Originally Posted by wbroun
Spindrift, with all due respect, your post is bollocks. You're suggesting that some kind of sensible standard exists for a 300-pound skier and that's nonsense.
Well, I confess you raise a good point. I might be wrong, but I don't think we disagree here. I avoided making specific suggestions. Instead, I noted a few general things that come up with just about anyone in the "clydesdale" zone.
Anyone much over 200 pounds is out of the design center of almost any piece of gear. They *will* flex boots more readily than someone 50 or 100 pounds lighter. They will likely flex right "through" any "novice" or basic "intermediate" boot . As a novice, they will probably need a ski with much more torsional rigidity than a 150 pound advanced skier will need - otherwise tips and tails are likely to twist out under a variety of circumstances (icy traverses, carving in hardpack, etc). Likewise, at 300 pounds, you can make the average intermediate ski flex like a noodle. It is like sticking one average size skier on each of your skis! I also suspect someone well north of six feet and north of 250 pounds would not get much life out of a lower end binding since even for a Type I skier the initial DIN is likely to be around 6 or maybe a bit more.
There are likely many combinations of equipment that will probably work fine, but these are real issues for all heavier skiers. Part of why I suggested sticking with a good specialty shop is that they can work through these issues with a novice.
If I am off-base on any of this, I am more than happy to be corrected.
I know I did over-generalize about one thing in my initial post. There are in fact sales people of all sizes and shapes who are very knowledgeable about gear - and can steer just about anyone toward appropriate gear choices. However, I have noticed that many times small sales people don't "get it" when suggesting gear for bigger skiers (torsional rigidity, what's that?; floatation - I never sink!). Likewise, there is one larger sales guy, at one shop I actually like, who is just clueless about what it means to be a smaller skier. He'd do OK with me, but not someone 110 pounds. It pays to scope out your prospective sales person (and bootfitter) and make sure they understand the issues you face not just because of your skill level and budget, but also weight, height, build, etc.