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Okay so i'm doing my first full ski season this year in Switzerland. I've never bought a pair of ski's before and I'm looking for some guidance on what to get. I'm 6ft4 and weigh 79kg (around 175 pounds). I have Salomon XMax 120 boots just don't have ski's. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Previously I've rented Rossignol Experience 88's and really liked how responsive they were, Thought they were a great Ski. That same year I was looking to do some off-piste skiing and switched over to a pair Rossignol Super 7's, However i found these awkward to use.

Obviously I have little experience off-piste and was looking for a ski that will do it all. I want to do some off-piste skiing this season but will probably be spending most of my time on groomed slopes.

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Do you have boots yet? If not, get boots. From a good bootfitter. I have no idea where there are bootfitters in Ireland, but maybe some of the UK contingent can give you feedback. Paging @CerebralVortex

 

Boots are more important than skis, by a long shot. You will notice a much bigger difference in your skiing if you have good boots and just about any old ski, as opposed to bad boots and even the best skis. 

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Okay so i'm doing my first full ski season this year in Switzerland. I've never bought a pair of ski's before and I'm looking for some guidance on what to get. I'm 6ft4 and weigh 79kg (around 175 pounds). I have Salomon XMax 120 boots just don't have ski's. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Previously I've rented Rossignol Experience 88's and really liked how responsive they were, Thought they were a great Ski. That same year I was looking to do some off-piste skiing and switched over to a pair Rossignol Super 7's, However i found these awkward to use.

Obviously I have little experience off-piste and was looking for a ski that will do it all. I want to do some off-piste skiing this season but will probably be spending most of my time on groomed slopes.


Hi FL,

 

Welcome to Epicski!  Where are you in Ireland?

 

After you've sorted out the boot issue (Epic regulars are boot-Nazis, you'll find) why not buy this year's version of the Experience 88? It's a fine ski that you know you like — works off-piste and on.  The 2017 has been upgraded with a carbon matrix that improves edge grip, and stiffens the tip and tail a bit. I liked the pre-HD version, a very smooth ski. That said, there are better on-piste skis. It's worth a demo, anyway.

 

I guess demoing would be hard in Ireland, though.  Am I right? I've never spent a winter there, but I understand snow's rare.

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https://www.google.ie/search?q=salomon+xmax+120+16/17&safe=off&espv=2&biw=1280&bih=800&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiuh__TusbPAhUFM8AKHfcNCO0Q_AUIBigB&dpr=2#imgrc=FMiaKlsjO9jvGM%3A

 

These are the boots that i have, i got them a couple of days ago. they are moulded and everything.

 

Yeah it would be tricky to demo ski's in Ireland as there is only 1 artificial slope here and snow is about as rare as a sunny day! I'm going to Switzerland to do my levels in November so i thought id get the advice of the internet!

post #5 of 10
I'd bet for for many people in Switzerland, an 88 is an off-piste ski.
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I'd bet for for many people in Switzerland, an 88 is an off-piste ski.


My thought, as well.

 

So, @FuriousLurch, you went to a boot fitter in Ireland, and he or she, for instance, took measurements of your feet (width, instep, ankles, etc.), checked flexibility (ankle & foot), checked your stance and alignment, recommended boots, did a shell-fit, and then punched and ground the shell to fit your feet precisely? Maybe suggested custom footbeds?

 

(I mentioned that we're boot Nazis, didn't I?)

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My thought, as well.

 

So, @FuriousLurch, you went to a boot fitter in Ireland, and he or she, for instance, took measurements of your feet (width, instep, ankles, etc.), checked flexibility (ankle & foot), checked your stance and alignment, recommended boots, did a shell-fit, and then punched and ground the shell to fit your feet precisely? Maybe suggested custom footbeds?

 

(I mentioned that we're boot Nazis, didn't I?)

haha yeah thats exactly what happened, but after doing the shell fit i had to stand on some machine that took impressions for a custom insole

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My thought, as well.

 

So, @FuriousLurch, you went to a boot fitter in Ireland, and he or she, for instance, took measurements of your feet (width, instep, ankles, etc.), checked flexibility (ankle & foot), checked your stance and alignment, recommended boots, did a shell-fit, and then punched and ground the shell to fit your feet precisely? Maybe suggested custom footbeds?

 

(I mentioned that we're boot Nazis, didn't I?)

haha yeah thats exactly what happened, but after doing the shell fit i had to stand on some machine that took impressions for a custom insole


All good. Newbie test passed with flying colors!

 

So where in Eire are you? 

 

And why not an E88?

post #10 of 10
EXP 88's are an awesome ski, nordica enforcer, blizzard brahma, Salomon QST.

Your boot is a very nice responsive boot, I've skied it a few times and love how it skis. All my suggestions will fit you well.
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