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Ski bum or gear freak?

post #1 of 28
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Every year I get ski envy. I see all the newest skis and read the great reviews and suddenly the skis that I loved last year don't seem up to snuff. I start to think of my quiver and I need to get at least 3 skis. A carver, an all mountain and a wider powder type board and keep what I have now as rock skis.

But on the other hand,I think If I don't buy skis I can spend more days skiing and less days working and perhaps take 2 trips out west instead of one.
Very confusing state to be in.
post #2 of 28
Ahh yes, such is the balance. Are Material Items the key to happines? Or do our experiences determine who we are as people? I say buy the new skis, then stay in a hostel.

- Matt
post #3 of 28
Come on man, time to bring out the PASSION for your existing skis.... Can't live without them. Or can you?
post #4 of 28
If more skiing wins you are a ski bum. If you keep buying new equipment at the expense of more ski trips you are a gear freak. Forget the new gear, go the skiing. You will never regret it.
post #5 of 28
Ski bum with a gear fetish.
post #6 of 28
I was the same way until I realized how little skis change year-to-year other than topsheets and new model introductions. A ski with the shape/build/flex you like from 2002/03 is probably as good as 2005/06.
post #7 of 28
I try to follow a plan of new equipment every OTHER year. This has been working out pretty well for my last 2 'equipment cycles'. My skis are pretty tired by the end of that period.

I do get some things each year....including(if possible) new liners for the boots...new heel pieces etc......
post #8 of 28
I tend to hold on equipmrnt for a few years at least - boots epsecially. I got new boots this year though. I would ski more. You will remember the great days that you skied long after the equipment is gone. Remember it's the painter, not the brush!
post #9 of 28
I have oodles of gear hanging around, I get a ton of new stuff every year, but you know what, I still end up skiing on only 3-4 pairs of skis that I have had kicking around for a few years just beacause tere my favorite sticks to ski on. Sure new gear is nice, but if you already got a sick quiver, getting new skis everyontehr year aint bad if you get to ski more.

What good is a quiver of 5 pow boards when you dont get to use them?
post #10 of 28
Your profile says you only ski 30 days a year. Buying 3 new pairs of skis a year puts you firmly in the gear freak category. Hell, that's only 10 days per pair; not even enough for a tune.
post #11 of 28
"wenn der bauer nicht schmimmen kann, liegt's an der badehose"
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by ski=free
Every year I get ski envy. I see all the newest skis and read the great reviews and suddenly the skis that I loved last year don't seem up to snuff. I start to think of my quiver and I need to get at least 3 skis. A carver, an all mountain and a wider powder type board and keep what I have now as rock skis.

But on the other hand,I think If I don't buy skis I can spend more days skiing and less days working and perhaps take 2 trips out west instead of one.
Very confusing state to be in.
Well I see your real problem, you live too far from skiing. You see, when you live close, transportation time and expense cease to be limiting factors, then you can afford the extra skis and ski more often. Slope time has to be the number one priority, then gear, but it's best to have both.
post #13 of 28
I cycle through my gear every few years. New boots one year, SL skis next, GS skis next,....Until I get back to boots. Keeps me happy both ways, new equipment every year, but still have money for skiing.
-Scott
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by Skidudettocs
I cycle through my gear every few years.
Years??? I am lucky if I hit weeks. :
post #15 of 28
I don't know what I am, Ski season hasn't started here yet and i've already spent $800 or so, every time I go to my Fav Ski Shop (MT Kirby Ski's and Boards) i get stuff i hadn't thought about. Ski Pants, a breathable coat, good OTG Googles. A padded bag for my trip to Bannf. I know that most of this stuff will last years but it is fun gearing up although expensive.
post #16 of 28
I keep equipment for years. Last year I finally broke down and got new skis, boots, and poles. This year, I find myself having to re-tool/re-place my tuning equipment. It turns out some of my disappearing tuning equipment was borrowed by my dad one day when he stopped at my house...and he didn't tell me(all my diamond stones, gone!). Others just broke...my iron won't heat up(anybody recommend a good iron?). Some wore out...brushes. The only thing I really was planning on for this year was a new set of ski pants. I haven't even begun to look for those. My wife and I did look at some new jackets for her, though. The kicker is she doesn't ski!
post #17 of 28
As long as I'm skiing I'm happy. That being said I don't want to be out dated either.
post #18 of 28
I feel the same. I am just happy to be skiing. Although equipment is important (mine being much better than rentals..) I have had mine for 2-3 seasons now and am planning on having them for a looooong time to come. I love my skis and have not yet outgrown them.
post #19 of 28
New Ski Jacket and Pants: $75
New Skis, bindings, boots: $60
Under 5 Season Pass to Copper/Winter Park: priceless

(it's good to be 4)
post #20 of 28
You probably are a good enough skier to do pretty well on just about anything. Of course the entire equipment industry doesn't want you to think that. Boots I spend $$$ on, but I usually try to find top of the line 2-5 year old skis. Takes a while for me to get comfortable with skis but after a while I get attached. My oldest pair (1999 Rossi Mtn Viper 9.9's) has gotten me out of some tight spots and I'll always love those skiis for that, but rarely use them now, only frontcountry when it's icy. The thing is it's just you and the mountain (and, of course, the sports diamond). Crosby, Stills & Nash said it best..."If you can't be with the equipment you love, love the equipment you're with" Don't let equipment be a distraction, get out of the ski shop and embrace the mountains.
post #21 of 28
I would rather go to my deathbed remembering all of the great times I had rather than all the great gear I bought.
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by Posaune
I would rather go to my deathbed remembering all of the great times I had rather than all the great gear I bought.
Sometimes, the gear makes the experience more fun. But, you're absolutely right, of course.
post #23 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Posaune
I would rather go to my deathbed remembering all of the great times I had rather than all the great gear I bought.
Why not do both .
post #24 of 28
I'm a ski bum. I remember doing teli turns as a teenager on alpine skis because my second hand boots were so loose that I was freeheeling out of the boot. I can ski on free gear but I can't figure out how to get on a lift without a ticket.
post #25 of 28

screw gear, ski more.

This is coming from a complete gear geek that worked in a shop for the past 3 years (deep discounts + looking at gear all day=buying lots of gear). I've got about a half dozen skis in my quiver, and I always find that I revert to one or two pairs 85% of the time. My advice would just be to buy one or two pairs... ski the hell out of 'em.... just go friggin skiing.

cheers!

-Drew
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Why not do both .
$$$$$$$$$!
post #27 of 28
I was probably skiing on some of the oldest gear here until recently. Early last winter, I was still using crica 1986 Rossignol 4S's. I actually really liked those skis, but the bindings finally broke off and they were getting pretty tired. I got some cheapo 1997 Salomon Axendo's to get me through the season, but I didn't care for those, so now I'm getting some used B5's. My boots were early-90's as well. This gear wasn't quite as thrashed as it sounds though. Through college I could barely afford the time and money to ski, and after college I lived in the midwest for several years and could only afford to go somewhere with decent skiing about once per year, so that was about 8 years I wasn't skiing much. Actually, pretty much all my gear was worn out, so I'm getting almost everything new. I already have new under layers, gore-tex pants, boots, skis (soon). My jacket and gloves are still OK, but now I'm shopping for a helmet, goggles, and maybe some new poles. Getting spendy, but I'm shopping for good deals, and I figure I can justify it based on how little I've spent on skiing for that long period.

I have to say though- I really did like those 4S's, and if they had a little more life left in them I'd mount some replacement bindings on them. I still had a lot of fun on that old gear.

So, I say ski first, gear out 2nd.
post #28 of 28
My priority order

1. Decent enough equipment to respond to what I ask it to do
2. Money for skiing access (Season pass(es), gas, annual Colorado trip)
3. Enough money for survival (food/housing, etc.)
4. Enough money to pay off credit card debt not too slowly
5. THEN - more equipment
6. Money to save for the future (retirement, emergencies)
7. 2nd and 3rd trips out West
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