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Thoughts on bargain '09 Völkl GSR + '13 Marker Comp 16.0 EPS combo?

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Hey all - brand new to Epic Ski and looking for thoughts on a purchase I'm considering. Rather than rent again for the umpteenth season, finally thinking about buying some skis. As background, have been skiing for 32 years: 6 in Europe where I learned as a teenager and had 3 years of patroller/racing experience in my early 20s, 6 years in Utah and 16 in Northern California. Last skis I owned were Kästle RX National Team SLs & Völkl P9 RS Supers in a 205 length. Now live in the Southeast so sadly only get out to the West 2-3x/year.

 

Have been renting/demoing different skis every year (recently upgraded my boots to Lange RX130s last season) but lately even the performance rentals i've had just don't seem stiff/stable enough for my taste, which tends toward steep groomed slopes and max speed on a GS-type ski. Found some brand new '09 Völkl GSRs online for $149; obviously a very attractive discount! They don't come with bindings but also found the '13 Marker Comp 16.0 EPS for only $199. Totals up to about $100 less than what I would pay to rent for just 1 week.

 

Am I nuts to consider a race ski at my age (46) or is that too good a bargain to pass up? Although I don't ski as often as I'd like, would still consider myself a strong advanced/expert; 6'/180lbs and in good fitness. Also, I'm currently deployed (USAF pilot) so I won't have a chance to look at anything in person until I get home and we head out for a week in Utah after Xmas. Really appreciate any advice you might be able to provide - thanks much in advance!

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If you are OK with a ski that really doesn't do much else besides high speeds on steep groomers, high speeds on moderate groomers and high speeds through 'Slow Skiing' designated areas, then the GSR is a great choice. You will love them. If you are concerned with maximum versatility and ungroomed snow, well, you won't love them.

 

Sorry, can't help myself:

 

 

A full-on GS ski is kind of like an 88 Magnum. That can either be good or bad, it's all about perspective and expectations.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Point well taken. I'll freely admit to being a speed freak. Any suggestions for something more versatile that's also stable at high speeds on big groomers?

post #4 of 6

Double check on the binding requirement.  I thought the GSR, the non-FIS gs ski,  required a specific Marker system binding rather than a flat mount like the Comp 16.0. 

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Thread Starter 

Good to know - thanks very much for the heads up. There seem to be some other newer, more versatile options in the same price range that also may have the benefit of not suffering from that particular limitation.

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No. I'm 48 and on GS  FIS race skis, never raced other than a bit in high school.  Don't ski as much as some on this site, but love the we the ski carves and holds.Makes me feel 17 again after stepping off my 205 GS skis.

 

It all depends on you, what you want, and look for. Based on your initial comment  but lately even the performance rentals I've had just don't seem stiff/stable enough for my taste, which tends toward steep groomed slopes and max speed on a GS-type ski, I think you've answered it for yourself, the FIS ski might be your choice (maybe the ladies length, little bit of a cheater for the guys).

 

Be forewarned, they bite back if you lose focus eek.gif and it is embarrassing.

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