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Looking to replace my K2 Select 7.9's.

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Hey, all!!  I am new to the forums and am hoping to learn what I can. I have a older pair of skis I am looking to replace. They are the K2 Select 7.9's @ 190cm. My boots are the Salomon Optima 4.2 Ultra Lights. The bindings are Salomon Quadrax 700's. While everything is great shape for how old it is, I am looking to replace them with something more modern. Can anyone recommend a good budget friendly set of skis for a intermediate Midwest (hill) skier? I get out a few times a year, but am not the type of skier to be on the slopes every weekend. I am 35, 6'0", 205 lbs. Thank in advance.

 

Here are a few of skis I found at a great price on eBay I was looking at:

 

Salomon XW Charger (176cm)

Salomon XW Tornado

Rossignol Phantom SC80

Rossignol Experience 76

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I am 35, 6'0", 205 lbs. Thank in advance.

 

 

 

Dang!  I thought the 190 cm 7.9 selects that I skied about 5 runs on and gave away were the softest noodles I ever skied.  I  weighed 160 at the time.  You'll get a lot better hold from everything on that list.  Just for overkill on the 7.9 criticism, I actually rode the lift with a lady rocking 7.9s yesterday.  She was using her pole to pick what's left of the delaminated topsheets off like an itchy scab haha.  They seemed like a good, forgiving intermediate ski with a slight race ski feel, but not nearly as demanding.  You're going to really enjoy moving on to something more modern than a mid 90s ski. 

 

 

P.S.  Welcome to EpicSki and let us know what you end up with and how you like itwink.gif

post #3 of 16
Hi Snyperx,
Welcome to the site.

Your first priority should be to ditch those boots especially if you plan on skiing a lot. A new well fit set of boots will improve your ski experience.

As for your ski list, any of those will get you going. Keep the size around 175 to 180.

What kind of budget do you have?

D.
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What kind of budget do you have?

 

I would like to stay around $200 for boots and $400 for skis/bindings. I am fine with going with new equipment that is 2-3 years old to save some coin.

 

I am looking at the following equipment at the moment:

 

Nordica Hot Rod CX boots $190

Salomon XW Challenger skis with L10 bindings (176cm) $360


Edited by Snyperx - 1/1/13 at 1:31pm
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I would like to stay around $200 for boots and $400 for skis/bindings. I am fine with going with new equipment that is 2-3 years old to save some coin.

You would be better off spending $400.00 on boots and $200.00 on some used skis. Do not underestimate the value of the boot, it is the most important piece of gear. 

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You would be better off spending $400.00 on boots and $200.00 on some used skis. Do not underestimate the value of the boot, it is the most important piece of gear. 

+1,000
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You would be better off spending $400.00 on boots and $200.00 on some used skis. Do not underestimate the value of the boot, it is the most important piece of gear. 

 

Ok, with that in mind, what would your recommendations be for boots? I am a solid 11.5 in men's (29.5 mondo). I am not on the slopes every weekend, but try and get out a few times a year.  One of the reasons I don't want to over invest in equipment. I found the following for a good price:

 

Salomon Mission Rs 7 boots $280 ($440 MSRP)

Salomon X Wing 700 175cm skis used $195


Edited by Snyperx - 1/1/13 at 3:10pm
post #8 of 16
If you have a shop nearby, try on some boots. Each brand has various boots built around various lasts in various flexes. A halfway decent fitter should be able to get you sized up correctly.

D.
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If you have a shop nearby, try on some boots. Each brand has various boots built around various lasts in various flexes. A halfway decent fitter should be able to get you sized up correctly.

And that is the problem. There is an REI up in Madison, but I don't get up there often with my work schedule and when I have my kids. I would think a 29 or 29.5 would fit me fine. My old Optima's still fit me and they are a 29. Considering the age of my current boot I would assume any new boot I buy would fit/feel better than my current boot.

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And that is the problem. There is an REI up in Madison, but I don't get up there often with my work schedule and when I have my kids. I would think a 29 or 29.5 would fit me fine. My old Optima's still fit me and they are a 29. Considering the age of my current boot I would assume any new boot I buy would fit/feel better than my current boot.

That is a safe assumption. But there is no longer a [X Brand here] fit, every manufacture offers different series of boots that fit different different shape feet. The old Optima, while it was a ski boot, had an interior that was never really shaped like a foot. Start from found zero with a fit. Have the foot remeasured and see what fits your foot now. 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

That is a safe assumption. But there is no longer a [X Brand here] fit, every manufacture offers different series of boots that fit different different shape feet. The old Optima, while it was a ski boot, had an interior that was never really shaped like a foot. Start from found zero with a fit. Have the foot remeasured and see what fits your foot now. 

Well I found an independent shop and stopped in for a fitting. They pretty much only sell Nordica boots and the boot he used to fit me was the Nordica Cruise 90. It was a mondo size 28 which is a full size smaller than my old boot at a mondo 29. Tried finding the boots on eBay since I am not going to pay $615 for a pair of boots with the limited season here and the few times I do ski. I found a couple of really nice Salomon boots on eBay, but not sure if a mondo 28 will fit. Not to mention a few of the boot models I found they don;t make anymore and can't find the specs on the manufacturer website.


Edited by Snyperx - 1/2/13 at 3:31pm
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Well I found an independent shop and stopped in for a fitting. They pretty much only sell Nordica boots and the boot he used to fit me was the Nordica Cruise 90. It was a mondo size 28 which is a full size smaller than my old boot at a mondo 29. Tried finding the boots on eBay since I am not going to pay $615 for a pair of boots with the limited season here and the few times I do ski. I found a couple of really nice Salomon boots on eBay, but not sure if a mondo 28 will fit. Not to mention a few of the boot models I found they don;t make anymore and can't find the specs on the manufacturer website.

 

I am glad that you are finding a right size boot, the Cruise90 should be a $399 boot, $615 doesn't sound right. 

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If you look hard enough, you could find various Cruise models from 2012 on different retailer sites.

Cruise boots are roomy boots cut off of wide lasts (104 in a 26 shell, 108ish in a 28 shell). Salomon Mission series and Tecnica mega plus series boots are bucket boots similar to cruise boots. If you looking for that cushy fit, those are cushy boots.

Good luck.
D.
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If you look hard enough, you could find various Cruise models from 2012 on different retailer sites.
Cruise boots are roomy boots cut off of wide lasts (104 in a 26 shell, 108ish in a 28 shell). Salomon Mission series and Tecnica mega plus series boots are bucket boots similar to cruise boots. If you looking for that cushy fit, those are cushy boots.
Good luck.
D.

Denny,

Thanks for the information. I found some Mission RS 8's in a flex 90 in both a mondo 28 and 28.5 for like $200 (09/10 model). I have read some posts from folks that have had foot issues and got these boots and loved them. Not that I have foot issues, but making the point that these boots are extremely comfortable. My questions now is whether the mondo 28 of the Salomon fits like the mondo 28 of the Nordica Cruise 90 I tried on yesterday. I know it is stupid of me to not have these fitted professionally, but being they are a older model that can't happen. I would hate to miss out on these considering the price.


Edited by Snyperx - 1/3/13 at 9:24am
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Denny,

Thanks for the information. I found some Mission RS 8's in a flex 90 in both a mondo 28 and 28.5 for like $200 (09/10 model). I have read some posts from folks that have had foot issues and got these boots and loved them. Not that I have foot issues, but making the point that these boots are extremely comfortable. My questions now is whether the mondo 28 of the Salomon fits like the mondo 28 of the Nordica Cruise 90 I tried on yesterday. I know it is stupid of me to not have these fitted professionally, but being they are a older model that can't happen. I would hate to miss out on these considering the price.

 

Knowing is half the battle, so they say on the old GI Joe cartoon segments.  The other half is making the right call.

 

Just one more thought.  You should really get the right bootfit.  As in skis, you can always rent them.

 

D.

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I am going to call off my boot search and re-evaluate. I slept on it last night and knowing my 8 year old son is starting to get into snowboarding I may evaluate that options as well. Seems that SB gear is way more affordable than skiing gear. I am all about saving some coin;-)

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