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Anyone know where to find World Cup equipment specs?? Ski length pole length SL,GS

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Thought it would be interesting to see what the worlds best are using (specs) Ski length/ Pole length for sl/gs


John
post #2 of 9
I'm pretty certain they size their poles just like we do. Elbow length for SL, slightly longer for GS (+5cm), then long for speed (up to +10cm).
post #3 of 9
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It would be cool if their was a site that listed all specs for the top 10 is each class.
John
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Thread Starter 
anyone have World Cup equipment info??
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I'm confused as to what you're looking for, and what you mean by "specs"?  Are you looking for the brand that various guys use, or the length, or both?  As far as ski length, I think you'd find every guy on a 165 SL, or something very close. Some skis that are custom pressed might vary in length. But all within 2-3 cm of that. GS, would be 191-195+. You'll sometimes see a quiver of skis, with topskins all saying 193 {the stock race length for that brand}, leaning up against a wall, and notice a lot of variation in length, either side of that true 193.  I don't believe that any guys on the WC are on a shorter GS than a 191. Not that I'm aware of. Ski pole length? Keep in mind that you have guys skiing the WC who are 5'5" tall, and others who are 6"5". You also have personal preference issues. It's all over the place. Never have paid any attention to it. I think the only variation is that some guys ski a straight GS pole, and some use a slight bend. Personal preference, I guess.

post #6 of 9

Re pole length, sometimes you see non-slalom racers with longer poles than is standard for recreational skiers:  As the cross-country folks know, slightly longer poles allow you to push more efficiently at the flat top of the race course.

In racing, not all speed is created equal.  Speed at the top of the course is essentially carried through the entire rest of the course (gravitational acceleration is incremental, adding to existing speed.  For mathmatical proof of why speed early in the descent pays more dividends than speed later, google Brachistochrone curve.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brachistochrone_curve
 

Hence, some racers have slightly longer poles, and many of the rest of us use wax overlays that are mostly relevant only at the top of the course.

 

SfDean (back from the summer and with full use of the broken shoulder again.  Hi, all.)

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Thread Starter 
Interesting info, for the most part Muleski you answered most of my questions. I was hoping to find a site that listed the top racers specs and what their set up are. I thought it would be more common knowledge.
John
post #8 of 9
Some of the WC results lists show the competitor's ski/boot/binding manufacturers. Ski Racing Magazine and Skiracing.com shows this for the top 10 when they publish WC race results. The various ski manufacturers also showcase their athletes on their websites, often anybody on a National team, not just WC. Have never seen it in one place, though. As far as length, etc. it's all pretty much the same. For example in SL, everybody's pretty much on a 165, set at max standheight. If you find a source, make sure to let us know.
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This document might answer some of your questions: http://www.fis-ski.com/data/document/edition20091.pdf
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