Originally Posted by mmac
Not sure if this belongs here or in equipment forum. I am seeking opinions about whether or not a wider ski (say Salomon Fury ) would make it more difficlt or not for a Level 7/8 ish skier who has skied very little in the last 10 years, and never on shaped skis, to update their (allround) technique compared to a slightly narrower ski ( say Salomon Tornado ). It seems to be a fairly commonly held opinion that is so but I wonder what people think. In a similar vein I read in Harold Harbs book that "rotary" boots are not a good idea. I understand that Nordica Speedmachines ( dont know which others ) fall in this group and also wonder what people think about this advice. Thanks
mmac, welcome to EpicSki!
I found both of those skis easy to ski, and I think they'd be fine for a skier of your level to begin to enter into the world of shaped skis.
That said, get the boots first. Furthermore, find a real boot specialist and get the boots that he says you should get. Don't buy any other boot for any reason. You aren't going to be able to tell which boots fit your foot, much less which ones will help your stance and your balance. These take a specialist. Depending on how your body aligns and works, you may require a more "rotary" boot to get the proper flex. Or you may not. It depends!
Get the boots first. Then, try some different skis. I think the Fury is a great ski, but this year I preferred the Nordicas (Mach 3 Power and Afterburner). Other skis like the Atomics and Volkls are more edge-biased and will kinda force you up on those edges to learn modern technique. But, if you demo, you'll get a sense of what you like... once you're in the right boots!