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Black Sunshine

Ryan Schmies x J Collab

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1) Look at the size of your current skis and consider if you like the length or prefer shorter or longer.

2) Remember that 2-3 cm is not going to make a huge difference. Over 5cm will start to make a difference in feel.

The chart below is for general reference based on your height, but you should also consider these other factors. . . 

Choose LONGER length if you:
- Feel your current skis are too small
- Want to ski faster & float better
- Are a heavier person so want more stability
- Are an expert, aggressive skier

Choose SHORTER length if you:
- Feel your current skis are too long
- Want easier maneuverability & float in powder is less important
- Are a light weight person and want more maneuverability
- Are a beginner, casual skier

Review the chart below and if you need more help deciding contact us >

Skier Height (ft'/in") Skier Height (cm) Suggested Ski Length (Intermediate) Suggested Ski Length (Expert)
4'4" 132cm 115-125cm 120-130cm
4'6" 137cm 125-135cm 130-140cm
4'8" 142cm 130-140cm 135-145cm
4'10" 147cm 135-145cm 140-150cm
5' 152cm 140-150cm 145-155cm
5'2" 158cm 145-155cm
5'4" 163cm 150-160cm 160-170cm
5'6" 168cm 155-165cm 165-175cm
5'8" 173cm 160-170cm 170-180cm
5'10" 178cm 165-175cm 175-185cm
6' 183cm 170-180cm 180-190cm
6'2" 188cm 175-185cm 185-195cm
6'4" 193cm 180-190cm 190-200cm
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Limited Edition Graphics

Total Made: 200 Pair

Public Release: October 28, 2019

The Artwork

Ryan Schmies x J Collab

Over a decade ago, Ryan created K2's legendary "Public Enemy" ski graphic. He pioneered at that time a new, revolutionary style of covering the entire ski with artwork and the rest of the ski industry quickly followed his lead. Today he creates mind bending designs for all types of companies and products. 

If you've ever seen Ryan's work, you've probably asked yourself, is he messed up in the head? In a good way of course! Seriously though, that's what makes him fun to collaborate with! You never know what's going to come out of his head, through his pen and onto paper. I basically just told him to go crazy, but don't draw any baby's getting stabbed... and he came through!

I’m building only 200 pair of this new Limited Edition graphic on The Metal ski and hand signing and numbering each pair so you have a very unique ski like no one else. Order yours before they're gone!

I also used Ryan's artwork for a rad new skate deck and some other gear available in the "Black Sunshine" Collection...

See more of Ryan's artwork at and Instagram

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Black Sunshine
Ryan Schmies x J Collab