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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

I've got 8 year old skis/bindings/boots and I'm looking to get new equipment all around.  I am a closest ski bum that doesn't keep up on the latest gear, I'm hoping you can give me some recommendations.

 

Here is some background.  Every year, we go to Park City Utah for about 2 weeks of skiing.  I live in the mid-atlantic, so while I may go skiing here once or twice during the year, these skis are meant for out west. 

 

I am 6'4'' and 160 pounds (tall and lanky), in Utah, I'll hit up any part of the mountain and ski it well, including a little backcountry with a very limited amount of hiking.  I love skiing the powder, but wouldn't consider myself an expert (I am an expert at groomers), and since I'm in Utah for 2 weeks straight, I'll likely get a few powder days, but there will be pleanty of groomer days as well.

 

I'm looking for equipment that can handle the powder well (problem with my current setup), but can also take on groomers and go barrelling down the mountain on some fast runs.  I'm thinking a front rocker may be what I need in a ski, but rocker technology didn't even exist last time I bought my skis so I'm a bit clueless.

 

My last set of boots caused some extreme pain in the outer ankle which I'd very much like to avoid.  Pricewise, looking to pay $1800 or less (hopefully less), anyone have recommendations for skis, boots, bindings, or all 3?

 

Thanks!

 

 

post #2 of 8

Volkl Mantra or Rossi S3, both with Marker Griffen.  As for boots you should go to a boot fitter and they'll hook you up. 

post #3 of 8

 6'4" 160lb, damn, you are a string bean aren't you. Yes boots first, RacerDude has that right. Are you thinking about ding that before you come out or in Utah? I assume your feet are as long and skinny as you are tall? If so, that is going to be a tough boot to find at most mid atlantic shops. Where are you?

 

Sorry but, I would say the Mantra and S3 are the bottom of my suggestion list. The Mantra is too stiff for your weight and the S3 will be too soft (and short) for your height, In that 90-100mm wide group (with early rise) there are some good options. 

 

In no particular order...

Kastle BMX98

Line Prophet 98

Blizzard Bonafide

K2 Hardside

 

All of these will be soft enough for your weight in a length that can be skied long enough that you don't feel like you will be going over the handlebars They will be compliant in the soft snow and trees and still strong enough to handle the groomers too. Check out the reviews and links on the right of this page. 

 

As far as bindings, most any 12-14DIN binding that is offered with a brake wide enough will be fine, this is where you can save a few bucks if need be. But this whole package (including boots) should be in your projected price range. Good luck. 

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

The benefit of being an ectomorph is that I can eat whatever I want, but the downside comes in when trying to find clothes or gear for just about anything!

 

I live in the Washington, DC area, the ski store options aren't the best in general, but not bad for the mid atlantic.   I have no problem waiting until I'm out in Utah.  I would say my feet are narrow and long, besides having issues with ankle pain, in powder my big toe often jams into the front of the boot, which doesn't feel nice.

 

How exactly does a boot fitter work?  Do you bring your existing boots to them, or do you start from scratch and have them find the boots and do a custom fit?  And about how much extra does that cost you?  Having a great boot fit I think would be worth the money to me.  

 

Thanks for the suggestions on the skis, but what would you suggest on the length?  Right now I have 2003 Atomic REX in 184s, which I feel are a bit short but I do like, but since I have such a strange height to weight ratio I'm never sure what is going to work best.  I was thinking of keeping it somewhere in the 180s range, maybe in the upper 180s?

 

 

post #5 of 8

You need a [James Earl Jones voice]LOW [/James Earl Jones voice] volume boot. Chances are while you might have a boot that is right for the length of your foot, the volume is allowing the foot to slide for and aft. I think Ski Station is the shop in the DC area that carries the Fischer Vacuum boot, that could very well be a good place to start with a shop (and boot) . A custom foot bet would also be a huge performance (and comfort) addition to your purchase. 

 

As far as length of the skis, you will be looking in the upper 180's. 

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

I'll take a look at the Fischer Vacuum.  Can't say I've heard of Ski Station, do you mean Ski Chalet or Ski Center?  I see several Fischer dealers in the dc area, so just need to figure out who knows what they are talking about.

post #7 of 8

Since you spend two weeks skiing at Park City you could get boots from Brent Amsbury the next time you go.  Getting your boots at PC has the advantage that if minor adjustments need to be done, your fitter is right there.  Brent is one of the best BTW, listed as one of the 15 best fitters in the US.

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Originally Posted by jeronimo View Post

I'll take a look at the Fischer Vacuum.  Can't say I've heard of Ski Station, do you mean Ski Chalet or Ski Center?  I see several Fischer dealers in the dc area, so just need to figure out who knows what they are talking about.



That might be it. I am not up on DC shops. 

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