 7cm I was surprised they stopped at the top of my head. I had 2-3cm dress shoes on and perhaps the unscientific method of holding my hand on the top of my head to the ski created a 2cm error potential either way.
Visited the local store today with a tape measure. With the tape running from tip to tail "through the air" the 180cm Souls are 177cm. If I press the tape down to the ski the whole length is 178.5cm tip to tail.
An Armada Al Dente 178cm was 180cm from tip to tail "through the air".
SO skis are measured differently it seems.
So when a person is considering ski length vis a vis their weight/height/ability shouldn't we get a "true" reading that every company follows?
I know the answer to this is "Demo every ski before buying" but it's not possible where I live.
Couldn't we have 2 readings? One tip to tail "through the air" and another its whole length that plans on contacting the snow. Some kind of "useable" surface measurement...
Granted some skis have a seemingly short running length. These Souls have an early rise that makes it look like the front 10'' of ski never really make contact with the ground, especially if you look at the contact points when pressing the skis together.
But some of that 10" honeycomb tip will play a role in contact with deep powder. So this may be hard to figure out but shouldn't there be a standard measurement(s)?