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Need Help Choosing Ski. Can Only Pick 1 pair!

post #1 of 16
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Hey guys this is my first thread on EpicSki! I have looked online for ski opinions and the group of skiers congregated here seem to know their stuff.

 

So I am heading to the advanced side of the skiing and am looking for my one-quiver ski to take me there. For a while there I was deadset on the Salomon Shoguns but now that I've some some more research I am looking at some other skis as well. Such as the Line Prophet 98's and the Volkl Bridges. I LOVE the pow but i need an all mountain ski to ha dle everything else when the snow melts. More west coast snow oriented definitely. So please help me out guys. Ill spend up to 700 on the skis (without bindings).

post #2 of 16
Thread Starter 

Oh and everyone seems to put their height and weight. 

 

Im 6' 2" and weigh 180 pounds. I was on some old Atomic Izors 3:1 but HATED how they performed in the pow!

post #3 of 16

Dylannn...

 

Where are you skiing? Tahoe? Mammoth? Bear Valley? Need more info. How aggressive do you ski? WHat boots are you in, are they the same performance caliber as the Izors? Are you looking at next years ski for sure or leftover 2011 models? 

post #4 of 16

I know a few different people with the Bridges and they really like them.  On the other hand, I've heard good things about the other skis you mentioned as well...

post #5 of 16
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Sorry im still new to this. I am a very aggressive skier. My friends love to go skiing with me because they'll say "Dylan, hit that" and no doesn't seem to be in my vocabulary. I ski at China Peak which was Sierra Summit before they changed the name. I am getting rid of the old boots because they fit poorly. The skis and boots were my first pair ever and were sold to me 2 years ago by my friends dad who no longer had use for them.

 

Well if I go with the Shoguns I'd go with the 2011's because the only difference between the 11/12 is the price. The Line Prophets 98's are the Prophets 100's last year so they are the 2012 model and for the Bridges I'd go with either year.

 

But know im open to any suggestions. Im not deadset on any of these.

post #6 of 16
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Are you looking at next years ski for sure or leftover 2011 models? 



And to answer this better. I dont mind either year. I just want the most bang for my buck. 

post #7 of 16

While the ski is the sexy and fun thing to talk about here, you need to focus on getting new boots first. If budget is a concern, a better boot and last years skis will give you much better bang for the buck than keeping your current boots and getting next years ski. Work out a deal on the skis wherever you get the boots done. Most any 95-105mm will work for you where you are skiing. 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

While the ski is the sexy and fun thing to talk about here, you need to focus on getting new boots first. If budget is a concern, a better boot and last years skis will give you much better bang for the buck than keeping your current boots and getting next years ski. Work out a deal on the skis wherever you get the boots done. Most any 95-105mm will work for you where you are skiing. 



really? i thought the skis were the most important part of my performance. you cant get your skis and then boots afterwards?

post #9 of 16
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really? i thought the skis were the most important part of my performance. you cant get your skis and then boots afterwards?


no

 

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by DylannnG View Post





really? i thought the skis were the most important part of my performance. you cant get your skis and then boots afterwards?

 

Have you ever heard anyone complain about their feet hurting from having the wrong skis? the energy you want to put to your skis goes through your boots, the boots are where the control comes from. You will get more performance with a better fitting boot and a lesser ski than the other way around.  


 

 

 

post #11 of 16
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Have you ever heard anyone complain about their feet hurting from having the wrong skis? the energy you want to put to your skis goes through your boots, the boots are where the control comes from. You will get more performance with a better fitting boot and a lesser ski than the other way around.  


 

 

 


That makes a ton of sense! My boots fit so poorly that when my skis (68mm waist) would dive into the powder, I would slide 3-5 inches out of my boots. Okay so what boots would you suggest?

 

And im planning on spending the same on my skis regardless of how much my boots cost me. So you can still give advice on what skis I should be looking out for.

 

Your the man Phil! Your help is much appreciated! 

 

post #12 of 16
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That makes a ton of sense! My boots fit so poorly that when my skis (68mm waist) would dive into the powder, I would slide 3-5 inches out of my boots. Okay so what boots would you suggest?

 

And im planning on spending the same on my skis regardless of how much my boots cost me. So you can still give advice on what skis I should be looking out for.

 

Your the man Phil! Your help is much appreciated! 

 



I would suggest seeing a good boot fitter. W/o seeing your feet, no one would know what to recommend in a boot. If you would want to head up to Truckee, I could help you with both boots and skis. As far as the 100+/- mm wide skis, there are few bad choices. 

post #13 of 16
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really? i thought the skis were the most important part of my performance.



Definatly not.  Think of your boots like your skis handle.  No matter how good the ski is, it wont do squat if you cant transmit your moves into the ski accuratley.....and vice versa.

 

Boots, boots boots.

 

The best boots are the pair that fit you.  All boots fit different, so get a good boot fitter who will fit a boot to your foot.

 

post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Skidude72 View Post





Definatly not.  Think of your boots like your skis handle.  No matter how good the ski is, it wont do squat if you cant transmit your moves into the ski accuratley.....and vice versa.

 

Boots, boots boots.

 

The best boots are the pair that fit you.  All boots fit different, so get a good boot fitter who will fit a boot to your foot.

 


and not your foot to a boot. 

 

post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by DylannnG View Post





really? i thought the skis were the most important part of my performance. you cant get your skis and then boots afterwards?



You could, but that would be like spending a couple of grand on a good set of  tires to improve the handling on a car with worn shocks, weak springs; don't expect any big gains in handling and control.

post #16 of 16

Boots boot boots.  Yes Yes Yes.

 

I love my Full Tilt Konflicts.  Like others have said, you need to get boots that fit, whatever the brand.  If you can fit into Full Tilts they cost less (from what I can tell) than other comparable boots.  You might then have a little money towards skis.  You can change the flex tongue easily to your level of comfort and performance.  They are light and come with with Intuition heat moldable liners.  They don't come with footbeds, since most skiers will want to get a new footbed (like Sole) or a custom footbed anyway (the footbeds that come with most boots from the factory are pretty useless).  

 

Skis:  I'm a big believer in getting last years closeouts.  Got my K2 Apache Outlaws for a steal the tear after they were discontinued, awesome all-mountain mid-fat ski.

  

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