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Purchasing my first set of skis, twin tip... need advice

post #1 of 10
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I'm looking to purchase my first set of skis.  I would consider myself a beginner to intermediate skier, considering I get out west about once every year or two.  I love to ski blues and blacks, albeit a slower pace with increasing difficulty.  I'm 5' 9" and 170lb.

 

I'm looking to get into park though.

 

  • I really want a price-point ski.
  • Versatility, park/all mountain
  • Powder excluded in consideration (not much in the midwest, I don't ski off-piste)
  • Forgiving on landings
  • No real experience with park riding
  • rails are an afterthought, don't plan on beating them up

 

I've been looking at the Nordica Double six.  I also have been thinking about buying used skis, is this a good idea considering longevity? (also, is there a good place to exclusively buy used skis online?)

 

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!


Edited by HappyHoltzman - 11/12/12 at 8:47pm
post #2 of 10

 Hi and welcome! The double six looks like it would serve your needs well but I have no experience of it myself. You might also like to consider the Line afterbang, I have seen some deals on it on the net recently, its waist in the mid 80's so not too fat but would look after you in the crud.

 The K2 domain with its 90mm waist might be worth a peak too.

 Demoing is a great way to try before you buy if you can. You can always then look for a deal on the skis you like.

 Buying second hand is fine if your careful. If buying via ebay check out the sellers feedback history. Anything other than excellent is best avoided. Generally if a deal looks too good to be true it usually is.

 Look for unwanted gifts, lightly used, as new, stock clearances. If you go to a ski swap or used sale check the condition of the ski, avoid core shots, delaminated skis, deep gouges (superficial scratches can be dealt with), bent skis, rusty edges that go into the base or through the edges. Hold the skis base to base and check for symmetry, if one tip is bent up more than the other, walk away! Grey or white bases are beat avoided too, they likely won't take wax well and it's a sign the skis were not looked after.

 Be wary of 2nd hand bindings, older than 5ish years or battered are a bad idea.

 Park skis secondhand are more risky generally than carvers as they are more likely to have been thrown around by their owner.

 I have no real knowledge of Internet retailers second hand or new in your neck of the woods so I will leave that for someone who does.

post #3 of 10

 I would definiteley recommend the line afterbangs they can really take a beating but if you  want something slightly stiffer I would go with the line Chronics.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the responses.  The only hesitation I have towards these suggestions is their ability to perform outside the park.  I'm going to be riding all over the mountain so I'm wondering how they ride on groomers etc., I really only see people talk about how these skis handle in the park (obviously, great).

 

I've heard K2's public enemy and Rossi Sprayer are a great all around skis that can also hit the park.

 

And I have a dumb question.  So most (used) skis come with bindings mounted, do I have to re-drill the skis if they're not "adjustable"?  How does that work.  I don't really know anything about bindings.


Edited by HappyHoltzman - 11/13/12 at 10:11pm
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Trying to figure out why anyone is recommending a piece of shit ski like the afterbang over any nordica ski.

 

OP do yourself a favor and don't buy a disposable ski like the A-bang,
 

post #6 of 10

 Hi again, I guess ecimmortals post goes to show how personal a decision it is buying skis and that demoing is a great way to sort the wheat from the chaff. What works for me might not serve you so well!

 Don't be afraid to ask "stupid" questions, the only ones that are really stupid are the ones you WISH you had asked!

 There is a useful tuning and maintenance forum on here you could check out for info regarding mounting bindings. I always leave that for the shop myself. There is a search function at the top of the page, you could play around with that to find previous discussions about mounting bindings and filling drill holes. You can drill new holes providing you fill the old ones and allow a 10mm gap between them and the old ones.

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Originally Posted by HappyHoltzman View Post

Thanks for the responses.  The only hesitation I have towards these suggestions is their ability to perform outside the park.  I'm going to be riding all over the mountain so I'm wondering how they ride on groomers etc., I really only see people talk about how these skis handle in the park (obviously, great).

 

I've heard K2's public enemy and Rossi Sprayer are a great all around skis that can also hit the park.

 

And I have a dumb question.  So most (used) skis come with bindings mounted, do I have to re-drill the skis if they're not "adjustable"?  How does that work.  I don't really know anything about bindings.

Keep in mind that if you buy something like the K2PE its a few years old, meaning that they haven't made those for at least three years, and they were sold pretty inexpensively new.  If you get one of those used, its really possible that its had the crap skied out of it. 

 

Atomic Punx is a good twin, as is the Nordica Double Six, or Dead Money, actually anything in the money series.  

My absolute favorite twin tip is the Kastle James ski.  The three in their line up are pretty sweet, but then I really like Kastle skis. 

 

Did some tagging on the right side of the page so you can compare some of these skis. 

Hope this is helpful. 

post #8 of 10

Welcome HappyH,

 

You were spot on when you noticed people commenting on park use but not all mountain. Seeing as you are only starting in the park I assume you'll be spending a fair bit of time on the rest of the mountain. So the Line Afterbangs would not be on my list.

As with lilywhite's comment though, comparing what you want and what I want is like comparing apples to oranges. So remember things here are just opinions and assumptions.... with that said - my assumptions for you to think about, considering price point, first set of skis, 50/50 all mountain and park would be Rossignol Storm and K2 Recoil (both 2011/12 versions). I am saying them not because they are the bestest skis on earth, but because I have seen them both priced for less than $275 online in current sales - so I think would match what you're asking for, and still reasonably priced for decent, new skis.

 

Whatever you end up with - happy shredding!

post #9 of 10

Welcome to EpicSki!  How long have you been enjoying sliding on the snow?  What's you favorite destination out west?  Do you rent boots?

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Originally Posted by HappyHoltzman View Post

I'm looking to purchase my first set of skis.  I would consider myself a beginner to intermediate skier, considering I get out west about once every year or two.  I love to ski blues and blacks, albeit a slower pace with increasing difficulty.  I'm 5' 9" and 170lb.

 

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

post #10 of 10

The line chronic is pretty much what you are looking for considering your desired applications.
 

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