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How do you choose the right ski?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Just curious to know if I'm like you.
post #2 of 14
well, first and foremost, the topsheet must match my ski suit.
post #3 of 14
question 4 percentages equal 260%,how is this?
post #4 of 14
question 4 percentages equal 260%,how is this?
It was a "choose one or more " question. You can only look at each answer individually and say that this % checked it , and that this % did not.
post #5 of 14
Cool graphics, must have cool graphics :
post #6 of 14
My buying decision is to think about what the ski is going to be used for to determine the approximate width and sidecut. See what is is out there and demo, in different lengths if available (not always possible). Buy whatever I like the feel of the best. No brand loyalty, don't trust anyones reviews or recommendations, just demo to see what I like.
post #7 of 14
When it comes to selecting a ski, I believe that the differences between skis / ski manufacturers are much more easily identified the higher end you go. I think that most would agree that when it comes to beginner / beginner-intermediate skis that a lot of the manufacturers produce similar products. Anyway,

Here's my ski selection checklist so to speak:

1- Ski's intended usage.

I know the way I like to ski, and wouldn't choose a mogul ski or superfats if I don't ski moguls or powder, etc.. Also, based on my ability, I wouldn't choose a ski that was too low end, or too high end for how I ski, and how I intend to use it.

2- Ski Dimensions

I know that I prefer ski's between 168 and 178, and depending on the turn radius of the ski, and it's T/W/T dimensions I know if the ski would suit me.

3- Manufacturer

I think that manufacturer's seem to achieve a consitent "feel" throughout their model lines. This is because throughout a manufacturers model lineup, they use the same constuction technology for a said group of their products.

For example; I may consider Brand X to be much more "damp" than most Brand Y skis, and depending on the intended use, I might be looking for something light and snappy, or something that cuts through crud like butter.

4- Materials of Construction

If I'm not buying race skis, I tend to try and select skis that are influenced with materials and construction techniques from the particular manufacturers racing line. I feel that this way I know that I'm getting the best quality materials and technology the manufacturer has developed. For example, If a ski uses the same sintered base found on the race skis, to me that's an important selling feature.

5- Binding Choices / Plates / Built in Gimicks

I'm not a huge fan of plates and gimicks that limit a skier's ability to choose what binding system / gimick they want on their skis. It might go as far as to eliminate a certain ski from my list if I have a particular dislike for that companies bindings. But it could also entice me to consider a ski more seriously if the binding system, etc is one that I know and trust.

That pretty much sums up what I go through in my head when I'm looking for new skis. By using those listed characteristics, and my past experience with different skis, and by demoing new skis I have yet to try, I usually find a ski that makes me grin!
post #8 of 14
Put the left on on first, and the other will always be the right one.
post #9 of 14
Couldn't do it - no answers fitted...

Need a 'tell instructor I want new skis - then try the few he chooses & pick my favourite'
post #10 of 14
I just ordered a pair of new skis yesterday. Volkl V-Pros in 190. I've never owned a bad Volkl, so I guessed on the length and went for it. I hope I like 'em. I trust that I will.
post #11 of 14
I choose skis but type first. i.e. intended use, and I need to have several to cover all the kinds of ski days.
I like my skis on the long side of todays "wisdom".

The second selection criterium is actually the most significant.

The ski has to "come to me".

I got a good buy on the last pair of K2 MSL's years ago at the local shop. Pretty cheap with bindings.

The last pair of G31's the same, end of season, different shop.
A great pair of P30s from my ex racer neighbor.
A pir of Explosive phat skis by way of a group puchase arranged by a co-worker.

I thought it was funny that they are all of the same mfg. But, I would need to go out of my way to do differently.

I need to be careful though, for many offers are made for equipment I don't need

I find ski reviews by others a great waste of time and are useless comparisons!!

post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Very interesting! Thanks to all who have responded to this survey. Sorry, disski, that I missed you completely.

More and more, I am selecting the ski on length, geometry, and construction and the QUIVER on geometry. I picked two pairs of skis, one 106/64/95 and the other 111/70/101: very similar proportions in two waist sizes. One is a metal laminate construcion and the other is a triaxial braided torsion box. I happened to get both in the same length.

I stay with one brand because I represent the company. I represent the company because I love their products.
post #13 of 14
I read up on most of the skis on the market. Then I chose which ones best suit my needs. That usually eliminates 75% of the skis. After that, I go by brand name. I personally stand by the products volkl makes. I like the durability i've found from them, and the quality of the product as well. Thus, those are the ones I look at first. In someone else's case, it might be Salomon, or Atomic or whatever.

I tend to ski all mountain, more towards on-piste than off-piste, but go off-piste occaisionally as well. So I want something that'll do that reasonably well. I also like to go fast. Thus, for my case, I'd look at Volkl. The G4's are too fat for my taste. P50 is reasonably since I like to go fat, but I want a slightly wider platform. The remaining vertigos and the T50 seem reasonable. Eliminate the Vertigo G1 and G2 since one is womens, and I'm a guy, and that leaves G3, vertigo motion, T50 5-star adn 4 star. Out of 16 skis frmo Volkl. only 4 are left. I would consider the 4-star, but since I do like to go fast, I might focus more on the 5-star. The G3 and Vertigo motion are essentially the same so, frmo here, experience counts. I used to ski on the dad of the motion system (energy rail) and I liked it alot more than the same ski without the rail system. So, I will eliminate the G3 from the ski selection and leave the T50 5-star and Vertigo Motion. That effectively eliminates 85%+ of Volkl's skis.

So, the Vertigo Motion and T50 are the main skis I would demo. Then I go onto other brands and do the same process. I personally don't like Rossi and Atomics, so I don't consider them. So, remaining are Salomon and Head and a few other companies. I take the skis from those companies, and then goto demo days or take a few days to demo all the skis. Say salomon's ski skis very similar to volkl's skis, then by brand choice, I would go Volkl because I know i would like both skis, but I would like the volkls to an extra degree just because it's volkl. So, I would get that. On the other hand, if Head's skis ski ALOT better than Volkl's, then I would go with the Heads. (this of course is assuming that it does what i like to do, well).

I basically try to "anticipate" what would be the right ski based on what i like to do with skis, then eliminate most of them before I even demo. That way, there's alot less to ski, and it makes the choice easier [img]smile.gif[/img]

Hope this helps [img]smile.gif[/img]

MelloBoy [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
post #14 of 14
I too found the possible answers did not cover the way I select skis. I demo alot and speak to my friends who happen to be fellow instructors and shop employees. I do not purchase the hottest ski for a particular purpose regardless of brand.

Since I keep 3-5 skis active at all times I need to easily switch between them. I find that each manufacturer's skis have a different "balance point" that makes moving easily between brands challenging. Thus, I try to make sure all my skis at any given time are the same brand. So, in my demoing I try to find the brand that makes skis for the varying purposes in need that are all in the top three in my testing opinions. When my opinion is different than my peers I retest.

I find that from year to year the top companies do not vary much but I do find that the one on top overall varies about every 3 to 5 years. Currently I believe Salomon makes the best line with Volkl a close second. I believe Dynastar is making 2 of the best skis on the market but the balance of their line is not in the top three in their segments. Elan is very similar. I have never been big on Atomics but recognize they have been on a roll lately. K2 and Rossi are always somewhere near the top 5 in performance but never in the top 3.

If you keep one active ski at all times I recommend looking for the top one ski of the type you want.

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