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# Ski length based on height & weight - fully clothed?? Or....?

Perhaps a dumb question, but have seen a few posts that have made me wonder...

When considering ski lengths based on height and/or weight suggestions, does one use height/weight while fully clothed and wearing ski boots? Or while barefoot and...not ?

Thanks for clarifying.
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 Originally Posted by Wasabi Perhaps a dumb question, but have seen a few posts that have made me wonder... When considering ski lengths based on height and/or weight suggestions, does one use height/weight while fully clothed and wearing ski boots? Or while barefoot and...not ? Thanks for clarifying.
You're over analyzing this. Height is irrelevant unless you're extremely short or tall.
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 Originally Posted by Wasabi Perhaps a dumb question, but have seen a few posts that have made me wonder... When considering ski lengths based on height and/or weight suggestions, does one use height/weight while fully clothed and wearing ski boots? Or while barefoot and...not ? Thanks for clarifying.
What I usually tell people is to cube their weight and then times it by pi r squared. Take that measurement and divide it by e=mc2 minus the weight of your clothing and ski boots. Then you'll find the exact perfect ski size for you.

Cheers,
Chaos
The % of error is such that it wont matter....unless you ski in medivel steel armor, then that could make a difference.
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 Originally Posted by Chaos What I usually tell people is to cube their weight and then times it by pi r squared. Take that measurement and divide it by e=mc2 minus the weight of your clothing and ski boots. Then you'll find the exact perfect ski size for you. Cheers, Chaos

Wasabi, you're turning checkers into chess.
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 Originally Posted by Trekchick Wasabi, you're turning checkers into chess.
Yep. While height and weight do affect your choices there is no exact science and much of it is personal. At my height and weight one person might ski a certain length while I ski another.
Not an exact science- if the skis come to between your chin and the top of your head you are in the right range. If you are heavier and an advanced skier you can go even longer.
ski length is based on force being applied to the ski. this is a product of height, weight, skiing speed and skiing skill.
I will say this regarding ski length; a level 1-3 skier should be on skis no longer than 155 regardless of weight. As the skier improves and begins paralleling he/she will need a longer ski more in relation to their weight to compensate for the more dynamic movements at higher speeds.
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 Originally Posted by MJB You're over analyzing this. Height is irrelevant unless you're extremely short or tall.
Leg length may have some relevance in terms of the angles you achieve in serious carving, and in turn on the forces traveling back and forth along the leg. Which is why plates or lifts help you edge a bit more efficiently by changing your angles. But for most skiers, under most conditions, it's all about weight.
The error in your weight is less than the error in your estimated speed. Forgetaboutit.

You primarily need length for force (pressure times area) that turns you, which depends on how hard you turn (how sharp and how fast) and how much you weigh.

You can also use some extra length for fore-aft stability in rough conditions, and if your skis are not wide, for extra float. If you are really tall, you exert more torque in fore and aft balancing and may benefit from a bit longer ski as well.

You used to need to go to a longer ski to get stability at speed on hard surfaces, but these days even a short ski will be stable at speed if it is a top-of-the line ski.
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 Originally Posted by Chaos What I usually tell people is to cube their weight and then times it by pi r squared. Take that measurement and divide it by e=mc2 minus the weight of your clothing and ski boots. Then you'll find the exact perfect ski size for you. Cheers, Chaos
Yes, that's accurate ... on Jupiter. Gravity's a good deal less here. Hello?
problem is...a lot of people use ego for their choices correct??? admit it guys..
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 Originally Posted by cdnr328i problem is...a lot of people use ego for their choices correct??? admit it guys..
Ego, nice euphemism for the penis...
just make it easy on yourself and go with a pair of 215 DH boards. you really can't go wrong that way
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"Ski length based on height & weight - fully clothed?? Or....?"

I guess it depends if you're gonna ski naked or not!!!
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