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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
My friend wants to buy some skis for his wife. She is 5' 8" and about 125 lb, and skis greens and easy blues. He wants a ski that is not only easy for her to use at her current level, but something that will allow her to progress. The key factor is that he doesn't want to spend more than $150 for ski and bindings. Any suggestions?
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by boredtoo View Post
The key factor is that he doesn't want to spend more than $150 for ski and bindings.
Cheap bugger, isn't he?? Is that all he spent for his? :
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
He spent $250 on his skis, but he does ski much more often than she does. In his defense, he did buy her some very nice ski boots.

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Originally Posted by volklgirl View Post
Cheap bugger, isn't he?? Is that all he spent for his? :
post #4 of 15
Saddly he's not going to find much under 300.00 that will be a good ski to take her to the next level of skiing.

I would suggest doing an Ebay Search "Volkl Gamma" and "K2 Luv", see what he finds in his price range.
I would think the Energy 320 Gammas or the K2 One luvs would be a decent ski for her to go from beginner to advance intermediate.

I don't mean to throw cold water on him, or you for that matter, but volklgirl has a point.....its awful hard to find good skis for less than 300.00 let alone 200.00
post #5 of 15
Thank you TC;

You said it much more nicely than I.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Understood. I said the same thing to him.
post #7 of 15
It goes without saying that I agree with trekchick and volklgirl.

Some ski shops are already having sales to get rid of this season's gear. He should check into what sales are going on around his area. He might be able to buy some demo gear for a good price too.

Another idea: If he isn't planning on buying this year, he can wait for ski swaps in the fall. You can get some pretty good deals. But he'll need to know what he's looking for before going, so he knows a good deal on the RIGHT ski when he sees it.

Thatsagirl
post #8 of 15
His best bet to get the appropriate ski for her is to pony up for a demo day (or find a free one) and have her try a bunch of skis in different sizes. When she finds the one she really likes, he can start hunting for a great deal (closeouts, swaps, e-bay, forum sale threads) on that ski, in that length. That way, there's no question that she's on a ski she likes, the right length, and that is right for her ability level.

If her equipment makes her happy, there's a really good possibility she'll become hooked and will ski faster, harder, steeper, and more!
post #9 of 15
Random ideas, around that price range, on ebay, see below. It can be done but you've got to take a little risk in terms of selection. No way can you get into skis that you've demoed for $150; at that price you have to got to hold your breath and roll the dice.

http://cgi.ebay.com/DYNASTAR-LEGEND-...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/Fisher-RX6_W0QQi...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/2006-Head-iXRC-8...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/Volant-Stainless...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/ATOMIC-e7-167cm-...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-DYNASTAR-EXC...QQcmdZViewItem
post #10 of 15
The Head i.XRC 800 skis in the link above would be a superb choice if you can find them in 150 cm size. The 163s listed are too much ski for the person listed; ditto for the Fischer RX6. I got these in 156 for my Mrs., she's about the same as the listed skier, and she's in love with them...and I've skied them and they really hold an edge for me, too.


Ken
post #11 of 15
I was in the same situation getting my wife skis. I ended up getting her the Mojo 70, but they were $299.
post #12 of 15
Check out the Nordica SUV 8 skis on eBay. They are a beginner/intermediate ski and I think eBay listed them for around $200.
post #13 of 15
$150 will be challenging.

I purchased a pair of Atomic C9 puls, with bindings, for my wife, & they've really improved her skiing.
If she likes to ski, paying a little more, & buying a ski that she can grow with, may save money in the long run.

Just my 2 cents.

Ray
post #14 of 15
$150 is totally reasonable but only if you can find the right ski used in decent shape. For a beginner/ low intermediate used skis are fine provided you know how to shop for them.
post #15 of 15
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$150 is totally reasonable but only if you can find the right ski used in decent shape. For a beginner/ low intermediate used skis are fine provided you know how to shop for them.
All of this is right, but knowing how to shop for them is the key. And that deal on a decent ski for $150, can be done but its going to take some sincere effort and a lot of luck. Oh to be at the right place at the right time.
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