I just got some birthday $$ to buy myself some XC skis, love the girlfriend.
Question is which kind? Since I am a...wait for it...newbie, its kinda overwhelming. You see, normally, I hang out on the cycling & mtnbiking forums, there I know the sport and its equipment. But this is my first year on XC skis, so if I get things wrong, well...
I borrowed a friend's Rossingnol Evos and, besides having lots of fun, I had no ability to slow or stop. He said I will need backcountry skis which I now know I cannot for now (as I'm unemployed for the moment) afford! He will sell me super-cheap his old poles and boots (old as in 2 years so not really that old) for touring skis that I can afford. But, he said that I'd be better off with backcountry skis for the city & state park skiing that I'd be doing for the most part.
Cheap, affordable touring (non-metal edged) skis vs digging DEEEEP down for backcountry (REI has a $420 beginner package...)
Opinions appreciated. Thanks.