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How long can I get away with ancient equipment? Restarting after more than a decade. Help.

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

It's all Greek to me now that I've started skiing again.  I'm a woman (5'9, 165 lbs) on probably too big 174 Olin (don't die laughing) Radius Pro Variable PEC skis (waist width 70mm, 16mm side-cut depth),  Marker 27 wincam bindings and Rossignol boots (compliments of a great ski-resale 15 years ago).  They work fine for now until I can get a grasp on what I'm even looking for in new equipment and get a little time in practicing  Everything I see on younger folks makes me feel the stereotypical things I should feel as an old-timer (45 years old), but I have been haunting this forum for a week, and I realize that the new way is the only way.  Right?  So what should I be focusing on now in order to be brought up to speed?  Midwest and CO skiing in my past.  Same for future.  Consider being kind after the laughter dies down.  I don't have an unlimited budget for new equipment--any suggestions on how to at least get on the right track?  Thank you.

post #2 of 10

If you are happy with what you have got why change. Sure your bindings will be off the approved list. IE techs won't touch them but if it ain't broke why fix it.


Mind you I am an old fart that skis on 15 year old Volks using 28 year old Salomon rear entry boots.

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Originally Posted by guinness View Post
  I don't have an unlimited budget for new equipment--any suggestions on how to at least get on the right track?  Thank you.

Spend your $$$ on skiing, then spend a little more on skiing more. The gear will all fall into place if you put time in on the hill, you'll realize what terrain interests you, which will determine what new gear you will want to consider. You are stuck a little by your bindings, you can't change boots without ditching the skis at this point, so 'run what you brung' for a little bit then start with boots when you feel ready to start buying... just realize that will make your current skis unusable due to the binding.

post #4 of 10

I'm not familiar with the specific gear but the skis with those specs should be ok for now if they'll hold an edge, and the boots, if they're in good shape (ie nothing broken) and fit--l boots haven't really changed that much, except for the linings and the bells and whistles. The bindings are the problem--they are not on the current indemnified list that I googled,  which means Marker won't cover a lawsuit against a shop that works on them, which means no shop will work on them.  The bindings should be torque tested to be sure they're still in spec, even if your DIN hasn't changed over the years (ie your weight hasn't changed).  Since a shop won't touch them you're looking at new bindings.

post #5 of 10

guinness: Welcome to EpicSki!  Have you come across TheSkiDiva.com?  Might get some different opinions there.


I got back on the slopes in a major way about ten years ago.  I'm ten years older than you, a petite advanced female skier who was an intermediate five years ago.  Had skis bought in 1982 and rear entry boots from the 1990's.  After doing a demo of shaped skis in 2000, I knew that if I started skiing more there was no way I was going to stay on my straight skis.  Bought "new old stock" boots from a relatively local boot fitter in NC after it was clear I was going to ski at least 10 days a season.  Rented skis for another season.  Then got used skis off eBay that I used for another season or two.  Went to any free demo day I could.


Be good to rent for a day.  Best if get a demo or at least high performance package.

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Thread Starter 

Thank you for all of the great advice!  I've been googling ski shape history and trying to get the terminology down so that I can focus on how and what I ski in order to develop a type of profile/terrain for what to look for in equipment--no rush. Just trying to get the groove back for now, so I've been looking at some of the skiing videos online trying to refresh what good technique is.  I'll keep an eye out for end of season deals and just see what's out there for right now before I commit to anything.  Of course, that could change to sooner than later if any of my equipment ends up damaged sooner than later.  These forums have been so helpful, thank you for this site!

post #7 of 10
We've seen worse. Actually that ski tht you have in the 174 was the right size for that ski, you might be dropping down into a high 160something for your next pair, but with more shape and a bit more width. I would say, if you are venturing on a trip back to Colorado for a trip, don't even bring your skis and demo. Remember how much easier and more fun thos Olin's were compared to your prior skis? Expect that again, the new skis are more different fon the Olin's than the Olin's were from your older straight skis. Demo new skis, not so much for the sake of buying ( you will) but more for experiencing what has happend with skis in the past 15 years.
post #8 of 10

Life is to short and too precious to waste time and risk life and limb (literally) on that equipment.


First make your feet happy with boots that fit.  These are the interface that keeps you moving in the direction you want to go.


Bindings keep the boot interface connected to the ski AND lets go ONLY when necessary to prevent an injury.  OLD bindings have a tendence to either let go...or DONT.  Neither scenario has a happy ending.


Skis.  SHARP, shaped skis allow even a moderately atheltic initermediate to experience the sublime G force inducing carved turns that produce the gravity defying thrill all skiers seek. 


Take the olins, Go to home depot, buy some brass coat hooks.  Screw these on and hang those things on the wall.  Boots make a nice planter.


PS.  Wear a helmet.


Shop the swaps and sales.  You can getyourself a nice set up all in for less than $500.

post #9 of 10

Welcome to EpicSKi and welcome back to skiing.  I agree with just using what you have for a while.  But, when you are ready to upgrade, get boots first because they are the most important piece of gear you will buy for skiing.  Do that right and you won't need to replace them for several years, unless you start skiing 100 days/year.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology.  Then check the "Who's Who" for a boot fitter near you.  If there isn't one near you, look at the list for one near where you'll ski in Colorado or Utah or wherever you plan to go.  When you're ready to buy boots contact that person and make an appointment.  There is an advantage to buying from someone who is close to where you're skiing because if the fit needs to be tweaked you can easily get it done and be back on the hill, unlike if you bought the boots where you live and then go to CO and find there is a very sore spot that needs to be fixed.  Good luck and have fun.

post #10 of 10

If you're going to ski locally, you can give the old gear a try.  Just check the bindings to make sure they function.  If flying, then rent/demo and avoid the baggage fees. 

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