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Hey Guys...does size matter?

post #1 of 24
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I was standing in the single lane today and shared a chair with 3 others as we were sliding in line I heard one of the guys ask the other how long were his skis. He didn't know his own length and was trying to figure it out, so me being the angel I am, I lined my ski up next to his. Well I suddenly felt as though I was beamed into the mens bathroom standing at the urinal comparing ummm yanno. Anyways he was not happy that his were not longer than mine, almost a state of disbelief. What's up with that guys? Is ski length attached to your ego and are you that sensitive about your board length? Is it a subject that we girls should tread lightly around?
post #2 of 24
LOL hadn't really put much thought into it, but now that you brought it up mine are not as long as they use to be but having said that they are a lot fatter!!!
post #3 of 24
It's not the size of the pencil, its how you sign your name. I am beginning to wonder about the return to macho sizing. Not only do you have to go longer, but you have to go fatter and stiffer, also.
post #4 of 24
It used to be the better the skier, the longer the ski, then it was the shorter, now width. It is up to the individual to determine the balance of the three.
post #5 of 24
I have a hard enough time keeping one in hand I couldnt imagine trying to balance 3
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
It used to be the better the skier, the longer the ski, then it was the shorter, now width.
Width is more important than length. I thought everyone knew that.

post #7 of 24
Length is important, but so is making sure you don't pre-release.
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by Rio View Post
It's not the size of the pencil, its how you sign your name. Not only do you have to go longer, but you have to go fatter and stiffer, also.
Sounds like pencil envy to me.
post #9 of 24
yeah width is the new masculine yardstick. Fatter is steezier!
post #10 of 24
The larger the ski, the happier the cravase!
post #11 of 24
I want stickers for my Praxis that say: "Yes, I'm compensating."
post #12 of 24
I want that sticker for my 123cm Atomic Fun Zones.
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
It used to be the better the skier, the longer the ski, (snip) now width.
Yup, it's width that matters, especially here in Utah. Mine are 172/140/158 and I usually have everybody beat ( but being 6'8" I'm not compensating ).
post #14 of 24
The width of the ski is inversely proportional to the skier's skill.
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
The width of the ski is inversely proportional to the skier's skill.
Hey--I resemble that remark.
post #16 of 24
So let's see I took math once, that means all the good skiers have fatties right? Cool!
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
Anyways he was not happy that his were not longer than mine, almost a state of disbelief.
I bet he drives a Porche to compensate for it.
post #18 of 24
I was leafing through the 08 Ski Magazine gear reviews and there was a piece in there with Mike Rogan talking about skis, conditions, width, length etc. One the carving segment the article was pretty negative regarding fat skis on the groomed mentioning you really don't want to go over 75 mm with the implication you need to apply exaggerated tipping movements to get them on edge. I'm sure that remark isn't very reinforced with members here.
post #19 of 24
Never mess with a man's livelihood.
post #20 of 24
Peer Pressure, the spread of Ski porn beyond Warren Miller, the X-Games, and the rise of the bro-speak culture are the factors that started the trend of fat, long skis IMO.

For the young and image conscious, if you don't want to get laughed at by your peers, you have to be on something sick and totally rad, even if you will never really utlize it and it very well may be hindering your advancement, or even safety.

My buddies here out East who are on them, simply don't need them 99% of the time and probably never will, but refuse to ski on anything else. I am the oddball.

It seems like if you're not on anything over 80mm and 182cm, you are looked at as someoner who has no clue what they're doing. It simply is not cool to be sporting sub-80mm skis.

To each his own. Trends are trends.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by Inspector Gadget View Post
Sounds like pencil envy to me.
That's right. I just feel totally inadequate on my Mythic Riders now that the new macho ski at Bridger is XXLs with Jester bindings. I try to convince myself that everything's okay since most of the XXL owners are sticking to groomers and easier terrain because they can't handle take them into moguls and narrow steeps but realize that doesn't help me much when girls are comparing our skis in the lift line. Oh, what a cruel world.
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post
I was leafing through the 08 Ski Magazine gear reviews and there was a piece in there with Mike Rogan talking about skis, conditions, width, length etc. One the carving segment the article was pretty negative regarding fat skis on the groomed mentioning you really don't want to go over 75 mm with the implication you need to apply exaggerated tipping movements to get them on edge. I'm sure that remark isn't very reinforced with members here.
I would agree with that statement. For groomed runs you should be on 65 to 70 mm waisted skis.
post #23 of 24
You should enjoy what you have. It dont matter if fat or long as long as it makes you happy. The girls in the lift lines might smirk and giggle at your "equipment" but untill they are willing to see what you are capable of doing with it just smile a sly grin back and say very softly, "yes ladies it does make me happy"
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post
I was leafing through the 08 Ski Magazine gear reviews and there was a piece in there with Mike Rogan talking about skis, conditions, width, length etc.

The cop in Superbad?? I didn't even know that guy skied!
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