Skis too long?

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Skis too long?

Post by ivy_mike » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:05 am

Hey everyone,

I've skied downhill for 20 years, but I decided to pick up XC skiing after recently moving to Oregon. I picked up some of the Asnes surplus skis on the cheap as my first pair. Unfortunately, I think they're too long for me.

I'm 5'10 and between 140-150lbs, and I got the 200cm. This was the smallest size available, and they were so inexpensive I won't be really bummed if they don't work.

My question is, will they function at all for learning the basics? What am I giving up with this length, and is there a way to compensate for the length and still enjoy them?\


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Re: Skis too long?

Post by Magnus Johansson » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:16 pm

Hey, Mike! They are actually a little too short if they are meant for the classic technique. Using the old formula "body height x 1.15" for classic skis, you should have 204 cm skis. But 200 cm will probably be OK if the camber suits you. What are the widths of that ski (tip - waist - tail)?

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