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newbie skier looking for setup for inbounds/backcountry

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Hello! I'm new around here and I'm making the switch from snowboarding to skiing this year.

 

I have AT boots and am trying to find a setup I can use both for learning inbounds and for skinning and skiing easy backcountry. I'd rather have something that makes learning harder but that I can grow into. I split my time inbounds on a snowboard on groomed runs, moguls, and in the trees so expect to do the same on skis.

 

I already tried searching the forums and reading various articles but there aren't that many geared towards newbies learning to ski who want backcountry gear. What should I be looking for in skis? I have bindings picked out (Adrenalin 16 because I can get them the "cheapest") but I need to pick out skis to determine how wide the brakes will need to be. I'm 5'5" and 150lbs if that helps any. most of my time is spent on heavy maritime snow.

 

Thanks for your help!

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Maritime snow from the pacific or atlantic? Can you be more specific about where do you ski... recently praxis had last year Concept carbon layup for less than $400 not sure if they are still available size 177, it might be a good fit for you depending on where you ski and how long have you been on snowboards before... it helps if you know your way around the mountain, shouldn't be that hard to make the switch...

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Pacific Northwest. I've been snowboarding for 8 years. I tried skiing once and was working on parallel turns on easy green runs when the lifts shut down. I've watched less athletic friends pick it up pretty easily so I figure I can pick it up if I put the hours in. Is a 177 the size I should be looking at? The online charts I found put me in the 150-170 range based on height but I know it can be kinda off for snowboards, is that the same for skis?

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Pacific Northwest. I've been snowboarding for 8 years. I tried skiing once and was working on parallel turns on easy green runs when the lifts shut down. I've watched less athletic friends pick it up pretty easily so I figure I can pick it up if I put the hours in. Is a 177 the size I should be looking at? The online charts I found put me in the 150-170 range based on height but I know it can be kinda off for snowboards, is that the same for skis?

I'm exactly your size 5'5"ish / 150ish I ski Line Prophet 98 172 and Salomon Rocker2 115 178, they are both about perfect size for me... I think you shouldn't have any problems with the Concept 177

 

You can talk to Keith at praxis he is pretty good answering questions and helping with ski fit... but the Concept is 115 underfoot but that shouldn't be a problem if you get good snow. the concept has quite a bit of splay according to the specs. That would be the size I would look for me in a ski like the Concept!

 

but you should be able to do some demos to see what size range you are more comfortable with... you probably can have some free demo days around this time which will give you the chance to ski many different skis and talk to reps which is always kinda cool!

 

here is a couple of skis you might wanna look at, these are some that I've an eye on for next year when I plan to buy a touring setup that will allow me to take some classes and get some education, it will really depend on how wide you want to go:

 

98mm underfoot Nordica Hell&Back 169cm

 

105mm underfoot Skilogik Yet 173cm

 

I also like about what I've heard about the on3p vicik tour layup but I think the 176cm is going to be too long and 161cm is too short for sure... Black Diamond Convert 172cm also looks interesting!

 

112mm underfoot 4frnt Hoji 179cm (I've heard rumors that Hoji is designing a new touring oriented ski, something like a little skinnier and lighter but similar to the Hoji

 

these skis are on my short list of demos for this year! I'm sure I will have a hard time finding the skilogik to demo but will try!


Edited by mfa81 - 12/12/13 at 7:11pm
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