hen buying a pair of skis, there are a few simple pieces of information that will help you to find your perfect match. With the introduction of carving skis and new technology, ski length is based more on the userâ€™s weight than the tradition of using your height. Combine this with your ski level and your aspirations and this will help narrow your choice very quickly.
CHOOSING SKIS... First, select your current ski level from the list below: 1
Never skied before
You can stop with a snowplough
Snowplough turns, doing the odd blue
Starting to Parallel turn, onto blues
Venturing onto reds, step turns
Getting confident on red, the odd black
Comfortable skiing most black runs
Comfortable on ice, going off-piste
Aggressive off-piste skiing, carving on piste
Here at Edge & Wax we then break this down into 5 groups; NOVICE (1-4), INTERMEDIATE (4-6), AVANCED (6-8), EXPERT (8-10) and PROFESSIONAL (10). Our ski ranges are labelled in this way to assist you. Now you know your ski level, you need to decide where you will mainly use the skis: Groomed piste runs All snow conditions (from ice to slush) All mountain skiing (piste & off-piste) Off-piste skiing (powder) Ski touring This should now give you a focussed list of skis to look at as potential new skis perfect for you.
ADVANCED EXPERT ALL CONDITIONS ALL MOUNTAIN INC BINDINGS
For selecting the correct length, we take your ability, weight and where you will use the skis, and can calculate the approximate length. Weight (Metric)
49kg and below
7st 8lb and below
140cm (135cm women)
50 - 56kg
7st 9lb - 8st 8lb
145cm (140cm women)
57 - 62kg
8st 9lb - 9st 7lb
150cm (145cm women)
63 - 68kg
9st 8lb - 10st 6lb
155cm (148cm women)
69 - 75kg
10st 7lb - 11st 7lb
160cm (152cm women)
76 - 81kg
11st 8lb - 12st 7lb
165cm (156cm women)
82kg and above
12st 8lb and above
170cm (163cm women)
For NOVICE skiers, this is your recommended ski length. For INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED skiers we recommend adding 5cm, and for EXPERT and PROFESSIONAL skiers you would normally add 10cm to the above length. If you are buying the latest skis with ROCKER technology, these are actually designed to be skied up to 10cm longer again in addition to your ski length measurement, we actually recommend adding 5cm on for all-round versatility unless it is an all mountain powder monster..
SO WHAT IS SKI ROCKER?... Ski rocker is the biggest change in ski design since carving skis. A FULL rocker ski has the tip and the tail up in the air, it is like you are standing in the centre of a banana: Rocker
These would be amazing in powder, for float, but not so great on piste. So designers combine rocker with CAMBER to produce skis that are more versatile depending on their intended use: 20% Rocker
So as the tip (and sometimes tail) are not in contact with the snow, the effective side edge of the ski is shorter. The ski will still carve well, but this is the reason that we recommend using skis in this style a little longer. You wonâ€™t lose any control but you do gain more float when the snow is softer or in powder. We cover rocker in more detail on our website at www.edgeandwax.co.uk/rocker.aspx. For any questions on ski selection or fitting, simply contact a member of staff. We also have our online ski selector tool that will produce a list of skis for you allowing you to filter the results.
VOLKL RTM 73 WITH 3MOTION BINDINGS Beginners and piste cruisers alike will find that the RTM 73 provides a stable and capable ski as you progress to carving turns. Complete with Marker binding system
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FIRST SKIS ALL CONDITIONS PISTE INC BINDINGS
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FIRST SKIS INTERMEDIATE WOMENS ALL CONDITIONS PISTE INC BINDINGS
FIRST SKIS WOMENS ALL CONDITIONS PISTE INC BINDINGS
INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED ALL MOUNTAIN INC BINDINGS
INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED ALL MOUNTAIN INC BINDINGS
INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED WOMENS ALL CONDITIONS PISTE INC BINDINGS
ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE WOMENS ALL CONDITIONS ALL MOUNTAIN INC BINDINGS
ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE ALL CONDITIONS ALL MOUNTAIN INC BINDINGS
EXPERT ALL CONDITIONS ALL MOUNTAIN OFF PISTE SKI ONLY
WOMENS ADVANCED EXPERT ALL MOUNTAIN OFF PISTE SKI ONLY
K2 RICTOR 90 XTI WITH MARKER MXC 14 BINDINGS The next evolution of the Rictor grows to 90mm underfoot. The AMP Rictor 90XTI bridges the gap between high performance AllMountain and hard-charging Freeride skis.
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ATOMIC AUTOMATIC WITH STH2 16 WTR BINDINGS The Atomic Automatic is the premium Big Mountain model and the favorite of Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Dana Flahr and Fall Lines big mountain ski of the year! The camber and Step Down Sidewall on the Automatic provide powerful edge grip even on hard terrain.
PROFESSIONAL ADVANCED EXPERT OFF PISTE ALL MOUNTAIN INC BINDINGS
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EXPERT PROFESSIONAL ALL CONDITIONS PISTE INC BINDINGS
ADVANCED EXPERT PROFESSIONAL ALL CONDITIONS ALL MOUNTAIN SKI ONLY
ADVANCED EXPERT PROFESSIONAL OFF PISTE ALL MOUNTAIN INC BINDINGS
EXPERT PROFESSIONAL DEEP POWDER OFF PISTE SKI ONLY
ADVANCED EXPERT PROFESSIONAL OFF PISTE ALL CONDITIONS ALL MOUNTAIN SKI ONLY
HEAD GALACTIC WITH AMBITION 12 BINDINGS The new Head Galactic offers true uphill and downhill performance thanks to weight savings whilst still retaining brilliant performance for the trip home. Comes complete with Ambition 12 touring bindings.
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DYNAFIT MANASLU TOURING SKIS For the new Manaslu, the core construction of the Stoke ski has been used, with 3 bamboo stringers. This guarantees greater boost and a smoother performance. The ski returns quickly to its original position, even at high speeds. Pre-cut skins are also available.
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SCOTT CRUSAIR BACKCOUNTRY SKIS The Crusâ€™Air is for those looking to avoid the crowds. A 90-92mm waist and Pro-Tip Rocker ensure that these skis stay afloat in the deep stuff, while a dual radius sidecut and carbon fiber construction keep the skis nimble and stable in variable conditions.
ADVANCED EXPERT ALL CONDITIONS ALL MOUNTAIN TOURING SKI ONLY
DYNAFIT TLT RADICAL FT SKI TOURING BINDING 110MM BRAKE The new RADICAL FT speaks loud and clear: it is the perfect solution for ski mountaineers and freeriders who love descents. All the advantages are crystal clear: any other systems pales in comparison in terms of weight and performance.
£470.00 (RRP) DIAMIR FRITSCHI FREERIDE PRO Limitless powder skiing on fantastic ungroomed slopes: The Diamir Freeride Pro leaves nothing to chance, offering highest walking comfort during the short climb, and all-out power transmission when on the way back down the mountain too.
s useful as ski poles are in ski queues and for picking up dropped gloves, the main reason for ski poles is to help maintain rhythm and stability through turns on the mountain. A solid ‘pole plant’ is a fundamental element to creating beautiful arcs of varying shapes down the mountain. Correct pole use can also help in accelerating out of turns.
POLE MATERIALS An aluminium ski pole can be relatively low cost, so if you lose poles this may be a sound purchase! Higher quality alloy ski poles will have taper wall tubing for strength and light weight combined. Carbon Fibre can be used to create very strong poles focussing on strength where it is needed and lighter weight towards the tips, to encourage easier swinging of the poles between pole plants. Carbon Fibre also offers variable flex so that the pole springs back from the pole plant giving you an extra bit of power through your turns.
WHICH BASKET DO I NEED? A small solid basket is ideal for piste conditions being used on firmer or prepared snow; they won’t sink in when pushed into the surface. For powder skiing though these would simply sink, so a much larger basket is used with open venting to give the basket a greater surface area to stop it sinking into the snow.
STRAPS AND GRIPS Straps allow you to keep hold of the pole in the event of a fall, but some skiers won’t use straps to avoid wrist injuries in a fall. A modern variant is Leki’s Trigger-S system, where the grip integrates with a special glove or strap attached to the glove, and releases in the event of a heavy fall.
SIZING YOUR POLES As a guide to correct pole length, turn the pole upside down and grab the pole right below the basket. Your arm should be at a right angle or slightly lower. We have also produced a table as a rough guide. Height cm (ft/in)
Height cm (ft/in)
Under 103cm (3’4”)
153-160cm (5’1” - 5’3”)
104-112cm (3’5” - 3’8”)
161-168cm (5’4” - 5’6”)
113-122cm (3’9” - 4’0”)
169-175cm (5’7” - 5’9”)
123-132cm (4’1” - 4’4”)
176-183cm (5’10” - 6’0”)
133-142cm (4’5” - 4’8”)
184-191cm (6’1” - 6’3”)
143-52cm (4’9” - 5’0”)
192-198cm (6’4” - 6’6”)
SCOTT RIOT 22 SCOTT is taking the finishing of an aluminum ski pole to a new level. A combination of an extraordinary grip/ strap system, the most stable shaft in the industry with a S4 22 mm construction and a unique glow in the dark finishing.
LEKI HOT SHOT The Leki Hot Shot Ski Pole is the ultimate accessory for the skier who has everything! A premium Leki ski pole with the latest technology including Trigger S grips is combined with an integrated shot holder.
DYNAFIT BROAD PEAK CARBON FIBRE A stunning two-piece telescopic ski pole with the unique positive-locking Safety Snap system made from 100% carbon. There is no way that these poles can shorten under load, making them unique.
K2 AUTOMATIC SKI POLES
LINE PIN SKI POLES
SCOTT TEAM ISSUE
Light and minimalist with all the essentials,. Shorter than your dad’s ski poles, but still longer than your tall tee. The grip features Line’s new Grab Tab™ caps allowing lighter grip on the poles. Also features Screwoff™ baskets
The Team Issue features the most stable aluminum shaft and a light strap for comfort and performance. The world’s most popular freeskiing pole.
VOLKL PHANTASTIC 2
HEAD MULTI S
The perfect ski pole for any terrain – from hard pistes to soft, unprepared terrain. It is made from aluminum, so it is both lightweight and exceptionally robust. Visually, it is the perfect complement to the Vantage range of skis.
The Völkl poles collection are so good looking you won’t want to put them down. Bright colours, stable construction, and pleasant, ergonomic Völkl grips– what more could you want?
It lies entirely in your hands, how good you ski. Don’t underestimate the choice of the right pole. This one comes in silver / black or black / orange and ist featured with 50 mm race basket and a star steel tip.
Available in purple, orange and cyan colourway.
Available in a range of colours and a 16mm or 18mm option.
The Automatic is a great performance pole at an exceptional value. Constructed from 6061 seamless aluminum the shaft is very durable. A simple rubber overmolded grip and small hard snow baskets complete the great look of the automatic.
NORDICA HELL & BACK H1 SKI BOOTS The Nordica Hell and Back H1 is a completely new boot from Nordica, the Hell & Back collection is built to be the most comfortable, versatile, high performance boots to date. Made from new TRIAX plastics for lighter weight and performance.
DALBELLO IL MORO T ID SKI BOOTS The Dalbello Il Moro T ID is a top end freestyle boot is packed with amazing features and developed by pro riders. It has fantastic personalisation and general fit topped off with a quality liner.
FISCHER PROGRESSOR 12 SKI BOOTS
FULL TILT DROP KICK SKI BOOTS
The Fischer Progressor 12 takes everything Fischer has learned from its racing design about boot shell technology and incorporates it into a 100mm lasted all mountain ski boot.
The Drop Kick is for aggressive freestyle skiers in search of the lightest weight boot possible with the most manoeuvrability.
HEAD ADAPT EDGE 90 SKI BOOTS This boot, like the Vector has been around for a while now, last season it got a face lift with the introduction of AFT (adaptive fit technology) which has given a great boot even more to shout about.
SCOTT DELIRIUM FR 130 PLUS MENS SKI BOOTS
SCOTT COSMOS MENS SKI BOOTS
This is the “ALL-IN ONE” of freeride boots. Powerful, progressively flexed, and potent. The last guarantees plenty of room in the forefoot, while offering a secure heel for solid edge control.
The Cosmos is the lightest 4-buckle boot in the world. Scott’s Powerlite ski mountaineering boots make no compromise in skiing performance for their incredibly light weight
SIDAS PRO SET REMOTE CONTROL FOOT WARMING SYSTEM
THERM-IC SMARTPACK IC950 BOOT HEATING SET
A high performance boot heating remote control package that ensures your ideal temperature whenever you want.
A complete boot heating system which includes Trimfit covers for your existing footbeds and ultralight lithium-ion batteries providing warmth for up to 18 hours.
SIDAS HOTDRYER SET
THERMICWARMER BOOT WARMERS
The Hotdryer is a warming and drying appliance for shoes and gloves which can be plugged into a universal plug or the cigarette lighter in your car.
HEAD HEATED BOOT BAG The Heated Ski Gear bag from Head by Hot Gear heats and dries ski and snowboard boots, gloves, socks and apparel in just a few hours.
Thermic Warmers reach operating temperature in a few minutes and your boots and/or ski gloves are pre-heated for use in a short time.
SALOMON ULTIMAX BAG
FISCHER SKI BOOT BAG
A fully padded gear bag to carry boots, helmet, gloves and all accessories. Ventilated compartments let moisture evaporate, and a waterproof compartment keeps gear separate from snowy boots.
This Ski Boot Bag from Fischer is leightweight, easy to fold and has an adjustable shoulder strap for easy transportation
£22 .00 (RRP)
HESTRA SILK SKI GLOVE LINER Very low volume, 100% natural silk that is suitable for skiing, running and hiking in the mountains. Silk is long regarded as an excellent next-to-the-skin layer for warmth whilst. A very low volume liner where you have a tight fitting glove.
WAX AB REMOVER 250ML
£11.50 (£12.00 RRP) FKS STARFIX SNOWBOARD VICE KIT
£87.50 (£95.00 RRP) HOLMENKOL FX REPAIR STRIPS 5 PACK
£5.00 ( RRP) WORK STEEL SCRAPER
£4.50 (£4.60 RRP) SKIMENDER RP360 REPAIR GUN
£180.00 (£200.00 RRP) METAL GRIP 30CM
£2 .00 (RRP)
MOONFLEX DIAMOND FILES
£28.00 / £18.00 (RRP) 100mm / 70mm
HOLMENKOL BASE EDGE FILE GUIDE
£42 .50 (£45.00 RRP) HOLMENKOL ERGO SIDE WALL PLANER
£50.00 (£55.50 RRP) HOLMENKOL ERGO SEMI SIDE EDGE TOOL
£38.00 (£42.00 RRP) ZARDOZ NOTWAX PUCK
£8.50 (£10.99 RRP) HOLMENKOL GUMMI STONE
£8.25 (£9.00 RRP)
HOLMENKOL SMARTWAXER IRON The Holmenkol SmartWaxer waxing iron is a quality waxing iron with precise temperature control.
£48.00 (£52.00 RRP) HOLMENKOL NATURAL UNIVERSAL WAX Holmenkol Natural Wax (Formerly World Cup Universal Wax) is an easy to apply premium universal hydrocarbon wax.
£10.00 (£14.00 RRP) HOLMENKOL WORLD CUP WAX Available in cold (red/blue) or hot (yellow/ red) versions. This kit allows you to fine tune your waxing. 2x35g blocks.
£8.25 (RRP) HOLMENKOL HORSE HAIR BRUSH Waxing brushes are essential to polish bases after waxing and remove excess wax to reveal the base structure.
£12 .00 (£13.00 RRP) HOLMENKOL SYNTHETIC BRUSH Waxing brushes are essential to polish bases after waxing and remove excess wax to reveal the base structure.
£12 .00 (£13.00 RRP) HOLMENKOL 3MM PERSPEX SCRAPER Essential for removing excess wax from bases and featuring a notched edge for edges.
SPORTUBE TSA LOCK
SPORTUBE PULL HANDLE
SPORTUBE NIK NAC PAK
Travel Sentry Approved lock allows your luggage to be unlocked, inspected and protected safely.
Genuine SporTube accessory, the Easy-Pull Handle makes airport navigation much easier.
You will always know how much your Sportube or luggage weighs before you go to the airport.
£12 .00 (RRP)
DAKINE SINGLE PADDED SKI BAG 190CM The Dakine 190cm padded single ski bag is a fully padded and shaped travel bag for your skis and ski poles. Durable cordura outer with large web straps and a full length zip. The lining is waterproof and easy to clean.
£65.00 (RRP) DYNASTAR SKI BAG 195CM A high quality Dynastar branded double ski bag made from durable 600D fabric with waterproof PVC coating. Complete with padded handle. Includes 2 compression straps for secure retention of the contents once loaded.