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Bought skis at swap, now told they're no good.

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Hi, I have skied in the northeast using rentals for many years now and decided this year to purchase skis. I bought 150 cm rossignol rebels with bindings for 75 dollars and size ten dalbello visio 3 (scroll down) boots for 100, all used. I am 173 cm tall. Today I took them to our local ski shop to have the bindings remounted and the skis sharpened and the people working there told me that the skis were practically straight, that they were too old, too short, that I had overpaid for the boots, and that it wasn't really worth paying the money to get them tuned up. They then offered to sell me new 163cm k2 stingers with bindings that they apparently had laying around from last year for $350 . The skis with bindings go for 429 new so it doesn't seem like a bad deal at first glance.

I don't know much at all about buying skis but I am fairly serious about skiing and if I have to I will fork over the money to get working skis. However, I don't have a ton of cash and the whole pitch at the ski shop seemed very switch and bait. Should I just buy those skis, or is it worth it to look around more or even use the skis I have? Also, will the boots I have work or should I think about buying boots too?


Thanks for any help.

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Welcome to Epic.  I am not familiar with the either the skis or boots but from what I could find about the skis, you might want to try another ski shop.  The skis are, according to the specs I found, definitely not straight.  How old they are is another issue but I suspect they came out of a rental fleet and are thus really only for beginnners.  Others here will probably know more about the skis.  As for the boots, again I'm sure these came out of a rental fleet and are low end beginner boots.  I can just about guarantee they are too wide and too long.  It is also likely the liners are packed out.  If they felt comfortable when you tried them on, they are too big.  Buying used boots is always a bad idea.  What you need to do first is take the boots to a boot fitter and find out whether a fitter can make them fit properly.  The odds are against it but you might as well try, maybe you got lucky.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wiki about fitting so you have an idea how they should be fitted.  For the future, keep in mind that boots are way more important than skis.

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The link you posted is for a kid's ski.  I assume you are an adult, right?

From a few minutes of Googling it looks like there might be both adult and junior versions.

But 150 sounds like it might not be the adult version, so the bindings might not be compatible with adult boots.


The stinger does not sound very different from the Rebel, to tell the truth, though 163 sounds like a more plausible length.

But yeah, I agree with mtcyclist that the shop seems to be hard-selling you.


As to the boots, yeah they are low end boots, but nothing really wrong with them if they fit.  Worth a shot.

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Thanks for the responses. I am 15 years old, so I guess you could say I'm a kid, but how is a kid's ski different from and adult's ski? Is 150 cm going to be too small?


As for the boots, how much is it worth to invest in better ones?



post #5 of 5

Kids skis tend to be softer (and shorter).  But they probably tend to blend together between the longest kids lengths and shortest adults lengths.  150 will soon be too small, but it might be ok this year.


The real issue is bindings, because there are two norms for the shapes of the lugs on the boots that the bindings hold.  But I think the larger kids sizes use the adult norm.  (I'm not an expert on this, might have the details wrong.)  So you are probably ok.  The shop that adjusts your bindings would know.  


If you have to have the bindings remounted (vs only adjusted and safety checked) my guess is that it won't be worth the money.  But get a price and do the math. 


The fact that you are probably still growing will throw a monkey wrench into the boot-buying question.

Read the "Which Boot Will Work For Me" at the top of the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and do your own fit assessment.  If they are close, you can put one of  those Dr Scholls things in (inside the liner or underneath, which ever feels better).  This advise definitely goes against the standard dogma, but I've done it myself and it helps.  If the shell fit is way off, you aren't going to be able to fix it.

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