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Need another Ski?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
A topic.

What are some signs and symptoms of needing a ski with different performance features.

Signs being visible indicators to any observer.
Symptoms are descriptions from the "patient".

Obviously, speed is a big "condition" For skiers comfortable with moderate forward velocity, high speed stability or lack of, would not show as either a sign or symtom. That is, they don't have that dis-ease ".

I rode a lift with an older gentleman who pointed out the shortcomings of his new "shaped ski" by the sign of wear and tear on the tips. I didn't get a reading on what caused the "tip crossing" however.

Would anyone care to comment from their experience?


post #2 of 12
Sounds like he had some bad technique issues.

A lot of people bought shaped skis and expected the magic of perfect skiing to be an instanteous transfer. Without the proper technique adjustments (like a wider stance and using both skis to turn) the advantages amy be lost or even manifested in a negative way.

Anthow, more directly yo your question, demoing is one of the best methods to help make the determination of needing a new ski. Unfortunately, many folks miss this part of the experience and end up with something that worked for someone else, but may not fit their needs. Demoing gives me that sense that either I have the perfect pair, or that something different may be better. Currently, I have great sticks, but I like to demo for the fun of it!

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 19, 2002 10:43 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Bandit Man ]</font>
post #3 of 12
The normal signs that I need another ski are:
1. I've skiied the current pair for more than 6 weeks
2. It's August

Buying gear early starts to get me in the mood for skiing, and the excitement builds from there.

post #4 of 12
I knew I needed a new ski (additional ski) when Washington's snow fall not only exceeded normal levels but was consistently lighter than previous years. Additionally, I took two out-of-state ski trips.

Of course the falling prices added in my decision to purchase.

I added a pair of Chubbs to my quiver last week - just in time to enjoy some fresh Canadian powpow.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

You have a very advance case of this dis-ease. I have been told there is no known cure!
Gear Treatments are very expensive and often need repeating several times with adjusted dosages. Often the symptoms are directed at the feet, legs, and even the upper body. Even with these costly treatments, there have been cases where no relief was to be had and the patient needed to travel to remote alpine enviornments to stem additional attacks.

Good luck!

post #6 of 12
When you try a new pair of skis and it makes you feel like you can ski anything on them, It's time to upgrade!
post #7 of 12
I have owned 3 pairs of skis and 2 pairs of skiboards in my skiing life.
Until recently, I have lived on an island with NO skiable terrain.
The longest I have owned a pair of skis is about 40 skiing days.
I spend around $1500 a year on gear, for 3-4 weeks on the slopes.
I'm already planning next year's purchases: Technica Icon Alu (something else but I can't remember) boots, which will cost around $500, and then get the heaters for them, which will probably be another $100+
New gear bag ($100-150)
And possibly a second pair of skis (something wider than my Axis X Pros).

And it's only March. I'll start shopping in August, then I'll need to start deciding what else I need.

post #8 of 12
fuk's that- good lord, you are the man that marketing people drool over. if any "hardcores" wonder why gear isn't made up to their standards, it's because of you.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 19, 2002 01:22 PM: Message edited 2 times, by r ]</font>
post #9 of 12
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by r:
if any "hardcores" wonder why gear isn't made up to their standards, it's because of you.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

What do you mean?

If I regularly buy the higher end gear on the market, why would this reduce standards?

post #10 of 12
because you don't require your gear to last more than 40 days.

if it works great for 40 days and then you get something else, you probably aren't getting an accurate picture of the item's durability. this means that you can use cheaper materials (that break down sooner, i.e. foam cores, etc), and to the person that is buying gear constantly, the said gear is still the manufacturer sells a less durable/cheaper to make product and still gets the return business.

that's one of the ways they make money.
post #11 of 12
When I buy things, they aren't as throw-away, so I do tend to go for higher quality goods - my skis are wood/metal/glass construction and they travel in a box, my jacket is Tenson MPC, my micro-fleeces are Fusalp, all my Oakleys have Iridium lenses, my silks are, well, silk.
(I could repeat that for other areas in my life, e.g. guitars, hi-fi, etc)

I guess my point is that I tend to buy the best I can afford, and the most suited to my desires, but I'm a ski addict, so while I am very happy with my current set-up, I will buy more, and replace some next year.
I guess if there were a set of scales here with money in one, and sense in the other, the sense side would be in the air!

post #12 of 12
Here, here!
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