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A Little Buyers Remorse! Did I make the right call?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

My Wife and I went to a Ski Shop today,  We got fitted for boots!  and they are nice and comfortable and a good price.  Then we looked at skis.  I was looking at the Rossignol Experience 78 Skis w/ Axium 110 Bindings    and the Blizzard Magnum 8.1 IQ Max Skis W/TP 12 Bindings.  I like the Blizzard better but they were $100 more,  However I might be able to get that difference changed to about $50 after looking at the stores online pricing.  At the store I decided to go with the Rossignol skis. 

 

I am an above average beginner skier that wants a ski that I can keep for a long time.  I also will be skiing mostly east coast groomed, but hope to ski some powder eventually. Would the extra $50 be worth it for the blizzard?  I Don't know much about skis so I look to this forum for help!  I should be able to call the ski shop and have it changed before any work is started. 

 

EDIT:


5' 7.5"  155lbs

 

 

Thanks for the help!!


Edited by Fathom - 10/15/11 at 5:36pm
post #2 of 14

In order to gat some accurate feedback you will need to provide your height and weight, this will make a difference in opinions.    Dave

post #3 of 14

I think you made a fine choice.  I haven't skied he Rossi Experience 78, but everything I've heard about them is good.  I have skied the Blizzard Magnum 8.1 and I really liked it - almost bought a pair.  The Blizzards may be a bit more demanding of a ski than the experience, and based on your description  of yourself, sounds like you made a good choice.  Have fun.

post #4 of 14

The other option at your size would have been the Blizzard magnum 7.6 instead of the 8.1 but I am quite sure you will be happy with the choice you made. Go ski them and have fun.   Dave

post #5 of 14

They're good skis. the thread about skidded turns shows Taj Erickson (?) skiing a freeride comp on the Rossi Experience. check it out. No need for remorse. You're geared up.

post #6 of 14

+1 on the Blizzard 7.6.  They would be a much better ski for you, an aspiring Intermediate skier.  The 8.1 is quite a bit more demanding with higher performance to match.  The 7.6 is more forgiving and will help you become a better skier.

 

Haven't skied the Experience 78 but I have skied the 88's and liked them a lot and am buying a pair of 98's.  It is a good line of skis and might  be a good choice if you plan on skiing off piste a bit more.

 

Good Luck,

 

Rick G

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies!

 

Looks like I Will stick with my first choice.  

 

Did not find the Taj Erickson video  anyone have a link to it?

 

 

Thanks again.

post #8 of 14

It sounds like you made a good choice.  One thing you might want to follow up on with the shop (if it wasn't discussed already) is if they have tuned your skis, and more specifically have they detuned (slightly dulled) the tips and tails?  New skis usually come sharp from tip to tail, but on groomed or hard snow this can cause problems by making them too grabby.  It would be good to talk to the person who mounted the bindings and find out what, if anything, they did in the way of tuning.  This is something often overlooked by novice skiers.

 

Just because skis are brand new does not mean they automatically ski the best they can.  You just spent a lot of money buying very nice skis and you want to ensure they perform to the best of their ability for you, and a few simple questions might lead to more skiing enjoyment.

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

Just talked to the store, and they don't do anything to new skis unless you asked for it.  Going to do some reading on this

post #10 of 14
+3 on the 7.6's. I demo'd them at Sunday River and they did everything effortlessly.

You never answered Dave's question about your height/weight and the length of the ski btw.
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Originally Posted by Fathom View Post

Just talked to the store, and they don't do anything to new skis unless you asked for it.  Going to do some reading on this


Hopefully they at least waxed them.  If your skis are sharp all the way to the tips when you initiate a turn they tend to grab and hook, instead of easing into the radius turn you desire.  If the tails are too sharp they are catchy and do not want to let go of a turn.  You should definitely read up on the subject and probably dull the edges (just little to start) about 1" to 2" inches back on the flat running surface, not counting the turned up tips and any turned up part of the tails (if any).  Skis that are too sharp to the ends tend to have a mind of their own.

 

Unfortunately, many people buy new skis, never get them tuned correctly, and end up fighting their skis instead of having their skis work for them.  Ski shops usually do not do any dulling in order to leave it up to the personal preference of the buyer, but uninformed buyers just ski them that way with unfortunate results never knowing that their skis are actually working against them.

 

post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 

Yes they will be waxing them.  Thanks for all the information.  The place I bought my skis (not sure if I am allowed to say or not)  Has a big section on tuning them and what they use.  

 

Thanks again

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Fathom View Post

Yes they will be waxing them.  Thanks for all the information.  The place I bought my skis (not sure if I am allowed to say or not)  Has a big section on tuning them and what they use.  

 

Tell us what they use, and where you will be skiing.
 

EDIT: Oh, hey, you're local to me.   Just looked at your other threads.  

 

There are only 3 shops you could be working with.    Be aware that the standard shop wax at any of them  won't last you more than 3 full days on early season manmade snow.      For best ski longevity, you're going to want to learn to wax your own.


Edited by cantunamunch - 10/17/11 at 4:42pm
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post

+3 on the 7.6's. I demo'd them at Sunday River and they did everything effortlessly.
You never answered Dave's question about your height/weight and the length of the ski btw.



SMJ, he actually did, he went back in his own post and edited them in. took me a bit to see it also. OP is sticking with the Experiences, he'll be fine with them.

 

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