Yes, I know, surely this subject is worked and worked again on these forums. And yes, I have browsed a few posts about the subject, but still feel unanswered. About me: 5' 8", 152 lbs, about 15%body fat, been skiing for 14 years, am 16 years old(yes, my parents did actually take me skiing since I was two), and would assign myself the following skill qualifications:
Carving technique: Advanced
Steeps and speed stability: intermediate/advanced
Tricks and jumps: beginner(never really done it at all)
So I'm not really an expert at anything, but pretty solid on my skis, and have the technique to pull a 35-55 degree cut on good snow. I am mostly just a carver, skiing in New England. The problem: I'm currently on 158cm Atomic RC8s, which is, to my understanding(correct me if I'm wrong) a kids race ski. So I was gonna upgrade, but not quite sure what to go to. I have a pair of 164 Nordica SUV8s in my basement, but again, not sure if it's worth getting the bindings reset and all that, considering they are almost ten years old. Was at a ski shop and they recommended 171-173s for me, which is another reason I doubt the Nordicas. Also running on a pair of 20 year old hand-me-down boots, another thing to be replaced. I have just not made progress in a while, and am beginning to think it is partially due to sub-par equipment. Again, any input here would be welcome. So assuming I'm gonna buy a brand new pair of skis, what would you all recommend for me? Heard Volkl is fantastic, but a bit pricey. Either way, up to any suggestions, and technical info that might help me decide!! Thanks to anyone who can help.