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How should I deal with my binding problem

post #1 of 5
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I am going skiing for the first time in several years. I am pretty heavy at 5'8 and 250 lbs - which is a lot more than the last time I skied. So I took my skis to the local shop to have my bindings adjusted and discovered that my Tyrolia 670's were not on their list. So, they wouldn't work on them. My equipment is 10 years old, so the sales people at 2 different stores told me my best bet was to just buy new bindings AND SKIS!!! Since I have straight skis and everything these days is shaped they say it's really not recommended to only buy new bindings for my current skis.

Should I just buy new bindings? Should I buy new skis and bindings? Should I try to adjust my current bindings myself? How? I am not sure how long I will stick with it. And I'll be pissed if I buy new stuff and then my bindings get discontinued. So what would you do?

post #2 of 5
Stefan A-Do yourself a favor and buy all new gear. What you spend on ski gear would be a small investment compared to surgery. One more bit of advice,get a lesson so you can take advantage on the new technology of shaped skis,you can thank me later.
post #3 of 5
I inherited the "frugal" gene from my dad. As far as I can tell my antique metal 490s work fine on my antique SGs; the action is smooth and the seem to have the required amount of force to release. I ski them, but I like to live dangerously. I'm keeping the old skis as the high-speed part of a two-ski quiver, having just gotten new Fischer WC SCs for making small to medium turns smaller hills in Ontario Canada.

Do as I say, not as I do! I strongly advise you get some new bindings. You should consider that with you new heft, you've got an awful lot of weight torquing on those knees. Bindings can be replaced, mess up your knee and it will NEVER be the same again (though you will be able to convince yourself that it is at times).

Actually, the more I think about it the more I think I'll pick up new bindings on sale. Anybody got any suggestions for a good binding set up for an old pair of 208 SGs?

You deserve a treat. Get some new skis while your at it.

BTW. What are your old skis? Where and how do you like to ski?
post #4 of 5
I would take your current boots with you to ski (assuming they aren't rear entry), and rent skis for the first time or two out. Take a lesson each time, so you learn how to use the new gear. If you discover that it is something that you want to keep doing for a few years, go out and get yourself a reasonably priced setup. I would also recommend that you focus on getting decent skis and bindings, but you should probably look into getting a brand new, properly fitted pair of boots. If you get good deals on everything, and cut some corners with skis, you can probably do the full deal between 5 and 6 hundred or so. If you dont care about doings things "right" (boot fitting and such) you will likely pay much less.
post #5 of 5
rent: see if you still like skiing,
buy some next year
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