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Just bought some used skis - did I do good?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I just bought a pair of Atomic R:EX 184 with Marker Titanium 1200 bindings. They have a good amount of wear on them, but as far as I know are still fine.  The owner said he'd used them for four seasons, heavy use. I paid $80.

 

I have been skiing the season rentals I got, Head Peak 76, 156

 

Did I make the right choice? Or am I better off with my rentals?

 

Info:

 

Location: Squaw/Alpine

Height: 5'10"

 

Weight: 180

 

Experience: Handful of times years ago, as a teen. This is my first real season. I've been coming up every weekend

 

Skill level: Not entirely sure. I can go down any groomer in control at what I think are pretty good speeds (GPS said 36 mph today) but I'm scared to hit moguls or anything off trail without some instruction

 

Desired Use: Again, not sure.  The end goal is to start speed flying, so I guess back country? Right now just getting comfortable learning the basics.

 

Thanks for any answers/advice!

post #2 of 13
It's an oldie, but goody. If you can get out more often because you don't have to rent, it's a good deal.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply!

 

The Peak 76es are season rentals. I won't be spending any more on renting until at least next season. So the question is, which is better for me right now?

post #4 of 13

Not familiar with how the Atomic compares with the Head but a couple of things to think about;  New ski is 184 cm (I assume) and you said your Heads are 156 cm.  Length of the new skis is probably more appropriate to someone your size but will be a tough transition initially dealing with the longer skis (especially if the Atomic's are x race skis?).  Another issue is your boot size vs. boot size that the bindings are mounted for.  Need to be sure binding are compatible (or adjustable) or may have to remount the bindings to fit your boots (which you should have done at a ski shop).  

 

I remember (many years ago) when I was in the same boat and did the same thing (bought used skis without having a clue and without asking for advice).    Either you got a good deal on some skis that will serve you well or you learned a valuable lesson - $80 is a cheap price regardless.

post #5 of 13

I skied some 184 cm R:EXs for several years.  They are an excellent all around ski.  Good on the groomers, bumps, crud and powder, but they are not for wimps.  Considering your pair has 4 seasons on them they are probably softened up a bit.  The R:EXs are not race skis, but designed as a high performance all-mountain ski.  I suggest you get them tuned up and see what they can do for you.  My only concern would be that they may be a little too stiff for you in a 184 length, but they should rip the groomed runs, if nothing else.


Edited by mudfoot - 2/10/13 at 6:19pm
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

The bindings look the same distance when I lay them side by side.  If I can clip the boots in, should I just put the skis on and go, or should I have a shop check them out either way?

 

The only difference I can see is that the bindings I've been using on the Heads, the meter on the front is set to "5" whereas the atomics are set to "7.5"

 

My thinking buying them was about that. I had heard from many people that I should move up to longer skis once I'm more comfortable, and I didn't think that $80 skis and bindings would drop into my lap every day.  Something to be said about actually OWNing skis, too.

 

Thanks again for your help!

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by NutellaonToast View Post

If I can clip the boots in, should I just put the skis on and go

 

The short answer is "No."  There is more to it than whether your boot fits into the binding.  The forward pressure needs to be adjusted for your boots and the DIN needs to be set for you.  Take them to a shop, get the bases tuned up and have the bindings adjusted.

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Gotcha.Thanks!

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

The short answer is "No."  There is more to it than whether your boot fits into the binding.  The forward pressure needs to be adjusted for your boots and the DIN needs to be set for you.  Take them to a shop, get the bases tuned up and have the bindings adjusted.

This ^^^^. Forward pressure is huge. That's your knee(s). DIN is also important (the meter). Definitely have a ski shop check it out. And be very honest about your weight and ability.
post #10 of 13

Why do folks ask AFTER the purchase? :-)

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by DSloan View Post


This ^^^^. Forward pressure is huge. That's your knee(s). DIN is also important (the meter). Definitely have a ski shop check it out. And be very honest about your weight and ability.

The prob with buying used stuff is that if it's too old, no shop will touch the bindings.

post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by 3whoSki View Post

Why do folks ask AFTER the purchase? :-)

Shush you! I struck while the iron was hot.

post #13 of 13
FYI. Marker 1200 bindings are still indemnified. Any authorized Marker shop can inspect, adjust, and test those bindings.
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