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First time buyer, Ski advice K2 Kung Fujas, Line Blend or Salomon the Knights!?

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Thread Starter 

I've been skiing once or twice a year for about 10 years now, I'd say I'm a pretty good skier, I find there isn't much on the mountain I can't Ski I love a bit of off piste and am finally finding myself venturing into the park (only a couple of times). Decided it's about time to stop hiring and get myself some gear!

 

I already have Head Vector 120 boots. I am 6ft 4, 16 stone (224 lbs) and my target ski type is 33% powder, 33% park, 33% piste.

 

I am under the impression I need at least a DIN 14 on my bindings and everyone seems to be raving about these Markers?

 

In terms of skis I'm torn between Salomon The Knight, Line Blends or K2 Kung Fujas, the 2010 models, I believe I should be aiming for the 180 length? I've seen some 189 K2s for sale, would they be too long, especially if I want to spend time in the park?

 

Is any of that correct or do I sound like a complete idiot, I've never owned my own pair of skis before so going in a little blind!

 

Thank you!

post #2 of 5

Can't speak to the specifics of any of the skis you mentioned, but have heard a lot of good things about the Volkl Bridge for fun in the park combined with going all over the mountain.  http://www.volkl.com/ski/FR_bridge.php

 

As for length, most guys your height would probably want to go over 180cm... but I've heard shorter can be nice for getting up on rails and that sort of thing (not much of a park rat myself so I couldn't say).  For example, I'm 5' 11" and have some 177's... and the next skis I buy will either be 183 or 184.

post #3 of 5

With regards to binding DIN, your boot length makes a big difference and a 14 din binding may or may not be necessary, but probably at least includes your correct setting range.  I don't see much of written on this site about any of those skis, so maybe read a few Dawgcatching reviews and see if any of these meet your needs, and then come back and explain in more detail the skiing you anticipate doing, and why you a particular ski is better for doing that?

 

http://www.epicski.com/wiki/2011-big-mountain-ski-reviews-by-dawgcatching

 

http://www.epicski.com/wiki/2011-mid-fat-ski-reviews-by-dawgcatching

 

Welcome to Epicski.  Good luck on the equipment search.

post #4 of 5
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Cheers guys I went for the Kung Fujas and the Jester Schizo 16s

 

http://k2skis.com/skis/twin-tips/kung-fujas

 

http://www.marker.net/en/products/The-Jester-Schizo-16

 

Now all I need is for summer to hurry up and be over!

post #5 of 5

Excellent choice.  I demoed the Kung Fujas and loved them.  I also ski K2 exclusively for their durability and overall burliness.  Enjoy.

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