Ultimate size guide for choosing ski equipment

Størrelses-guide - Brugteski.dk ApS

Finding the right size of equipment can be really difficult, and especially when you are sitting at home in the living room and do not have the opportunity to have the equipment in hand. However, we have created this ultimate blog post, where we have gathered all the knowledge you need to be able to find the right length of equipment. Take the test and get concrete answers, or read our in-depth explanation below, where we go more in-depth about why you should choose the sizes that you need now.

Find your right size via our test!

Don't want to read a lot to find out the size of your equipment? So fear not, we have created a simple and quick test that gives you precise answers on what size equipment you should use!

Read our detailed size descriptions here

1. Adult skis

2. Children's skis

3. Ski boots

4. Ski poles

5. Snowboarding

6. Snowboard boots

1. Adult skis

When calculating the length of one's skis, it can be done in approx. 3 different ways. All ways that give different results, depending on how much energy you want to spend on finding the perfect size. The first method is the rule of thumb, which says you should find skis that fit you from chin to eyes, depending on your level. If you are a beginner, it should go to the chin, the practiced to the mouth and the expert to the eyes. However, too many are unsure about this method, as the length of one's skis depends on many other variables than just one's height. This leads to method two, which uses 6 different variables to give the most accurate answer to your ideal ski length. This is also the method we use to be able to find skis just for you! The last method is the most comprehensive, but also the best. You only know how long your skis should be when you have tested several different lengths in all kinds of weather and terrain. So if you have the opportunity to take 4-5 pairs of skis with you on holiday, we would definitely recommend this method, otherwise you will be able to see below how we most accurately calculate your ideal ski length!

How to calculate your ideal ski length

When we have to make such a precise calculation of your ski length, there are 6 different variables we take as a starting point. The relevant variables to look at are your Level, Type, Turn radius, Weight, Ambition level and of course height. If you don't have control of your values ​​yourself, you can take our ski-finder test which will give you all the answers!

Level tells you how long a ski you will be able to control. Now your technique is better on skis, now you will be able to control a longer ski and thus also be able to ski faster. On the other hand, where your technique is not quite optimal yet, you would like to have a shorter ski as this is easier to control. If you are of the level Beginner, you must subtract 20cm from your height, Practiced is minus 15cm and finally as an Expert you must subtract 10cm.

The type of ski you are looking for also has a bearing on the length, as a longer ski gives more buoyancy on the snow. If it is piste skis you are looking for, do not change the length, but if you are now looking for an all mountain ski, you must add 3 cm so that the ski has better buoyancy out in the soft snow. For off-piste and twintip skis, you must add a full 6cm to the ski length, for optimal buoyancy.

Turn radius is only relevant to take into account for piste skis, and should not be included in the equation if you are looking for the other types of skis. Turn radius says something about how easy the ski is to turn. A low turn radius is designed for small turns and it is therefore advantageous to choose a ski that is 3cm shorter. With medium turn radius, which is a ski that can be used for all sales turns, you must not change the ski length. Finally, there is a large turning radius, which is designed for large, fast turns with good speed. Here, you would benefit from choosing a ski that is 3 cm longer.

Weight is also important for length, as more weight often means that you will be able to put more effort into the turns and thus want a longer ski. If, on the other hand, you are thin compared to your height, it would be advantageous to choose a ski that is 3cm lower, as it will be easier to steer this way. At normal weight, you should not change the length, and with a little extra weight, it is a good idea to choose a ski that is 3cm longer.

Level of ambition is the last relevant variable to look at. This means that you are looking for a ski that matches your overall level, type, weight and height, or that you would like a slightly shorter ski, because you have no ambitions to go racing. If you are with children or your body is not quite as it was before, it is a good idea to choose 'Very calm', which will give you a 6cm shorter ski and thereby make it a lot easier for you. If you think that you would like it to be a little below your optimal level, because you don't stand so wild anymore or you just want to ski in a calmer temperature, you can advantageously choose 'Slightly calm' and get a 3cm shorter ski . If you are completely fresh and ready to give it a go and challenge your current skiing, you must select 'Similar level' and thus not change the ski length.

For hunger, you add your height to the overall calculation, and then you have your ideal ski length. With this length, you can make an interval of +/- 3cm and then you know exactly which length of ski to look for. Take our size guide test if you don't want to calculate your value yourself.

Size guide for alpine skis

To find the perfect skis for you, it's not just the length you have to look for, but also level, type and radius. See our entire guide to choosing the right skis here!

Do you already know what kind of skis to look for? Then you can see all our adult skis here!

2. Children's skis

Fortunately, finding the length of children's skis is a lot easier than finding the length of adult skis. There is not a very big difference between children's skis and thus not very many variables that must be taken into account. With children, it is important that the skis are suitably low, so that the child has the opportunity to develop as much as possible!

Children's skis must therefore be 30-20cm lower than your child. If it is the first time, or the child is very careful, the skis must be approx. 30cm below. If the child on the other side has stood several times and has started to have a good handle on it, the skis must be approx. 25cm lower. Finally, if the child just has complete control of it, you can choose approx. 20cm lower ski. You can take our ski finder test for children and be given exactly which ski we have that suits your child!

If you already know what type of ski to look for, you can see all our children's and junior skis here!

The child's ideal ski length

3. Ski boots

Ski boots are always difficult to find the correct size for. This is simply because you can't just take the size on the boot as a starting point, as all models fit differently. So you may need size 26.5 in one model and size 27 in another model...

We have created a table below which can give you a good starting point for choosing a boot size. However, we would always recommend visiting our store and trying the different models as this gives the best result by far! If you don't have the opportunity to visit the store, you can measure your foot at home if you have access to a ruler or something else. If you also do not have access to a ruler, we have also added a table further down the page where you can see your converted boot size based on your regular shoes.

Measure your foot in CM

To measure your feet in the easiest way at home, place your heel against a vertical wall. You must then lay your ruler or something down next to your foot to see how far it is from the wall to your outermost toe. When you measure the foot, you must have the weight out on the forefoot for the best result.

Extra space in the boots is for children and, for example, adults who are looking for a boot that must be very comfortable and you should therefore add 1.5cm to the foot size.

Common is for those of you who are looking for a boot that sits well on the foot, but is not so tight that it becomes too uncomfortable to wear during the day. Here you must add 1cm to your foot size.

Very tight is for you who want the boot to sit completely tight, so you have full control over the skis, and should therefore only add 0.5cm to the enlargement.

When you have now measured your foot, and added the extra length, you have your boot size. You can see all our ski boots here!

Boot size

For those of you who don't have a ruler

If you do not have access to a ruler, you will be able to use the chart below to find your boot size. Since it is already really difficult to find the right boots without trying them on, it is even more difficult to do based on this table because just because you use a size 43 in EU shoes, it does not at all mean that it will be comparable to the size of ski boots. However, if you have no other options, this is your best solution.
Conversion of EU size to ski boot size

4. The length of your ski poles

The size of your ski poles depends on how tall you are and what you think is comfortable for you. Ski poles are just ski poles, and they are made to help you as much as possible! Having said that, it is important that YOU like the length of the poles you buy, and that you don't just follow some guide.

However, we have still made a guide for you who are in doubt, and which you can use to roughly estimate the length of the desired trail poles.

Find your desired length yourself
If you stand up vertically and keep your elbow at a 90 degree angle, you can measure the length that will fit your ski poles. Here, however, it is important that you are about 5 cm taller, as on the slopes you will have both skis and ski boots under your feet, which will make you a lot taller.

5. The length of your Snowboard

The rule of thumb is that your board should go to your chin, but there are many other aspects that also have an impact on the length of your snowboard. It depends on your level and the type of board you control.

Below is a table for beginners who want to get better at snowboarding.

Weight (Kg) Height (cm) Length of snowboard
<40 <145 <125
40-50 145-150 125-130
45-55 150-155 130-135
50-60 155-160 135-140
55-65 160-165 140-145
60-70 165-170 145-150
65-75 170-175 150-155
70-80 175-180 155-160
>80 >185 >160

If you are mostly into riding rails and spinning around on the board, you can advantageously choose a short board, as this is much easier to turn around. If, on the other hand, you are into jumping and more speed, you can advantageously choose a slightly longer board.

5. The size of your snowboard boots

When it comes to the length of your snowboard boots, the same principles apply as for ski boots. You can read this guide a little higher up at: 3. The size of your ski boots

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