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Should I jump on this deal?

post #1 of 6
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Well, I've decided it's worth it to buy some gear instead of renting it, been looking for deals for awhile. I found some brand new Dynastar Concept Twin Tip 178cm skis, although they are a few years old (here's a picture and another). The store is willing to let them go for $100, and I have the option of getting some Marker bindings with mounting for $90 (don't remember the model). Not that related, but I have Salomon Mission 5 boots (25.5).

 

I'm 5' 9" and around 70 kg (155 lbs). I'm honestly not sure what level of a skier I am; went downhill skiing for the first time last year at Mont Tremblant and by the end of the weekend I was quite comfortable on the black diamonds there... So I guess that's around intermediate? I'm probably not going to be in the park, but skiing switch looks fun which is why I want twin tips.

 

Should I go for them? I told the store owner I'd get back to him tomorrow; as of now I'm thinking of getting them. Thoughts and suggestions?

post #2 of 6

For around $200-$300 imo  there'll be plenty of ex demo skis floating around but the Dynastars aren't scratched or ugly. 

 

Make sure the bindings are mounted properly and for free in the price.

 

Worse case scenario is that you offload $190 of gear at a garage sale for $50 so you'll be 'skiing free' after only a few days as compared to renting skis.

 

And then demo skis during the season - preferably at free demo days -  to get a feel for what you grow into as you improve. The Dymastars might feel right for years to come, but if not, you've saved a fortune.

post #3 of 6

Not really a deal for 10 year old skis.... They'll get you sliding on snow, though.

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Originally Posted by ShopRatAnon View Post

Not really a deal for 10 year old skis.... They'll get you sliding on snow, though.

Are they really that old? Still, isn't a new ski a new ski?

post #5 of 6

I have a 'as new' pair from the 70s but you'll have to get them from the Smithonian - they're next to the Dodo Bird :)

 

 Technology has changed a lot, but p.m Philpug at Start Haus re age and suitability.

 

The skis aren't are a uber bargain compared to last year's (scratched) demos wth bindings included. So feel free to haggle the price or to wait. Either way, imo, you can't lose.

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Originally Posted by Chehri View Post

Are they really that old? Still, isn't a new ski a new ski?

 

If $190 is the out-the-door price, mounted to your boots, then, hey go have fun.    Maybe they'll give you a set of generic poles to go with that. 

 

Personally, I think going for top-line skis at present is a bit of a waste of time - you'll be upgrading your boots soon if you stay with the sport.

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