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post #1 of 8
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Hey guys,

 

After a few years of suffering through painful hired ski boots that don't fit properly I've finally decided to take the plunge and get my own pair that actually fit comfortably. I have a wide foot base which makes hired ski boots quite uncomfortable. I ended up going to a professional boot fitting shop and after some time trying on various pairs of boots we settled on a pair of Head Vector 110's complete with custom made insoles. Price I paid was fairly high, $720 for the boots and $220 for the custom insoles. Being in Australia our prices are expensive compared with USA however I didn't want to abandon the shop and import them myself since it wouldn't be fair to the shop as we spent around 2 hours getting the right boot and fitting. I was thinking of just hiring the ski's up on the mountain, but since I'm already halfway I might as well get a good pair of ski's to go along with it. 

 

Now a little bit about my skiing experience. I've probably been about 4-5 seasons and each season between 2-5 days. In Australia our mountains are fairly limited and each trip is fairly expensive so I haven't actually been able to go as much as I would have liked to. I can ski black runs ok, however black runs with mogels is sort of my weakness. I haven't tried any terrain park yet apart from a few small jumps so my focus in skis is probably still going to be primarily for the slopes. 

 

I'm 19 years old, and by this years snow season (mid June/July) I should be around 78kg or so (83kg now). I'm 173cm tall, active gym goer so I'm fairly strong. 

 

My budget is probably up to around $1,300 for ski's/bindings but if there something amazing just a bit over that I guess I could stretch my budget if needed. I'll be looking at buying from USA and getting them shipped to Australia. I've been told All-Mountain ski's are the way to go but I'm open to different opinions. Although I like to ski fast, I do prefer shorter ski's as it feels snappier, more responsive and easier to turn. I also need a ski bag, boot bag and some ski poles. 

 

What recommendations would you give me (including ski's, ski height, etc)? Thanks.

post #2 of 8

You did the right thing buying boots.  But for only 2-5 days/year.  Just demo skis. 

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hopefully I can get 5-10 days at least this season. The issue that I have is that my friends either don't have time to go up often and/or can't afford to stay up long, which means I end up doing a few day trips each season. It costs $55-80/day to rent either executive ski's or demo skis. So yes, I would like to buy as it will last me for years to come. 

 

Can I please get recommendations?

post #4 of 8

What kind of skiing do you intend to do?  Groomers mostly, or 50/50 on / off piste?  What's the snow like where you live and what are the conditions normally like?

post #5 of 8

The problem is the skis will become obsolete long before you ever wear them out, but I understand.

 

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/103834/start-haus-heated-boot-bag-deal-117-00-w-free-shipping

 

That's a really nice boot bag for day trips.  Order that and have Phil or Jim pick out a pair of skis for you.

I'm sure they will take very good care of you! 

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Australia in general has limited mountains (especially the mountain I frequent) so I would say 90-95% on piste. Snow each year is nothing compared with USA/Canada and most of the time there are snowmakers in operation to ensure full coverage. 

 

Now as the for the ski's being obsolete, are there huge differences? Lets say hypothetically I put the life of the ski's at 5 years, sure there might be newer and more advanced ski's out there but the latest tech now isn't going to suddenly become bad because something better is out. 

 

As for the boot bag I'm just looking for a cheap one to transport from my house to the snow, I bought a camel back water bag so I'll be wearing that (no need for a super bag). Ditto with the ski bag. 

post #7 of 8

IMO  determine how often you would get the change to ski in fresh snow and if so what the average depth.  This will determine waist (underfoot) size.  I ski in New England so I'm looking at high 70's to low 80's.   Next determine what size turns you like to make.  That where I would start.

post #8 of 8

You should check out the Kastle MX88 or FX84

 

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Hey guys,

 

After a few years of suffering through painful hired ski boots that don't fit properly I've finally decided to take the plunge and get my own pair that actually fit comfortably. I have a wide foot base which makes hired ski boots quite uncomfortable. I ended up going to a professional boot fitting shop and after some time trying on various pairs of boots we settled on a pair of Head Vector 110's complete with custom made insoles. Price I paid was fairly high, $720 for the boots and $220 for the custom insoles. Being in Australia our prices are expensive compared with USA however I didn't want to abandon the shop and import them myself since it wouldn't be fair to the shop as we spent around 2 hours getting the right boot and fitting. I was thinking of just hiring the ski's up on the mountain, but since I'm already halfway I might as well get a good pair of ski's to go along with it. 

 

Now a little bit about my skiing experience. I've probably been about 4-5 seasons and each season between 2-5 days. In Australia our mountains are fairly limited and each trip is fairly expensive so I haven't actually been able to go as much as I would have liked to. I can ski black runs ok, however black runs with mogels is sort of my weakness. I haven't tried any terrain park yet apart from a few small jumps so my focus in skis is probably still going to be primarily for the slopes. 

 

I'm 19 years old, and by this years snow season (mid June/July) I should be around 78kg or so (83kg now). I'm 173cm tall, active gym goer so I'm fairly strong. 

 

My budget is probably up to around $1,300 for ski's/bindings but if there something amazing just a bit over that I guess I could stretch my budget if needed. I'll be looking at buying from USA and getting them shipped to Australia. I've been told All-Mountain ski's are the way to go but I'm open to different opinions. Although I like to ski fast, I do prefer shorter ski's as it feels snappier, more responsive and easier to turn. I also need a ski bag, boot bag and some ski poles. 

 

What recommendations would you give me (including ski's, ski height, etc)? Thanks.



 

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