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Go with the free Dynastar Legends, or buy something different?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I need an opinion or two on skis... This will be my second year skiing and I do not want to have to deal with equipment rental at the slopes. I only went a couple of times last year due to school schedule, but plan to go much more this year. I am still learning. A neighbor gave me a pair of Dynastar Legend 4800 in a 178 he had hardly used. I am 6'1" and weigh ~165 pounds. Are these skis too much for my experience level? I know I can grow into them but don't want too much too soon.

post #2 of 16

 

 

Great ski.  Took me from my second year (at age 47) to now (54), East Coast skiing.  

 

But I'm 5'6", 165, and my skis are 165s (weight is important) -- you may find these a little long.  Start shorter, it's easier.  Check Ebay.

 

(Here's a pair of used 4800s, 165, with bindings for $249.99, free shipping:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Used-Dynastar-Legend-4800-All-Mountain-Skis-165cm-Dynastar-NX11-Bindings-/130602905933?pt=Skiing&hash=item1e688a314d#ht_3670wt_1180)

 

Good luck!

post #3 of 16

I would give them a try and see how they work out. IIRC they are intermediate skis and should be possible to grow into. If you feel they are a bit too long, wax and store them or try to trade for something shorter. Shorter skis turn more easily.

 

If you can use them you'll have more money for lessons and tickets.

 

Good luck!

post #4 of 16

Go with the 4800's.  A nice, forgiving ski out of a product line with a great reputation.

post #5 of 16

Go with the legends, having a ski better than your level, and I'm not 100% sure the 4800 is that far from your level anyways, gives you motiviation to improve.

post #6 of 16
Excellent ski for a beginner. Give them a try. Your neighbor is pretty generous. If he gave you free boots too, don't take them, get the boots that fit.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the recommendations... I think I'll give them a shot the first time out.  If they are too aggressive then I'll do something else.  I just spent an hour at REI trying on boots and feel good about options there, just want to read reviews etc. before finalizing. 

post #8 of 16
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I just spent an hour at REI trying on boots and feel good about options there, just want to read reviews etc. before finalizing. 


do NOT buy boots based on reviews.

 

again:

 

do NOT buy boots based on reviews.

post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
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do NOT buy boots based on reviews.

 

again:

 

do NOT buy boots based on reviews.


Gotcha.  Thanks for the advice.

 

post #10 of 16

As much as I like REI, I think your chances of getting a proper fit there are pretty low.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wiki about fitting and check the list of boot fitters for one near you.  If there isn't one listed near you, ask and someone here will know of a fitter near you.  Get boots from a fitter.  You will be a better skier as a result, I promise.

post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 

Coming back on this... the Dynastars were fine for my recent two-day outing in northern Michigan.  Thanks for the feedback.

 

Oh, and I spent some time in a local ski shop and wound up with a pair of second-hand Tecnica boots.  Loved them.

post #12 of 16
Great ski. Some would say you're a tad light for them but I think your height compensates a bit. For a 74mm waist it's a remarkably good powder ski.
post #13 of 16

Glad this worked out for you.  The legend 4800 is a good ski for you.  In a 178 its perhaps a size too big, but not terrible.  I have had a pair of Legend 8000 for the last several seasons and really like it in soft snow conditions.  Not the greatest hard snow grip, but I have a pair of Fischer Progressors for that. 

post #14 of 16

 

 

Great ski.  Edge grip is fair -- make sure they're sharp.

post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by ed_d View Post

Great ski. Some would say you're a tad light for them but I think your height compensates a bit. For a 74mm waist it's a remarkably good powder ski.


Right. These skis are quite soft and forgiving, so the 178s are probably right on for the OP. I weigh 135, skied on the 172s for several years, and never had the slightest trouble with their being too much ski.

post #16 of 16

Keep thhe 4800's and enjoy.

 

I remember one 2 foot day at Steamboat when my buddy rented a pair, and they were just perfect. I paid for his lunch so he'd stay in and I could get another run or two on them.

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