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Gettin' back into skiing after about 20 years... Looking for recommendations for a good used, current ski.

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Thread Starter 

I've been out of skiing for about 20 years, but went a few times this year. I'd like to get some current shaped skis, but I'm on a limited budget. My limit is around $200.

I'm probably an advanced intermediate, and ski kinda old school, with my feet close together most of the time. I generally like a softer ski, but it needs to be able to handle ice, since I live on the east coast. 

I'm 45 years old, and around 225Lbs, 5'10".

Does anyone have any skis that would be appropriate? An suggestions on make/model/ size?

 

Thanks,

 

Brett

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Go to your local area and demo everything they've got for a weekend.

 

This time of year, they'll have a good deal on the used demos as well as a stiff discount on the stuff in stock. 

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What you need first are boots that fit your feet, not someone else's feet.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about terminology and fitting, then check the list of fitters to see who is close to you.  If there's someone on the list close, go see that person and get boots first.  If there is nobody listed near you, ask and someone can probably recommend a fitter.  Unless you only to ski 1-2 days a year, you need boots that fit so you can control your skis.

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Actually, I have some boots from around 2003 which have custom orthodics, and seem to work well. No slop and seemed comfortable last weekend in New Hampshire.

 

I found some 2008 Fischer Watea 78 skis that seem like a good price.

 

thoughts? Suggestions?

 

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An archived review (2008) from Expert Skier: "If the RX Fire 8 is an ideal 1-ski-quiver for groomer technical specialists, then the Watea 78 is its analog for all-mountain-oriented skiers who spend some time on the groomed and in occasional mogul fields. The skill requirements are not daunting, but the 78 delivers well at the high end. Another top all around ski in Fischer's superb lineup. Stable, light, quick and versatile."

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What size do you recommend in the Watea 78's?
 

I can get it in the 181cm, 167cm or the 174cm...

 

Should I embrace the shorter ski trend?

 

Suggestions? Insight?

 

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I'm just concerned that at 225LBS, I'm too heavy for a 167cm ski, but I realize some much lighter folks ski a 167cm and seem fine.

 

Does weight not matter??

 

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I know a PSIA L2 instructor who outweighs you and skis on 155cm Atomic SL11 skis.

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What size do you recommend in the Watea 78's?
 

I can get it in the 181cm, 167cm or the 174cm...

 

Should I embrace the shorter ski trend?

 

Suggestions? Insight?

 


That "trend" is for carvers. Get the 181. You'll appreciate the stability in the long run. I am similar in weight and height to you. My daily driver is a 186, and my pow ski is 191. I started out on a 172 last year, and quickly outgrew it.

 

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I'm just concerned that at 225LBS, I'm too heavy for a 167cm ski, but I realize some much lighter folks ski a 167cm and seem fine.

 

Does weight not matter??

 


A ski doesn't know how tall you are but can feel how heavy you are. If you still have some of your old school tendencies, go longer in length. The watea84 is a fine choice for teh $$, ski them until you start getting bored then start hitting demo days to dial in what you might like better. 

 

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Getting a much shorter ski is a hard concept to grasp when coming back from 20 years away. Modern skis are excellent in shorter lengths. I have a 165 Slalom ski that works great, but Sl skis are designed to work in very short lengths. Not so many other skis. You are really not that big - plenty of people on the slopes are your size and bigger.

 

One factor that should influence your decision is how fast do you like to ski or, said another way, how much do you like to turn. If you like speed, the longer Watea may be a better choice, but, my choice would be the 174. Little shorter turning radius, more maneuverable in bumps, just more versatile for relearning. Watea's are excellent skis, but, do have a soft snow preference. That's not to say you would not like them on harder snow/ice as modern grooming helps eastern skiers. As Phil says above, for the $$$  Watea's are a good decision.

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Originally Posted by btrbimmer View Post

What size do you recommend in the Watea 78's?
 

I can get it in the 181cm, 167cm or the 174cm...

 

Should I embrace the shorter ski trend?

 

Suggestions? Insight?

 

Perhaps the shorter ski trend is a back east thing, as I only hear it on this site. That said at your build the 174 is the shortest I would recommend. If you have decent skills, get the 181.
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