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Does anyone else here get a rush when doing crazy stuff on low end equpment?

post #1 of 12
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I look back at my season and relize how much fun I had bringing out my old Mt Dew skis for fun. I hate them for how bad they are, but I love the rush of not having as much control as I would like. I'll never forget going to Okemo near the seasons end and flying over those "Do Not Jump" bumps. Does anyone else here enjoy riding on lower end skis while doing things like this?
post #2 of 12
Oh yeah! Guilty pleasures!
When I skied at Okemo, those little spots were SWEEEEEEEET

I put on my beater skis to ski with some school kids, so my good skis wouldn't take a beating, and actually had fun throwing down with them!!!
post #3 of 12
Woo-Hoo! I had more fun on those 130cm ski school boards.
post #4 of 12
I enjoy my rock skis. I ski harder and will cover questionable surfaces without a care.

Michael
post #5 of 12
Yes. It's amazing how much fun you can have on an old pair of skis. You don't "need" the latest and greatest.
post #6 of 12
"Does anyone else here get a rush when doing crazy stuff on low end equpment?"

Sure, it's why I telemark.
post #7 of 12
I wouldn't say this is low end equipment. In fact, in its day, it was "The Ski"

I'll let Phil elaborate when he checks this out, but here is a video of Phil skiing "the Ski"

The Phil skis The Ski
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
I wouldn't say this is low end equipment. In fact, in its day, it was "The Ski"

I'll let Phil elaborate when he checks this out, but here is a video of Phil skiing "the Ski"

The Phil skis The Ski
I had a blast taking out a 30 year old ski and letting them rock. I will say it was...well...different, but in the best possible way. We all owe it to ourselfs to A. See how it was and B. See what its like to just start out.
post #9 of 12

Tools for fun!

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Originally Posted by barrettscv View Post
I enjoy my rock skis. I ski harder and will cover questionable surfaces without a care.

Michael
You know that attitude should ALWAYS be employed.
Skis are tools for you to USE, let 'em go, if they get hit on rocks, etc. so what!!

PS I always baby my skis too, that is until I follow my friends under the quad at Wildcat or something and grind some metal off and basically destroy the factory tune!! Then I'm OK with the free spirit attitude.

My Dynastar Legend Pros were the hardest to let go of, the factory tune was so awesome, but once it went I was way more comfortable about questionable terrain. My home tune always brings 'em back, but never again like the factory fresh edges!!
post #10 of 12
My Dynastar Contact 11's received some superficial damage while in transport from SLC to ORD. Enough to ruin any resale value but not enough to effect performance.

I was almost glad. Now I won't be skiing on them them like they are fragile works of art!

Michael
post #11 of 12
Low end gear doesn't deserve the rap it gets. I would sooner ski a lower end say...Dynastar Contact 9 than a high end straight race ski.
post #12 of 12
First, low-end skis are not the same as former high-end but now old rock skis.
Second, low-end skis are not the same as any straight skis.
I used to have quite a lot of fun on real low-end material because I tested skis for a domestic factory which used to produce cheap skis. It used to be fun to see how their performance improved after a proper or even high-end tune. It was fun to find their limits.
Now I don´t find it interesting any more.My knees and hips are not so good any more to „spend“ them skiing some inferior material. I concentrate, as much as possible, on top gear (mostly race skis) that allows a challenging ride any time. But, as said, I´ve had my "low-end fun".
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