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My First Skis: Match or Scratch?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Greetings everyone, I'm looking to see if you think these skis match me well, or if I should scratch them for something else.

 

A little background on myself:

 

26 years old

Male

130 pounds

5'6"

 

Dalbello Aerro 67 Boots

Flex 60

US size equivalent: 8

 

2011 Nordica Hot Rod Igniter CA

162cm Length

13.5cm turning radius

Have not used these yet

 

 

I have recently purchased the above boots/skis. The boots fit excellently, following the guidelines that I have read in the boot section of epicski.com.

 

I ski in New England (Massachusetts and Vermont mainly). I cruise down greens and blues confidently and enjoy speed and long turns. I am able to confidently ski down some blacks, and am willing to ski down those I am less confident on anyway. I do not currently ski moguls, jumps, or parks. I do plan to ski moguls someday though. I go through some blue glade trails (if relatively steep I exercise quite a bit of caution).

 

Based on my personal stats above, and experience level as described, do you think that the skis listed above are a good size for me? Again, I have not had a chance to use them yet. Also, I want a ski that I can "grow" into.

 

Thanks,

 

Justin.


Edited by squirinjate - 3/30/11 at 7:45am
post #2 of 16

Hi - These are excellent skis for your mission, size is fine for frontside missions, getting your carve down, learning bumps. Get the edges set at 1/2 or 1/2.5 if they're less than that. Boots I'm less sure about. A 60 flex is on the soft side for an intermediate male your size. Not off the charts wrong, but may limit your development in a year or two. Would suggest if you can return it for something like an Aerro 75 or Axon 8 (assuming same dealer who stocks Dalbello), you might be happier down the line. If you can't, it should work well for improving your technique, bumps especially, and you can plan to upgrade in a season or two. 

post #3 of 16

60 flex is extremely soft.  Do you have really wide feet, as in EE or EEE street shoes?  Those boots are built on a 105mm last which is about as wide as I've ever seen.

post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 

I would say my feet are relatively wide as compared to their length, but I don't wear EE or EEE shoes (I don't even know what those are).

post #5 of 16

I think you need to go see a good boot fitter and that doesn't mean someone who happens to work in a store that sells skis.  At the very least, go to a shoe store and get your feet measured for width.  If your foot measures a "C" width you need a boot built on a 98mm last, "D" width should be 100-101mm, "E" width 103mm.  If the boots feel comfortable when you first try them on, they are too big, either length or width and possibly both.  This is why you need to go to a good boot fitter, so you can be fitted correctly.  If you want to control your skis and improve, you absolutely need boots that fit your feet correctly.

post #6 of 16

Squirinjate,  give your location so you can be led to an experienced bootfitter,there are plenty around. The skis sound fine, I agree that the boot may be suspect(width wise). A proper fitting boot will make the learning experience much smoother.

post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

I live in Connecticut.

post #8 of 16

Suggest you do a search here for fitters in Conn, think there's a boot fitters thread. If no hits, try posting on the Boot Guys forum here. 

post #9 of 16

Not sure if this helps or not because I do not know how far you would be from Westwood,Ma but I am sure Phil at Ski Stop would be glad to help you out.I have had my bootwork done there,very courteous and very thorough.

post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for your insight! I am going to look in more depth at boot fitting and perhaps try to trade mine in for a higher flex rating.

post #11 of 16

Good call,absolutely the best place to start is addressing the boot situation.

post #12 of 16

Since you haven't used the boots I suugest you just return them and get your money back.  Then go see a fitter.


 

post #13 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Daveski7 View Post

Not sure if this helps or not because I do not know how far you would be from Westwood,Ma but I am sure Phil at Ski Stop would be glad to help you out.I have had my bootwork done there,very courteous and very thorough.


Have dealt with Phil and Ski Stop, reliable people. 

 

post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 

Just under a two hour drive from where I live... a bit far, but I will consider it.. Going to look around to see if I can find anything of similar repute closer.

 

Thanks all.

post #15 of 16

Two hour drive to get to a reputable boot fitter is absolutely worth it.

post #16 of 16

I was thinking the same thing but you beat me tothe punch. Make a day of it, go see phil and then maybe drive into Boston,it will be worth the trip.

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