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need help with buying ski boots and ski's

post #1 of 12
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Hi,

 

I am 6' 2" in height and weight 210 lbs. I am planning to join some ski classes. wanted to know if these are good ski's 

 

http://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/dynastar-outland-72-nx-10-fluid-bindings.aspx

 
 
post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 

I am planning to buy the 165CM ski length, its would come upto my chin.

 
 
post #3 of 12

Have you skied before? What is your level? is it your first time on a slope? 

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post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Yes this is my first time with ski's
post #6 of 12

 Hi and welcome, if I were you I would hold off on purchasing skis for a little while, your obviously going to be taking lessons and you may surprise yourself with how quick you progress and outgrow a first ski.

 At this stage I would check out a flexible season rent so you can change up your skis through the season according to progress/conditions/terrain you like to concentrate on and invest your money in well fitting boots and lessons.

 Skiing is a great sport and and there are some great skis out there and shopping for them can be fun too but at the early stages buying unless 2nd hand can be false economy. Try renting a for a little while and trying out a few pairs to see what makes you tick.

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Originally Posted by lilywhite View Post

Hi and welcome, if I were you I would hold off on purchasing skis for a little while, your obviously going to be taking lessons and you may surprise yourself with how quick you progress and outgrow a first ski.

At this stage I would check out a flexible season rent so you can change up your skis through the season according to progress/conditions/terrain you like to concentrate on and invest your money in well fitting boots and lessons.

 

This is sound advice. 

post #8 of 12

Welcome to EpicSki!  Where are you going to take the classes?  How often?

 

Have you checked out the articles about buying gear?

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

 

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Originally Posted by beginner skier View Post

Hi,

 

I am 6' 2" in height and weight 210 lbs. I am planning to join some ski classes. wanted to know if these are good ski's 

 

http://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/dynastar-outland-72-nx-10-fluid-bindings.aspx

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks. Appreciate your advice. Could you suggest me some boots
Or could you tell me what flex level should I look at
post #10 of 12

Boots need to "fit", so no-one can reccomend a boot without seeing your foot.  Find a reputable ski store in your area with a good boot fitter, and they will help you out.

 

My advice is to put your money into boots, and good ski clothes.  You dont need to be an expert to appreciate, warm, dry and comfortable.  Skis, you can find some very good deals on second hand gear at your local ski swap....$20-$50 for a pair of skis that are 1 year old, would not be an unrealistic expectation.

post #11 of 12

Welcome to Epic.  Again, since you are just beginning and have never even tried skiing I recommend you rent all the gear at least the first time.  If you spend several hundred dollars and then discover you really hate skiing you will suffer a pretty big monetary loss trying to sell used equipment.  Assuming that you decide you do like skiing then look for boots.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about terminology and boot fitting.  These will give you a good idea of what is involved in getting boots that actually fit your feet.  Then  check the "Who's Who" to see if there's a boot fitter near you.  If there is call and make an appointment.  If not, ask us and someone will more than likely be able to recommend a skilled fitter.  A couple of things to remember about boots is that nobody can really recommend a boot for you on the internet, a fitter really needs to see your feet in person and that flex numbers are only sort of valid for one manufacturer, i.e. a 100 flex from one maker might be a 90 or 110 from another maker.

post #12 of 12

Check out the advice for new skiers buying boots in the boot guys forum, your taller and heavier than me so even as a beginner you will have less trouble with flexing your boots, TBH if your going to visit a fitter a decent one will ask you a lot of questions and look at your feet before he suggests you even try a boot on.

 Different flex and fit for different people depending on what they want from their skiing. If your aiming to ski a lot/become an instructor/race you will be looking for different fits and a higher flex but if you are purely going to ski for fun you will want a more recreational fit so you can just get out on the mountain. There can be a certain amount of pain in achieving the best fitting boot for performance. As a total beginner it's well worth renting (unless you have REALLY outlandish feet) just so you can get a feel for the boots. It's too easy to end up with ill fitting boots when you don't know what they should feel like (like a firm handshake not a sloppy slipper!) You should be able to wiggle your toes but not lift your heel. Over big boots cause injury.

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