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Buying my First pair of Skis, i need help deciding

post #1 of 13
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Hey Everyone, this is my first post on this forum so wanted to introduce myself and get some help picking a pair of skiis.

 

My name is Andranik, i just picked up skiing 2 seasons ago and i got pretty comfortable on them. So far iv been renting so this season i wanted to get a pair of my own. I have plantar faciatis so its going to be hard for me to find boots that will work without custom made ski orthodics. But as far as Skiis are concerned i am looking at purchasing the Kastle MX 88 168. I am 5'

9" and 210 pounds. I really dont know what my style is since i havnt been doing it for that long but i found these skiis for like half off brand new and i though i should ask for your recommendation and see if this will be good for someone like me.

 

Also i need to get binding and Boots as well. Like i mentioned before, i have Plantar Faciatis, so skiing for me sometimes can get really painful, but i love it!!! Any of you guys in the same situation that can point me in the right direction as far as where to go what i need to be looking for as far as boots, should i be looking into heat molded boots or custom orthodics. i have ones that go into shoes, will those work inside the boots?

 

Thanks,

Andranik

post #2 of 13

Welcome to Epic.  We probably need a bit more information.  Where do you live and where do you ski?  Those are both quite important because if you live in the Rocky Mountains we would recommend a different ski that if you live in New England.  And where you live also has relevance for recommending a boot fitter, who should be able to help with the plant fasciitus.  

 

We almost always recommend that people buying their own gear for the first time concentrate on boots first and skis later.  Boots are way more important than skis.  If my boots fit well that makes my feet happy and if my feet are happy I can have fun with just about any pair of skis.  If my feet are not happy, no ski made can make up for that.  I don't know if you need heat molded shells but I'm sure you will want and need custom foot beds.  I got custom foot beds last season and it really did help my skiing and I have pretty normal feet.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and post a question about your problem and see what the experts say about helping you.  They can't recommend a particular boot but you should be able to get some good advise about what will help you.

 

Good luck and have fun.

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. But as far as Skiis are concerned i am looking at purchasing the Kastle MX 88 168.

$600 here http://www.theclymb.com/brand-event/89125/show-product/138745?f=vn for another 1.5 days or until they run out.

post #4 of 13

Welcome to EpicSki!  Where have you skied so far?

 

Have you looked here?  Good advice for people just getting started having fun sliding on the snow.

 

http://www.epicski.com/atype/9/First_Run

 

One of the articles is about buying new skis:

http://www.epicski.com/a/five-key-questions-when-buying-new-skis

post #5 of 13

You can always buy used skis as well. I recently picked up a pair of Salomon X-Scream Skis 195 cm from my local swap meet for $45. They are in great shape and I would highly recommend buying used for your first pair because:

 

1) It's cheaper than a new pair.

2) You can read more online reviews because the ski has been out longer.

3) You don't feel as bad when you run over a few rocks (On accident of course).

4) You can always purchase two pairs and figure out what kind of ski works better for you. 

5) If a ski does not work out for you, you can sell it again without a huge profit loss.

6) Allows you to spend more money on boots to make sure you get a good quality boot.

 

 

 

These were my $45 dollar purchase. Some of my friends found some older K2 X-15's for $10 at my local swap meet. I would recommend checking those out before you go and drop several hundred on a new pair of skis that may not potentially work out for you. Just my thoughts though. As far as boots go though, I completely agree on the boots before skis idea. Boot's will make or break your time up on the mountain if you have cold feet or an ill-fitting boot.

 

 

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post #6 of 13
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i totally agree with you guys, considering my situation i should purchase boots that fit best and dont cause any discomfort while on the slopes. Im from los angeles so my skiing locations are either Mammoth Mountain, Big Bear or Mountain High. Anybody know any good places i can go to get custom fitted boots?

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$600 here http://www.theclymb.com/brand-event/89125/show-product/138745?f=vn for another 1.5 days or until they run out.


I was actually looking at that exact site, but i dont know much about skiis thats why i came here to ask and see if these skiis would be good for me. i am fairly new to it, so i dont want anything that is too fast, i like to get some speed but i dont want to get out of control.

post #8 of 13

 I have custom orthotics for my street shoes (very flat feet and toes that stick up), my full heel to toe orthotics DO fit my ski boots. My heel to ball orthotics are impossible to get in the right position in the liner, as soon as I attempt to put my foot in the boot they shoot to the wrong end and are impossible. I'm lucky, living in the UK I got them free as I need them regardless of activity.

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Hey Everyone, i hope everybody had a great thanksgiving holiday. I was in Mammoth Lakes over the weekend, while i was up there i thought it would be worth it to pay a visit to Footloose and talk to Corty who i heard is one of the top fitters in the country. After trying on about 3 pairs of boots i ended up demoing the Head AdaptEdge LTD Ski Boots (2013 Model) for the first day and after a few adjustments i ended up purchasing the boots and a pair of custom made low profile orthodics. I goto say that it made a world of a difference in my performance and comfort. Before i would not be able to stay in the boots for long where as now i was able to ski the whole day and comfortably walk around in the boots in between runs. Also while i was up there i ended up Demoing the Fischer Watea 84 (167), i just wanted to update you guys on my progress and see what you guys think.

 

Thanks,

Andranik

post #10 of 13

Glad to hear it!  Thanks for letting us know.  That's nice that you could demo boots before making a purchase.

 

If you are willing to take a little more time making a decision about skis, you could do a personal demo day.  Rent demos ski on mountain so that you can switch out after 2-3 runs.  Take the same runs for easy comparisons.  Try different lengths.  The shop should be able to make recommendations as it becomes clearer what you like better and what is just blah or too difficult.

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Hey Everyone, i hope everybody had a great thanksgiving holiday. I was in Mammoth Lakes over the weekend, while i was up there i thought it would be worth it to pay a visit to Footloose and talk to Corty who i heard is one of the top fitters in the country. After trying on about 3 pairs of boots i ended up demoing the Head AdaptEdge LTD Ski Boots (2013 Model) for the first day and after a few adjustments i ended up purchasing the boots and a pair of custom made low profile orthodics. I goto say that it made a world of a difference in my performance and comfort. Before i would not be able to stay in the boots for long where as now i was able to ski the whole day and comfortably walk around in the boots in between runs. Also while i was up there i ended up Demoing the Fischer Watea 84 (167), i just wanted to update you guys on my progress and see what you guys think.

 

Thanks,

Andranik

post #11 of 13

Hi Andranik.  I ski Summit & Bear Mountain and Mammoth when possible.  Footloose was a good choice for boots -they're awesome.  Mammoth also has a great demo program out of Canyons.  You can pop in and out and trade out skis throughout the day.  Locally, Goldsmith's in Big Bear has a good demo selection but since they are not on the mountain it's more of all day thing.  I demo there just because I like to try some of the new skis to see what all the buzz is about.  As far as Big Bear shops go, they are by far the most knowledgeable.  Here's crossed fingers that we'll get a change of weather soon!  

post #12 of 13
I agree with the advice everyone is giving above. Especially that u really need to find the right boots. But i did want to endorse watea. I have both 84s and 101s. I think they are great versatile skis. I actually bought a pair from Footloose. I won't bore you with more detail as there are already plenty of watea reviews out there. Good luck!
post #13 of 13

I also ski Big Bear and Mtn High a lot too and another +1 for Goldsmith in Big Bear.

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Goldsmith's in Big Bear has a good demo selection but since they are not on the mountain it's more of all day thing

 

I believe the owner's(one of them) name is Dallas. He really knows his stuff and seems pretty honest!! Call him and tell him your situation and possible skis to demo. He let me take 2 pairs of skis at a time out. You can ski both pairs by lunch drive back to the shop and maybe grab one or two more skis. The one ski I liked the best was the Blizzard Bushwacker. I'm sure he still has a few of last years skis still for demo and if you like a pair you might get a good price on a decent pair of last year's skis...

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