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Hey guys new here and looking for some help. I'm looking for my first par of ski's, I'm from the mid-west and the experts and shops are far and in between. Anyways I'm 5 10''~11'', male and weigh about 170lbs. Size 14 mens,32 ski boot. I do pretty well on the green and blue runs here (which I know isn't much). I don't want to spend much on my first set, I'd like something that will help me excel to the next level without having to pay a rental fee. I was thinking of buy a used par of  K2 Apache Sabre Skis. With a 163cm to 170cm length (leaning towards 170). Am I on the right track? Now boots, again this being my first par I don't want to spend a lot. Should I buy a gently used par or just suck it up and buy a nice new par. This is all for know. Any thing helps. Thanks guys.

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No. Buy new good boots.Think if it as a long term investment. Good boots bought now will be good in 5 years and if you ski only a week a year they should be good in ten years. Where in the MW are you?  And there is little reason to buy rental level skis. Either pass on skis now or get some decent used or closeout skis.

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Originally Posted by aschick View Post

No. Buy new good boots.Think if it as a long term investment. Good boots bought now will be good in 5 years and if you ski only a week a year they should be good in ten years. Where in the MW are you?  And there is little reason to buy rental level skis. Either pass on skis now or get some decent used or closeout skis.

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Boots, boots, boots.  The absolute, #1, most important piece of equipment.  Get 'em good and get 'em right and you'll thank yourself for years to come.  Get 'em cheap and you'll bitch and moan until you finally break down and get ones that fit.  It's a bit of a hassle, but well worth the effort for skiers at ANY level.
 

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As others have said, go drop the wad on a pair of nice boots. Don't do it online. Go to a good shop, spend the 3 hours getting fitted and buy the right boot. Be prepared to pay for them as well.

 

Then, if you want, buy some skis online or off of Craigslist over the summer for not much money. Since you are in the MW i would think something in a 80mm waist would be fine, something in the low 170's length. Or something like that. I don't ski the MW so I have no clue but that seems like a good all round ski.

 

But remember, skis come and go, but boots are a long term relationship.

post #5 of 5

Someone posted in another thread that you date your skis but you marry your boots.  Too true.

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