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Sandy Brown

Sandy Brown

Wasatch Mtns-Winter & Summer, BC Coast-Summer, originally from Vermont

Sandy's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Kayaking
Alpine Touring
Telemark Skiing
Nordic Skiing

Sandy's Bio

If it's outdoors, it drives me! All forms of skiing (since 2 y.o.) Cycling, paddling, trail running (hate roads). Bernese Mtn. Dogs rule!!!

Sandy Brown

Sandy Brown wrote an answer about on January 9, 2013

Bindings: Find the boot that fits your foot first, then get the binding that matches. There are differences in the binding systems and the SNS is a bit more stable with 2 connection points to the ski, but the most important factor is getting a good boot fit.
Skis: Buy the best model you can afford. You will only thank yourself later. Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for length. At 75kg, you will likely be around a 190cm depending on the company.

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Sandy Brown wrote an answer about on January 9, 2013

Hi Drew, At your height/weight I would lean toward the 196. There is @ 50cm of tip rocker, so it will feel like a shorter ski. The decision also hinges on how you ski. Are you charging hard? Prefer higher speeds? Go with the 196. Not so aggro, go 186. Hope this helps.

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Sandy Brown wrote an answer about on December 28, 2012

Hi Erik, These are great touring skis for groomed or skier-packed trails. Don't worry that they are too long. A traditional length ski for your weight would be 205-210cm. The shorter length will make them easier to handle. The weight chart on this page doesn't include these skis. The official range is 180-210+. Since you are at the top of the range, you will get more grip (great for the uphills) and a little less glide. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

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Sandy Brown wrote an answer about on December 18, 2012

Travis: You may want to measure the width at approx where the brake crosses the ski. It is likely wider than the quoted width. If it is 102mm, you can use the 100mm brake as you only need 1mm extra width per side (very slight bending). Any wider and you should use the 110mm.

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Sandy Brown wrote an answer about on December 18, 2012

There are a few differences. Radicals toes are beefier metal, have a 75mm wide under binding plate for better driving of wide skis and have "towers" which make engaging the toepiece easier. The heel does have 3 climbing positions: flat to the ski and 2 elevator heights. The elevators are much easier to use/change than the Vertical series. A flick of the pole does it. Hope this helps.

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Sandy Brown wrote an answer about on December 14, 2012

It will likely be too tight. The interior dimension of the crampon is 108mm. The area that they rotate over the ski may be slightly more than 108 if the narrowest point on the ski is 108. They are also pretty stiff, so bending is not really an option. I'd size up to be sure.

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