Originally Posted by pamafe
Originally Posted by Oleg S
It just a wild guess, but I think that very low model of skis (the one which you probably would change in a season or even less) are comes with binding up to 10 DIN, intermediate to advance DIN is 12 and everything 14 and after is expert (14-15-18-20 dins, etc are race/sport related and no need recreation skiers).
Based on this theory, I would look for skis with binding system with din 11 up to 12. The ski guru would correct me if I am wrong.
For what I have seen, the models that have DIN 11 or 12 are those marked as advanced. Then the question is, what would be the cons in buying a ski thats more on the advance side, for someone that is low intermmediate? Is it just a matter of price, or the stiffness also makes it harder to use?
There are pros and cons.
Pro - the ski will actually grab into the snow and turn hard when you put it on edge.
Con - the ski will actually grab into the snow and turn hard when you put it on edge.
Pro - instead of scaring the crap out of you when you ski fast, you will feel like you are in control.
Con - the ski will not scare the crap out of you when you ski fast.
Pro - you won't have to buy new skis next year.
Con - you won't have an excuse to buy new skis next year.
Some beginners like advanced skis, some don't. The ones that don't find the skis "unforgiving", meaning when they put an edge wrong, the ski exerts enough force to trip them up. It also can't be muscled out of the turn. It takes off strongly in whatever direction the skis tipping and pressuring dictates, and if they can't keep up they fall. The ones that like them feel that they can finally control where they are going instead of just being able to suggest which way to turn and have the ski sort of kinda turning a little, sort of in that direction.
The one true con in getting an ski that is too advanced is that advanced skis need force to make them bend into a deep (short radius) turn. If you don't weigh much, this requires some speed. Learning takes place better at slower speeds. If you don't already have the turn mechanics down to bend an advanced ski you will learn faster and have more fun on a ski that is easy to bend. Look for something that is easy to bend, but not easy to twist.
As to bindings, the higher DIN bindings are more robust, not just the spring, but the casings too. I always buy the higher DIN bindings for that reason, but I won't buy a binding that does not have my Chart DIN setting within it's range.
I think you would do well with a Kästle LX72 in a 170 cm length, but you won't find that for under $400.
Of the skis on your list, the Progressor 800 is the best bet.
Edited by Ghost - 9/23/15 at 10:04am