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Cheap, used starting ski [in PA]

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I've been skiing about 10 times, and I really enjoy it.  I'd like to go more often, but the cost is really setting me back, so I'd like to buy some of my own equipment.  I live in Pennsylvania, and like groomed runs and steeps.  I ski blues and blacks here, and like to carve.  I try to stay away from ice and bad conditions on blacks, but I would like to get better at being an all condition skier.  I value control over speed, but don't mind going fast.  I am 6'0, about 175 lbs, and pretty fit.

 

Now, here is the kicker.  I don't have much spare money at the moment.  What is the best ski that I could buy, used or new, for under $100?  $150?  $200?  I know I'm not going to get something great for that price, but I want something to get me started.  Paying ~$40 for rental equipment every time is awful!

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 16

Ed, 

 

Look for good deals on some wholesalers online or check local swap places, one of the posters put one on here but they were all race skis mostly GS but still great skis. I usually look for a specific make and buy one that is one/two years old and you can save a ton of money. You can even find great buys on craigslist and garage sales. 

 

Here is an example: I just randomly picked a pair off of ebay:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Used-Rossignol-Alias-74-Snow-Ski-with-Rossignol-Axium-100-Bindings-176cm-A-/171168229616?pt=Skiing&hash=item27da6be8f0

post #3 of 16
Buy this, with the $64 binding choice (if your shoe size is small enough, it should, I'm bigger and it would work for me, see their product page), $133 brand new ski that you won't outgrow for quite a few years. http://www.levelninesports.com/Head-Icon-Tt-100-Ti-Skis

You'll need boots too, look on that site to see if they have anything your size, they'll adjust the binding to your size. Although some would say never buy boots online, but getting fitted at local shop would cost a lot more.
post #4 of 16

If you hang out on eBay / craigslist, or at swap meets etc. and know a little about different skis you can find some amazing bargains on a pair that are maybe 3-5 years old and relatively pristine.  Ten or twelve bucks max for poles in the same way.  Don't skimp on boots though.  The best bit of advice you can take on board is to spend good money on a reputable boot fitter to get properly sorted out with the right boots.  Aim to buy boots that are new but on serious sale, i.e. not the latest season's stock.  You'll save on the boots, but it's the fitting that is the important part.

 

Good luck. 

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestions.  I just ordered the Head Icon skis.  My feet are too big for the cheaper bindings, so I got the Tyrolia LD 12.  Still, seems like a good fit for me.

 

Now to find some boots...

post #6 of 16
not sure if you know this, but you need to size down on ski boots. I wear 10.5/11 shoes but 28.5 boots. You want a snug fit, not extra finger behind heel like shoes.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jzmtl View Post

not sure if you know this, but you need to size down on ski boots. I wear 10.5/11 shoes but 28.5 boots. You want a snug fit, not extra finger behind heel like shoes.

I wear 11.5 shoes, and was planning on getting 29.5 boots, since that is what I have rented.  They seemed to fit ok.  I didn't notice extra room, but I wish I had been paying more attention now.

 

Right now I'm trying to get some cheap used boots that are no worse than rentals to hold me over to next year, when I should be able to afford going to a proper bootfitter.  I have a bid on some Salomon Performa 7.5 boots at the moment.

post #8 of 16

There are lots of  pro only boot fit nazis on this forum.  It is worth it if you have the money.  However, I'm in the "something of your own is better than renting boots" camp.  If you're going to drop $300+ on ski gear, go for the boots.  If you just don't have that kind of money, do the best you can and live and learn.  Bad boots can ruin a day/season of skiing.  Good fitting boots are much harder to replace than good skis are..

post #9 of 16

I'm not sure how far away you are, but you might want to check out Play It Again Sports.  They are blowing out their skis / snowboard stock right now.  Near me in OH, brand new Alpina X4 are half price at around $60 for the '13, and $90 for the '14. Depending on the shop, they might also have some stiffer used boots in your size.

 

http://www.playitagainsports.com/locations/list/PA

post #10 of 16

I can offer some advice on buying boots online or used. For $75-100 you can typically find used boots, that are 5+ years old. You will have to try them on to know they fit for sure, but for the price it is worth taking some risk. If the shells are in good shape, you could buy new aftermarket liners and you will have a great pair of boots. I have a size 29.5 boot and I wear a 12-13 shoe. I would say you should drop down to 28.5 or 29 max. I think 29.5 will be too big. It does depend on how wide your foot is and how wide/narrow the boot runs. I ski Langes and they run narrow. They do have a "wide" version now, but it is good for medium to slightly wide feet. I have narrow feet, so Langes are a easy fit for me. You can find last years boots online (ebay) for about 1/2 price. That would be $200-$300 at the beginning of the season. I haven't looked lately, so I don' know whats out there. There is risk in that you are paying pretty good money, and won't have the benefit of a bootfitter. If you can find a good end/summer sale from a shop, you will have less risk. 

 

I have tried on boots at shops and bought them if on sale. I have also been quoted high prices and found them online for a lot less. 

 

I personally would not buy online in the $200-300 price range unless I have had the boots on my feet and know what I am getting. 

post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by gdeangel View Post
 

I'm not sure how far away you are, but you might want to check out Play It Again Sports.  They are blowing out their skis / snowboard stock right now.  Near me in OH, brand new Alpina X4 are half price at around $60 for the '13, and $90 for the '14. Depending on the shop, they might also have some stiffer used boots in your size.

 

http://www.playitagainsports.com/locations/list/PA

Good idea!  There is actually one very close to me.  I will check them out.

post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bttocs View Post
 

I can offer some advice on buying boots online or used. For $75-100 you can typically find used boots, that are 5+ years old. You will have to try them on to know they fit for sure, but for the price it is worth taking some risk. If the shells are in good shape, you could buy new aftermarket liners and you will have a great pair of boots. I have a size 29.5 boot and I wear a 12-13 shoe. I would say you should drop down to 28.5 or 29 max. I think 29.5 will be too big. It does depend on how wide your foot is and how wide/narrow the boot runs. I ski Langes and they run narrow. They do have a "wide" version now, but it is good for medium to slightly wide feet. I have narrow feet, so Langes are a easy fit for me. You can find last years boots online (ebay) for about 1/2 price. That would be $200-$300 at the beginning of the season. I haven't looked lately, so I don' know whats out there. There is risk in that you are paying pretty good money, and won't have the benefit of a bootfitter. If you can find a good end/summer sale from a shop, you will have less risk. 

 

I have tried on boots at shops and bought them if on sale. I have also been quoted high prices and found them online for a lot less. 

 

I personally would not buy online in the $200-300 price range unless I have had the boots on my feet and know what I am getting. 

Thanks.  I will definitely try the smaller sizes as long as I can try them on first.

post #13 of 16

ED, Playitagain sports usually in October is a good place to hit them up for boots or skis, I picked up a great deal on a basically a new pair of Rossignol skis for my Son, I have 3 growing boys so used equipment in both skiing and hockey have come in handy at this place!

post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hi guys,

 

I just got back from skiing on my new equipment for the first time! :)

 

Thanks again for all the advice.  I got the Head Icon skis as you guys suggested, and picked up a pair of used Salomon Performa 7.5 boots from craigslist.  They fit surprisingly well.  I will probably go shopping for a better, new pair of boots in the fall before next ski season.

 

The only thing that didn't go well today was the moguls :eek but that was me not the skis!

post #15 of 16
What length you thinking?
post #16 of 16
Good to hear things worked out well for you!
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