Classic ski lengths?

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Classic ski lengths?

Postby Neuro » Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:05 pm

What is recommended vs reality in your opinion? About right?

I'm asking as I'm worried the skis i got for my inexperienced partner will be unmanageable at height + 25 cm.

Of course it's mostly to do with the camber/stiffness providing grip vs glide etc, but might it be better to go for shorter (say height +15 or 20 cm) and stiffer skis instead even if the grip/glide relation is compromised, just to get more control braking /generally?

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Re: Classic ski lengths?

Postby Magnus Johansson » Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:23 am

I think 115 % of the body height is best.

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Re: Classic ski lengths?

Postby Neuro » Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:31 am

No matter the skill or experience?

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Re: Classic ski lengths?

Postby Magnus Johansson » Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:09 pm

Yes.

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Re: Classic ski lengths?

Postby Neuro » Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:05 pm

The worry is plough braking and cornering in poor tracks.

Maybe just find suitable tracks until skill is up then..

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Re: Classic ski lengths?

Postby Blah » Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:30 pm

Depends on brand, flex of the ski and the aptitude of the skier. A lot of people can fit in between sizes

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Re: Classic ski lengths?

Postby Magnus Johansson » Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:28 pm

Blah wrote:Depends on brand, flex of the ski and the aptitude of the skier. A lot of people can fit in between sizes

I don't think so. I find skis shorter than 115% too short and not beneficial for a good skiing technique. Then it doesn't matter if other properties are right. Flex and camber are of course very important, but so is also length, in my opinion.

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Re: Classic ski lengths?

Postby Blah » Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:41 am

Working with a lot of junior skiers you will have to compromise sometimes on getting a ski that they are able to actually kick because of being light in weight. For adults I think you are spot on, however length doesn't mean very much if the ski is too stiff or soft for the skier.

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Re: Classic ski lengths?

Postby Neuro » Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:22 pm

Thanks for input. I guess going downhill shouldn't be factored in when choosing length.

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Re: Classic ski lengths?

Postby Magnus Johansson » Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:27 am

Blah wrote:Working with a lot of junior skiers you will have to compromise sometimes on getting a ski that they are able to actually kick because of being light in weight. For adults I think you are spot on, however length doesn't mean very much if the ski is too stiff or soft for the skier.

Yes, that is true; if one can't use the grip zone because the ski is e.g. too stiff, then one misses out totally on important techniques in classic cross-country skiing. Do you have any examples of skis that can't be correct for a certain skier in both camber and length? The ski manufacturers ought to be interested in that.
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Re: Classic ski lengths?

Postby Magnus Johansson » Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:39 am

Neuro wrote:Thanks for input. I guess going downhill shouldn't be factored in when choosing length.

Perhaps it should if, let's say, the course is very tricky downhill with sharp corners; then you may want to put up with a less appropriate diagonal technique ski because of the advantage downhill. But it is probably better to avoid the tricky downhills and have a better diagonal technique ski if one is a beginner.


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