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Ski length advice for abnormal height/weight ratio

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hey guys

I've been browsing your forum for a few days now and there is a wealth of information out there thanks a lot. 
My question is a bit specific though so i thought i'd get on and ask you all myself.

Im getting my first pair of brand new skis for the winter season (my last skis have been ex rentals that i managed to pick up cheap as chips).
I'm all about being able to hit the steep pistes hard and fast, but i'm a bit of a powder junkie as well so i need an all mountain ski. I ride park occasionally and will hopefully get to more this winter but i think piste and powder are my mine criteria. I love carving tiny little turns but also like getting a little bit tricky between trees. I think i've settled on the new Armada ARV's as my ski of choice, they seem to fit my idea of a good time on a mountain.

This is where things get tricky. The shortest ARV's are 165's. I'm 5' 10" but only weigh about 115 pounds. I've had a look on some ski length calculators on the net and its recommending 161 (based on skiing expertise and aggression- both of which are at the top) but i've seen other charts based purely on weight and they're recommending as low as 140!! I've seen things saying its okay to give or take 5cm on length but 140 is ridiculous for someone of 5 10 surely?

I think i had my heart set on the ARV's but will my skinny ass ruin it for me?

Just for the info, my last skis were K2 fujatives at 169 and although i had some good times on them i think i may benefit from something a little shorter and stiffer.

Confirmation of it being okay to go ahead with the 165s would be ideal but failing that i'd love some recommendations from you guys

Big love
x
post #2 of 9
A 165cm twin tip will ski like a 160ish traditional (directional) ski, you will be fine... if you don't pass out from malnourishment first. Get the ARV's and go each a few greasy cheese burgers.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thats what i wanted to hear. 

A diet of meat for every meal doesn't up my weight so god knows what will. One day i'll get fat on the sly and not even notice till i'm a monster. Watch this space for questions for a 300 lb beast.

Thanks dude
post #4 of 9
If 165 is the shortest they come in, that's probably the right length for you in that ski.

If you want to put on mass you can do some weights (assuming your past puberty).  After a couple of months to get into it, low reps and three sets in a row on the same muscle should bulk you up.
post #5 of 9
A ski has no idea how tall the person standing on it is. Choosing a ski comes down to your weight and how much power you can put into the ski. Your height plays a very small role in this.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
 Thanks for all the advice guys.

CROSS, i think i have a fair amount of power in my legs from a season skiing and the hilly ass place i live in, its just my upper body that lacks any power (though my core strength is fairly good). I dont think my low weight is a lack of power i just have a small frame. I'm only 19 though so i expect i'll bulk out at some point over the next few years anyway.

I think i'm going to go with the Armadas anyhow. I'm used to skiing long skis i think i'll be able to handle it. That is unless anybody really thinks otherwise and has a similar recommendation i'd be pleased to hear it.

Ghost, I wouldn't mind putting on mass but i doubt i could get the protein i need on a student diet. I started hitting the gym before i came down and the guy said i needed over 120 grams of protein a day. I dunno where i'd find the money. I eat a lot of bacon, fish and pasta at the minute but getting enough to actually build muscle mass would be a real struggle.

Any more opinions on the matter would be much appreciated i want to get these babies bought if i can.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by CheeseSki View Post

Ghost, I wouldn't mind putting on mass but i doubt i could get the protein i need on a student diet. I started hitting the gym before i came down and the guy said i needed over 120 grams of protein a day. I dunno where i'd find the money. I eat a lot of bacon, fish and pasta at the minute but getting enough to actually build muscle mass would be a real struggle.

Any more opinions on the matter would be much appreciated i want to get these babies bought if i can.

The skis sound good to me, but to bulk up you do need to hit the gym, drink protein powder shakes and eat lot's of calories. At your age that was lot's of burgers, fries, beer and Dorritos. You can do it buddy, I have faith in you.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
 Haha. I think i have the beer side of things sorted =D The Joys of being a fresher.

I rang the guys at the ski shop im gonna buy them from today and they sounded confident. I'm gonna wait about a week and put the order in. 

Thanks everyone!
x
post #9 of 9
Hiya,

Truth to tell, I don't know much about those skis, but if your looking for protein on a budget then you can't beat fungus and pulses!

Add kidney beans and mushrooms to a chilli, and borlotti beans to a pasta sauce - and give up that funny brown water you folks call beer, and drink Guinness!
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