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Whats the old way of choosing ski size?

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
As some of you may know I recently acquired many old skis, some are quite beautiful and look fast and are in good shape other than some badly rusted edges. I am thinking of restoring one pair to skiable conditions again to at least give it a few runs before I decide whether or not to chop them up for some Adirondack chairs.

Whats the correct way to choose the right ski size for vintage skis? How about vintage race skis?
post #2 of 29
Stand with heels on the ground and reach up as high as you can. The ski tip should come to your wrist. If you are compensating for something, then as high as your fingertips can reach.
post #3 of 29
Thread Starter 
Hmm, I don't think any are that long...Ill have to take another look.
post #4 of 29
a manly man never ever admitted to using anything less than 195cm

A friend, patroller and ski instructor was putting away his 155 cm SL skis the other day when he said the day he took his wife to be skiing the first time, many years ago, he was almost too embarrassed to be seen in her company since she was a rank beginner on 150CM skis!

how times have changed
post #5 of 29
I'm 5' 3" and 135lbs. When I feel like compensating for that I pull out my 218 SGs.
post #6 of 29
203 to 207 for a racing SL

205 to 215 for a GS

When men were men.....and sheep were scared
post #7 of 29
Whadya get? Is there a thread on it? Want more?
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post #9 of 29
Back in the daywomen skied on 190cm & men dare not go under 200cm. I nevered owned a ski under 205cm 20 years ago. Now I don't own a ski over 188cm. Ghost got it right.
post #10 of 29
I remember my first pair of new store bought skis. I was 11 and very small for my size. Hart Gremlins up to my wrist (160 cm). I went down to 150s two years later, rockin the Freestyle thang.. But at 5'6" in High School back on 190s and 195s... though I used to take the 215 cm Hart SuperComps the rental shop manager had out for kicks. I prefer my skis a bit longer than most my size these days.
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Hmm, I don't think any are that long...Ill have to take another look.
I think Ghost is referring to the 1940's or something. In the 80's, for an expert skier we did your height plus 6". And yes, race stock SL's were 205, which is what I have leaning against the wall of my cabin.
post #12 of 29
First skis when I was 14 or so(91/92), Rossi 750, 180
Last pair of straight skis owned at age 20 (98), Rossi 9s, 201 (IIRC)
Current skis, age 30 (09, duh), Scott Missions, 178

Some assorted 204s mixed in, but that should give you an idea of then and now. the fact that I mentioned skis from the 90s in a thread about vintage skis worries me a bit
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by Southern Man View Post
I think Ghost is referring to the 1940's or something. In the 80's, for an expert skier we did your height plus 6". And yes, race stock SL's were 205, which is what I have leaning against the wall of my cabin.
Nah, late 50's, early 60's

I raced on 205 slaloms and 217 GS in the late 70s. I free skied the 217s into the ealry 90s. Turned like the Exxon Valdez.
post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
Nah, late 50's, early 60's

I raced on 205 slaloms and 217 GS in the late 70s. I free skied the 217s into the ealry 90s. Turned like the Exxon Valdez.


It depended on the stiffness, really. In the mid 80's I had a used pair of Atomic Arcs, race stock SL and I got to where I could bend them fairly tight. I never had the opportunity to race back then though.
post #15 of 29
Save the Rossi 7Ss (trash the bindings), the Dynastar Course with the red blobs and the Dynamics; the Dynastar S9s ~maybe.

Some of those bindings look kinda interesting, like the Looks on the Dynamics (dibs on the teles if you're gonna trash 'em).

post #16 of 29
The old rule of thumb was wrist to fingertip high, depending on your abilty (or ego).

As for racing skis, Bill Johnson (5'9" 170#) skiied the 84 downhill on 225cm Red Sleds.

Go 10-15 cm shorter for a GS racing ski.

10-15 more for a SL racing ski.
post #17 of 29
Thread Starter 
So the old SL skis were actually longer than the old GS skis?
post #18 of 29
No.

I'm pretty sure he meant to say "go 10-15 more shorter for SL racing" or something to that effect.

Notice, however, that the skis you have there are actually of several different generations and would thus fall under several different sizing concepts.

The cap skis like the MBX and SRC were actually skied a bit long, so were probably for someone smallish in the lengths you have, for example.
post #19 of 29
Right.

More shorter.

I think that the rule of going down 10-15cm at each step from DH to GS to SL holds reasonably well era to era.

You just have different starting points at various points in time.
post #20 of 29
I have 5 words for you..
Vee Ohh two ohh four.
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
I have 5 words for you..
Vee Ohh two ohh four.
Sounds like a consensus. No one will call you a sissy if you buy old fashioned racing skis in at least the following lengths:

205 SL
215 GS
225 DH

Which apparently makes Philpug a sissy by 1 cm.
post #22 of 29
My very first pair was 175 cm, 35 yrs later I am skiing a on 175, several sets of 205-208 (well used) holding my wall up.....any takers?
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by Farmguy View Post
My very first pair was 175 cm, 35 yrs later I am skiing a on 175, several sets of 205-208 (well used) holding my wall up.....any takers?
Whatcha got there????

I've been known to snatch up a pair or two every now and again
post #24 of 29
Rossi STS
4S

K2 712

VO77

and a Dnyastar Asymmetric Platform 9.1.

And these are none in very good shape, very well skied and have seen abuse as rock skis as shaped skis were introduced. The Dynstar are brand new, but have been serving as a "test bed" for my ski tuning. I have a part time ski repair venture and to practice "rock damage" I use a hammer and chisel, dremal tool,
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by Farmguy View Post
I use a hammer and chisel, dremal tool,

Heh. I totally expected to read ".22 LR"
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
Heh. I totally expected to read ".22 LR"
Idea....


In all my years skiing, the patrol has tried a lot of different ways to stop my poaching, but never have they resorted to shooting at me........
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by skier_j View Post
a manly man never ever admitted to using anything less than 195cm
Ski magazine even ran an article titled "Are you a 185cm weakling?"
post #28 of 29
Why don't you just start your chair project........................
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by Southern Man View Post


It depended on the stiffness, really. In the mid 80's I had a used pair of Atomic Arcs, race stock SL and I got to where I could bend them fairly tight. I never had the opportunity to race back then though.
The 217's were Race Stock Elan Uniline RS. They were as stiff as I-beams. Even at my heaviest weight (about 203) I could barely make em turn unless I was going pretty scary fast.
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