I'm concerned the guy at the gear store mis-sized my wife

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I'm concerned the guy at the gear store mis-sized my wife

Postby cmattina » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:32 am

Now, the question is: Who am I to judge?


I took my wife to atmosphere to pick out a pair of classic XC skis. the guy there is obviously not an expert, but said he knew how to use the test board...

My knowledge of XC is limited to going out with some self-taught friends and reading up on the internet. So, the guy may be right and I may be wrong.

My concerned is that he, using the the fischer ski test board, fit my wife with a pair of 167cm classic XC skis. The reason i am concerned is that my wife is 5' 11" and between 155lb and 170 lbs. It just seems SO much smaller than EVERY size chart I've seen for her weight/height.

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Re: I'm concerned the guy at the gear store mis-sized my wife

Postby Magnus Johansson » Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:50 am

167 cm classic skis for a person 180 cm tall is very unconventional, to put it mildly. I think your wife needs 207 cm long classic style skis.

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Re: I'm concerned the guy at the gear store mis-sized my wife

Postby cmattina » Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:14 pm

That's what i thought too. And i am FAR from an expert (just started this year), but no "ski length chart" i've seen comes anywhere close to that short a ski.

she was on some old 205cm skis i found her. But they seem to have very little camber, and when i used them (im her size) i felt a lot of drag in the grip area.

Personally, i am using 200cm skis that i think are a bit on the small size, but useable. They are older but totally unused.

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Re: I'm concerned the guy at the gear store mis-sized my wife

Postby Magnus Johansson » Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:32 pm

If the 205's are not too soft you can try to shorten the grip zone. Here is a Fischer video on selecting the right camber: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIx0qshvUVE

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Re: I'm concerned the guy at the gear store mis-sized my wife

Postby Blah » Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:12 pm

She could fit on either a 208 cm or 203 cm ski. Clearly the skis you purchased are FAR too small for her but the length difference between say a 203/208cm ski is not as important as flex.

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Re: I'm concerned the guy at the gear store mis-sized my wife

Postby cmattina » Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:15 pm

Well, luckily we didn't purchase them...

BUT, i wonder why the ski board eluded to them being the right size?

I guess it could be operator error or she wasn't standing on them properly...

Could these short skis just happen to be particularly tense?

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Re: I'm concerned the guy at the gear store mis-sized my wife

Postby Magnus Johansson » Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:40 pm

cmattina wrote:Well, luckily we didn't purchase them...

BUT, i wonder why the ski board eluded to them being the right size?

I believe the ski board didn't elude that.

cmattina wrote:Could these short skis just happen to be particularly tense?

167 cm classic skis suitable for an 80 kg skier is quite unusual.

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Re: I'm concerned the guy at the gear store mis-sized my wife

Postby cmattina » Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:12 pm

Thanks!

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Re: I'm concerned the guy at the gear store mis-sized my wife

Postby fishskicanoe » Sat Mar 05, 2016 7:00 pm

It depends on the ski and her weight. Many waxless beginner style skis are mid-length, being considerably shorter than the traditional lengths. At 155lbs she would (barely) fit the 169cm women's Fischer My Desire model of skis. It would seem like a better fit would be the 174cm.

http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/stores ... Id=1415350

A Madshus mid length ski for 70kg would be 170cm.

http://en-us.madshus.com/nordic-skis/cadence-100-ski

Like I said, it all depends on the ski model.
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