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Looking at 3 different skis

post #1 of 13
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I just got back into skiing after a 15 year break. My local dealer has 3 different skis that he will sell me for $599. The k2 impact, volkl Rtm 75, and rossignol experience 83. I'll be using them in the Midwest. 

post #2 of 13

Have you had a chance to demo any of these skis? Have you been skiing this season? What level skier are you? What are your specs? Height? Weight?

post #3 of 13

This time of year, especially with a slow sales season due to lackluster snow, you can buy pretty much any ski on the rack for $600.

 

You will see a lot of deep sales president's day weekend, as that is really the last chance for volume ski sales this year. After that, they will pretty much slash prices until things are gone.

 

This time of year, finding a deal won't be hard. Spend a day demoing,and find what you like.

 

Bought boots yet? That should be first.

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Originally Posted by DSloan View Post

Have you had a chance to demo any of these skis? Have you been skiing this season? What level skier are you? What are your specs? Height? Weight?


 

Haven't tried any of these skis...I have been out this year on my 20 year old skis...I would rate myself advanced intermediate/advanced. 5'11".....175

 

 

The boots that I have tried on that fit me well were the salomon mission rs 8 2012

post #5 of 13

G'day  Weedsnagger , welcome back to Skiing .

the 3 skis you mentioned sound good , and I have had a ride on the Volkl and thought it was quite good but not great . It worked well at most turn shapes and up to the upper end of a speed range you may find yourself in , judging by your estimation of your Skiing as written , but there could be a couple of other Skis worth a look for you . STOCKLI Laser SC , is a high end , but quite useable , unusual for a STOCKLI , with a 72mm waist that works far better than expected off piste and in broken Snow , in addition to its performance on groomers . STOCKLI also have a Cross ED from a few years ago , a buddy of mine has a set and loves them , he sounds a similar level to you .

for a great deal on Stockli , try a site called DW SKIS , they always have good deals and great service .

Good luck with your buying..

cheers Fatty.

post #6 of 13

"I just got back into skiing after a 15 year break?"

 

Why do you need to spend 600 dollars on skis?  There are plenty of good deals out there, levelninesports.com, ebay.com,  evo.com, just to name a few.  I imagine you could get killer brand new skis and bindings in the 350 to 400 range...  If I was looking for skis for you I would probably look in the 170-175 range, 80-85mm underfoot, like those Rossignol experiece 83s, bu maybe you could find a pair of Rossignol B83's a bit cheaper?  I also like head skis so maybe something like the older Monster 82's renamed the Peak 84's, take a look.

post #7 of 13

If you wait a month you'll save even more. I have never paid 600 for skis and I have a whole quiver, including a new Kastle FX 94 and several race stock. If you are skiing on 20 year old skis, last year's leftovers should be available for half of the 600 and the differences are not gigantic.  The deals are out there if you are willing to shop for them.

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Originally Posted by Weedsnager View Post

I just got back into skiing after a 15 year break. My local dealer has 3 different skis that he will sell me for $599. The k2 impact, volkl Rtm 75, and rossignol experience 83. I'll be using them in the Midwest. 



The RTM are full rockered (reverse camber) so you may want to demo those for sure to make sure you like them.  I am going to throw another ski at you that will surely like and I would have zero problem telling anyone to buy without demo,  Salomon Enduro xt 850 (ski of the year last year).     I have demoed this ski several times and it's a bit of a dark horse in the ski world.   It got awards last year but just didn't get the hype.   I suspect the bland top sheet probably didn't help, kind of a blackish brown.   Other than that, is rips the hard pack and the rest of the mtn.    If you demo it you will buy it..  

post #9 of 13

I agree about the Enduro, but I wonder if they are appropriate for anyone who describes themselves as intermediate/advanced. They are a lot of ski and tend to only come alive when pushed. Otherwise they are damp, heavy and have a lot of swing weight, so not ideal for those who still twist and pivot all turns.

post #10 of 13

Have to second that on the Enduro. It is amazing if you've got the chops for it, but it will kick your ass if you are trying to steer from the tails. It is a LOT of ski for someone who describes themselves as Intermediate. IMHO.

 

Welcome back to Skiing.

post #11 of 13

A 15 year break you say?  Well, far and away the best advice that you could accept right now (no kidding) is to spend time with a good boot fitter (assuming you haven't done so yet).  You need to get the interface with your skis (i.e. your feet and your boots) sorted for the new century.  Explain where you're coming from to the fitter and let them do their thing - should take upwards of 2-3 hours.  Once you've sorted your boots you should take quite a bit of time to demo a whole bunch of skis.  Get yourself acquainted with the enormous changes in ski technology (shapes, materials, flexes etc.) over the last decade or so.  Things have progressed a lot, and demoing skis is a lot of fun.  Once you have an idea of how you ski, where you ski, what class of ski you want and which skis you really like, you'll be into the spring 'sales season', and suddenly you're in clover.

 

Honestly, boots are what it's all about.  With properly fitted boots you'll be miles in front of 95% of the skiing public.

 

Good luck.

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by TomB View Post

I agree about the Enduro, but I wonder if they are appropriate for anyone who describes themselves as intermediate/advanced. They are a lot of ski and tend to only come alive when pushed. Otherwise they are damp, heavy and have a lot of swing weight, so not ideal for those who still twist and pivot all turns.



I can tell you for sure that it not only is okay for an intermediate but it actually made my friend ski way better in just a few runs.   he is a level 4/5 skier, and I always wait for him, But on the last trip I talked him into renting the Enduro's and I was pretty stoked that he was skiing WAY better with them. I still have to wait for him but not near as long and he wasn't having nearly as much difficulty skiing (Mammoth, scottys, ) steep crud and slush.    They made him better than he is.  That really is the only reason why I push this ski on everyone, it's that good. 

post #13 of 13

pdiddy,

 

Maybe it is my weight. I am 155 lbs (5'6") and ski the original Enduro in 170cm. I could see them work well on a bigger guy. 

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