or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Am I riding on outdated equipment? Do I need to upgrade????
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Am I riding on outdated equipment? Do I need to upgrade????

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Me:

29 years old, relatively good shape. Lived in Montana for a year, Tahoe for 2 years, all 8-10 years ago.

I can ski all conditions on the mountain relatively the same, whether it's steeps, bumps, or groomers. Get into trouble at speed, in the air, or in big massive bump fields, still. Don't ski in the park. These were not around when I was skiing (at least not really).

But really it's all relative, I guess when I was skiing, most people would see me and think that I'm pretty solid.

Anyhow, since 1996-97 winter, I've gotten in 6 days on the snow. Yep, SIX TOTAL.

Anyhow, bought a pass again, and it's going to be my passion for the upcoming season as the wife is taking a break from road racing her bicycle and indulging me for once.

SO......here's what I'm after. In 1998 I bought a pair of Salomon Prolink 9.0 Race boots. These were the top of the "line" boots, albeit not race stock. In 1997, I bought a pair of Elan SCX race GS skis, the big sidecut ones that have a derbyflex, risers, THEN 900 Equipe race bindings. These carve sick arcs, obviously.

This summer, to get back into it, I bought a pair of Salomon Xhot Pilots that were brand new with bindings for a song...I know, salomon aren't "cool" or whatever, but hell, they're my first "fat" skis.

So am I alright with the boots still? I only have the aforementioned 6 days on them. And they're foamed, and my orthotic is still in them. I figure there can't be that much technology in boots, is there?

What about the quiver? Should I upgrade to some new (couple year old) GS race skis and pow sticks? Or am I fine?

Thanks for the advice in advance.....
post #2 of 5
Jed, first, you're fine. You'll have fun. That's what matters. No one needs equipment just to have fun. However, skis have some a lot way in the last 7 years!

Since you have a pass, grab some demos for a day or two. Or, even better, find out when the reps are all going to be lined up at your area, get up there and try out a bunch of the newer skis.

The SCX did rip sick arcs--for their day. Wait until you get on some modern carvers, though! You'll enjoy the Xhots, too, but they will feel different than the Elans in many ways...
post #3 of 5
ditto on the boards.
My concern is that the boots may possibly be too "high end" and stiff for fun.
But that all depends on what your brand of fun is. So take it with a grain of salt.
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stache
ditto on the boards.
My concern is that the boots may possibly be too "high end" and stiff for fun.
But that all depends on what your brand of fun is. So take it with a grain of salt.
Hrm....yeah, regarding the boots....I'm 200 pounds, they didn't "used" to be too stiff...I'm going to have them looked at by someone ssh referred me to though...
post #5 of 5
Unlike skis, there's not been any big "new thing" in boots in recent years. Of course, the people who make them are always coming up with new things, but the recent ones are pretty incremental. Lots of people still use boots as old as yours (me, for one).

I'd at least start out on your old boots. You might, at some point, decide you want new ones. Or you might not. Or you might want new ones, but have something else that's a higher priority.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Am I riding on outdated equipment? Do I need to upgrade????