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*noob alert* Dug up some 80's skis, are they anything special?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone,

 

So I picked up 3 pairs of old skis the other day and I'm attempting to research them... I'm coming up with next to nothing, which is surprising because they're all name brand. I was hoping someone would have some insight or background ton them, and whether they're worth keeping, trashing or selling. I'll post pics shortly but in the meantime hopefully the names are recognizable.

 

Here are the names and specs, they all appear to be from the late 70's or early 80's:

 

1. Rossignol Sport 600's, 185 cm, Marker bindings, made in Spain. There's an pair identical to mine on eBay for $50 right now but that means nothing unless someone buys them:

 

http://cgi.ebay.com/L-K-Rossignol-Series-600-Sport-w-Bindings-170cm-/140568520951#ht_967wt_1114

 

2. Spalding Gazelles, 170 cm, Tyrolia 540 bindings, made in Italy. I found nothing on these...

 

3. Volkl "Competition" Cad Comp Pros, 175 cm, Tyrolia 570 bindings, made in West Germany. The tails say "Titanal" which I saw generally good things about when I was looking online.

 

Thanks for helping!

Will

 

PS I think I put this in the right subforum, but if not, mods feel free to move it.

post #2 of 10

Most skis from the 70s and 80s are not worth much, and most folk here would recommend them only for hanging on a wall or making into furniture.  I personally find the GS and above fine for free skiing with fast long radius turns, but would pass on the SL skis.  Shaped skis are so much better at small to medium turns.  The old SL skis that were any good required very aggressive technique to carve tight turns they were designed for and would carve long turns at speed, but didn't work too well at carving anything in between.  So imho, if you like to ski fast, you may like an old GS or SG ski.

 

Don't know any specific details on those skis, but the word "Sport" generally was one step above entry level and not up to high performance demands, so I would say forget about the Rossignol

 

Don't know about the Spaldings, but you should look up the Tyrolia 540s on an indemnified list.  I'll bet the bindings are no longer indemnified, and probably just an accident waiting to happen as well (especially if they are plastic).

 

Don't know about that particular Völkl, but if they are a gs ski then they should be fun at speed (and a PITA at slow speeds).  Usually "Comp" implies competition worthy gear.  EXCEPT that they are only 175 cm long.  Skis from that time period were not stable at speed in that short a length..  Same problem with the old Tyrolia 570 as with the 540. 

 

Keep shopping.

This will help http://www.realskiers.com/  (get a subscription to the reviews that go back about 10 years or so)

 

 

EDIT: if you are new to skiing, do yourself a favour and get a ski with a 13 to 15 m radius and learn how to ski it.  It is so much easier to learn on a shaped ski than on the old straight skis.

 

post #3 of 10

Fence material.

 

 

Ghost, even without looking at the models none of those are remotely long enough to have been true GS designs.    Those are teenager and recreational-use women's sizes.   A 180lb adult male would have been on a 190-195cm Rossi of that model.

 

To the OP: sorry, those were not anything special even in their day.    The Rossis were OK cruisers, soft enough to be manageable on green slopes at very slow speeds even by unskilled butt-swingers.     The Volkls were produced in their thousands to appeal to boy racers.        Titanal is just a tradename for a specific aluminum alloy; there's no actual titanium in it.


Edited by cantunamunch - 8/13/11 at 9:49am
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post

Fence material.

 

 

Ghost, even without looking at the models none of those are remotely long enough to have been true GS designs.    Those are teenager and recreational-use women's sizes.   A 180lb adult male would have been on a 190-195cm Rossi of that model.

 

To the OP: sorry, those were not anything special even in their day.    The Rossis were OK cruisers, soft enough to be manageable on green slopes at very slow speeds even by unskilled butt-swingers.     The Volkls were produced in their thousands to appeal to boy racers.        Titanal is just a tradename for a specific aluminum alloy; there's no actual titanium in it.

Yeah,

I noticed the length on the Völks and stated they were too short, but same applies to the others. 
 

 

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Welp, I'd rather have a definite response like that than nothing. That's all I needed to know haha! Thanks guys. I might actually have a use for them as a friend of mine is redecorating his son's room. These might make good Hotwheels shelves haha.

 

Here's a few pics for anyone that cares.

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/volleyballurrrr/Skis-15.jpg

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/volleyballurrrr/Skis-8.jpg
http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/volleyballurrrr/Skis-1.jpg

 

 

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Okay I have a few more pieces for you guys. I have a pair of Kastle Antithesis Fibre-tube skis, Marker M92 bindings. From what I've read, they are absolute garbage on the slopes, but are sort of interesting because they were one of the first attempts at a hollow-core construction. Any thoughts? (Ignore the Volkls in the pics, those are fence material too I suspect)

 

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/volleyballurrrr/Skis-37.jpg

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/volleyballurrrr/Skis-35.jpg

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/volleyballurrrr/Skis-34.jpg

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/volleyballurrrr/Skis-31.jpg

 

I also have a K2 Dart snowboard, size 160cm, sans bindings, looks to be in good shape. Any good?

 

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/volleyballurrrr/Skis-38.jpg

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/volleyballurrrr/Skis-39.jpg

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/volleyballurrrr/Skis-41.jpg

post #7 of 10

Wow, just wow. You have a nose for sniffing out...well crap. Sorry, but you are posting some of the worst examples of skis from that era. Back the the thrift shops.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Don't worry I didn't have to pay for any of them haha. I did also pick up a pair of Salomon X Screams, 187 cm, 900 carbon bindings. Hopefully you think more of these:

 

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/volleyballurrrr/Skis-27.jpg

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/volleyballurrrr/Skis-28.jpg

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by iscratchmymind View Post

Don't worry I didn't have to pay for any of them haha. I did also pick up a pair of Salomon X Screams, 187 cm, 900 carbon bindings. Hopefully you think more of these:

 

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/volleyballurrrr/Skis-27.jpg

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/volleyballurrrr/Skis-28.jpg



Nice! I skied on a pair of 187 xscreams for a couple seasons about ten years ago. They were awesome, and at the time the best ski I'd ever been on. And what's the waist on those? Can't be more than 70 mm. And that's what we used to call a "mid-fat"!

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by iscratchmymind View Post

Don't worry I didn't have to pay for any of them haha. I did also pick up a pair of Salomon X Screams, 187 cm, 900 carbon bindings on PowerAxe plates. Hopefully you think more of these:

 

salomon.jpg

 


Those could have some pretty whack factory tunings, like 2 degree bases.      Set to 1/1 or 1/3 they were pretty decent.

 

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