I'm 5' 10" and and east coast all mountain expert (as classified by myself and the numerous PSIA instructors with whom I have skied. After a couple of seasons up here in the great white North getting addicted to sliding on attached planks, I've decided that the time has come to consider creating a skiing kit with which I am happy. As of right now, I own 26/26.5 Salomon Xpro X90s and Head Rev 80 Pros. I am incredibly happy with the skis, but I have measured my foot and brought my boots to a bootfitter and we both agree that I have a 97/98 mm wide foot and the 100mm XPros are too wide for me. I get about 1/3 to 2/5 of my days in the backcountry - I have access to AT bindings and lightweight skis, but I tour in my XPros, as uncomfortable as it has been.
Let's suppose that I just received $700 and only that much. I'm pretty outdoorsy and involved in other activities so I don't need to invest in pants or a jacket or helmet and goggles. I'm deciding between a few things and want some feedback. Options, to me, are as follows:
1) Buy touring skis and bindings online
2) Buy boots in person - one pair, either seriously downhill or backcountry oriented
3) Buy fatter skis and downhill bindings online
I have deals with certain companies such that buying a pair of lightweight skis and bindings will cost me under 700. Some brands with which this works are: Scarpa, La Sportiva, and Liberty.
Where should I spend $700? If I bought boots that fit really well and have a higher flex than 90 I would be really happy and that would probably do more for my frontcountry skiing than anything else. However, my days in the backcountry are spent at the cost of shin and calf pain from my boots and a pair of tech binding compatible boots would be huge. I just don't own skis that allow me to utilize tech binding compatible boots, so unless I have skis and bindings to back up that purchase, new touring boots feel pretty useless to me.
I would say that my two biggest open spots are a larger ski (anything over a couple inches of fresh and I feel uncomfortable) and my lack of well fitting boots. I don't know whether to invest in touring skis and bindings like the barons/dukes so that I can ski the backcountry if I want or if I should invest in larger skis with downhill bindings, or put all of my money into a nice intuition liner and master fit downhill boots. Opinions?
Edited by jmrobins3 - 3/1/15 at 6:08am