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Are you a gear freak?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

The other day a friend of mine from Winter Park asked me to suggest some everyday skis for him, he's a bump powder and tree skier as well as a patroller. Off the top of my head I rattled off about 15 different skis that i thought he would enjoy, and he hadn't heard of alot of them. This puzzled me as I have only been skiing consistently for 3 years, and he has been skiing his entire lifetime. I think im obsessed... how about you?

post #2 of 23

 

gear freak?  eek.gif

 

nah, I just get the rental's on the hill.....   wink.gif

post #3 of 23

Yeah, I am a gear freak.  Not only with skis and boots, but technical clothing as well.  I see a shell with waterproof zippers and I get a woody!  I am the same way with motorcycling.  Not only can I recite 1/4 mile times for any bike that interests me, I have a closet full of technical riding gear that surpasses my ski wear.

 

Not that there is anything wrong with this.

 

Rick G

post #4 of 23

Yup. And I barely own any... 

 

post #5 of 23

Not a freak ... but a WHORE.

 

If that makes sense to you. wink.gif

post #6 of 23

That's because being relatively new to the sport, you have been doing your research while he was just out skiing.

 

The older I get the less I pay attention to all the new skis, unless I will be buying some. I also pared down my quiver to just 2 pairs of skis. Simplification is quite gratifying and freeing. I'm working on that in all aspects of life.

post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post

The older I get the less I pay attention to all the new skis, unless I will be buying some. I also pared down my quiver to just 2 pairs of skis. Simplification is quite gratifying and freeing. 

+1
 

 

post #8 of 23


Make sense?! It's my dream...

 

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Originally Posted by PowHog View Post

Not a freak ... but a WHORE.

 

If that makes sense to you. wink.gif



 

post #9 of 23

I stopped myself today when I was looking at Head powder skis on ebay. I live in Pa. where they never will be used at the local hill , plan on making what I hope is 5 trips to Vail this year and ski 25-27 days skied 20 days there last season, bought a paiir of Bluehouse Mavens back last fall and skied on them all of 1 1/2 days last season. I'd like something say in a 100-110 wait vs. the Maven 130 something waist. Its a little much . I will say the full day I skied it when it snowed about 10 in. was a lot of fun.

 

So , I have to ask myself what kind of utility am I going to get  with another powder ski that if I'm lucky I might use 5 times. I think part of the problem is sitting around in the pre season getting stoked about skiing and associating only best case snow scenarios for trips west. Unfortunately the odds are as good that you aren't going to get dumped on as they are you'll hit it right.

 

It's still fun to dream about it. But I think I caught myself this time with a dose of practicality , now if I could get half of what I paid for the Mavens with 1/1/2 days on them , I'd probably start the process back up again. I'm probably fortunate that the skis are in my buddy's condo locker out in Avon, Colorado and I couldn't ship them to anybody.

 

I'm the same way with golf drivers, but I play 55-60 rounds a year and hit the driver probably 12-14 times a round so at least I'm using what I purchased!

 

 

post #10 of 23

Just the basics and absolute bare essentials for me..rolleyes.gif

 

SL/Short carvers

GS/long carvers

Bump skis

Midfats

Twin tips/park

Powder skis

Two pairs of boots

Two sets of poles

 

And a few rock ski versions of the above.

 

I did retire most of the retro/vintage gear.  Just no room for it anymoreth_dunno-1[1].gif

post #11 of 23

 

"Are you a gear freak?"

 

 

I still have absolutely no idea what you are talking about....

 

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post #12 of 23

Gear?  What is gear? confused.gif

post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post

 

"Are you a gear freak?"

 

 

I still have absolutely no idea what you are talking about....

 

 

 

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Nice, I didn't recall you scoring some Olin boots.  Just wondering though..  Do all the boots in your collection actually fit you, or do you go for things you don't already have regardless of size?

post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Nice, I didn't recall you scoring some Olin boots.  Just wondering though..  Do all the boots in your collection actually fit you, or do you go for things you don't already have regardless of size?



I think all but 3 pair fit....but sometimes they are SO hard to find you grab what you can  wink.gif

 

post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post

That's because being relatively new to the sport, you have been doing your research while he was just out skiing.

 

The older I get the less I pay attention to all the new skis, unless I will be buying some. I also pared down my quiver to just 2 pairs of skis. Simplification is quite gratifying and freeing. I'm working on that in all aspects of life.



That pretty much explains me, that and I'm constantly looking for new skis since ive got one pair from 2002 and one from 2004 and its really time to find a ski a little bit more versatile than what I have now.

 



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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Just the basics and absolute bare essentials for me..rolleyes.gif

 

SL/Short carvers

GS/long carvers

Bump skis

Midfats

Twin tips/park

Powder skis

Two pairs of boots

Two sets of poles

 

And a few rock ski versions of the above.

 

I did retire most of the retro/vintage gear.  Just no room for it anymoreth_dunno-1[1].gif


Crgildart...your my hero.

I dream of a setup like yours, then again I could probably never pick which set to take to the hill on any given day.

 


 

 

post #16 of 23


Sweet. Now when the family accuses me of obsessing, I can point to this and say, "eh, could be worse."
 

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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post

 

"Are you a gear freak?"

 

 

I still have absolutely no idea what you are talking about....

 

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post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by snowyphil65 View Post

Crgildart...your my hero.

I dream of a setup like yours, then again I could probably never pick which set to take to the hill on any given day.

 

 


Just keep an eye out for deals in the Gear Swap section.  Most were pretty inexpensive, all under $250/pair including bindings wink.gif I usually bring 2 or three pair to the mountain in a ski box with the plan of swapping out mid day depending on how conditions change.  I only added one pair last year and they were pretty much free (shipping) from a friend here.  Barring any unbelievable awesome deals in my face I'll probably stick with this quiver another season or two.

 

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post #18 of 23

Some people would give anything to go to the Louve in Paris, the Smithsonian,  when I see what Rossi Smash has collected I am blown away and would get moe kicks out of visiting his ski managerie than any art museum. I guess that speaks volumes about me!

 

I can make an association and a memory with about everything you have in your collection of skis, boots and bindings. I skied through those eras. Its great stuff to share.

 

A couple of years ago a guy contacted me from Epic (not a frequent poster) asking to buy my Jet Stixs I found in my mothers basement when we were packing to move her.

 

I said I would send them to him gratis if he would only send me a picture of the Jet Stix on the Rosemount boots he wanted to use them with. Sent the Jet Stix and never got the picture.

 

Should have kept them I guess . Anyway, hopefully he's doing wheelies ala Wayne Wong somewhere this season.

post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post

Some people would give anything to go to the Louve in Paris, the Smithsonian,  when I see what Rossi Smash has collected I am blown away and would get moe kicks out of visiting his ski managerie than any art museum. I guess that speaks volumes about me!

 

I can make an association and a memory with about everything you have in your collection of skis, boots and bindings. I skied through those eras. Its great stuff to share.

 

A couple of years ago a guy contacted me from Epic (not a frequent poster) asking to buy my Jet Stixs I found in my mothers basement when we were packing to move her.

 

I said I would send them to him gratis if he would only send me a picture of the Jet Stix on the Rosemount boots he wanted to use them with. Sent the Jet Stix and never got the picture.

 

Should have kept them I guess . Anyway, hopefully he's doing wheelies ala Wayne Wong somewhere this season.


roundturns...I don't remember where this picture came from but....

 

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And if you're ever up in southern New England drop me a PM, We'll take a trip down retro memory lane cool.gif

 


 

 

post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post

 

"Are you a gear freak?"

 

 

I still have absolutely no idea what you are talking about....

 

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I see the K2 wall and the Rossi wall.  Is there perhaps a Head room or an Olin antechamber?

 

Do you charge admission?    Or does one have to make a donation of a collectable piece of ski equipment?

 

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post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by DesiredUsername View Post

I see the K2 wall and the Rossi wall.  Is there perhaps a Head room or an Olin antechamber?



I believe the words you will want to be using here are more like narthex, nave, clerestory, apse, chapel, sacristy, chancel, diakonikon

post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by DesiredUsername View Post

I see the K2 wall and the Rossi wall.  Is there perhaps a Head room or an Olin antechamber?



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Yes, he does indeed!

 

post #23 of 23

I think comparatively speaking I am not, BUT I think I am a closet gear freak DEFINITELY..biggrin.gif

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