We wish to hear more about this part of your life experience.
Well, cantunamunch, I don't want to hijack this thread, but you did stir my emotions by mentioning my Hexcel Intrex 200's. I bought them in '76 with the brand new Salomon 727 bindings, the first binding I owned with a ski brake. All metal binding before the DIN standards were used. I had Allsop poles with a nifty shock absorber built into the handles. When I purchased the skis my boots were the innovative wax fit rear-entry Hansons, which I loved. The liner eventually fell apart, so I picked up the Salomon SX90 Equip boots in the early 80's. Up until this year I was still using this equipment, and my social life on the slopes wasn't dull as I often got comments (mostly laughter) on my equipment. The 70's were exciting times of change and experimenting in the ski industry!
Getting married, having kids, and making ends meet put much of my ski life on hold, but the desire to be on the slopes has never waned. The past four months I've been going to a gym regularly, lost my fat, and have the bug to ski like I haven't had in decades. My new equipment is the Salomon X3-120 boots and Line Prophet 98 skis. They feel great.
So thanks for asking about my old equipment and bringing up some nostalgia.