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What do you think are the best skis for me?

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Hi guys, I'm looking to buy a decent pair of skis, I have always just rented before.

 

~ I am a pretty good skier (intermediate) I can do blue's easily and black diamonds ok.

~ I only ski at ski resorts and they are usually icy like 70% icy and 30% a with some fluff.

~ I want to start learning how to do tricks in the park and at the same time I want to master doing black diamonds.

~ I'm 5'10" and weigh 165

 

As of now I am not really an aggressive skier. I don't ski fast down the black diamonds, I try to turn as much as possible to keep my speed down because I feel very unstable at high speeds, but I am thinking (hoping lol) that it's because of the cheap rental skis.

 

So some basic requirements it needs to be cheaper than $500, and have a full twin tip. What type of rocker/chamber type you think is best for me? What is a good width?

I am thinking about the k2 shreditor 92 but it seems a little more geared for powdery snow than the compact snow at the resort.

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There are some very good skis in the 80-90mm range that will work well for you, I would suggest something a bit softer that you will be able to bend to carve your turn better, this will help you control your speed. One of my favorites and comes in just at the top of your price range is the Volkl Kink. I would suggest a ski that does have some camber, at least underfoot, that will give you more control again on those icy conditions. While the ski is the easy thing to buy, don't ignore the boots, a good fitting boot will give you more control over ANY ski. We really cannot give you any suggestions there because you don't pick the boot, to an extent, the boot picks you and a good boot fitter will help you with that process. If you have to spend more in the boot, do so and if need be, take it from the ski budget. 

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Thanks for the input it helped a lot! I ended up getting these which are basically the same thing but cheaper, and look a bit cooler in my opinion. Now to look for bindings and boots... I got Full Tilt boots in mind I just need to find a place that has them so I can try them on. Any recommendation on the bindings? Or just get something with the right width?

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