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Newish to XC sking need help on if I should keep skis or go to new ones (Fischer E99)

post #1 of 8
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Hi, first post here.  I got into xc skiing about 3 years ago grabbing a set at a pawn shop and hitting the trails.  I live in the woods so no groomed, and its generally rolling hills.  The skies I have are Fischer Europe 99 the size (?) say 215/n450.  I am about 6 ft1 and 165 lbs.

 

My question is these skies are starting to fall apart, and I need to replace the bindings, and not sure what the care for skies are, do I re-file the edge, re-wax?  Etc

 

I do what I think is called 'back country' meaning no trails, just crusing fire roads mostly.

 

Are these the right type?  Should I get different?

 

Thanks for any help/!

post #2 of 8

Fisher's been making the Europe 99 forever.  If yours are 215cm, they're probably very old.  I think the longest they make now is 210.

If you need new boots and bindings, I'd just get a newer pair of skis with fishscales.  The skis are fairly cheap, they last a long time and you'd be on something more like a 179.

post #3 of 8

The E99 is a great pawnshop choice for what you are doing, but if they're falling apart they're not worth fixing.

What boots are you using?

post #4 of 8
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My boots are 'Alpina' kind of soft leather 3 pin bindings.

I know this sounds heretical, but can I just cut some of the backside of the ski off?

What are some good general backcountry skies that wont break the bank, and are my 3 pin style ok, or do i need harder stuff?
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Originally Posted by NewXCskier View Post

My boots are 'Alpina' kind of soft leather 3 pin bindings.

I know this sounds heretical, but can I just cut some of the backside of the ski off?

 

You can do whatever you like :)   but expect to lose glide and compliance.    It'll work mediocre-ish on packed surfaces and less well on loose surfaces.     If they're coming apart, cutting the bad part off won't fix the underlying problem(s) though. 


 Where are you located and do you have any retailers near you?    Choice of nordic bc skis tends to mostly be based on retailer selection. 

 

As noted above, Fischer still make the E99, you want the Crown version.    

 

Rossignol make something called the BC series, you want approximately BC90

 

Madshus make an MGV and an Epoch - the MGV used to be called the Glittertind but now goes by BC


Almost any of the narrower skis here would work for what you want:
http://www.orscrosscountryskisdirect.com/all-explorer-backcountry-skis.html

post #6 of 8
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Here are my boots I bought with the set: http://thumbs.picclick.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/CFgAAOSwXeJXcg84/$/ALPINA-Size37EU-Cross-Country-Ski-Shoes-Nordic-Norm-_1.jpg
(Not MY size, but those type)
Are those ok for the sking I want to do, or would they be no stiff enough?
post #7 of 8

Right now you don't really have anything to loose by cutting off the tails.  If it doesn't work, buy a new complete package.

You should probably remount your bindings, but I'd just DIY and wouldn't waste the money on a shop mount.

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Here are my boots I bought with the set: http://thumbs.picclick.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/CFgAAOSwXeJXcg84/$/ALPINA-Size37EU-Cross-Country-Ski-Shoes-Nordic-Norm-_1.jpg
(Not MY size, but those type)
Are those ok for the sking I want to do, or would they be no stiff enough?

 

They look fine.   If you have previous experience with alpine, forget it, or you'll be permanently in the back seat and floundering.   

It is perfectly possible to make fire-road steepness turns with boots like that and the proof is:



I was asking you about boots to see if you're a candidate for a system boot.

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