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mounting position on old k2's with sidewall scale 23 to 35?

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 I am about to give my son my old K2 "Threes" 178cm (very good condition).  They are shaped skis about 12 years old.  He is 6'1" and 210 lbs with a 12.5 boot size.  As I have a size 10 boot the bindings will need remounting.  The sidewall of the ski has a scale 23 to 35 with numbers about a half cm apart.  I assume that these are metric boot sizes and that the center of the boot should line up with the corresponding scale number, so that a size 31 boot center should line up with 31 on the scale.  This system seems to keep the toe position constant for different boot sizes,  whereas current skis seem to be marked to keep the center of the boot constant.  Am I interpreting this scale correctly?  BTW he is an intermediate skier and only skis a few days a year.  Thanks for any help.

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Don't want to do him a favor and get him something newer?  Sorry, but skis have come a long way since then.

OK, I looked at my old K2 Merlin 3s in the basement (same vintage - the skis not the basement) and they have the same scale.  I am pretty sure is the the recomended center of the boot sole measured in cm. 
post #3 of 9
 It would make more sense to me if the marks are slightly less than 1/2 cm apart.
post #4 of 9
Good on you for handing down your gear.

Depending on how your bindings are mounted there may be enough travel in the heel to move them back far enough for your son.  I'd check that first.  If not, the remount should be easy and the shop will know what to do.

drn92
post #5 of 9
You are reading it correct and I agree with others..there are more modern skis that you can get cheap to put him on. That "Three" has more in common with an old straight ski than a current generation ski.
post #6 of 9
 I agree with the others who said good on you for handing down your gear.

My new skis are six years. They don't ski as well as my 14 year old Elans, so if you want real improvement I guess you need to get something more recent than 2004s. When did they start making the good skis?

I ski pretty good on bad skis, your son should be fine on those K2s. Bode Miller revolutionized ski technique on the similar but stffer K2 Fours. If your son needs to ski better than Bode did in 1998, he will need newer, better skis.
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Thread Starter 
 Thanks for the info/advice.
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

I ski pretty good on bad skis, your son should be fine on those K2s. Bode Miller revolutionized ski technique on the similar but stffer K2 Fours. If your son needs to ski better than Bode did in 1998, he will need newer, better skis.

I skied half a day on a pair of those 193 cm Fours Saturday  But then I learned to ski on straight skis so nuff said.. Get the kid something from post 2005 if at all possible unless he isn't likely to ski often.  You might also want to look in to renting or an annual lease of buying gear doesn't make sense,
post #9 of 9
 So 2005 when they started making good skis. Darn, missed it by one year! 
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