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post #61 of 70
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post
 

I'm still bugged by this thread and specifically the idea that you shouldn't be out there doing a sport that you enjoy until you've done enough hard work in some other activity to get yourself down to an acceptable weight. And that, sight unseen, the OP's crossfit program is somehow not acceptable. WTF do you want from him?  (I should say, because it hit a nerve for me particularly, what the hell do you want from us?)  Getting out there and doing any exercise at all is better than none. People are more likely to continue with sports that they actually enjoy. Skiing is a downhill sport that's a lot less physically intense than, say, trail running. People can enjoy skiing at a wide range of physical fitness levels. Unless you're charging very hard, it's actually pretty easy on the joints. Not everyone has the same metabolism or the same level of interest in getting down to a weight that "looks" right on paper. And finally, saying that people are asking for input on their weight because they post on a ski forum asking for ski advice is the perspective of a bully or at least someone who is insensitive to the point that they don't care if they hurt other people; even if the OP doesn't mind, I guarantee there are lurkers to the site who will decide not to post their true stats, if they post at all, because they see that this kind of behavior is allowed on this forum. I'm very glad that I'm not the only one who posted to take exception.  I do not want Epic to be the kind of place where people feel they have to pretend to be ski gods to avoid being criticized; people can go to TGR if they enjoy that.

 

+1   well said

post #62 of 70

A quote I once read; "a truthful man has few friends", applies to a lot of what I have read in this thread.  Unless a person ASKS for an opinion, I try really hard to keep my truthiness to myself with people I do not know.

OP, I have never been a fan of bending brakes (it is tough for me to do).  I am certain a 115 brake will work on a 120 waist ski if you go that direction.  Demo bindings are a good idea in the beginning, but don't lose any sleep going with a standard mount and maybe mount them back just a bit (.50 cm) from the recommended spot, as you are a heavier guy and mounted to far forward, you may feel the need to get in the back seat to keep your tips up.  I am normally about 210lbs before gear and always mount in the back range on my powder skis (193's) so I can still ski them with a little forward bias.

post #63 of 70
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Originally Posted by liv2 ski View Post
 

A quote I once read; "a truthful man has few friends", applies to a lot of what I have read in this thread.  Unless a person ASKS for an opinion, I try really hard to keep my truthiness to myself with people I do not know.

OP, I have never been a fan of bending brakes (it is tough for me to do).  I am certain a 115 brake will work on a 120 waist ski if you go that direction.  Demo bindings are a good idea in the beginning, but don't lose any sleep going with a standard mount and maybe mount them back just a bit (.50 cm) from the recommended spot, as you are a heavier guy and mounted to far forward, you may feel the need to get in the back seat to keep your tips up.  I am normally about 210lbs before gear and always mount in the back range on my powder skis (193's) so I can still ski them with a little forward bias.

^This.

 

 

But wait, with a 193cm you must be skiing a really narrow ski, anything over a 110mm waist and you wouldn't be able to turn, amiright?!

post #64 of 70
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Originally Posted by east or bust View Post
 

^This.

 

 

But wait, with a 193cm you must be skiing a really narrow ski, anything over a 110mm waist and you wouldn't be able to turn, amiright?!

;)  Ya, that's it.  Not to mention all that tip rocker does nothing for my turning ability when I lean them over.:rolleyes

post #65 of 70
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Originally Posted by jimintokyo View Post
 

Personally I'd much rather spend a day skiing and a few apres beers with a powder newbie who asks a reasonable question and thanks people for trying to offer advice than with a self-proclaimed (even if justified, TC) great skier who makes unwarranted assumptions based on incomplete data, tosses out gratuitous insults based on his own fantasies about physicality (thanks, Utagonian, for the exquisite rebuttal) and insists that his own preferences in ski design are the last word on the subject.

But, that's like, my opinion, dude.


You're missing out, then.


I'm the best skier on the mountain.

post #66 of 70
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post
 

Blah blah blah.......Skiing is a downhill sport that's a lot less physically intense than, say, trail running. People can enjoy skiing at a wide range of physical fitness levels. Unless you're charging very hard, it's actually pretty easy on the joints....blah blah blah

 

If you think this is the case, you don't ski very well.

post #67 of 70
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Originally Posted by Jed Peters View Post
 
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post
 

Blah blah blah.......Skiing is a downhill sport that's a lot less physically intense than, say, trail running. People can enjoy skiing at a wide range of physical fitness levels. Unless you're charging very hard, it's actually pretty easy on the joints....blah blah blah

 

If you think this is the case, you don't ski very well.

 

No doubt.

post #68 of 70

Okay, so Jeb must be a troll.  Acting like that, anyway.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Jed Peters View Post
 

 

If you think this is the case, you don't ski very well.

 

I did not mean to hit thumbs up.  Accident.  I wasn't gonna comment but I made that mistake, so....

 

Like I said, I figure you maybe are a troll,  dunno.  Or bored in off-season.  What you say is off on many levels, in my experience.  You must just be after a rise.  

 

What Bounceswoosh said is really accurate.  And also, I've known a number of really heavy folks who could ski rings around most anyone.  (I shouldn't have to go here - what Bounceswoosh wrote is really perfect, but...)

 

Just one example (fondly):  The best skier I have been around on a regular basis had a pot belly and shape sorta like Santa Claus, and otherwise was like Santa also.  Very jolly.  Had lots of kids to ski with, his own and those he coached.  

 

He was a ranked junior in Vermont, Captain of the Cornell race team, nationally ranked racer, long time head racing coach of a good ski area's program.  Some of his sons and daughters were national level racers too.  And good (and fun-loving) at many sports.  

 

"And it shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly." Literally.  I've never known anyone who enjoyed skiing (and racing) more.  He could do flips and jumps so easily, so much body control.  Really fun to ski with, very tolerant.   

 

I was hesitant to bring up such an example, because you don't have to be such a great skier to enjoy skiing and be fun to ski with.  People and skiing mix well anyway.  

post #69 of 70

I have skied with Jed, he can turn left and right pretty well and I do enjoy skiing with him other than he puts mustard on his turkey sandwich..which he DID offer to share. I do think this is a case of cabin fever and off season boredom though, he is a peach of a guy in person and I have yet to see him drop kick a puppy or kitten..sorry Jed to let that out. 

post #70 of 70
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post
 
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Originally Posted by Jed Peters View Post
 
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post
 

Blah blah blah.......Skiing is a downhill sport that's a lot less physically intense than, say, trail running. People can enjoy skiing at a wide range of physical fitness levels. Unless you're charging very hard, it's actually pretty easy on the joints....blah blah blah

 

If you think this is the case, you don't ski very well.

 

No doubt.


Pretty sure I ski even less well, so oh, well, guess I'll just get off the hill and let the Real Skiers (tm) have it all to themselves.

 

I'm with @ski otter. This has to be deliberate agitating by someone who's terminally bored because it's summer.  Post #65 is pretty clearly trolling, given that he's been here more than long enough to know exactly how that phrase will go over.

 

On the other hand, the OP got the info he asked for, made his purchase, and checked out.  Not much point in continuing.

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