How do I size a water ski?
Ask yourself these two questions
1 How fast do I ski
The answer to this question will determine how wide the Skeans that will work for you and your ability. Wider skis work better for less experienced skiers. Narrpwer skis will perform better for riders with more experience. Don’t be scared of the width. Wider skis make it easier for you to progress. You become a better skier faster.
2 How much do you weigh?
While the speed that you ski will determine the width of the ski or model your wait will ultimately determine the length of the ski. For example if your weight stays the same but you ski slower you will need a longer ski to support your weight. If you ski faster you will need a shorter ski because less ski is needed to support the same weight at a faster speed.
I’ve done a little research and I am thinking about buying a wider slalom ski. How do they perform?
Wider skis can offer amazing performance and provide the Skier with a fun and positive experience on the water. In the shop we think of the various width skis as platforms. Companies are making platforms that are suited to any skier’s ability and skier speed. Skis are built with technologies and features that will deliver optimum performance for a specific targeted skier. Whether the technology is reducing drag, making the ski ride higher in the water or providing quicker acceleration out of a turn there is a platform for you!
Why are some slalom skis wider than others?
Wider slalom skis are becoming more and more popular. They can offer a skier a much more enjoyable experience. Here is why. If you were to look at slalom skis from 15 years ago you would see that most of them were basically the same width. What separated beginners from advanced skier’s was really the stiffness or flex of their ski. The problem with this was that there was no consideration of the speed the skier was skiing at. It doesn’t make sense to give somebody skiing 26 mph the same width ski as someone going 36 mph. The faster the skier the less surface area needed. Conversely if you are skiing slow more surface area will make it easier to become a better skier and give you a far more enjoyable experience on the water.
What’s up with these lace up slalom ski boots? They kind of scare me. Will they come off my foot if I fall?
Don’t be scared. In most cases a lace up boot is designed for size flexibility. The lace system of the boot allows for better adjustment and more custom fit. Most boots have a static lower lace and a flexible bungee upper legs. This upper lace allows for both a comfortable fit and a reasonably easy release in the case of a fall. I would never say to anyone that they are always coming out of a boot on a slalom ski or even on a pair of combos. That being said ski boots are typically matched to the performance of the ski they are mounted on. A basic slalom ski or a pair of combos will have a simple binding with far less support. A more advanced slalom ski will have a stiffer boot that gives the skier far more support and as a result greater control over the ski.