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Hypothetical question

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
You have $1000 to spend on ski equipment. You are an expert skier. You need a pair of skis, and have a pair of 10 year old boots that work fine, fit well.

Do you: Buy a more expensive, top of the line all mountain pair of skiis and use the older boots

or

buy a less expensive but good quality pair of skiis and a pair of new but average boots on sale for around 200-300.

Thoughts?
post #2 of 27
I buy skis. I will worry about boots when the ones I have start to show signs of needing replacement. I would also start sputting money away NOW for new left-over boots for next season.
post #3 of 27
That's an easy one. I'd search for deals and buy 2 pairs. Specifically Dynastar 8000's and 8800's complete with bindings and still have $$ left over.

Hold on a second...you said hypothetical...my bad.

In your hypothetical example, I'd hunt for deals and buy skis and boots.
post #4 of 27
I can do new skis and new boots for a grand.
post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 
I just wonder how far have boots come in ten years? I have a pair that feel fine to me, but wonder if using them is compromising my turning abillity.
post #6 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by DefJef
I just wonder how far have boots come in ten years? I have a pair that feel fine to me, but wonder if using them is compromising my turning abillity.
I know how you feel, I felt the same way, let me tell you what I found out...

My beloved Raichle Flexons, which I swore by for umpteen are now sitting in my closet. I am in a new boot in the first time in over 15 years. I don't care what 10 year old boot you are in..there is a modern day counterpart that will allow you to either get more out or your current ski, or expose it's shortcomings.

I personally dropped more in gear last year than I did in the previous 5 years combined.
post #7 of 27
I can't seem to get more than 3 seasons from a pair of boots before they're toast.

But, if your 10 year old boots work fine & fit well then I'd say go with top o' the line skis.

Never sacrifice.
post #8 of 27

The best Skis & Boots for less tha a Grand? Yes!!!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by jstraw
I can do new skis and new boots for a grand.
Yes,

New 03/04 Salomon Course 130 purchased 9/05. Retail asking price $325, offered $250 and they are mine.

New 04/05 Fischer RX8 with Railflex bindings purchased 10/05. $350 & 40 S&H on eBay. (thanks Coach13!)

I would would say you could get the best possible skis & boots for less than $1000.00.

A lot less!

Best regards,

Barrettscv
post #9 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by jstraw
I can do new skis and new boots for a grand.
Yep, easy. If you're spending much more, it is probably too much.
post #10 of 27
last year ...

I put out $850.00 for my Metron 11's, Neox 412's and Dalbello Kryptons. I am lucky to have some connections, but frugal shopping contributed. Ebay is your friend when looking for deals.
post #11 of 27
Easy, given the choices. You go for the skis. But I'd actually go for new expert level boots and skip new boards for this year. Probably better upside in performance; can't exploit a great ski with worn out boots.
post #12 of 27
I'd go shopping for skis, and have the boots assessed for any aftermarket work needed, say the worn-down soles rehabbed, insides beefed up, fronts softened if need-be (and maybe not). In the US for a grand you ought to be able to get some most-mountain skis, plus some powder beasts.

Boots that fit and feel good are a rare beast and not easily replaced.
post #13 of 27
$1000 - hmmm... New Elans from Dawgcatcher, Tyrolia Cyber Carbon D9 SX bindings, and Dalbello Kryptons. That's an easy one.
post #14 of 27
DefJef, what skis and boots does this "hypothetical" person have now? If the "hypothetical" person is just moving from the east to say, Colorado? The new skis are a big priority. On the other hand, if the "hypothetical" skier is using soft rear entry boots, then I could conceivably change my answer.
post #15 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by DefJef
I just wonder how far have boots come in ten years? I have a pair that feel fine to me, but wonder if using them is compromising my turning abillity.
10 year old boots are really designed for skiing on 10 year old equipment. (and, generally for useful technique with NON-shaped skis). Specifically, older boots tend to lean you too far forward, and elevate the heel a little too much. Go for the boots. Good boots on average skis will boost your skiing much more than good skis on average to poor boots. Oh, and when you get your new boots, get custom insoles. (And, you can often find new boots that are 1 or 2 model years old, for a considerable reduction in price from 2005-2006 boots.)
post #16 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Ebay is your friend when looking for deals.
Get the boots for reasons others have listed, but buy them from a shop so they can guarantee the fit for you. WHatever you have leftover look for a great ski on eBay!

Let us know what you decide.
post #17 of 27
You can easily buy brand new top of the line boots or last years from $350-500 at a store, $100 for new footbeds, and then still have the rest for skis from an online store or Ebay.

I just got new Atomic boots for $400 + from a bootfitter shop and got a pair of skis on Ebay the next week for $280.

You just need to go and try on every boot you can find.

Buying boots from a store with good bootfitters gives you the benefit of saving upwards of $100 or more for fitting costs if you need them.
post #18 of 27
If your 10 year old boots were high performance models and they fit well. I see no reason to change.
post #19 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by xrisi421
You can easily buy brand new top of the line boots or last years from $350-500 at a store, $100 for new footbeds, and then still have the rest for skis from an online store or Ebay.

I just got new Atomic boots for $400 + from a bootfitter shop and got a pair of skis on Ebay the next week for $280.

You just need to go and try on every boot you can find.

Buying boots from a store with good bootfitters gives you the benefit of saving upwards of $100 or more for fitting costs if you need them.
Oops

I meant to post this as me but was on my wife's laptop.
post #20 of 27
From personal experiance last year. Buy new boots. my finding was a new pair of good boots makes a ok ski so much better.

I would spend 50% - 75% on new boots and buy the best deal on skis and bindings you can find.

a good ski with a great boot is better than

a great ski with a ok boot.

my skiing ability increased 10 fold after the purchase of new Lange Pinnifirinna boots while staying with my existing skis.
post #21 of 27
If you have good boots, you don't need to buy boots. Buy skis.
You should be able to get good skis for less than a grand.

Try to save up for the day when your boots pack-out, shatter, or develop stress cracks. Comparing what's available today to what I got 20 years ago, I don't see a hell of a lot of improvement at the top end. It still boils down to how good a boot fitter you get.
post #22 of 27
I'd spend $450 or so on skis, reuse my bindings, and put the rest in a savings account.
post #23 of 27
Hypothetically speaking, what are these 10-year old boots and what footbed do you have?
post #24 of 27
Thread Starter 
what's the diff. btwn. "intermediate" boots and "advanced/expert" boots???? stiffness?
post #25 of 27
You buy a plane ticket to Frisco and have Jeff do a total boot overhaul on you. Then while you are there you ski some of the early season snow!
post #26 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghost
If you have good boots, you don't need to buy boots.
For 20 year I had good boots (Flexons), now I have great boots (Kryptons). And as much as I loved my Flexons..the Kryptons ARE that much better.
post #27 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by DefJef
You have $1000 to spend on ski equipment. You are an expert skier. You need a pair of skis, and have a pair of 10 year old boots that work fine, fit well.

Do you: Buy a more expensive, top of the line all mountain pair of skiis and use the older boots

or

buy a less expensive but good quality pair of skiis and a pair of new but average boots on sale for around 200-300.

Thoughts?
You need to 'over spend'.
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