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We’ve got a ton of product, and a ton of sizes to choose from on our site. With so many options, it can be hard to know exactly what size you need in any given product. Rather than make you struggle through it, we figured it’d be just as easy to put together a page with all of the sizing information you’ll ever need!
ALPINE SKI SIZING
This guide is for Alpine Skis. For help with Nordic Ski sizing, please call us at: (877) 812-6710.
Ski Sizing can be tricky, thanks to a combination of the ever changing ski technology. It used to be that if you extended your arm upwards, you should be able to reach the tips of your skis. Then parabolic shapes came along. Then skis got wider. Then rocker technology came along, and, long story short, there’s way more room for preference and interpretation than ever before. The good news is that the all around quality of skis is increasing, making it more possible than ever to find a ski that fits your specific style and preferences. The bad news, is that it can be a bit more difficult to do- but that’s why we’re here. Take a look at the chart below, and if you have any trouble figuring out your size range, scroll past the cart to where we provide more information regarding these categories.
RULES OF THUMB:
ADULTS: Between Chin and Eyebrows
KIDS: Between Chest and Chin
|3'||65-75 CM||65-75 CM||65-75 CM||65-75 CM|
|3'2"||75-85 CM||75-85 CM||75-85 CM||75-85 CM|
|3'4"||80-90 CM||80-90 CM||80-90 CM||80-90 CM|
|3'6"||85-95 CM||85-95 CM||85-95 CM||85-95 CM|
|3'8"||90-100 CM||90-100 CM||90-100 CM||90-100 CM|
|3'10"||95-105 CM||95-105 CM||95-105 CM||95-105 CM|
|4'||100-110 CM||100-110 CM||100-110 CM||100-110 CM|
|4'2"||105-115 CM||105-115 CM||105-115 CM||105-115 CM|
|4'4"||110-120 CM||110-120 CM||110-120 CM||120-125 CM|
|4'6"||115-118 CM||118-121 CM||122-125 CM||125-132 CM|
|4'8"||121-124 CM||124-127 CM||127-130 CM||130-138 CM|
|4'10"||124-129 CM||129-134 CM||134-139 CM||139-148 CM|
|5'||134-139 CM||139-144 CM||144-149 CM||149-160 CM|
|5'2"||139-144 CM||144-149 CM||149-154 CM||154-165 CM|
|5'4"||144-149 CM||149-154 CM||154-159 CM||159-170 CM|
|5'6"||149-154 CM||154-159 CM||159-164 CM||164-175 CM|
|5'8"||154-159 CM||159-164 CM||164-169 CM||169-180 CM|
|5'10"||159-164 CM||164-169 CM||169-174 CM||174-185 CM|
|6'||164-169 CM||169-174 CM||174-179 CM||179-190 CM|
|6'2"||169-174 CM||174-179 CM||179-184 CM||184-195 CM|
|6'4"||174-179 CM||179-184 CM||184-189 CM||189-200 CM|
|6'6"||179-184 CM||184-189 CM||189-194 CM||194-205 CM|
|6'8"||184-189 CM||189-194 CM||194-199 CM||199-210+ CM|
Skill Level Descriptions:
Beginner: Chances are you’ll know if this is you. Beginner skiers are classified as people who have never ever skied, right up to those just starting to dabble in Intermediate trails. Chances are if you’re the type of skier who typically skis with a “ski-mentor” or a friend who’s job it is to get you down the mountain. Skill wise, you’ll be able to control your speed with snowplowing, wedging, or forming a “pizza”. Turns will be slow and steady, and at the end of your time as a beginner, you’ll be starting to tip your skis to turn rather than pushing yourself to turn with your heels.
Intermediate: Congratulations! You’ve made it to the next level in skiing. Rather than snowplow your way down blue squares, you’re able to use the shape of your skis to make parabolic or carving turns. You’re likely still pretty cautious in regards to your speed, but are able to stop on demand and have a bit more confidence that you’ll make it to the bottom in one piece. Most intermediate skiers will be tempted to wander off trail, but may not be brave enough quite yet. Some certainly will, but if off-trail skiing becomes your preference, chances are you’ve graduated to the next level.
Advanced: This might be one of the hardest groups to identify. If you know you’re not an Intermediate skier still, but aren’t quite confident enough to call yourself an expert, then chances are this is you. Ski lengths on our chart above will fall somewhere between your nose and eyebrows. This is what used to be referred to as “Expert” until rocker skis came along and let experts go back to over head ski lengths. Characteristics of an advanced skier would be: the ability to ski most, if not all trails, an ability to ski fast, regular ability to ski off trail, and more traditionally, the ability to link full carving turns at full speed.
Expert: Hands down, you’re the best skier on the mountain. Ok, so maybe not the best, but you certainly could be a contendah, kid. Black diamond, double black diamond, centuple black diamond, it doesn’t even matter. You’re that good at skiing. Heck, you could probably even ski blindfolded and with your hands tied behind your back. Well, maybe not, but you get my point. If you’re truly an expert skier, you probably know it.
Weight: There’s no easy way to say it, but skiers who are carrying around a bit of extra weight should consider staying to the higher side of the scale. More weight means the skis will feel softer, and shorter. With a bit of extra length, the skis will have a more accurate flex and better weight distribution. Conversely, skiers who are exceptionally light should stick towards to smaller side of the scale, for similar reasons.
Use: This is a question that’s most relevant to advanced or expert skiers: Where are you skiing? If you’re looking to buy a powder ski, the natural notion is to go a bit longer. In most cases, this is the right call, but skiers should be geo-conscious before buying more than they can handle. For example, East Coast skiers may have visions of skiing wide open powder fields, but the reality is that 9/10 they’ll have to navigate tight trees before finding their 100 yard straight shot of glory. Out West, where things are a bit more open, it’s not uncommon to see skiers on skis much taller than themselves. Powder is likely the most common reason to adjust your ski size, but other specialties such as ski racing, park skiing, and moguls can all skew what size is proper for you.
Preference: Finally, there’s preference. While this isn’t a free pass to say “screw all that, I know I need 210’s!,” it is an official recognition that different skiers have different preferences which can easily change the length of ski they purchase. Myself? I size up. I like the extra stability on groomers, and with 102mm waist widths, the extra length allows me to use these skis in light powder on those rare East Coast days.
|Junior Shoe Size||Women's Shoe Size||Men's Shoe Size||Mondo Point||UK||Euro|
Ski boot sizing:
For both skiers and sales people, ski boots are one of the most frustrating pieces of equipment to size properly. The problem with them is somewhat unavoidable- to get the best fitting ski boot, it should feel ultra snug around your foot with very little movement. As a skier trying to find a pair of comfortable boots that you can stand to wear all day, this poses a certain challenge. Should you err on the side of performance and sacrifice comfort? Or is it better to find a comfortable boot that sacrifices performance if it means you can spend more time on the hill?
As employees of a ski shop, we also struggle with this question. Often times we find ourselves insisting that a boot is the proper size, while the customer uses terms like “crushing,” or “cutting off circulation.” This can sometimes lead to unhappy customers who feel like they’ve been miss-sized. The crucial thing to remember about ski boots, is that the liners of the boots will always pack out, freeing up an extra half or even full shoe size over the course of their lifetime. This is something we try to account for when boot fitting customers.
So with that, take a look below at our sizing chart. Keep in mind that this is a literal translation, and most skiers will want to jump down a size or two from their shoe size. For example, I personally wear a size 12 shoe, and ski in size 28.0 ski boots. Technically, that’s the equivalent of a size 10 shoe. While the boots were snug the first half dozen times I skied them, the liners have packed out over the years and now I’m left wishing I’d sized-down even more.
One last note:If you’re at all uncertain about your ski boot size, we highly recommend seeing a boot fitter or trying on before you buy.
Ski boot half sizes:
If we haven’t managed to confuse you enough about ski boot sizing, we saved the most confusing part for last. Despite common sense, ski boots don’t actually have half sizes. True, you can buy in the half size (28.0 and 28.5), but in reality there’s no difference. Here’s why: The hard plastic shell of a ski boot is by far the most expensive part. In order to make these shells, each size of each model needs a specific mold. To save money, ski boot manufacturers only make these shells in the full size, literally cutting their costs in half. To create half size ski boots, they simply use two different size liners. The full size gets a slightly smaller liner than the half sizes. Knowing how much ski liners pack out over time, you can see why we say there’s no real difference between the full and half sizes.
Boot Sole Length: What is it?
The boot sole length (BSL) is what ski techs use to mount your bindings. Your boot sole length is the actual length of your ski boot, in millimeters. This precise measurement is extremely important for ski technicians to ensure that the bindings are mounted properly, with a secure fit around the boot. If you're buying skis and bindings from us and would like them mounted for free, you'll need to provide us with your boot sole length. If you're order a boot as well, then we'll already have that information. The one asterisk regarding our free ski mounting is that you will still have to get a final adjustment done before the skis are ready to use. This final adjustment is to set the DIN of your skis, which determines how much pressure is allowed before they release you. This process involves variables such as your skill, height, weigth, and even the wear and tear on your ski boots. For all of these reasons, we're unable to make this final adjustment before sending your skis to you.
How do I find it?
Finding your Boot Sole Length (BSL) is easy. On your ski boot, there will be a 3 digit number on the outside or inside heel of one or both of your boots. Keep in mind that there shouldn't be a decimal (ex. 28.5). If the number you see has a decimal, then you’re probably looking at your Mondo Point size which isn’t accurate enough to use when mounting bindings. Other hints that you're looking at the Mondo Point and not the BSL would be if it looks something like "270/275" or if the number is found on the bottom of the boot. If you’ve looked all over and still can’t find your BSL, it’s also acceptable to measure along the bottom of the boot from the very tip of the toe, to back of the heel- just make sure you measure in Millimeters!
Isn't BSL the same as Mondo Point?
Nope! The mondo point size is the generic boot size that every boot maker uses it. Think of it as a shoe size, like a "size 11" for example. The boot sole length is the literal length from toe to heel of that boot, measured in millimeters. It's entirely possible and very common for boots with the same Mondo Point to have different Boot Sole Lengths. Because ski bindings are so precise, it's crucial to have them mounted to the BSL and not the Mondo Point.
Alpine (Downhill) Pole Sizing
The nice thing about sizing ski poles is that it's relatively straight foreword. To determine your size, simply flip a ski pole over, grab it under the basket, and place the handle on the ground. If you're holding the right size pole, you'll notice that your elbow forms a perfect 90 degree angle between your bicep and forearm. If the pole is too long, then your forearm will be angled slightly up. Too short, and you'll find your forearm angled downward. Of course if you don't have ski poles to try this out on, you can always use the chart below. Finding the proper length ski pole is important as ski poles too long will actually shift your center of balance to behind you, and a pole that's too short will put it in front of you.
Cross-Country Pole Sizing
Cross-country pole sizing is easy as well. For classic or touring poles, the correct size pole should reach your armpit. For skate skiing, poles should be a bit longer. The rule of thumb for skate poles is that they should come between your lip and your nose. So you can measure yourself, or you can just check out our handy-dandy chart below.
TECNICA MOON BOOTS
One part fashion, one part function, Tecnica’s Moon Boots have been a staple of the apres ski scene for years. The same comfortable, warm fit makes them the preferred footwear after a day in ski boots also happens to make them easy to size. Simply line up your shoe size on the right, with the Euro size on the left.
|SIZE (EURO)||JUNIOR (US)||MEN (US)||WOMEN (US)|
|23/26||8 - 9|
|27/30||9.5 - 12|
|31/34||12.5 - 2|
|35/38||2.5 - 5||5 - 7|
|39/41||5.5 - 8||7.5 - 9|
|42/44||8.5 - 9.5||9.5 - 11|
|45/47||10 and up||11.5 and up|
About Ski Helmets:
Helmet sizing is very simple. The sizes are determined by how many centimeters around your head is.
Take a tape measure and measure the circumference of your head just above your eyebrows. That's your helmet size.
It is VERY important to keep in mind that not all helmets fit the same. Head shape is a factor in your helmet selection as well. In most cases, your helmet will fit if you get the right size, but there are circumstances where the helmet will not fit due to the shape of the helmet and the shape of your head. In cases like this, you may have to try on a few different models to find the right one.
For Kids it is very important to not add too much to account for growth. A helmet that is too loose is not going to be safe and can actually be dangerous. Kids' heads grow relatively slow so get one that fits. The only time you may want to bump up a size is if their head is right in-between sizes. Then you can select the larger size.
Measuring for the perfect fit:
Measuring Tape:To determine the correct size, wrap tape around head, just above eyebrows. Note your size at point of overlap. This is your helmet size.
Putting On a Helmet:Align the front rim of the helmet above your eyebrows. Hold the straps on both sides and roll the helmet over the back of your head.
Check for Gaps:Pads should be flush against your cheeks and forehead. The back of your helmet should not touch the nape of your neck.
Roll Test:With the chin strap fastened your helmet should be snug and comfortable. Try to roll your helmet off your head. If the skin on your forehead moves, you have a good fit.
Proper Use:Be sure your helmet is fitting above your eyebrows and that your goggles fit your face while wearing the helmet as shown.
Giro Helmet Sizing
|Head Circumference:||52 - 53.5 cm||53.5 - 55.5 cm||55.5 - 57 cm||57 - 59 cm||59 - 60 cm||60.5 - 62.5 cm|
HOW TO TAKE GENERAL MEASUREMENTS
- BUST: Measure the fullest part of the bust, just under the arms and across the shoulder blades
- WAIST: Measure around your waist where you normally wear trousers
- HIPS/SEAT: Standing with feet together, measure around the fullest point of seat
- SLEEVE LENGTH: With arm relaxed at side and slightly bent, measure from center back, across shoulder point to elbow and down to the wrist
- INSEAM: Take a pair of pants that fit you well and measure from crotch to the bottom of leg along the seam
- HEAD: Measure around the largest part of the head above the brow
Knuckle circumference - Measure around a flat hand at the knuckles; do not include thumb
Hand Length - Measure from the base of the palm to the end of the middle finger
|4'-11" - 5'2"||5'2" - 5'6"||5'6" - 5'10"||5'10" - 6'2"||6'2" - 6'6"|
|90 - 100 Lbs||XS||S|
|110 - 135 Lbs||XS||S||M|
|135 - 160 Lbs||S - M||M||M - L|
|160 - 195 Lbs||M - L||L||L - XL|
|195 - 230 Lbs||L||L - XL||XL - XXL|
|230 - 265 Lbs||XL - XXL||XXL - XXXL|
Marmot Women's Parkas/Jackets/Sweaters
|SIZE||4 - 6||6 - 8||8 - 10||10 - 12||14 - 16|
|BUST||30" - 32"||32" - 34"||35" - 37"||38" - 40"||41" - 43"|
|SLEEVE||29" - 30"||30" - 31"||32" - 33"||34" - 35"||36" - 37"|
Marmot Unisex Parkas/Jackets/Sweaters
|CHEST||33" - 35"||36" - 38"||39" - 41"||42" - 45"||46" - 49"||50" - 53"||54" - 57"|
|NECK||13.5" - 14"||14.5" - 15"||15.5" - 16"||16.5" - 17"||17.5" - 18"||18.5" - 19"||19.5" - 20"|
|SLEEVE||30" - 31"||32" - 33"||34" - 35"||35" - 36"||36" - 37"||37" - 38"||37" - 38"|
Marmot Women's Glove Sizing
|GIRTH||6" - 6.5"||6.5" - 7"||7.5" - 8"||8.5" - 9"|
Marmot Unisex Glove Sizing
|GIRTH||6.5" - 7"||7" - 7.5"||8" - 8.5"||9" - 9.5"||10" - 10.5"|
Marmot Kids' Sizing
|SIZE (AGE)||6 - 7||8 - 9||10 - 12||14 - 16|
|HEIGHT (INCHES)||45" - 49"||50" - 54"||55" - 59"||60" - 63"|
|WEIGHT (LBS)||44 Lbs - 51 Lbs||52 Lbs - 67 Lbs||68 Lbs - 92 Lbs||93 Lbs - 115 Lbs|
|Men's U.S. Shoe Size||Women's U.S. Shoe Size||European Size||U.K. Size|