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Help me choose my very first ski setup! (teen)

post #1 of 4
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Hello all,

 

New here, my name is Alex. 

 

I'm out to purchase my first ski setup, and would love some advice! Any advice is greatly appreciated. 

 

Basic background:

I'm 16 years old, weigh 150 lbs, and am 5' 11". 

I have been skiing now for about 8 years, maybe 10 days each season (I wish I could have gone more, but sadly we live 4 hours away from the nearest resort). 

Not trying to boast, but I feel that I am a type 3, or aggressive skier on steeper slopes. For example, I prefer speeding down black diamonds than taking my time, but I can definitely make it look pretty etc if I like. In addition to this, I enjoy skiing the whole mountain which includes steep slopes, hard packed/groomed, powder, and the terrain park (not rails and boxes, mainly jumps). 

I've been renting ski equipment from a local rental center, and for the past 2 years, have begun renting 2012 Volkl Kendo demo ski's (Which I liked much better over the regular rental ski's). 

 

What I'd like:

Taking into consideration all of the features I ride, I believe I would need a back tipped ski to ski switch, be able to carve well, and also handle the powder (personally one of my favorites), and want a ski that performs as well as it can in all these features. 

 

What I've been looking at:

I've done some research, visited a few stores, and eventually came up with either the Atomic Alibi's, or the Atomic Theory's, paired with Salomon Z12ti's, and Technica Cochise 110's. 

The Alibi's have a titanium backing, which makes then slightly stiffer than the Theory's, which have a carbon backing. 

 

Questions:

Which ski out of the two do you think I should purchase? Or should I go with completely different skis? 

What about the bindings? Are they sufficient enough in quality to last a while, and also not be the limiting piece of equipment in this setup? Also, Technica's feel the best on my feet, but do I need to go higher in stiffness, I.E 120's, or even 120's, or maybe go down, or even go to a different brand? 

 

Bear in mind, this will be my first expensive setup, and I'm trying to make a purchase that will last me a few years (5-10?) and fit my needs as I progress even further, so please do not hesitate to recommend completely different equipment, albeit I will have to try the boots if they are something other than Technica's!

 

Again, thank you for any and all advice, and I also appreciate if you read through all of that! 

 

Alex

post #2 of 4

Hi Alex.  Welcome to EpicSki! :)

 

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Originally Posted by caruolo View Post

 

 

Questions:

Which ski out of the two do you think I should purchase? Or should I go with completely different skis? 

What about the bindings? Are they sufficient enough in quality to last a while, and also not be the limiting piece of equipment in this setup? Also, Technica's feel the best on my feet, but do I need to go higher in stiffness, I.E 120's, or even 120's, or maybe go down, or even go to a different brand?

Of those two skis you mentioned, the Theory seems to be the best value.  Judging by your description, I think the Theory would probably be more enjoyable ski for you as well. 

 

Bindings are not super important.  The Salomon's should be great but you could easily get away with spending a bit less money.  Ask the salesperson at the shop for a recommend, see what they say. 

 

Fit is most important part of boots.  So yes, absolutely go with what feels best.  The flex rating scale is not based on any universal metric, and will vary quite a bit between manufacturers.  There is not going to be an appreciable difference between 110 and 120 flex, even from the same brand.  When you buy your boots, take your time in the store with the boot fitter and make sure the feel right.  It's really important to get the fit right for boots, and because of that, I strongly recommend you go to a dedicated ski shop to buy them.  Stay away from big box stores.  You want an experienced fitter to help you with this.

 

Good luck!  And happy ski season!


Edited by herbiebug - 12/1/13 at 9:48pm
post #3 of 4

I have a friend with the Technica Cochise 110 and he's very happy with them.  He has picky feet too. Your feet will tell you which boot is for you. Don't skimp on the boots.

 

I have the Atomic Theory and absolutely love them. You may also want to look at the Volkl Bridge, also very fun.

 

Enjoy shopping!

post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thanks herbie and Bacon! 

 

The thing is herbie, where I live (Silicon Valley, near San Francisco) there arent any dedicated ski stores... although I'm quite sure the Tecnica Cochise 110's fit me very well. In addition to this, any mountain (where I went looking) does lining molding. 

 

I think I have my mind set on the Theory's, Cochise 110's and Salomon  Z12TI's. 

 

Thanks again! 

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