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Purchase advice needed on 'newer' used skis

post #1 of 6
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Happy holidays all...need some purchase advice for 'newer' used skis...

 

I am currently skiing Volant Gravity 71's in 175 length that I bought new in '03 mounted with Salomon 700's...46yo, 5'10, 200lbs...will say intermediate to adv-int and have been skiing on and off since the late 70's. I grew up back East skiing VT and PA so even tho we live out West now I still mainly ski the groomers and especially since the kids were young. We are Montana based skiing Moonlight Basin and Bridger Bowl...

 

The last few years while the kids were learning how to ski we mainly kept to the groomed runs as a family but now that they are older, expert, and skiing the whole mountain the old man is not cool enuf to ski with anymore...I want to finally update my ride so I can keep up with them more and really enjoy what the West has to offer...

 

I am looking for a forgiving all-mountain ski that can basically do it all (if one exists) and help me enjoy this great West powder and terrain. I stopped at a couple of the used equipment stores and trolled craigslist but not sure what to look for or stay away from...I don't want to spend a fortune on new but I also don't mind buying a couple different used pairs to "demo" as I figure I could flip them for a small loss if need be...Also I don't really know too much about the newer technology of the rockered and fat skis so not sure what length, width, style, construction, etc would work best for me.

 

Thanks in advance for any and all advice...
Happy New Year!
B

post #2 of 6
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so with the fatter skis say 80-90s-00s would I go up in length?  to say max 185? or should i be at a lower carving ski size say 170-171 and my fat ski would be 180?

post #3 of 6

check out K2 Rictor

post #4 of 6

start with just your frontside/light allmountain ski that you expect to do the majority of your skiing with for now, then add on afterwards, rather then getting crazy and ordering a bunch off the bat.

 

There's no need to go older than 1-2years old.  By this time most of the depreciation has already taken place, so you don't get much more savings getting an older ski.

 

Take a look at the skis you are interested in on ebay, and other sites such as powder7; but be forewarned that some sites do a great job at representing the shape of their skis while others do not and sell quite beat-up skis.

 

If you've got a better idea of exactly what you want and are willing to spend a little more, you can find sales demos of 2013 skis that were barely used at a big discount.

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Originally Posted by core2 View Post

check out K2 Rictor

thanks for the reply...what length would ya recommend?

post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by b0ze man View Post

thanks for the reply...what length would ya recommend?

 

For your weight and height, either 174 or 181.  

 

I think 174 might be good, going by the should be less-than-your-height as a starting point rule.

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