I need some help buying new skis and boots. I am 6'1, 185lbs, 45 year old, former racer in my teens in the 80's. Didn't ski for 10 years then went back to skiing recreationally in '99 when I bought a pair of Rossignol Cut 9.6 184cm skis and Nordica Grad Prix boots (they had a few versions; I bought the silver and blue ones). I've been skiing with the same boots and skis for the last 15 years (about 10 days per year). I ski groomed trails only, mostly the east coast, though we go to the west Coast or to Europe once in a while. My boot liners have fallen apart (though the shells are still fine) and nobody will service my bindings anymore hence I am looking for new boots and skis.
First the boots: I am surprised all new boots are super soft. I have narrow feet so I fit in race boots and tried the Nordica Dobberman 120. They still seem to flex more than my old Grand Prix but the main thing is they are a lot more upright than my old boots. I like the aggressive forward angle of my old boots. Most shops don't recommend putting new liners on a 15-16 year old boot, but I am tempted as I am very used to and comfortable with the old boots. So my dilemma is whether to spend half the money and put new custom liners or get new boots.
Skis: I learned on straight skis and almost bought straight skis in '99 - they were still available back then. I ended up buying skis with a side cut - Rossignol Cut 9.6 184cm - and was very impressed how easy they were to turn. I am now looking at the Atomics (never had a pair but always wanted one going back to the '70s!). I see most new skis are very wide. I was thinking Nomad Blackeye TI 181cm (127-81-111) - went to the store to see them and they look to me pretty wide in person. I also looked at Atomic Redster Xt 170 (118-72-106) - 170 was the longest they had. These looked more like traditional skis.I ski mostly on groomed trails, on hard pack or ice, so I don't think wide skis are for me.
Any help will be appreciated. I need to buy without testing the skis as we don't live close to a resort and I want to get this over with and get ready for the season. I suspect I will get used to whatever I get and won't know any better, but still want to try to make a more informed decision. Thanks!