Originally Posted by ski555now
I purchased on Ebay used Salomon skis (it was great deal). Manufacturer writings indicate them as 169cm but when i took tape measure and got its chord length (skis between 2 vertical walls) I got 160cm. Why such big discrepancy and which measure is reflected by the chart recommendations ????
I also have other skiis (K2 i believe) and they are marked as 165cm but have exactly identical length 160cm as my above Salomon skiis. How to deal with this craziness ???
I am 5'10 / 165 ibs (my skill level is not ADVANCED, but that slightly advanced = enjoy going on diamonds and I make it without falling on them). I want all mountain skis for moguls and speed. I was thinking 170cm would be perfect for me for all around recreational skiing... Seems like my Salomon skiis are a bit short.??? When chart gives length do they indicate manufacturer's length or tape-measured chord length ?
Please help to clear my confusion.
Welcome to EpicSki! As you've discovered, there is the "marketing" length and the actual length tip-to-tail. If you read a few Gear threads, you can start to understand that there are a lot of ways that two skis of the same length can be different in terms of shape (width), materials, and construction. All that stuff about camber, rocker, etc. really does make a difference.
If you want opinions about a particular ski, read the two Articles linked at the top of Ski Gear, then provide more info about your size, skiing interests, and region.
Moderator note: moved to Ski Gear