Well, I sold off all my old skis and have retained one pair: Xscream series, 179, and I love 'em. I had been thinking that I would get a some 1080s in 171, but, then I had to gear up the 13-year-old who declared he wanted skis, now, and then went and joined the school ski team. Previous 4 years he has been a boarder. Cool. But I had to lay out for skis, bindings, boots, poles, so I sort of shelved the idea of a 2nd pair of skis for me, thinking I could xscream my way through the season. I was fondling the 1080s in the shop while heating up the credit card with the kid's gear and the shop dude came over. I had been there before, he knew my story: weekend patroller, 50's, mid-life crisis, gear weakling. He said I should go with the Salomon Pocket Rocket in 175. Whoa. I weigh 175 (alright, 180+), 5'9". Now, unless I win the Whistler contest for the free week, I will not make it out west, so I am strictly northern Vermont, mostly Smuggs, some Jay, some 'Bush, a little MRG. I love the trees more and more each year. BIG skis, BIG $, althought I might be able to sleaze a pro price from the salomon rep at the area. Does it make sense, brothers and sisters, for an eastern, broken-down, over-the-hill, has-been skier to have, own, possess 175 Pocket Rockets as a 2nd ski? We had a murder 2 doors down, so my low level whine for a handgun has gained legitimacy in the household, so I;m thinking I can turn up the heat a little and lobby hard for a handgun and at the last minute, pull a switch and say: "Well, maybe I should get the skis instead of the handgun". The old lady, already in high anxiety over a handgun possibly entering the house, cops to the skis as a welcome relief maybe even declaring them a birthday present. But, are they a sensible model? Will I be able to use them in typical northern vermont conditions? Ah, Christ, I dunno. I've looked up the PocketRockets on the test sites, like Keelty, and they reviewed good in the Skiing gear issue which just arrived. Ah, I dunno. I need help. I'm begging, brothers and sisters, for a way out of this gear twilight zone.
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10/29/02 at 10:28am