Hi long time lurker first time poster.
I need to buy skis for my 14 year old son who just turned 14 at the end of February. Since it is the end of the season, I thought it would be financially prudent to buy now. Unfortunately the shops and big box stores deals are not as good as what I have found on the internet. I will however pay extra to buy proper fitting boots from a specialty shop but I do figure I would be ok to buy skis online.
Here is the answers to the five questions I was asked by your article on this web site.
We ski in the East at various mountains.
We ski mostly hard pack terrain. Has started to ski small soft mogal runs but not his fav. No interst in the terrain park.
We ski 10 to 15 times a year
My son is 5"6 and 130lbs
He has taken lessons for 5 years and has progressed slowly if not steadily. He is currently a level 5 skier. Instuctor has said he is starting to carve as he does put his ski on edge but is still to upright and would like him to get lower and bend his knees more.
Presently skis on a Techno Pro ski @144cm which we were told were rebaged Elan E Flex 4. Dimensions are 115-70-100 R12
Here are the deals we are looking at.
2011 Blizzard Magnum 7.4 IQ from Ski Essentials for $329 in a 156cm
2011 Fischer RX9 LTD Edition From Ski Depot for $299 in a 150cm
2012 Nordica Hot Rod Blaze from EVO Sports for $275.40 in a 152cm
2009 Blizzard GS Magnesium Junior Race Skis of of Ebay Band new no bindings for $129 in a 153cm skis from Pinnacle ski and sports.
So given all the information here are we on the right track? 150 to 156 cm? Graphically my son like the Blizzard JR racing ski and Ilike the price? When we bought his last skis the kid at the ski shop said to put him into JR racing skis or beginner adult skis that was 2 years ago. Would the bindings that are appropriate for the Jr race ski hold a Adult ski boot. He presently skis in a Rossignol Exalt 60 in a 25.5 length.
I'm open to all suggestions. I know some people will say by used but my son wants new and if I could get a great deal on new why not?
As you can we are price sensitive, if the Blizzard Jr racing skis are a no go are the other three skis ok?