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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi I'm 5'10'' 205lbs

i am an advanced skiier who spends most of my time skiing in australia... this involves a lot of ice, moguls, crud, groomed, off piste etc. (i.e. a variety of conditions, the least commong big dumps of POW).

my style ranges from short snappy turns to big GS turns on the steeps. i spend very little time in the park but wish to do a little more.

I am a student and cash is not free flowing. i have concluded my best option is to take advantage of previous seasons stock (as far back as '04).

given my range of style (i will ski most of the mountain on a given trip) and conditions etc...

i am not sure about length at 178cms tall ive been given info ranging from 160cm skis to 174cm skis.

i have thought about these ski's:

k2 apache crossfire (any season) 167 or 174

Volkl ac3 170s

Crossmax 10s (2004) 165...these are dirt cheap what is ur opinion?

k2 apache x 04/05 or 05/06?? 167cms

any other skis???
also some of these options are without bindings what is ur recomendation there?


Salomon x wave 9 (28.5) is the only suggestion (i have a wideish foot type)

could a try an xave 10 (what is the difference)
post #2 of 10
Hi fallscreek, if you don't already have boots, then the best thing to do is invest whatever money you have in getting them. If there's enough left over for skis after that, then do so.

Go to a good bootfitter, and get them to sort you out with boots - they may be more expensive than the bargain rail or the internet, but if the boots aren't right, then you're wasting money on them, and on everything else, in my opinion.

Oh, and welcome to EpicSki. Have you much snow there yet?
post #3 of 10
find the fitter to sort the boots, the x-wave is not the widest boot on the market with a forefoot width of 101mm, the widest performance orientated shell out there at present is the Head S / RS , but as has been said, best to find a fitter and let them guide you towards the correct boot

of the skis you suggest i would look at the k2's , but the boots are the critical part....you could always rent skis this season
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
I agree about the boots and this is my way of thinking.

i have been fitted out (by a well know bootfitter) for a pair of x-wave 9's and they were perfect. is there much more the boot fitters can do for me or am i now able to save and go with e-bay.

as i said previously im really close to buying crossmax 10s (04) as they ware extremely cheap atm. what is the general consensus for their use as an all mountain ski. (is it ok do go bush bashing with)

as for the snow...we have had a little bit of preseason snow 20cms or so. seems like we are in for a better yr this year the highs are not so strong.
post #5 of 10
Fallscreek, there's nothing to stop you buying boots off ebay, apart from your conscience (given the time/effort that the bootfitter has already put in to help you), and that if you go in to see him in the future, he might not be as eager to help you!
post #6 of 10
Welcome and semi-random thoughts:

1) It would help you and us if you made a priority list about what and how you like to ski. Your post basically lists all possible turn styles and terrain, with a caveat about big dumps. If realistically you're more apt to ski groomed, for instance, look for more of a carving ski. OTOH, if you really want a bit of everything, by def that's an all mountain ski, and you can eliminate most models (say below 74 or above 82), then think about your size and skill level. Be honest with yourself; buying equipment that's inappropriate to your level will only frustrate you and slow down your improvement. Then study the reviews here, at Realskier, and in some of the mags. (Canadian sites like Skipressworld and Skicanada are especially useful IMO).

2) Then figure out how many days a season you'll be skiing. If more than 10 days or so, you'd probably be better off financially to buy a well-used pair of skis that you'll dump after a season or two. If less, you'd probably be better off renting and finding out what you really like. Only then, start looking for skis, and stick to the short list you've already put together.

3) Either way, put most of your cash into good new boots from a bricks and mortar shop, have them fitted well. Which may take a few visits, and unless they're a specialty fitting operation, they'll work harder for you if you bought the boots from them, not an e-store.
post #7 of 10

You know exactly waht you want, and what size you need (exactly) and are absolutely sure that you will not need follow up work or fitting work later on.....


A cheap price is more important to you than the relationship and the possibility of future service with the fitter that has already worked with you.....


Buy online.

post #8 of 10
G'day Fallscreek

whereabouts in Oz?

I'm in Melbourne but cant find that dirty cheap stuff here

We are almost identical from height to weight and shoe size, i am a newbie intermediate though

welcome to epicski, i came two days ago though

it's 2:30 here, i should sleep...
post #9 of 10
AC3s or 4s. I had fun on the AC3 a few months back when Loon got hit by that huge April storm. There was very little grooming, and they performed nicely.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

well in regards for the bootfitter, yes i do feel bad but seriously the price diff is too much.

what are ur thoughts on a cross max 10 (04') as an all mountain ski. please note here in australia there is little POW. what i say what type of terrain i ski i would say it would be even across all types...with pow being about 5% of the time. my prefered technique is tight agressive turns, but dont mind winding it up and doing some GS turns on a freshly groomed run also.

i am definatly leaning towards the crossmax 10s (they ate 85% of their intial value.

how do they preform on bumps, thru cruddy off piste and older powder, on groomers etc.
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