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Buying new skis. Need advise

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

 

Let me first say I'm new here. Read a few posts and everyone seems to be very knowledgeable. 

 

I've been on rental gear since i've grew out my old Head skis 8 years or so ago but i'm out of college and finally able to get new skis. 

 

I'm about 6'-3" 185 lbs. Ski mostly east coast groomed slopes but I try and go out west once every two years or so. 

 

I love speed and really like to challenge myself on the mountain but with all my friends being snowboarders i'm looking for something I can experiment on the parks with as well. So I guess what I’m saying is I’m looking for a twin-tip that’s going to be stable at high speeds.

 

 

A couple of Armada skis have caught my eye:

 

The first one is the Triumph which seems to be exactly what I’m looking for the only thing i worry about with that is the fact that its only a partial twin and that the tips may catch when riding or landing switch.

 

The other is the Pipe Cleaners which I’m told are good all-around skis but when doing the researching myself it seems like its focused on the Pipe.

 

I’m open to suggestion if anybody has other skis they think I should try.

 

 

 

Also I'm looking to demo a few skis before i buy. does anyone know how i go about doing this?  Before I buy a water-ski (slalom) I would call the ski lake i wanted test them on and they would have them sent, if they didn't already have them there. Does it work the same way for snow skis?

 

This will be the first set of skis that I will have personally bought for myself so while i'm excited i do want take my time and make a good investment.

 

Any information would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

 

post #2 of 10

Regarding "demo"-

How this works is basically like a ski rental.   Many rental shops just call their fancier rental skis "demo" but they don't actually have a demo program as such.


A true demo program will be they will give you the pair of those skis to "rent" for the day, but you can apply those fees towards purchase of a new pair.  They may have different policies of up to x days of demo fee "credit" can be applied towards purchase of a new pair of similar skis within a certain amount of days since the rental.   Typically though, when you use a program such as this, you'll be applying your rental credit against a higher price than the lowest discount internet price.

 

In this case, those skis typically are in excellent condition and are true "demo"nstration models of consumer skis that have only been out a few times (like the test drive vehicles at a car dealership) and not just the newest "rental" skis that were still designed for the rental market. 

 

If you are on the mountain and the resort has a demo program, the on-mountain demo program often also allow you to come in throughout the day and swap and try out as many skis as you want (of what they have available) for 1 price (Squaw advertises this specifically).   For off-the-mountain shops, you wouldn't do this because it takes too much time.  Although if the skis were really not working for you, you can probably go back and they'd switch you to something else for the remainder of the day without extra charge.  Actually you could do this with regular rentals too if they really were not working.  They want you to have a good time.

 

You should call whichever rental shop you are interested in to verify they have the ski you want to try, as well as ask about the policies of their demo program,  

 

post #3 of 10

A few places have Demo Days where a number of vendors provide free demos.  Some are free, some have a nominal fee.  The idea is you get to take a couple of runs, then switch to something else.  If you decide to buy, I think there is some discount.  Usually a set of tents set up right at the base of a lift.  The timing of Demo Days varies.  Although many are early season, also have other times.  For instance, Alta does a Spring Demo Day.

post #4 of 10

What about boots?

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

yep i've got to get the whole shabang. i'll probably just order those online wear'em around the house to see if i like'em since i can return those as long as i don't scuff them or mess them up. maybe the Atomic Hawx

post #6 of 10

Boots are the most important thing you'll ever buy for skiing and your feet deserve better than to be put into something that will be 2-3 sizes too large.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology.  Then check the "Who's Who" for a boot fitter near you.  If there's one close, call and make an appointment and get properly fitted.  If there isn't a fitter near you, ask here and someone will be able to recommend a good fitter.  Yes, the boots will be more expensive than online prices but you won't need to buy new ones next season because the ones you bought on the internet are literally destroying your feet.

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Harrison Tupper View Post

yep i've got to get the whole shabang. i'll probably just order those online wear'em around the house to see if i like'em since i can return those as long as i don't scuff them or mess them up. maybe the Atomic Hawx



Dude,

You are going about the boot thing all wrong.  Spend the time and money to get fitted properly.  Your feet will love you.

 

Dennis

post #8 of 10

+1

 

This is the very best skiing advice you can listen to.

 

Spend your time and money getting properly fitted with the right pair of boots, fitted by an experienced pro.  Skis are of secondary importance, and your skiing will improve on just about any ski once you get your boots properly sorted.  Getting a custom footbed made before trying boots is another good idea.

 

The second best advice is to demo skis before purchasing, but you're already on that programme.

 

Good luck.

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys. Being new to the whole gear buying process this advise has been really helpful. I'll let ya know how it goes.

post #10 of 10

I would recommend the Lib Tech NAS Freeride or Magical Horse Power. However the Triumphs would also be good.

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