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Ski Length

Dimensions
Terminology Guide
Length
Generally the taller you are the longer ski that you want. This also has to be balanced with your skiing ability. Longer skis are a little harder to turn than shorter ones but a 6ft beginner will probably require a longer ski than a 5 ft 4 ins beginner in order to get the right balance when skiing. As a general rule for beginners, a man of average height (5ft 10 ins) would suit a ski between 165cm and 175cm. A woman of average height (5ft 5 ins) would be more likely to go for a ski of between 155cm and 165cm. The type of skiing you do will also affect the length of ski, speed skiers will usually have longer skis.
Rocker
The rocker is the part of the ski that lifts off the ground and the measurement of it is between the part that sits on the ground and the nose of the ski. A rocker can be at the front and rear of a monoski. The larger the measurement of the rocker the easier it will be to turn, particularly off piste as it helps the ski to sit higher up in the snow. A ski with a long rocker (over 40mm) at front or back would mean that quite a lot of the ski would not be sitting on the snow and you may therefore want to increase your ski length slightly, partciularly if you are planning to ski on-piste or require greater control.


Width
The width of a monoski is measured at the nose and the tail at the widest point and the waist at the narrowest point. If the ski has a high difference (30-40mm) between the waist and the nose/tail it will be easier to turn and is generally better for beginners. Straighter skis with less than 25mm are generally quicker but more difficult to turn.

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Ski Length
163cm
173cm
183cm
177cm
177cm
187cm
Radius
15m
19m
24m
27m
16m
24m
Weight
3.0kg
3.3kg
3.5kg
4.2kg
3.3kg
3.6kg
Nose width
208mm
208mm
210mm
203mm
243mm
243mm
Waist width
174mm
174mm
174mm
177mm
200mm
200mm
Tail width
198mm
198mm
200mm
193mm
228mm
228mm
Side Cut length
1440mm
1540mm
1640mm
1580mm
1515mm
1578mm
Front rocker
40mm
40mm
40mm
60mm
61mm
61mm
Rear rocker
15mm
15mm
15mm
15mm
22mm
22mm
Radius
The radius is the measurement of how big a circle would be if the ski was put on the floor and you drew a line along the edge. If you continued this line past the ski at the same gradient, a circle would eventually be drawn based on the bottom of the ski.  It effectively measures the turning circle and therefore the lower the radius, the shorter the turns that the ski can make. A speed ski will have a longer radius. A ski of less than 12 metres will be considered a very short radius and therefore very easy to turn. Over 22 metres would be a long-turning ski. Anything inbetween would be considered within the medium range but obviously potentially towards either end of the scale.
Core material
Most monoskis will be a hardwood core (Spruce, Maple, Poplar, Paulownia, Birch etc) and if well created this is an excellent centre for the ski. Wood is flexible and has good at damping vibrations from skiing, therefore added to comfort. It is also relatively inexpensive in comparison to others. More expensive monoskis are made sometimes from Carbon, Kevlar or Titanium.


Sidewall
These are where the side of the ski is quite flat and the aim of the sidewall is to protect the core material. ABS sidewalls are slightly heavier than a Capped sidewall but more resistant to the ski being damaged.
Base material
Most bases are made of a polyethylene plastic (Ptex). The number represents the molecular weight of the polythylene. A high number suggests and better and more durable base. Skis are usually created with a Ptex of between 2000 and 6000. A Ptex of 2000 will be at greater risk from being damaged and therefore would need servicing more frequently and the life of the ski will be much shorter. More modern skis are often made with UHMW which is Ultra-high-molecular weight polyethlene which is made up of extremely long chains of polyethlene given a greater degree of strength than the traditional Ptex base.
If you need further help in choosing a ski, try these links below or by all means contact us with any questions you have.
Inox Inserts
Inox steel inserts steel igo through the base of your monoski to reduce the risk of the bindings becoming undone. 4 inserts in total are used, 1 for each part of the binding - front and rear. This provides you with security on the ski and hugely reduces the chance of injury, particularly if used in conjunction with the monobelt.
Fibre Covering
These are the layers that surround the core of the ski. Most commonly this is fibreglass and due to its flexibility and strength as this is one of the main factors in the construction of a strong yet flexible ski. For fibreglass layers there is a Bi-axial wrap where the glass fibre strands are weaved at right angles to each other.
Ski Edges
This is a feature of how the ski is edged and offers protection against damage, particularly at the tips. The wide steel edge is where one strip of metal goes around the whole ski rather than just at the sides. This offers strength to the ski but with slightly more weight.
http://www.mechanicsofsport.com/skiing/equipment.html
http://www.evo.com/how-to-choose-skis-size-chart-and-guide.aspx
http://www.skis.com/Buying-Guide-for-Skis/buying-guide
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Sidecut length
The sidecut length is the part that contacts the snow when you are standing on the ski - the distance between the 2 rockers. Generally a ski with a longer sidecut length will give greater stability due to the surface area in contact with the snow. This is not to be confused with the sidecut depth that measures the difference between the middle and front/back of the ski and indicates the turning circle. The radius (above) also indicates a similar characteristic.




Ski edges
Sidewall
Core material
Base material
Construction
Inserts
Fibre covering
Construction
The construction of the ski will either be a monoblock where it is made up of one piece of core material or a sandwiched construction arrangement consisting of multiple pieces. The main advantage of the sandwich construction is to give a slightly softer and more flexible feel to the ski. This is often required when skiing fast or in challenging conditions such as deep powder.
Front rocker

Rear rocker