When buying skis, it is important to make sure that the size matches your personal preference in skiing as well as your own height and body weight. A general rule of skis is to pick one that fits between your chin and the top of your head. Advanced skiers may go higher than this.
While this is a good starting point, there are many other factors in getting you the best skis possible.
The basic rule for picking ski lengths is as follows:
Reason for shorter skis
- You are a beginner or intermediate skier.
- You are lighter than average.
- You ski within a short radius making short fast turns.
Reasons for longer skis
- You are an advanced skier.
- You ride more backcountry runs and off the trail.
- You are heavier than people of your height.
- You prefer to ski fast and aggressive.
The golden rule with snowboard bindings is that you want a bit of foot overhang, but it should not be excessive. Likewise, you should not have to over-tighten your straps or have any slack. You want to have your feet fit snug and have no movement both side-to-side and forward and back.
Below is a brief description of each type of binding.
Below is a brief description on each of the flex levels.