1. 15 year old boy
2. 100 lbs, 5' 2''
3. All mountain/and terrain park ski
4. Ski pretty often (getting my first 'season pass' this year. (PM weekday pass))
5. Ability is 6/10
6. Trails usually are groomed or icy.
7. Skiing done in the Pocono Mountains like Blue Mountain
8. Currently have Technica mega 6 boots.
(Yes, I stole this setup from the other thread)
Hello everyone! I am a boy in my mid teens looking to buy skis. I'll get right into it.
I ski in the Pocono mountains in Pennsylvania (Blue mountain, camel-back, jack-frost, etc) and maybe once every few years to a big mountain like Killington in Vermont. These trails are usually groomed early in the day/when it snow, and can get a lot of patches of ice at night. I am an intermediate to advanced skier (I usually do intermediates, sometimes black diamonds) who usually just goes down the mountain with my friends, doing casual races, or just fooling around. Last year we started trying tricks in the terrain park and this year we will probably be doing a lot of downhill skiing and basic terrain park stuff. Every time I have skied before used rentals from either shops like Buckmans, or rented from the resort itself, so I don't really know the different feel of skis like when they are buttery, etc, because I just use the generic k2 camber skis.
So my parents decided that this is the year where I can get skis for myself. I just got boots that fit perfectly at the Buckmans' tent sale in my area, and while there, I saw the Volkl Ledge skis. I saw them online earlier and they looked pretty solid in real life. I looked online and got VERY mixed reviews, one saying they are very unstable at high speeds, too buttery, and will hurt a lot if you even attempt a jump on them, and others say they are the best park and mountain skis ever.
So what do I want?
- I would probably need 150-155
- I am very small for my age, at 5' 2'' and weigh 100 lbs.
- I am intermediate-advanced
- I would like skis that are:
- Pretty fast for when we are not doing the parks, or for when we are racing/fooling around
- Preferably twin tipped or partial twin tipped for when I get better at tricks and things
- I would like them to be pretty good at turning/good on ice because I usually go at night and the mountains have a lot of ice patches
- Look pretty nice. I am a fan of minimalism. Some examples of what I mean are a lot of Volkl's skis like the Kink and Ledge.
- My parents would like the skis to be pretty cheap, around $200, but might be able to go past that if needed.
- I do need bindings, so the whole package should be around $350 MAYBE $400. (Not including installation)
- I do not need poles, I usually go without them.
Anyone that has used the regular mountain rental skis, can you tell me how a skier would describe these like buttery or stiff? I heard buttery usually means better on the park but can sacrifice speed a bit.
Based on my size, weight, and skill level, should I go a bit above or below my ski size estimate?
Based on what I described I would be doing with my skis, what kind of Rocker design should I get? I was looking at traditional camber or rocker tip and tail.
Has anyone had experience with the Volkl Ledge skis?
I know this sounds like a thread where I don't research skis at all and tell people to shop for me, but I have been researching what skis to get, etc for a few weeks and this is a genuine "I am narrowing it down, I just don't know what to look for specifically" thread.
Ones I have been eyeing:
Volkl Ledge skis - Looked very nice in stores but had mixed reviews. Link
Volkl Kink skis - A little over budget, but is my favorite so far, so I might wait for this one to go on sale or something. Link The review is on that evo page also.
Thanks a lot for reading, I know it is a lot, but I tried to be as detailed as possible.
Edited by Zebra - 10/16/14 at 8:03pm