Originally Posted by huckingfellers
Your telling me a 5 foot man weighing 225 pounds should be riding 188 or 200cm skis? No way he would have a bitch of a time turning them. Though he would probably have a bitch of a time turning anything for that matter
But i bet he would do alright on 160 to 170's.
A 6' 5" 140 pound dude(the other extreme) should ride a 165 because he doesn't weigh much? He would be skidding all over the mountain like a begginer to intermadiate snowboarder
, no carving for that dude
:!I bet he would be alright on 180 to 195's
(i) A short man or woman, even if not weighing 225 lbs. could be perfectly happy on 188 or even 200 cm skis if they choose them well for particular use, i.e. discipline (GS nad SG, respectively).
There are some examples from history:
- Heini Hemmi, the GS Olympic champion of 1976, used 215 cm Spalding skis which were 50 cm taller than himself
- in 2001, women used up to 193 cm GS skis
a recent one (which I already posted somewhere this spring):
- a 13-year-old son of a friend of mine got stolen all his race skis at the begining of the season. Instead of his 175 cm/21 m Atomics he had to use the only length they could get at the time - 183 cm. The boy is an absolute lightweight with only about 35 kg, i.e. 80 lbs. Fortunately enough, they could get a very soft pair of the new sandwich GS. To their surprise he was better on the new gear than on the shorter old skis. (He still could use the 17-m-radius junior model over the next two seasons...)
On May 1, there was a final open GS in Italy. He used 186 cm long skis and was only a second (or so, I don´t remember exactly) behind the worldcupper Nicol Gius of Italy.
Supposing there was a short but heavy skilled athletic skier, e.g. a bodybuilder weighing more than 200 lbs., 188 cm skis could be perfect for him as well. Not a SL ski of course which doesn´t exist in such legths...
(ii) Why shouldn´t a tall but light dude use 165 cm slalom skis? Why should he be looking like you write and be not able to carve a turn? All best racers do take 165 cm slalom skis, even those 190 cm tall. None of them would be happy on 180 to 195 cm slaloms - again, if they existed.
That´s to say, as you ALSO and CORRECTLY write, "Everything determines what type , size, and shape of ski you buy. Right down to where you ski."
Or, to put it in a different way, the height is not what decides in my examples.
Just for the record, I know that you know. Your formulations, however, were not accurate enough for me to remain silent.