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Need a quick response on buying a ski, need to decide today.

post #1 of 7
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I have another thread asking about what ski to buy here:

http://www.epicski.com/t/125790/help-me-chose-my-first-ski-adv-intermediate-from-bramha-steadfast-p90-kendo

 

I am not changing discussion but I just found out something which might be a no-brainer for most but I still want to ask you guys about what you think.

 

I was planning on not buying my first skis for remaining season, and wait for price drop. Stick to rentals for right now. So if I end up going ski this season for 5-6 times, I will end up paying $125-$150 for rentals for this season.

 

Now just found Brand New Head Oblivion (181 cm, 90 mm underfoot, 2011/12 or 2012/13 season most likely) at checkout price of $133 (with my gifts cards which are expiring soon anyways. The deal expires today.

 

How is this ski for an all mountain performance? Even though I break even with this ski this season, I still need to buy some bindings and get it installed and I dont know how much that would be.

 

Also I see K2 Recoil at $151 but its 174 cm. I think I should stick with 181 cm Oblivion. I am 6'1, 195 lbs.

 

- So should I just buy it anyways?

- Should I buy 174 cm K2 Recoil instead of Oblivion?

- Should I buy cheap used bindings or buy good/quality and switch them to my main ski after I buy one later in the year?

 

I would appreciate a quick response since I need to make a decision today. Thank you very much folks.

post #2 of 7

I'd go for them. The seem like they would be a pretty good bump/midwest tree ski.  They likely won't carve icy hardpack like a stiffer, more focused ski, but I imagine they'll do alright.

 

I've put a lot of miles on a pair of 90 under foot Head twin tips (Mojo 90s) and have loved them and they've held up remarkably for what I've put them through. These are sandwich construction as well, so I imagine they'll take some abuse. Edit: I just saw that Level Nine describes them as basically an updated Mojo 90. If that's true, I imagine that they'd be good for your purposes.

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Originally Posted by MarcusBrody View Post
 

I'd go for them. The seem like they would be a pretty good bump/midwest tree ski.  They likely won't carve icy hardpack like a stiffer, more focused ski, but I imagine they'll do alright.

 

I've put a lot of miles on a pair of 90 under foot Head twin tips (Mojo 90s) and have loved them and they've held up remarkably for what I've put them through. These are sandwich construction as well, so I imagine they'll take some abuse.

 

Yaay :) That helps. At my skill level, I think I will be alright with these then. In Midwest, there is barely any long groomed runs to carve anyways.

 

Any reccomendation between 181 cm Oblivion vs 174 Recoil considering my height/weight/skills?

(I was doing fine with 180 cm Bramha but not I am not an expert yet. Hence confused between 174 and 181. Will 181 be too tough for me learning Moguls ?)

 

I also read somewhere that K2 Recoil 174 is actually 178 cm Tip to Tail.

post #4 of 7

I can't really help on the Oblivion vs. Recoil. I haven't really had any experience with K2s. Maybe someone else can weigh in who has.

 

Just regarding length: I'd probably opt for the 181s over the 174s at 6'1" 195 lbs. If true length is 181 vs. 178, though, it probably doesn't really matter. A 174 might be easier in your first few days in moguls, but as these are medium flexing twin tips with (likely a very small amount of) rocker, a 174 is a fairly short ski for a guy your size. I never found my 186 Mojo 90s a problem in bumps, though 181 would probably have been perfect for that purpose (I'm an inch taller but 20lbs lighter than you are).

post #5 of 7

Regarding bindings: I'd say it depends on what you mean by "cheap" bindings. Right now at Evo you can get new bindings that will serve all your needs for $90-110. In theory, you could move those to new skis.

 

If you're anything like me though, you'll end up buying different skis and still using these from time to time. If I was in the midwest, I'd want a fairly short radius carving ski to pair with these which I'd use as my bump and fresh snow ski. I wouldn't necessarily count on reusing the bindings soon... ha

post #6 of 7
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Excellent response. I think you have really cleared all the doubts I had on my mind (except may be Recoil vs Oblivion) but I am going ahead with Oblivion.

 

Thank you very much for being quick here.

 

I will look for bindings on Evo (though have no idea about which one. But now I can start search at least on them)

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Originally Posted by Jay Kavathe View Post
 

Excellent response. I think you have really cleared all the doubts I had on my mind (except may be Recoil vs Oblivion) but I am going ahead with Oblivion.

 

Thank you very much for being quick here.

 

I will look for bindings on Evo (though have no idea about which one. But now I can start search at least on them)


If I were you, I'd most likely get these: Salomon STH12s with 100mm brakes or these: Atomic FFG12 with 100mm brakes. I believe that they're mechanically the same binding rebranded.

 

 

You could save $10-15 with the 10 din versions, but slightly higher din bindings are often a built a bit more heavily (don't know if it's the case here) and you're not a super light guy so I'd err a bit on the safe side given the minimal price difference.

 

They have some similar Look/Rossignol offerings as well tough they're a bit more expensive. Really any of these bindings would work well, so I'd just buy on price unless you have a strong personal preference.

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