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What do these measurements mean?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I've been offered a good deal on Head iC160 skis. A label on the skis lists the dimensions as 112, 31-64, 05-95, 10. I assume that translates to 112-64-95. But what do the other numbers mean? Translation much appreciated.

And any thoughts on how these skie (they're 170 cm) would be for a 5'9", 165-lb. intermediate Eastern skiier would also be appreciated. Thanks.
post #2 of 14
The , is Euro for decimal point .

It's just marketing to put them on there, brings to mind all the old science class arguments about precision vs. accuracy.

Should be pretty fun, particularly in icy bumps.
post #3 of 14
mmmm, icy bumps.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
The , is Euro for decimal point .

It's just marketing to put them on there, brings to mind all the old science class arguments about precision vs. accuracy.

Should be pretty fun, particularly in icy bumps.
Sorry to chime in but was intrigued by the question. So what is the 31/05 and 10 all about?:
post #5 of 14
112.31/64.05/95.10 precisely.
post #6 of 14
I have the iC160 in a 177 and am 5'11" and 190 (or a little more).

They are right about the decimals for tip width, waist width, tail width.

This is a great intermediate ski, doesn't easily get outgrown. Go for it. Recommend that you ski it with the Railflex in the +15 position.
post #7 of 14
Don't file the edges, the specs will change!

(just kidding)
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
You goys are too much. I promise not to file the edges. Thanks for the advice.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Actually I do have one more question. Gandalf mentioned that I should fit my new iC160 skis with bindings in the +15 position. Can you explain what that means, and what the advantage of mounting the bindings there would be? Thanks in advance.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Actually I do have one more question. Gandalf mentioned that I should fit my new iC160 skis with bindings in the +15 position. Can you explain what that means, and what the advantage of mounting the bindings there would be? Thanks in advance.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Sailor View Post
Actually I do have one more question. Gandalf mentioned that I should fit my new iC160 skis with bindings in the +15 position. Can you explain what that means, and what the advantage of mounting the bindings there would be? Thanks in advance.
The Railflex binding has 3 positions; centered, +1.5cm, -1.5cm. The user can take a screwdriver to the middle link and after sufficiently loosening the screw slide the binding forward or back by 1.5cm.

Sliding the binding forward makes the skier easier to turn with a slight loss of high speed stability, sliding it back improves stability and ease-of-use in softer snow, but the ski becomes more difficult to turn.

Many Head users prefer the + 1.5cm position for all-around skiing.

Cheers,

Michael
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Sailor View Post
Actually I do have one more question. Gandalf mentioned that I should fit my new iC160 skis with bindings in the +15 position. Can you explain what that means, and what the advantage of mounting the bindings there would be? Thanks in advance.
What Michael said!! I was "assuming" that the iC160's you were looking at came with the standard Railflex binding setup, which mounts a plate (the rail) that is not adjustable on the ski, and then the bindings slide onto the rail and attach by a single screw in the middle. The position of the bindings on the rail is very adjustable.

There are other threads here about the different "default" mounting points for different manufacturers and the advantages of mounting the binding such that the "Ball of the Foot" is over the "Center of the Ski's running surface" instead of just mounting the boots based on the manufacturers "center of the boot" mark. The plus 1.5cm seems to pretty closely approximate this BOF mounting scheme for many people.

Just for grins, the next time you are in a ski shop compare a 170cm Dynastar/Salomon with a 170cm Fischer/Atomic and see where the default mounting point is for each.
post #13 of 14
How do you know they're goys?
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Must be the Pete Hamill novel I'm reading: Snow in August (not at all related to skiing). Anyway, thanks for all your help, fOlks.
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