SKI LENGTH VS SKILL LEVEL
Longer skis tend to be faster than shorter ones. So, if you find yourself between sizes when looking at size charts and recommended weight ranges, think about your skiing ability. If you have never skied before, you will likely want to choose the shorter option. Experienced skiers will generally be better off with the longer option
AUTOMATIC: Automatic bindings allow you to step into them without bending over and to lease them with the press of a ski pole. The convenience of automatic is nice and it is a feature many recreational skiers enjoy.
Aluminum: Aluminum poles are more durable and economical choice, aluminum poles are typically a bit heavier than composite poles. They are usually designed for Classic Touring/Sport or BackCountry/Off Trail skiing.
Composite: Composite poles feature shafts that are made either of entirely or partially from carbon composite. They are lighter and more expensive than aluminum and are preferred by dedicated skiers on Skate skis or Race/Performance Classic skis.
Small Semicircle Basket: These baskets are best suited for packed snow. Making them a better choice for skate, classic touring/sport and classic race/performance skiing.
Bigger Baskets (~3: diameter): These baskets are best suited for deep powder snow. Making them a better choice of backcountry/off trail skiing.
Simple Webbing Loops: These are typically intended for either classic touring/sport or backcountry/off trail use.
Elaborate Strap Systems: These are often meant for skiers who are on skate skis or race/performance classic skis. The straps hug you hands tightly and keep the poles positioned perfectly for efficient polling.