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Hi guys! Would like to buy new skis. Help me choose has been years sense I have bought

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Hi guys! I am a 28 year old male who has been skiing sense the age of 6 ish. Sometime in the 90's I got a pair of Fisher Revolution shaped skis which I sold finally sold today. They were a very stiff ski which was nice because the stiffness along with the sharper edges made them great when it the conditions got icy which seemed to happen a lot at my local ski area in PA. However, they were a heavy ski and because of that it seemed like you really had to work a lot harder then you should have to in order to make good turns.

Finally this year was the end of the line for them when I want skiing with a friend. He made such easy, effortless, turns and I struggled with them a bit.

My skill level is advanced. I can ski greens, blues, and blacks. Have only ever skied a few double blacks without much trouble but they were easier doubles. Tried woods(glades I guess they call it) skiing a few years back and I am hooked on that. Don't get much powder in PA but hope to make a few vermont trips this year.

My budget is around 1000 + - I am guessing all mountain skis would be the best way to go? Could you guys recommend to me a decent ski / binding / boot. I'm sure any thing you recommend with be much better then what I had. Would like to get a new pair of skis in the offseason as I'm sure there are deals going on. I'm very excited to hopefully ski mad river glen this year for the first time.

Thanks guys!
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Also if you guys could recommend a place online to buy that would be great also thanks!
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OK, Kyle, welcome to Epic. First it not surprising that you still had some Fischer Revolutions, it is that you got someone to buy them. For those who aren't familiar with the Revolutions, the tails were actually wider than the tips by a mm or two.

 

Back to the thread at hand where in PA are you, just out of curiosity? You have $1K budgeted, that is great you will have a plethora of next years gear that you can get for that range, ski and binding but you can also save a bunch buying some leftovers from this year. Skis like the Dynastar Sultan 85, Line Prophet 90, Volkl Kendo or the could all be great choices that you could get with a good binding for the 600 range. As far as next years crop, the Blizzard Bushwacker, Fischer Watea 88, Nordica Steadfast or some suggestions off the top of my head. 

 

How are you for boots> are thy as old as the Revolutions? if so, start with them and consider a leftover ski. 

 

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Hi Phil! Thanks for the kind reply! I live near lansdale a little over an hour from Jack Frost Big Boulder ski resorts, which are the ones ski at the most main jf. Ski at blue mountain once in a wile. Would like to hit up vermont a few times this year as I usually only get to go a few times a year.

I was actually able to sell the skis / boots / poles together all for $50. Considering how old they are I thought I didn't do too bad. The boots were as old as the skis so I will need new boots also.

Will check out your recommendations. Thanks for the help!
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Originally Posted by kyle2227 View Post

Hi Phil! Thanks for the kind reply! I live near lansdale a little over an hour from Jack Frost Big Boulder ski resorts, which are the ones ski at the most main jf. Ski at blue mountain once in a wile. Would like to hit up vermont a few times this year as I usually only get to go a few times a year.

I was actually able to sell the skis / boots / poles together all for $50. Considering how old they are I thought I didn't do too bad. The boots were as old as the skis so I will need new boots also.

Will check out your recommendations. Thanks for the help!


Go hit up Wick's in Exton for the boots. They should have some deals on skis, if you can't find anything there, shoot me a PM. 

 

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Thanks! I will check them out. Exton I would guess is maybe 40 mins away for me which is not bad. I will also have to ask their recommendation on what ski size to get. I know back when I got my skis bigger was better and you were supposed to get the biggest skis you could handle but I hear thats changed a lot now. I am about 5'5" and was using 170 skis before. Maybe I will look in the 160 size range or whatever they recommend to me. It's funny you mentioned the tails because they did look wider then the tips.
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Hey Phil I just read one of your reviews of the bushwackers. You say they are great for bumps, off-piste , trees. That is right up my alley think I might give them a go. Thanks for the advice!
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Phil have you ever been to mad river glen? I hear there are a hundred places where you can explore the woods. Ski tracks every where from people just going into random places in the woods and exploring. I am so excited to go there.
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Mad River is one of my favorite places on earth. By all means make it up there. My favorite run is Catamount Bowl to Lynx to Beaver. 

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You sound like a younger twin brother ski.gif.

 

I came  back to skiing after 35 years.  Turn 1, stem christie.  Turn 2, parallel albeit a shaky one.  Turn 3.......like riding a bike.  Ok, the next 10 weeks helped as well.

 

I bought a demo set of K2 Apache Recons before we arrived in Canada and enjoyed the season on these - nice feel, held great on the east Canada ice and easy to use.  And then I tested a whole pile of Atomic skis.  Hated most of them but found that special ski  -  Atomic D2 SL Racer.  Hence my username....the D2 stands for "doubledeck" which is like a second smaller ski attached to the top.  The slis are sleek,lightweight and I bought a new set on the way home through the US which I will be skiing next winter.  You can buy these on the net for under $1000.  Ok, above your budget.  But if you want the Ferrari of skis then try these.  I doubt you'll find a better ski and you can check out the specs at the Atomic site:  short turns, hold like glue, kick out of turns (will scare the crap out of you the first hard and quick turn you do). 

 

Ok, I sound like a salesman.  You'll understand if/when you ski on these.  Hope this is helpful.  Oh yes, I sold my Apaches on EBay when I got home.

 

post #11 of 13

kyle,

 

Hopefully, you take the advice of phil here. Go buy some nice boots from a reputable ski shop. Make sure they spend some time fitting you. You want the boots snug! 1-2 finger shell fit. Take the liner out and put your toes all the way forward. You should only be able to fit 1-2 fingers behind your heel. If you can fit more, the boot is too big.

 

Different brands fit differently. A good bootfitter will hook you up right. Without the correct boots, the skis don't matter. You will not be enjoying them. Plan on spending over half your budget on boots. Get used skis if you have to.

 

Good luck

 

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kyle,

 

Hopefully, you take the advice of phil here. Go buy some nice boots from a reputable ski shop. Make sure they spend some time fitting you. You want the boots snug! 1-2 finger shell fit. Take the liner out and put your toes all the way forward. You should only be able to fit 1-2 fingers behind your heel. If you can fit more, the boot is too big.

 

Different brands fit differently. A good bootfitter will hook you up right. Without the correct boots, the skis don't matter. You will not be enjoying them. Plan on spending over half your budget on boots. Get used skis if you have to.

 

Good luck

 


Thanks. Re boot fit. the length is just one measurement, the other volumes, width, instep, ankle, flex just to name a few areas that each has as much to do with proper fit as the length. No one every complained about their feet hurting from having the wrong skis.  

 

post #13 of 13

Absolutely agree with Phil,boots first. Also, +1 on the Bushwacker, this will be my new addition for this year also.  Good luck and happy shopping.   Dave

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