How do I size a water ski?
Ask yourself these two questions:
1. How fast do I ski?
The answer to this question determines how wide a Ski you need to fit your ability level. Wider skis work better for less experienced skiers because they make deep water starts easier. Narrower skis perform better for skiers with more experience. Don’t let the width scare you. Wider skis make it easier for you to progress. You can become a better skier faster.
2. How much do you weigh?
While the speed that you ski at will determine the width of the ski, your weight will ultimately determine the length of the ski. For example, if your weight stays the same but you ski at slower speeds, 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 think I want to buy a wider slalom ski. How do they perform?
Wider skis offer amazing performance and provide Skiers with a fun and positive experience on the water. In the shop, we think of the various skis as platforms. Companies make various width platforms that suit different skier ability and skier speed. They build skis with technologies and features that deliver optimum performance for a specifically targeted skier. Whether the technology reduces drag, making the ski ride higher in the water, or provides quicker acceleration out of a turn, there is a platform for you!
Why are some slalom skis wider than others?
Wider slalom skis can offer a skier a more comfortable, more stable and therefore more enjoyable experience for some skiers. Their popularity has increased over the years. Here is why. Slalom skis from 15 years ago were basically the same width. Because of that, what separated beginners skis from advanced skis was really the stiffness or flex of the ski itself. And there was really no consideration of the speed the skier skied at. It doesn’t make sense to give somebody skiing 26 mph the same width ski as someone going 36 mph. If you are a faster skier, you require a platform with less surface area. Conversely, if you are skiing slower, 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, the lace up boot design allows for greater size flexibility. And the lace system of the boot allows for better adjustment and a more custom fit. Most boots have a static lower lace and a flexible bungee upper lace. This upper lace allows for both a comfortable fit and a reasonably easy release if you fall. Again, 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 horseshoe 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.