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race skis for sl/ gs

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

hi 

i'm 14 and looking for race skis which are good for sl and/or gs and another pair for freeride i've got adult boots 

what skis would you recommend?

would you recommend buying with/without bindings????

i have a budget of 500$ for 2 pairs of skis+bindings 

any recommendation???

post #2 of 7

Your budget won't get you very far, but with careful shopping will be OK. Figure out what your priority is and see what is available used in your area. Find a ski swap that caters to race gear (call around), not one hosted by a ski shop. Right now everyone is testing out gear for next season, so this is a good time to be shopping. How big are you and what are you racing? I'm assuming that you are a relatively new YSL skier, so races will mostly be slow GSs with maybe a kombi and a slalom or two. If that is the case, find a slightly short, springy GS ski that still has some life left. I would avoid used Dynastars or other foam core skis if they feel soft. Fischer. Head, Volkl are worth a look, probably Nordica too. In my experience they are good for only about a season. For an all mountain ski, I don't think it matters that much. Find one that has some camber to it, can carve, and is in the 95-100 mm width underfoot assuming you are looking 160 or shorter.

 

If I'm reading your post wrong and you are an age class skier, you need a good pair of slaloms and a good pair of GS skis. Talk with your coaches and see what might be available in the program, and see what reps serve your program and ask if they have any demo inventory or skis from last season they can sell cheap.

 

If you are planning to race make sure you have a stickered helmet (FIS RH 2013), and if not, budget for one.

 

Article on lifespan of ski gear: http://www.skiracing.com/premium/backshop-can-your-gear-last-another-season

 

EDIT: You wrote that you were 14, but for some reason I read U14. So as a U16, I would have to amend my answers somewhat.


Edited by billgreen - 5/4/16 at 10:27am
post #3 of 7

I am assuming this is for HS racing?  Not mega competitive (like USSA FIS) but HS racing with separate GS and SL events?  

 

My first piece of advice would be buy 2 separate pairs for SL and GS.  Skip the free rides and use the SL skis for rec skiing.

Trying to ski SL or GS in the wrong ski is an exercise in futility and will significantly limit performance in both events.

 

My second piece of advice is look into used ski swaps in your area.  Contact local race teams and mts and see what swaps they have avail.  Ask your team mates for their used equipment - esp graduating Srs.

 

With a $500 budget you should be able to get a decent pair of SL and GS skis with bindings.  Spring for a NICE tune and keep them SHARP.  Learn how to tune.  :)

 

Ski swap.

post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by pat View Post
 

I am assuming this is for HS racing?  Not mega competitive (like USSA FIS) but HS racing with separate GS and SL events?  

 

My first piece of advice would be buy 2 separate pairs for SL and GS.  Skip the free rides and use the SL skis for rec skiing.

Trying to ski SL or GS in the wrong ski is an exercise in futility and will significantly limit performance in both events.

 

My second piece of advice is look into used ski swaps in your area.  Contact local race teams and mts and see what swaps they have avail.  Ask your team mates for their used equipment - esp graduating Srs.

 

With a $500 budget you should be able to get a decent pair of SL and GS skis with bindings.  Spring for a NICE tune and keep them SHARP.  Learn how to tune.  :)

 

Ski swap.


THIS!   And dont buy used without bindings - BIG MISTAKE! - as you will find by the time you buy bindings to fit a specific race plate you have blown your budget.  This is important as a LOT of race kids now sell their skis at the end of season without bindings (a lot of them get deals on skis bit not bindings so they recycle the bindings onto the new skis).  For example, you can often pick up good used atomic race skis without bindings at, say $100, but you then have to shell out ~$180ish for an X series binding (almost impossible to find used) so suddenly it is not such a good deal

post #5 of 7
Since no one mentioned it keep an eye out for what ScotsSkier is selling. Great race skis and prices.

I've bought a set from him and they are great.
post #6 of 7
What Pat and SS said. At your age you should be looking at what's sometimes referred to as tweener skis. GS usually go from 170ish to 180- something in lenght (cm) depending on brand and they all offer two or three lenghts with turning radius going from ca 19 m to 25.
Tweener SL:s usually starts at 150 and go up to 155ish w radius 11-13 m.
Bindings should come with the ski and race plate and din for a GS normally 3 or 4 to 12 for the shorter lengths and 6-14 or so for the longer ones. SL can be 3-10 or 4-12, but seldom bigger unless you step up to adult FIS.
I'm not on top of second hand prices where you are, but would be surprised if you shouldn't be able to find a pair of each for your budget (or an extra 50) if you look at used 13/14 or 14/15 models. Ask your coach where to find second hand race skis in your area. Make sure edges aren't too thin, that there's still some tuning life left in them.
Brand doesn't matter. Dynastar/Rossignol, Nordica/Blizzard, Fischer, Head, Atomic, Salomon or Elan. They are all good, well built race skis. But might off course have a little different feel to them. Tune plays a bigger role.
Good luck with your racing, be safe and have fun!
Edited by Karlsson - 5/6/16 at 1:47am
post #7 of 7

Are you on a team associated with USSA sanctioned races? A school club? Is this a plan for the future or are you planning to compete this next season? I have a 13 year old, USSA alpine racer, he mostly spends his freeskiing with the team, often same day as gate practice, so he uses his SL's for that also, just makes sure they're sharp on race day. GS's just for that event. Rarely uses his rec skis. 

 

$500 should get you some good used SL's and GS's in longish junior sizes, plus other stuff (below). Look on eBay or on the bulletin board of your lodge or at your nearest slopeside shop about now. As SS says, get them with bindings. Recs: If you're light for your height, Rossi's, Dynastars, or Volkls. If you're heavy, Heads or Fischers. 

 

And yep, spend some of your money on a good full helmet, check with your coach/friends to see if you need to have a FIS certification on it. Should be new, used ones can look fine but have lost a lot of their protective qualities. You may also need some other gear like shin guards and a face guard for the helmet if you plan to do SL. Check. These can be used. Conceivably you may need to find a used race suit if you do GS. Keep in mind that an inexpensive helmet and protective gear will still run $200 or so, leaving you with about $150 per ski. Doable if you look around. 

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