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How Gear West Fits Skis

Each pair of cross country skis is unique. Two pairs of skis may fit or act completely differently even if they are the exact same model, length, and "flex number," which means getting your skis professionally fitted is vital to ensure they perform as well as they should. Gear West sells thousands of skis each year to everyone from first timers to professional athletes, and we use the same process to select each one of these skis and ensure that you get the same quality fit whether you come in the door or order online.

Our ski fitting work begins long before you ever visit or come in the store when we filter every pair of race skis in our inventory using our Signature Flex Tester. Each individual ski is tested at a normalized weight for its size and stickered with a flex graph depicting how the ski distributes pressure on the snow at 50% and 100% of the normalized weight. This graph tells us a great deal about fit and ski quality, and can later be used as a reference by our ski fitters.

Once you place your order, one of our ski fitters will pull several pairs of skis in the model and size that you selected; we may also call you to discuss any specific requirements for the ski or alternative models or sizes which might fit you better. We then find another employee of a similar size and weight to act as a body double for you as the ski fitter performs a traditional card test for each pair pulled. This test shows us the running length, amount of tip and tail splay, and bridge/kick pocket at your weight for each pair. It also allows us to feel any pressure concentrations or "hot spots" that may slow the ski down. Only after checking the fit for each pair is the best one selected, serviced, and shipped to your door.

This procedure takes time, of course, but it is necessary to ensure a perfect fit and best possible performance out of your new skis.

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1786 W Wayzata Blvd
Long Lake, MN 55356

Phone: 952-473-0377
Mail Order: 877-473-4327


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Wisdom, Value, Selection. These three ideals are the core of Gear West. We bring you the best products for your sport, style, and skill at the best prices and back them with unparalleled knowledge and support.

North America's largest cross country ski retailer and one of Minnesota's premier independent specialty sports stores, Gear West provides top level gear for nordic, running, alpine, soccer, lacrosse, and boardsports athletes across the midwest and the United States. We provide equipment for athletes of every level, from first-timers and newcomers to professionals and Olympians.

We carry only the highest quality equipment, accessories, and apparel from the most respected companies in the world. These include brands such as adidas, Arc'teryx, Atomic, Asics, Bjorn Daehlie, Bliz Active Eyewear, Brine, Brooks, Capita, Craft, Debeer, Elan, Fast Wax, Fischer, Gait Lacrosse, HEAD, Inov-8, Madshus, New Balance, Newton, Nike, One Way Sport, Pearl Izumi, Rex Wax, Rode Wax, Rossignol, Rottefella, Salice, Salomon, Skadi, Smartwool, Star Wax, Start Wax, STX, Swenor, Swix, Tecnica, Toko, V2, Vibram, Volkl, Warrior, Yoko, and many, many more.

Despite this vast selection, the products we carry are ones that we believe in, stand behind, and use every day. We pride ourselves on providing the kind of service that you tell your friends about. If you have any questions, feel free to call us toll free at 1-877-473-4327 or email us.

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