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advice on new skis, boots, bindings for newbie

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i am 48 years young 6' 185 and a beginner having skied about 6 times. living in fl makes the frequency a bit challenging. anyway thought i would investigate buying equipment. just got back from boone, nc last thurs from a one day ski day. I am still working on getting my turns down and find a 150 easier than a 160 perhaps due to less weight? Should i go with a 160 or get what feels better now, a 150? I will likely wide up sking mostly in the east thus ice, hard snow in nc, wv, and am content at this point with greens and blues.
I tried on about six boots and liked the feel of the Nordica Smartech 10 29.5 but reviews from people have not been glowing for soft boots. it felt very comfortable. Any thoughts on this boot or should i try on more? re skis for me by two different shops in nc was
rossignol 100 xpi 160 299.00 / saloman scrambler 33 160 299.00 /
atomic c3 160 349.00 / k2 all mountain axis m900 binding 399.00 /
k2 escape 270.00 /
wish it was easier to hit a demo day.. thanks for any suggestions.
post #2 of 6

Learn From My Mistake

Granted my New Hamphsire location made it easy to bump up the frequency and progress fast, but I would recommend against the soft boot. If you like the fit of Nordica, try a GTS 6 or GTS 8 boot. They are based on the Beast boot (which I have) and should be very comfortable and warm. Another word of caution on boots, do not go too big. I definitly made that mistake on my first pair. Too big and too soft. I ended up with a new pair of boots within a year. Go with a hard boot, and be picky. The boot is much more important than the skis.

Given your weight, I would go with the 160 for a ski length. When I first bought skis the recommended length for my size was around 177-180 for most carving skis on a average skier. I went with a 170 and was quite happy for a while, length wise. Most would put somebody your size on a 168 or so for a carving ski today, so going for a 160 will probably be small enough to learn on and big enough to keep you happy for a while.

Brand/Model wise, I cannot be of much help, other than saying both of my first two pairs were Rossi's and they were very good to learn on (1st pr = Cuts, 2nd pr = Bandit X). Then Bandits were really good. Forgiving of my beginner mistakes but very capable as I progressed.
post #3 of 6
My recommendation: buy only boots, and demo skis for a few years. Especially if you're not going to be skiing more than 20 times per year.

As far as boots are concerned, remember that you need a combination of comfort and performance. I know that it will be difficult for you to find a good boot fitter locally, but why not take a ski trip somewhere with an excellent boot fitter? Folks here (including me) can make a number of recommendations, depending on where you'd like to go.

Oh, and BTW, make sure you come to the ESA next year. Your skiing will improve amazingly in a week, and you'll be able to get boot balanced and get the best from your equipment.
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
just a quick note to thank you both very much for the reply. I will look up some re bootfitters as you suggest and if i purchase skis at some point go with 160's at least. thanks for the info
post #5 of 6
One more idea. As stated above, buy boots, be picky, work on get a good fit, don't buy to big, they should feel a bit too tight when you buy them. Then find a deal on okay used skis, something not totally beat but pretty cheap. Use those for a year or so while you are learning. That will save you from dealing with the rental shop and pay for themselves in a few trips. Eventually demo and buy what you want to keep. Trade in the used skis and you may get back most of the money you put in them. One reason you don't want to buy now is that since you are a beginner and will progress rapidely you may outgrow the ski buy now within a season.
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Thanks for the feedback. I just reviewed epic's re bootfitters and the tips on selecting a boot. It sounds as if some people fit the boot you already have while some sell and fit the boot you purchase. Any suggestions on where or when I may be able to get the best possible fit for the best price. I am willing to pay for the expertise at this point but I notice some $600.00 boots for $225.00 or less. Basically is a person paying on average $300.00 more for the perfect fit? I also thought about doing the epic ski for a week but as it is I ski for a day and I need to rest a day. I am not at that ease point. I know I am working a bit to hard. Of course partly what motivates is I want to get to the easy gentle slight movement place that I see some others with. I thought I would do a day here and there in NC then do epicski week when I am better. Thanks for thoughts..
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