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post #91 of 94
Replacement cycle among enthusiasts is driven by aesthetics as much as need - the search for the elusive one ski quiver or the surfier/ chargier big gun or the marginally faster grippier speedster.

Re buying a turn I absolutely believe you can and find it a bit insulting to unambitious intermediates to suggrstthey can't possibly enjoy skiing until they learn to do it properly.
post #92 of 94

@fatbob, I was making a wise crack with my comment, despite the lack of a smiley.

 

In all seriousness, having the right equipment is critical to being able to ski well. I'd be a fool to disagree. On the other hand, working in a shop helping people choose skis as well as listening to my friends and athletes about their gear, I find that many (not most by any means) want a new ski because it is new ski so it has to be better. No other reason. The unfortunate thing is that even with changes to a particular model from year to year, this year's ski may not be necessarily be better for that individual than a previous year's model.

 

Most people that buy new skis (yes, most) are going to benefit from the new skis as theirs are worn out, older tech, they've moved beyond them in ability or they really are just getting better skis.

 

'Buying a turn' is an expression that applies to people that eschew lessons in favor of trying different 'technology' to have more fun. I'm not saying it is 'bad' or that they won't succeed in enjoying skiing more. I am, however, confident in my opinion that for many a lesson or a change of technique would make a much bigger improvement in their skiing and enjoyment than new skis.

post #93 of 94
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If skis are so broadly good, we should be seeing longer and longer gear replacement cycles.    I don't think we do.   Do we? 

For sure not here.

I definitely replace mine far less often, but that is a result of being on a fixed income. It's amazing how much longer skis last when money is tight.
post #94 of 94

I rarely buy new, never at close to retail and the used skis are usually very inexpensive.

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