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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hi All. Want to say in advance what a great site you have here. On & off over the last year or so I've been checking in and educating myself in the attempt to finalize my purchasing decision on new skis/bindings and maybe boots. I plan to purchase these when the family and I are out in Big Sky the end of March. To date, in addition to what I've learned here, I've spoken with the Lone Mtn. ski shop at Big Sky (seem like great guys) as well as a bootfitter recommended on this site in Bozeman. Anyway, here it goes:

Me/my ability: 50 years old, 6-2, 185, in pretty good shape. Skied extensively during the late 70's and all the 80's until a mogul injury dislocated my shoulder in 1991 (mostly east coast wth some Utah and Jackson Hole thrown in). Since then, the sking has been limited to a few days at 7 springs in PA, a week out in Whistler and most recently, a week in Telluride last year. Candidly, until the shoulder injury, I'd rate myself a pretty strong advanced intermediate, fast with strong traditional parallel technique and liked fast groomed runs (blues or doulble blues for the most part). Never really cared for the moguls or the really steep, but could go down anything (grace would be another matter). Judging from last year, towards the last days, I'd say I'm just about the same skill level before. Fast with strong traditional technique. At Telluride, stayed on the groomers and mixed groomers and bumps - always blue or double blue though. No Spiral Stairs for this guy.

My current equipment: 203Atomic ARCS with Koflach Competition boots (hey it was great stuff in 1985).

Suggested equipment to date: Ski - Dynastar 8000, Volkl 724 Pro and K2 Recons. Length between 176-184; Look or Marker bindings; Boots: to date, have not asked any recommendations. Actually, I just thought since I'm replacing everything else, maybe I should do the boots too. Not to, perhaps would be like purchasing a new Porsche and putting old bias ply tires on it. Not sure about it though.

In conclusion, most of my sking will be annual trips out west. Cost is always a consideration but will not be the deciding factor in any case. Plan to demo what was suggested to date and hope some are left, in the right size when I purchase. Any and all suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks in advance for reading and your time.
post #2 of 9
I say go for the 8000, one size up from the 178 ( not sure what the increment is ). Recon in 181 would do you right too. Bindings? Whatever, both skis are flat so take your pick.

Boots should be upgraded, but can't reccommend without knowing your foot type. Wanna get it right the 1st time? Find a good bootfitter in our index, then go in at seasons end and get a great pair at 30% off.

Good luck!
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply. In your opinion, are the boots an important upgrade? Have you ever skied any of those recommended?
post #4 of 9
I would look at boots first. You will have a better chance of adapting to the new skis and technique with a good fitting boot with suitable flex and stance that allow you to find the sweet spot on the skis and stay there. Any of the skis you mention will work great; I'd just buy the best deal if I were you. Everything is so different from your old Arcs now that you should get a lesson to get the most out of them.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks. From what I've gleened from this site, each of those 3 have strong supporters. Interesting about the boots though. Pretty important upgrade in your opinion. Makes perfect sense though.
post #6 of 9
Would those Koflachs be Comp 911s?
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Ya know I just had to go up in attic to take a look (no basements in FL). No there 511's. Pretty stiff, but still comfortable.
post #8 of 9
In my opinion boots are very important, but different brands fit different foot types. Don't go into a shop "having" to get a certain boot. Try a bunch on and get what fits.
post #9 of 9
If the boots still fit you they should still work all right. Just flex them a few times and check them over for cracks to make sure they don't have plastic fatigue. You don't want them disintegrating on you on the hill. I replaced my Comp 911s because I got tired of suffering frozen feet in race-fitted boots, but they still performed well. As I am now older and no longer seeking that last infinatismally small bit of performance at speed, I want to be comfy all day.

PS the risk of hernia getting them off at the end of the day was a factor too.
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