Cross Country Skis are sized and fit on three things, 1). Skiers weight: This is the first and most important thing when sizing or fitting a cross country ski, because skis have different stiffnesses. The stiffness of a ski will determine how the ski behaves under the skier. Classic and touring ski are fit at a different stiffness than skate skis because a classic or touring ski needs to both glide and kick. 2) Skiers Height: Longer skis are naturally stiffness because of the amount of material used in their construction. So often the skiers weight will dictate the length of the ski, but if give the choice of two lengths the skiers ability should be considered. 3) Skiers ability level: Longer skis are generally faster, but can be difficult to control or maneuver for beginning skiers.
Where do you plan on skiing and how?
Is the first and most important question when determining the correct size ski.
In general, longer skis are used by more advanced and taller skiers, with shorter skis offering additional responsiveness and ease of use at the expense of a small amount of top speed. Finally, keep in mind that there are no hard and fast rules regarding length; often, experienced skiers develop their own preferences based on nothing but what feels "right" to them.
|Skier Weight||Classic Ski Length||Skate Ski Length|
|100 - 110 lbs||180 - 190 cm||170-180 cm|
|110 - 120 lbs||182 - 192 cm||172-182 cm|
|120 - 130 lbs||185 - 195 cm||175-185 cm|
|130 - 140 lbs||187 - 200 cm||177-187 cm|
|140 - 150 lbs||190 - 205 cm||180-190 cm|
|150 - 160 lbs||195 - 210 cm||185-195 cm|
|160 - 180 lbs||200 - 210 cm||190-200 cm|
|>180 lbs||205 - 210 cm||190-200 cm|