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1st Pair of Skis - Help!

post #1 of 14
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I've skied for 2 years and I'm looking to buy my first pair of skis. I'll ski mostly at Snowshoe and the Boone, NC resorts with a couple of 3-4 day trips out west. I'm 6'1" and 195 lbs, I would consider myself an intermediate, I've skied all the blacks at the eastern places above and only blues out west but would like to progress as much as possible. From the research that I've done, I've narrowed my choices to the Volkl 4 Star @168, or the K2 Omni 4.5 or 5.5 @ 167. I've heard that weight is a big factor in choosing a ski and most of the posters are 15 to 20 lbs less than me, am I too heavy for the 4 Star? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 14

Of the skis you listed.

I'm sure you will get an overwhelming number of responses listing other skis you should consider, but I think your primary list is pretty realistic for someone with your experience.

I would discard the Omni 4.5 completely. You'll outgrow it too quickly. On the Omni 5.5 I think you should move up to 174 (but 168 is OK for the 4 star).

The great thing about both of these skis is that they have been around for several years with very little change, so save yourself some money by getting an older model (the Omni 5.5 used to be called the Escape 5500, good ski). Depending on how athletic you are, you will probably outgrow or want to add a higher level ski in 2-3 years.

It would be good if you could demo both skis before buying. You may really like or dislike the feel of one vs. the other.

As always, good fitting boots are more important that skis (emphasis on good fitting). If the choice is one vs. the other, buy boots and rent skis for another year (or two).
post #3 of 14
I would consider Head & Fischer gear. I am 210 Lbs, 6'0" and have had good results with Fischer; Head gear is known to be beefy also.

I would demo the Head Monster 70 & Fischer RX6

Barrettscv
post #4 of 14
Another vote for the 4-Star. Its a ski that will grow with your ability. I imagine I could be happy for a day on a 4 Star with a little less shape as the 5 and 6 star, but more forgiving flex. I wish we would have choices like that when I was learning to ski, but NOOOO, Head Standards and leather boots :
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks to everyone for the advice!
post #6 of 14
You may want to demo the RX8. Great Ski, and one you can grow with, yet very easy to control.

Make a list from the posts you get, and take gandalfs advice. GOOD BOOTS!
post #7 of 14
RX6 would be a good choice. RX8 too....super forgiving. More money though.

Definitely go with the 5.5, not the 4.5.

4 Star is going to be rather blah in the length you should ride.

I highly suggest the 167/168 lengths over the 174/175 lengths. Longer skis will make it harder, not easier, for you to advance into better skiing technique.
post #8 of 14
Depending on how much money is in the budget for the decision, I would definitely spend money on boots first - get a good fitting pair (there's lot's of threads here on getting well-fitted boots), and then assess the budget situation for skis. You can always pinch pennies on skis, but never, never pinch pennies on boots. Get well-fitted boots, and then, if you have to, continue to rent skis for a couple more seasons. Or, get well-fitted boots, and buy an inexpensive (a model a few years old or even used) pair of skis to grow with. Everyone on here is right, you'll replace the skis in a year or two (as long as you continue skiing) - but if you get a good boot, you'll keep it much longer.

J
post #9 of 14
Get 191 cm Mantras.

Or maybe not.
post #10 of 14
195 cm Dynastar Legend Pro is a forgiving novice ski with a price that's easy on your wallet.

NOT!!

I think the 160-ish cm skis would be good for walking from the parking lot to the lift but for skiing at your weight definitely go a bit longer.
post #11 of 14
salomon scream hot will be good
head monster
post #12 of 14
Volkl 4 Stars. The K2 Omni 5.5's are horrible...way too soft for your weight! You will wash out on the K2's. Anothe rgood ski as mentioned above is Fischer RX6. If you don't mind having a little extra weight on your skis check out some Atomics probally either the M9 or M10.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Atown313
Volkl 4 Stars. The K2 Omni 5.5's are horrible...way too soft for your weight! You will wash out on the K2's. Anothe rgood ski as mentioned above is Fischer RX6. If you don't mind having a little extra weight on your skis check out some Atomics probally either the M9 or M10.
Opinions are kind of like *******s.

I love stiff skis. I even enjoy long skis.

However, to say that an Omni 5.5 is "horrible" for someone buying a first pair of skis at any weight is just ignorant. Silly silly.

To then claim that the FOUR STAR of all skis is somehow a much better choice just reinforces this point. The FOUR STAR is not significantly stiffer than an Omni 5.5, and the Omni 5.5 is built with higher end materials...
post #14 of 14
The Omni 5.5 doesn't have the grip on hard snow. At 195lbs he will end up on his arse if he hits an ice patch with the Omni on an edge.
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