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post #1 of 6
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My buddy has been coming skiing with me a few times now and is considering getting some gear.  The problem is, he really doesn't want to spend much money.  So far, he's been borrowing another friends boots (which are big) and skis (which are too long for him).  I tried to get him to a boot fitter but he's incredibly resistant to the whole idea.  I stumbled upon this package and was wondering what everyone thinks of it for a beginner setup?

 

https://www.levelninesports.com/atomic-etl-plus-skis-dalbello-prime-complete-ski-package

 

Would really appreciate feedback on this particular combo and not the merits of getting fitted for boots and what not (trust me....ive tried!)

 

Thank you!

post #2 of 6

Some people are hard to convince that you need great fitting boots. They are the most important part.

 

He needs to buy into that thought process that we all know.

 

Good Luck. He may have to get hurt because he's in the wrong gear to learn the lesson the hard way.

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Originally Posted by LukeRoz View Post
 

My buddy has been coming skiing with me a few times now and is considering getting some gear.  The problem is, he really doesn't want to spend much money.  So far, he's been borrowing another friends boots (which are big) and skis (which are too long for him).  I tried to get him to a boot fitter but he's incredibly resistant to the whole idea.  I stumbled upon this package and was wondering what everyone thinks of it for a beginner setup?

 

https://www.levelninesports.com/atomic-etl-plus-skis-dalbello-prime-complete-ski-package

 

Would really appreciate feedback on this particular combo and not the merits of getting fitted for boots and what not (trust me....ive tried!)

 

Thank you!

I'd say if you've already said your peace, let it go unless he asked you for help to pick out gear to buy.

 

Just leave him in the dust with your properly fitted gear.  When he's saying he needs a break because feet hurt, just mention maximum one "I told you so", and leave it at that and take a run solo and meet up with him for next run.

post #4 of 6

Maybe take him to a store that will measure his foot adn get him a minimally adequated boot and get a junk used ski?

 

That's a compromise...

 

Anyways, if the guy isnt hooked, this would be good enough, and as you've said you wont convince him he needs a bootfitter, proper boots and skis, etc...

post #5 of 6

Luke, you've hung out here long enough to know the importance of properly fitting boots, so no need to go there. Absent the opportunity for him to get personalized, local service, I would endorse Level 9 as as good a place as any for your friend to run a reasonable chance of getting equipment that would fit his needs. Last year I outfitted my grand daughter and her mom with boots and intermediate skis after renting for two years. The boots were fitted by their local shop, 1500 mi. from where I live, so I couldn't attend. Near as I can tell from their feedback and skiing when we got together last March, the shop did OK by them. I did buy their skis at Level 9, with a deal that was too good to pass up. The staff at Level 9 was very helpful and knowledgeable and the skis worked out to be just what the doctor ordered. The package you reference would probably be fine for your friend's purposes, with the caveat that there would be little capacity to grow in to. What you might try is to come as close as possible to the correct boot size in consultation with the good people at Level 9, then order those boots as well as the next size smaller, with the intent of keeping the better fitting of the two. Still, that pair of boots will probably be too large, as your friend simply has no clue at this point in time as to how a properly fitting boot should feel. 

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks, all, for the replies.  I emailed him the sticky regarding boots being the most important piece of equipment you will own and I think I may have swayed him to get properly fitted at a local boot fitter.  I think if he spends a bit more on the boots, a used pair of skis with a tune-up will benefit him much more that taking chances on the online order.  That's exactly the route I took, and although I spent much more on boots than i had planned :rotflmao: i have no regrets.

 

Thanks again - stay safe on the slopes!

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