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Do twin-tips run longer?

post #1 of 5
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I've been looking at twin-tip skis for the first time this year, and noticed that many models seem to not be available in the lengths that I'm used to. I'm somewhere between 5'9" and 5'10", 200lb (and dropping), and have always felt about right on 168-170 skis. However, I've been seeing that only about half of the twin-tips I've been looking at come in the 170 range, and it's the shortest length on those that do. Do these skis just not cater to guys below 6', or should I be looking at a longer ski than usual?

 

I'll be trying anything at the demo shops before I buy, by the way. Just curious where to start looking.

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Originally Posted by MaxArcher View Post

I've been looking at twin-tip skis for the first time this year, and noticed that many models seem to not be available in the lengths that I'm used to. I'm somewhere between 5'9" and 5'10", 200lb (and dropping), and have always felt about right on 168-170 skis. However, I've been seeing that only about half of the twin-tips I've been looking at come in the 170 range, and it's the shortest length on those that do. Do these skis just not cater to guys below 6', or should I be looking at a longer ski than usual?

 

I'll be trying anything at the demo shops before I buy, by the way. Just curious where to start looking.


my twins will run 5-10cm longer than a normal flat tailed ski that Id be using for the same purpose. Your also on a pretty short ski for your size. One notable exception to the rule is K2 that measure the ski minus the tail. 

 

 

 

 

post #3 of 5

I am 6 ft and 190 (and dropping ;-), and I have never been on a ski shorter than 178.  You ski pretty short for your weight.  Twins do run a bit shorter than flat-tailed skis, but that also depends on a model.   Demo. 

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I weighed about 50lb less the last time I skied, so that explains the length I think. I'd run stuff through some calculator type thingies and it'd still said around 168 for my height/current weight, should I be running something longer instead? Maybe some 175s or something? Gotta figure out what size to rent on thursday.

post #5 of 5

172-175 if you like short turns, and 178-180 if you like long turns and going fast. 

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