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What's up, everyone!

 

I got back into skiing after more than 10 years of sitting on my ass. I had never been much of a skier to begin with, so figured I'd look at it like I'm just starting out. So here I am, my name's Vlad and I'm a newB. (don't be hatin'  tongue.gif )

 

 

I currently borrow my friend's Salomons with some old boots when I go skiing, and probably will not be buying skis until off-season, but I'd like to get some ideas on gear and get started.

 

From what I've been told, you should spend about half your budget on boots, which I decided, will be my first purchase. Skis - I'm thinking to maybe just buy the ones I'm borrowing from my friend and have them fitted with newer bindings and adjusted for my weight and height. I like them just fine and I'll probably score a pretty good deal on them, since my friend doesn't really use them. I think as far as boots go, its best to finalize the purchase at a physical ski shop, but what do I need to know? I basically want to be comfortable, but would like the boots to be well "above my level" of performance, even if I start getting MUCH better  [is this thread getting too long yet?]. So anyway, I just want to know what is the best pair of boots in the sub-400 dollar range, I guess.

 

On top of that, I've got only one jacket - a Burton I practically stole from TJ Maxx (paid 31.30 - yes, thirty one bucks - I couldn't believe it either! that's how come I ski in a boarding jacket cool.gif) and some overalls from some generic brand. I want a proper ski jacket and pants. I am terribly partial to Spyder products, but would love to broaden my horizons in this dept as much as possible. Basically, aside from Spyder and Burton, my knowledge of gear is null.

 

 

Now, it is definitely a long-ass thread haha

 

anyway, TIA for any and all info!

 

V.smile.gif

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Welcome to Epic.  Boots are much more important than skis, although certainly not as glamorous.  Nobody has ever said "Wow, cool boots" to me but people have said similar things about my skis.  Before you even begin looking at skis, go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and especially the one that lists boot fitters.  There is a boot fitter in New York.  Go to a boot fitter and get boots that fit you, and I would recommend you do that sooner rather than later, so you can ski them this season and demo some skis.  After getting properly fitting boots, demo some skis and then decide what you might like. 

 

As far as ski clothes go, Spyder makes some very high end stuff and mostly it's overpriced for what you get.  I used to use Spyder but now use Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Marmot and Mountain Hardwear, all of which are better, IMO, than Spyder.  686 also makes some pretty good stuff based on what some friends have told me.  Consider layering rather than buying a heavily insulated jacket or bibs as it provides a lot more options for warmth in cold conditions and cooling in warmer conditions.

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Welcome to EpicSki!

 

Listen to mtcyclist!  The best pair of boots are the pair that fits, don't worry about what brand they are.  Go and get some boots that fit well and are appropriately stiff/soft for your weight/height and skiing ability.  Then you can go off and try some skis to see what works for you.

 

As far as clothing, mtcyclist is giving you good suggestions for brands and about buying layers so that you can adjust what you are wearing to the weather conditions.  I personally don't think you need a heavy insulated shell jacket unless you are typically cold or are regularly skiing in very cold weather (< 10 deg F).  Other brands that I like are Stoic, Norrona, REI, and Arc'teryx.  Don't think much of Spyder stuff since it is now very much mass produced and quality is down.

 

Mike

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In addtion to the actual boot, it's more important to have them properly fit. If you spend a little time doing some searches in the boot fitting section and other sectons you will find a wealth of information and advice. Clothing-wise, wear what you like but the best deals are still to come, May and June are probably the best time for rock bottom prices but be warned that production was reduced this year so the most popular and best stuff is either sold or will not be as drastically reduced as prior seasons. Sites like Steep and cheap (SAC) and Seirra trading Post (STP) are great places to find left overs and reduced prices on good stuff, also Epic sponsors here, and a pile of other sites like Evo gear, Department of Goods (backcountry closeouts) are also great.  Another option is to check out the "GEAR SWAP" section here. There are really good deals to be had on used but still very good stuff.

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Thanks for the info!!!!

 

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

Welcome to Epic.  Boots are much more important than skis, although certainly not as glamorous.  Nobody has ever said "Wow, cool boots" to me but people have said similar things about my skis.  Before you even begin looking at skis, go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and especially the one that lists boot fitters.  There is a boot fitter in New York.  Go to a boot fitter and get boots that fit you, and I would recommend you do that sooner rather than later, so you can ski them this season and demo some skis.  After getting properly fitting boots, demo some skis and then decide what you might like. 

 

As far as ski clothes go, Spyder makes some very high end stuff and mostly it's overpriced for what you get.  I used to use Spyder but now use Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Marmot and Mountain Hardwear, all of which are better, IMO, than Spyder.  686 also makes some pretty good stuff based on what some friends have told me.  Consider layering rather than buying a heavily insulated jacket or bibs as it provides a lot more options for warmth in cold conditions and cooling in warmer conditions.

My girlfriend just got a 686 jacket and it seems to be very well-made. Think I'll explore more before I start spending money on that.

 

Thanks for the useful tips. I'll try to budget in a boot purchase prior to the end of this season, but it is kind of hard both - time and money-wise. Thanks though! I sure appreciate all the help!
 

 


 

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Originally Posted by MikeC View Post

Welcome to EpicSki!

 

Listen to mtcyclist!  The best pair of boots are the pair that fits, don't worry about what brand they are.  Go and get some boots that fit well and are appropriately stiff/soft for your weight/height and skiing ability.  Then you can go off and try some skis to see what works for you.

 

As far as clothing, mtcyclist is giving you good suggestions for brands and about buying layers so that you can adjust what you are wearing to the weather conditions.  I personally don't think you need a heavy insulated shell jacket unless you are typically cold or are regularly skiing in very cold weather (< 10 deg F).  Other brands that I like are Stoic, Norrona, REI, and Arc'teryx.  Don't think much of Spyder stuff since it is now very much mass produced and quality is down.

 

Mike


Thanks Mike! I'll be skiing in Hunter or maybe Vermont for the most part. Doubt I need any REALLY cold-weather stuff.

 



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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

In addtion to the actual boot, it's more important to have them properly fit. If you spend a little time doing some searches in the boot fitting section and other sectons you will find a wealth of information and advice. Clothing-wise, wear what you like but the best deals are still to come, May and June are probably the best time for rock bottom prices but be warned that production was reduced this year so the most popular and best stuff is either sold or will not be as drastically reduced as prior seasons. Sites like Steep and cheap (SAC) and Seirra trading Post (STP) are great places to find left overs and reduced prices on good stuff, also Epic sponsors here, and a pile of other sites like Evo gear, Department of Goods (backcountry closeouts) are also great.  Another option is to check out the "GEAR SWAP" section here. There are really good deals to be had on used but still very good stuff.


Thanks for the pointers! Will definitely check out gear swap!

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