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Help needed for buying used ski's!!! Thanks!

post #1 of 5
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Hi everyone,

 

I am new to the forum and need some help (semi-urgently)...

 

I have decided to learn to ski (have been snowboarding most my life) recently after trying some of my dads circa 1975 spalding ski's on the bunny hill; but looking at rental prices of $30-40 would it be wiser just to buy some cheap used ones?

 

I found a deal for $80 on craigslist for:

-180cm Atomic B Carv skis

-Salomon Bindings

-Rossingnol Boots 28.5

 

I am 5'11, 160 lbs , 10.5 mens shoe

Below are links to pictures.

 

http://images.craigslist.org/00A0A_5Iwzog1TLgk_600x450.jpg

http://images.craigslist.org/00505_bGTD9gV8UOU_600x450.jpg

http://images.craigslist.org/00O0O_fBCm5eJhQDv_600x450.jpg

http://images.craigslist.org/00V0V_dHqDupvnVNp_600x450.jpg

 

Do these look ok? What other info should I know? I figure for starting out this might be ok (and he includes poles). I plan to go by this afternoon

 

PLEASE HELP!

post #2 of 5

Do not buy those.  Beyond other reasons, they are too long for you to learn on.

Rent some skis where you are going to take a lesson (hint).

Once you decide you enjoy skiing after learning how to, then shop around for something appropriate to the type of skiing you enjoy and the location (east coast/west coast).  You can post the question again here at that time, with the additional info for some recommendations.

- and the same goes for those boots....

post #3 of 5

Instead of cruising craigslist, see if the mountain has deals on rental/lesson packages.    

You do not have the skillset to buy used boot and will wind up in a boot that's way too big.    That is not an overstatement, the chances of you buying a properly fitting boot are practically zero.     

If a rental boot is too big you can exchange it.    If a craigslist boot is too big you're stuck having to sell it to some other schmoe.     

post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post

If a rental boot is too big you can exchange it.    If a craigslist boot is too big you're stuck having to sell it to some other schmoe.     

Old boots will also be packed out and just fit like crap.

 

You'll also find better deals after the season is over, or at the beginning of next season. That's when avid skiers are looking for new gear, so they're unloading all their old gear. Avid skiers use their gear, but they also take care of it. Someone who's selling off a package of gear like that likely bought it a few years ago, never cared for the sport or took care of their stuff, and is just now unloading everything. So it might be beat to crap, it'll be old, and it'll be entry-level stuff from a few years ago.

 

Don't get me wrong -- there are deals to be had from Craigslist. Both my pairs of skis were Craigslist finds, but I put new bindings on them before skiing them, and I already knew what I was looking for when I found them. You'd be better off not buying those skis, developing your skills on rentals this season (check out a season lease if you'll be skiing a lot), and looking for a more focused deal in the fall.


Edited by Bro12 - 2/27/15 at 12:45am
post #5 of 5
Welcome to skiing. You've hit the jackpot by asking questions here before you buy stuff. It'll save you making all the usual (expensive) mistakes. Boots too big and/or ill-fitting is almost a right of passage for new skiers. Footbeds first, then boots, then skis is the quick summary, but renting 'til you know you prefer skiing is probably your ideal place right now.
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