How to choose your skis

 

1. Choose your skis:

Whatever your level, beginner, experienced or expert, choosing your skis is essential to have fun while ensuring your safety. It is therefore important to take into account your technical level, the desired use (Piste, all mountain (mixed), freeride, freestyle, ...) and of course your morphology.

We advise you to choose the following skis according to your use:

 

• Piste use:

- Spatula moderately wide, with a short spatula reading, for more ski contact on the snow.

- Narrow skate, very fast edge to edge changes for more precision.

- Tail cut, straight; allows recovery at the end of the curve.

 

• All Mountain use:

- Spatula large enough, with a spatula record quite long, often associated with a rocker; Handy and absorbs the irregularities of the ground.

- Medium wide pad, high speed stability, lift in all snow.

- Tail  slightly raised, rather rounded. Tolerance all snow. Easy moving at high speed.

 

• Freeride use:

- Spatula wide, with a very long survey, associated with a long rocker for more floatation and maneuverability on any type of snow.

- Wide pad, very stable, maximum floatation on all types of snow. narrow, very fast edge-to-edge changes for more precision.

- Tail high enough for more maneuverability.

 

• Freestyle use:

- Spatula large enough, with a spatula record short enough for more stability.

- Medium wide pad, versatility on any terrain.

- Double spatula tail for more maneuverability back (switch)

 

2. Choose your ski poles:

• Size :

- Place the stick upside down and hold it under the washer on the floor

- Keep your arm along the body

- When the stick is your size, it should be close to 90 ° c

 

Tableau des tailles en centimètres

Your size Stick size
Moins de 105 80
105 à 115 85
115 à 125 90
125 à 135 95
135 à 145 100
145 à 155 105
155 à 160 110
160 à 170 115
170 à 175 120
175 à 185 125
185 à 190 130
190 à 200 135
Plus de 200 140

• The washers:

- Simple for classic track skiing

- Wider for off-piste and ski touring

3. How to adjust your ski bindings ?

Properly tuned bindings are essential but getting physically prepared before going skiing is also important.

In case of inadvertent tripping, sometimes as dangerous as the absence of a trigger, it is necessary to go up a notch the adjustment of the heel (rear part of the binding).

For more security you can also regularly test your fixations in the following way:

* The knee slightly bent, rotate the foot forcibly forcing (the hooking of the ski on the inner edge in the snow makes this test easy), the stop before pivoting by releasing the foot without pain at the knee.

* Knee slightly flexed to project leg back, heel should open.

Beware of old bindings, or skis that have made long journeys on the gallery of the car, the spring can seize! A worn shoe sole (or a Vibram sole like that of hiking ski boots) can also affect a good trigger.

Here are the tables to which you must refer (they correspond to the standard AFNOR FD S 52-748 of July 2000 !) .

The AFNOR standard distinguished between men and women, the ISO standard (parity obliges?) No longer makes this distinction. We must be aware that statistically knee accidents affect more women than men, so always have a light hand to adjust the fixations of these ladies.

On the other hand a correction must be made according to the age and the level of practice.

The size chart:

The first line of the following table corresponds to the length of the sole of the ski boot. If your weight and height are not on the same line, you must choose the highest line of the table

Weight (kg) Size (m) <=230 231-250 251-270 271-290 291-310 311-330 331-350 >350
10-13   0.75 0,75 0,75          
14-17   1 0,75 0,75 0,75        
18-21   1,5 1,25 1,25 1        
22-25   2 1,75 1,5 1,5 1,25      
26-30   2,5 2,25 2 1,75 1,5 1,5    
31-35   3 2,75 2,5 2,25 2 1,75 1,75  
36-41     3,5 3 2,75 2,5 2,25 2  
42-48 <=1.48     3,5 3 3 2,75 2,5  
49-57 1.49-1.57     4,5 4 3,5 3,5 3  
58-66 1.58-1.66     5,5 5 4,5 4 3,5 3
67-78 1.67-1.78     6,5 6 5,5 5 4,5 4
76-94 1.79-1.94     7,5 7 6,5 6 5,5 5
>94 >1.94       8,5 8 7 6,5 6
          10 9,5 8,5 8 7,5
          11,5 11 10 9,5 9
              12 11 10,5

 


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