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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hey y'all,

I, being a poor grad student stranded in a decidedly ski-unfriendly place, did the logical thing: I just pulled the trigger on some head supermojos (193s, of course. These are the same skis as the monster 103s) on backcountryoutlet.com, which were a reasonable though not spectacular deal at $400. I'll stick my own bindings on them, so my full cost on these is really just the 400 on the skis. Someone please pipe in to tell me that this is a really rational, sane, and good use of my money. Please.

I'm considering a trip to alyeska in early may to celebrate the end of the semester... and, uh, go really fast on my new skis.

Really, though, am I an idiot?
post #2 of 20
Well, I sure hope it's sane, because that's what I did a month ago :

188 stiff Bros for my one trip a year....
post #3 of 20
Good luck man... it takes balls the size of grapefruits to handle the speeds they like.
post #4 of 20
Welcome to the land of ski quivers, I own a Spatula (125mm wide reverse sidecut) which will only see use once every other year.

What other skis do you have?

Michael
post #5 of 20
Great skis, as long as you don't like turning too much. Contrary to popular belief, you don't necessarily nead King Kong balls to enjoy them.
post #6 of 20
Yes, you probably are an idiot. A 'poor grad student' living in the east, buying a ski that will never get skied in the east, at the very end of the ski season...a worth while use of limited funds? I doubt it.
post #7 of 20
I dunno - I skied my Monster 103s at Granite Peak in Wisconsin once. I'm sure the mighty Granite Peak makes any of the eastern hills look like the Himalayas.

On the other hand - if he would have waited until August he probably could have gotten them even cheaper. Then again they may be sold out. Then then again again he wouldn't have anything for Alyeska.
post #8 of 20
I remember being a poor student, my response was based on my experience of looking under couch cusions for change to buy ramen noodles and a sixer of Old Milwaukee...trips to Alaska to 'celebrate the end of the semester' weren't even a fantasy. His version of 'poor' and my version of 'being a student' (everyone was in the same boat) are obviously different. Nice buy.

Do yourself a favor, take a trip somewhere that has actual poor people (for perspective). Consider it part of the education.
post #9 of 20

better then a big weekend out . . .

and for comparison - I'm a 33 year-old and have been working for the past 10 years, making enough money to take care of my family and my gear addictions.

My mt. bike costs more than my car and for that matter my modest 2 ski quiver does as well. Gear is always a better investment because it brings hope of doing the things you love and dream about. Good purchase
post #10 of 20
It may have been exactly the right thing to do. It will drive you crazy not using the skis, so they will inspire you to find ways to ski in places where you can appreciate them (like Alyeska). Those skis represent your dreams and may be just the vehicle that makes you realize them. When you are not using them you can look at them and be reminded of great runs and things you love. There are an incredible number of stupid things for a poor grad student to blow his money on, but 193 Supermojos are definitely not on that list.

1.) You're a skier
2.) You buy skis
3.) You use them to rip. (That's what real skiers do.)

You've got #1 and #2 taken care of, now figure out number three and post a trip report.
post #11 of 20
You're an idiot. On an idiots forum.
You know you did right.
post #12 of 20
Why has nobody brought up the fact that there are better skis around for short turns on groomers?
post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
was away for the weekend... just back now. thanks for the responses

from barrett: "What other skis do you have?"... in my closet (PA) right now: 2004-2005 race stock rossi WC SLs, 165s (I had matching GS skis, but sold them last year); ~2000 dynastar powertracs, 192s (great, but the cores are totally shot); 2003 or 2004 k2 axis XPs, 174s (tooooo shoooort); brand new elan m777s, 184s (great all around western ski for me). At my family's house, I have some k2 race stock SLs and GSs, and plenty of other skis, none of which were skied this year. All of the ones in PA I used this season... Having been a racer in the east for so long, I never had multiple skis that weren't race skis - I kept a midfat for times out west and then my current race skis. The whole multiple-soft-snow-and-bumps-skis thing is new to me.

"it takes balls the size of grapefruits to handle the speeds they like.", "3.) You use them to rip. (That's what real skiers do.)"... well, hopefully I'll make it to ak in early May to see just how grapefruit sized my balls are. I am plenty familiar with 'stupid fast'. For skiing in the east, supermojo's would be useless except late season at whiteface (spring skiing at whiteface: Awesome.).


"Do yourself a favor, take a trip somewhere that has actual poor people (for perspective). Consider it part of the education." Thanks for your condescension. fyi a) I'm a grad student in a technical discipline... ie. I'm paid to go to school. b) I consult on the side to pay for my hobbies. c) Have any kids that need math tutoring? I'd like more skis :-P
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post
It may have been exactly the right thing to do. It will drive you crazy not using the skis, so they will inspire you to find ways to ski in places where you can appreciate them (like Alyeska). Those skis represent your dreams and may be just the vehicle that makes you realize them. When you are not using them you can look at them and be reminded of great runs and things you love. There are an incredible number of stupid things for a poor grad student to blow his money on, but 193 Supermojos are definitely not on that list.

1.) You're a skier
2.) You buy skis
3.) You use them to rip. (That's what real skiers do.)

You've got #1 and #2 taken care of, now figure out number three and post a trip report.

I just read your response more carefully. I really appreciate what you wrote... I came to grad school here instead of a more prestigious program much closer to good skiing out west in order to work with a specific advisor, but I'm doin' my best to keep up the skiing.

Here's to hoping...
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by Glytch View Post
I just read your response more carefully. I really appreciate what you wrote... I came to grad school here instead of a more prestigious program much closer to good skiing out west in order to work with a specific advisor, but I'm doin' my best to keep up the skiing.

Here's to hoping...

Glytch:

Glad I could be of service. Some of my skis have done their best work leaning against the wall where I could see them when I couldn't be skiing. I went from being a ski partrolman skiing close to 100 days a year to law school skiing very few days. Sometimes fondling and flexing my skis was as close as I got to using them, but just knowing they were they when I might need them was somehow very comforting. Education is a good investment in your future skiing. Hang in there, I'm sure there are many sweet turns to come on your Supermojos.
post #16 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Glytch View Post

...in my closet (PA) right now: 2004-2005 race stock rossi WC SLs, 165s (I had matching GS skis, but sold them last year); ~2000 dynastar powertracs, 192s (great, but the cores are totally shot); 2003 or 2004 k2 axis XPs, 174s (tooooo shoooort); brand new elan m777s, 184s (great all around western ski for me)...
Your in the right place.

Cheers,

Michael
post #17 of 20
You don't mention your specs, but I hope you're a) large and b) a strong skilled skier. At your age, I was an intermediate who bought a pair of WC racing skis thinking they would make me get better on eastern ice. The ambulance guys later told me they get a lot like that.
post #18 of 20
Thread Starter 
Beyond,

Thanks for the concern - I often look at a person's skis having seen them ski and get scared for them... and anyone downhill from them.

I raced in HS and college at a good, though not elite level (ie. ~100 pts. For a nastar comparison, I can generally muster under a 10 handicap on whatever skis I'm wearing, provided that the course actually has some turns); I'm 6', 175-180lbs, and in good shape. I'd venture a guess that I ski off-piste at a level above that of many people that I race(d) against, but that's a hard claim to justify since I generally spent my time on snow, you know, racing against them I was nervous about hopping on big(ger) skis without as many days under my belt as in previous years, but I loved getting on my new 184 777's and flying around JH for a day (which was all the time I wanted to risk their edges for). I didn't get knocked around much at all on them, so I figure I might as well try something bigger. The worst that can happen is that they're too much ski for me until I've gotten my ski legs under me for the season - I hope/believe naively that I won't be too overwhelmed by the skis if I'm actually in ski-shape.

I actually remember back in the good ol' days when I was a relatively new member here (2001, maybe?) getting in a big argument on the board as to whether or not big skis were going to be out the door in the future (I had just bought some dynastar powertracs in a 192, which were extremely wide at the time, but basically carving skis by today's standards). I loved those skis until I beat them to death in moguls, and it's time for a replacement. I will hopefully end up making this alaska trip, and I will promptly report back as to whether or not the supermojos pan out. If anyone following this thread is in girdwood, or will be in late april/early may, let me know. I'd love to chase you around the mountain.
post #19 of 20
I recently maxed my credit card and flattened my checking account to buy a full ski setup after skiing for one day on rentals to find out if my damaged knees could handle it (it had been four years of exclusive snowboarding, during which time I injured my knees on a racing bike.)

Turns out I needed a more advanced ski. D'oh!

So I think that spending $400 on skis you'll use is probably at least as sane as dropping $900 on a full setup that I didn't know if I could use effectively.
post #20 of 20
Hey JER, I just bought some supershapes.
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