Hi cichild, welcome to EpicSki!
I'll give you my opinion as a long time Long Island gear junkie myself: Be VERY VERY careful about taking ANY equipment recommendations from salesmen at Ski Stop. I have been there dozens of times and have heard some of the worst advice you could ask for given to people.
I have met a few guys who know what they're talking about, but more times than not, I end up telling them about their equipment because most of them are inexperienced kids who ski 5 days a year and have never even tried the stuff they're selling. I also know for a fact that they tell their employees to push certain models because of inventory reasons.
I once watched the guy at the goggle counter try to sell some poor guy a pair of goggles with clear lenses after the guy asked what the best all-around lens was for skiing. I grabbed the poor guy on the side afterward and straightened him out.
Ski Stop is fine for soft goods. I often go there to buy socks, and thermals. But some of their so called sale pricing tickets have misleading over-inflated "compare at" prices which lead you to think you're getting a better deal than you really are.
Let's face it, most of our fellow Long Island skiers haven't got a clue and they flock to this big, conveniently located, well stocked warehouse where a guy stands on top of a table with a microphone whipping buyers into a frenzy as they throw cheap $15 goggles at a crowd of gapers during one of their special "Private Sale" days (ha ha).
So, as you'll hear over and over here, DEMO. If you don't want to demo, ask for advice at a shop near a major ski resort. These guys ski more and know a lot more than the guys on Long Island.
If you must ask for advice on the Island, the best place is probably Sno Haus in either Levitiown or Huntington. If you live out east, Snow Shed in Port Jeff is also a much better place than Ski Stop. Nice people, who won't steer you wrong and also do a nice job tuning up your gear compared to a lot of others. Sundown in Lake Grove is also good.
Sorry Ski Stop fans, [img]tongue.gif[/img] and good luck cichild. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
p.s. I know this was a bit of an off topic rant, and no help on the BODE ONE's, so I apologize for that, but I haven't skied them. Sure do look nice though.[ December 29, 2003, 08:10 AM: Message edited by: Carvemeister ]