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Twin Tip Ski Sizing and Binding Location

Question

I have been skiing for 12 years (since I was 4) and consider myself an advanced skier. I've almost always skied on short racing skies on mostly hard-packed and slushy snow. I very rarely ski in powder. I'm looking into getting a pair of skies with the bindings mounted in the center of the ski (rather than towards the back) and learning park. I was wondering if the sizing for these types of skies are different because there is less ski in front of the binding. I currently ski a pair of 153cm Fischer RC4's and I am 5'11" and 135lbs (male), so what size park/all-mountain/freeride twin-tip skies should I be looking for? 

Any suggestions on a specific model/manufacturer would also be appreciated. 

Thankx.

Answer:

I'm not sure that center mounting is a good option for you. It sounds like you're coming for a bit of a racing background. Center mounting skis creates a lot of tail and sometimes that extra tail locks you into the turn a little too much, plus it changes the "sweet spot" of the ski. I would only center mount a ski that was designed to be center mounted, skis that are true twin tips (meaning they have the same tip and tail width). The Line Anthem is a good example of this.

So that being said, there's a lot of skis in the market that will let you free ride as well as ski the park. K2 has a number of them; the silencer, Kung Fungs, PE, the new Extreme, all would be really good options. 

As for the size of ski that I would suggest, depending on what you want the ski to do best (park or free ride) I would go with something from a 171-179.


Follow Up Question:

I was wondering if skies with their bindings mounted more toward the center should be taller than those with their bindings mounted more towards the back because there is there is less ski in front of you. 

Keeping in mind that I enjoy skiing a SHORT racing ski (about 1 cm below my chin), and am not at all on the heavy side (5'11", 130lbs.), what do you think a good size ski for me would be if I got the bindings mounted about 2cm back from dead center. What if I got them mounted about 5cm back?

Any other input would be appreciated as well. 

Thank you.

Follow Up Answer:

By mounting the bindings forward it doesn't make the ski feel any shorter, it just changes how the ski initiates it's turn.  It will feel like you have to keep your center of weight a little bit further back on the ski in order to get it to turn right.  If you watch ski movies of guys that jib a lot you'll notice that it seems like they're not as far forward on their skis as you probably are coming from race type skis.

That being said, it you plan on spinning a lot in the park, hitting a lot of rails, then mounting your skis 2cm back from center would be a good idea.  Just remember they're not going to carve like you're other skis.  That's the beauty of having a couple pair of skis.  When you're going to hit the park, you grab your park skis, and your other skis when you're just going to go ski.

If you want the ski to ski well all over the mountain than I'd mount them back 5cm like you mentioned.  I'm not a huge park rat, but I do like to take a couple of laps through the park so I generally mount my park skis 5cm back.  That way they ski a bit better everywhere.

Now the size.  Based on your weight, height, and the fact that you prefer you a shorter ski, I'd go with a 171cm.  It's going to feel bigger than your shorter skis, but the 171s are going to be a lot softer than your race skis.  I think you'll like that size.

I hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions.  Pray for snow.

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