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Beginner gear advice

post #1 of 6
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I just started last weekend and got a rental (they gave me 158cm). I cant afford new gear(or good used gear) and since the seasons almost over and I figure I might only get out another 2-3 times this season, I just picked up a set (skiis, boots poles) of of craigslist for $20... THe guy said they were a good size for me and Ok for a beginner, and the boots fit reasonably well.Before I go out I just want to check with the experts and make sure this is OK equipment to get started with. The skiis are Rossignol Cut 9.6R 177cm, he said they are about 6 years old (though they look older). I am 210lb, and 6'0" and 29, and have skied exactly once. Is this OK to use or should I keep looking/renting (poles are perfect size so it was worth the $20 just for them )

 

 

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post #2 of 6

I think that you will get by with the setup for the rest of the season, but if you are thinking for the long term, you should consider getting new boots.

 

A proper boot fit will accelerate your learning curve.  It will make the difference of your skis responding quickly or your skis lagging.  Also your feet will be comfortable.

 

Some notes on bootfitting:

1.  Get fitted by someone who knows what he is doing.  Stay away from the chain sporting goods.

2.  Don't buy the low priced beginner's boot.  Get something a few notches up.  It will allow you to grow further and keep you from upgrading.  Plus they usually fit better due to quality liners.

3.  Be prepared to spend time getting fitted.  It is a process.

 

Enjoy the rest of the season.

 

Dennis

 

post #3 of 6
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the boots are a tiny bit big, but can fit tight with some extra socks, I was planning on getting better fitting boots soon. I am mainly concerned that these skiis are too high of a level or too long (or that the R stands for race or something eek.gif )

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by Michael Chacon View Post

the boots are a tiny bit big, but can fit tight with some extra socks, I was planning on getting better fitting boots soon. I am mainly concerned that these skiis are too high of a level or too long (or that the R stands for race or something eek.gif )



The Cut 9.6R was a recreational ski.  It was not a race ski.  They are on the longish side, but you will get by.  Since you are 210 pounds, you should be able to flex them.

 

Dennis

post #5 of 6

Since you paid for skis and boots of any kind, you evidently intend to stick with it.

With that in mind, turn those cheap used boots into paper-weights, and get good, new, custom-fitted boots ASAP!

You should get some deals now that the end of the season is upon us, and you'll be amazed at what a HUGE difference well-fitted boots make in the enjoyment of your skiing and how quickly they'll help you progress.

Thrashed and ill-fitting boots (especially too big) will just hold you back and prove frustrating.

Boots, boots, boots!

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Originally Posted by Denny1969 View Post



The Cut 9.6R was a recreational ski.  It was not a race ski.  They are on the longish side, but you will get by.  Since you are 210 pounds, you should be able to flex them.

 

Dennis

Awesome, sounds good for now. Ill probably wait until summer for new boots, when they start giving them away in hood river.
 

 

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