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Short adult guy - junior skiis or adult ones - Head GS WC junior

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Hello guys, it would be of much help if someone could give me an advice

 

I'm 21 years old guy, 168 cm tall and 61 kg heavy.

Im interested into buying new skiis but not sure if this Head WC GS junior would be ok for me

 

http://www.njuskalo.hr/skije/skije-head-wc-gs-jr-165-cm-oglas-7176363

 

radius: 17,5 m

lenght: 165 cm

 

I have around 8 years of skii school and one year of skiing on my own, probably advanced intermidieate skiier now and I don't know personally the difference between junior and adults skiis. Are these skiis ok for that level, any disadvantage if I buy junior ones?

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If you were 50kg, we'd be talking. Chances are, even at your weight, you're physically stronger than most jr. skiers. Adult skis are made for heavier, stronger skiers. High quality jr. race skis have everything, but just 'less' of it. consequently they're more compliant, easier to bend for light weights. There's a cross over threshold that IMHO, you're probably over it at this point. As an advanced intermediate, there are a number of really great choices for a front side (piste) oriented ski. Something like a Head Rev series ski, Dynastar powertrack skis, etc... If you're buying a jr ski to save money, just shop harder for the right ski. They're out there. The Rev series* is in year three of production. Chances are excellent that you can find a new 'old' pair from '12-'13 or '13-'14 steeply discounted. 

 

* eyebrow to mid forehead height for mobility (intermediate-advanced level skiing), fun. Head height for dampness and stability (expert) . 

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Thanks for your answer, I really wasn't sure myself because I don't have much tehnical knowledge. Your answer definetely helped me not to buy junior ones

 

I'm thinking about buying used Salomon X-Wing Tornado Ti skis, have read some nice reviews about it and the price is good. Hope those skis will be good for me

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I'm 21 years old guy, 168 cm tall and 61 kg heavy.

 

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If you were 50kg, we'd be talking. ...

 

... As an advanced intermediate, there are a number of really great choices for a front side (piste) oriented ski. Something like a Head Rev series ski, Dynastar powertrack skis, etc....The Rev series* is in year three of production. Chances are excellent that you can find a new 'old' pair from '12-'13 or '13-'14 steeply discounted. 

 

* eyebrow to mid forehead height for mobility (intermediate-advanced level skiing), fun. Head height for dampness and stability (expert) . 

 

@trokutic, you are almost exactly my size. (You are 2 or 3cm shorter, same weight.)

 

markojp is right on. Listen to him. You want an adult ski. Just make sure you either demo them or get a KNOWLEDGEABLE first-hand recommendation for a model that is not too stiff. The REV is a good suggestion on that score.

 

The thing with the Salomon Tornado is that it has not been made in quite a few years. Therefore it is possible that you could end up with a pair that has too many miles on it, which would be a false economy. If you are looking for a used ski I would suggest limiting yourself to models less than 5 years old. Make sure the bases and edges look like they still have a lot of life left in them. This can be difficult or impossible to do on line, so if there are local shops with used or leftover skis for sale that you or an experienced older skier can inspect in person, that is a more reliable way to go. The other advantage with buying from a shop is that when you go to get the skis tuned and get the bindings adjusted and tested, you are less likely to encounter an unhappy surprise. You don't want to find yourself in the position of hearing, "Well, son, these skis you bought on the Internet don't have enough base or edge material left for us to tune them." Or, "Well, son, these bindings are so corroded that we won't work on them."

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@trokutic, you are almost exactly my size. (You are 2 or 3cm shorter, same weight.)

 

markojp is right on. Listen to him. You want an adult ski. Just make sure you either demo them or get a KNOWLEDGEABLE first-hand recommendation for a model that is not too stiff. The REV is a good suggestion on that score.

 

The thing with the Salomon Tornado is that it has not been made in quite a few years. Therefore it is possible that you could end up with a pair that has too many miles on it, which would be a false economy. If you are looking for a used ski I would suggest limiting yourself to models less than 5 years old. Make sure the bases and edges look like they still have a lot of life left in them. This can be difficult or impossible to do on line, so if there are local shops with used or leftover skis for sale that you or an experienced older skier can inspect in person, that is a more reliable way to go. The other advantage with buying from a shop is that when you go to get the skis tuned and get the bindings adjusted and tested, you are less likely to encounter an unhappy surprise. You don't want to find yourself in the position of hearing, "Well, son, these skis you bought on the Internet don't have enough base or edge material left for us to tune them." Or, "Well, son, these bindings are so corroded that we won't work on them."

 

Yes, that's the only thing I'm afraid about the skis. The thing is, ski shop is selling the  used Salomon Tornado( it says that the skis are completely servised but no sign of number of years of usage) but I'm not from that town(planning to go there in 2 days) and you cannot try the skis in our country, no place to ski there...this year I wanted to try maybe buying skis because the better skis are not too expensive for rental but the are not too many of them so I can never get on time to rent them and I guess in France prices are much more expensive for the better ones, even with the online discount

 

I quess I will have to ask the shop seller about the usage of the Salomon skis, thery are kinda cheap (arudnd 150 dollars)

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