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post #1 of 7
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The Story: I usually go Ski about 2 times a year for the past 5 or so years. In the past I go with the rental equipment and it suits me fine. Now I'd like to invest in the equipment to save from rental costs.

Could someone recommend a few Ski's including bindings and boots? I'm looking for something that is able to carve well (speed isn't too important to me). I'm able to get down Black Diamonds with no problem.

I really don't know the first thing about equipment (the ski shop usually takes care of it for me). I"m looking to spend between 200-300 dollars

I'm 5'7 155Lbs

post #2 of 7
You came to the right place, but you may want to do a little research here first, try the search tool.
As for as equipment, I have followed the advice & recommendations of the knowledgeable people here at Epic, without disappointment.

I started with boots, but found out that it's more about the bootfitter, & less about brands. Find a good bootfitter at the resort you plan to travel to & give him/her a call.

More & more Ski manufacturers are going with integrated binding systems, so as for as bindings, you may want to wait till you've found the skis you like, (after demoing that is) as the bindings could be part of the system.

As far as skis, you will save time by listing important info, like:
The terrain you prefer to ski
what area of the country? east/west

Hope this gets you started
post #3 of 7

Welcome to epic!

I reccomend that you see if the areas you ski at have a demo center for equipment. There is usually a fee for demoing equipment, but most demo centers allow you to demo as many skis and boots as you like for the day. Many also apply the demo fee toward a purchase at the shop. The demo fee is usually little more than rental shop prices.

There are many bramds of skis, but most brands have a ski model for any level of skier and type of skiing. Spend a lot of attention to your boot choice, rather than skis. You are looking for a snug, but confortable fit. New boots that feel snug while trying them on, will pack-out (the liner) after a few days skiing and often end up being too big. Also, look for a boot that is flexable enough, too stiff a boot often puts skiers in the "back seat".

Hope this is helpfull.

post #4 of 7
Boots are the most important piece of equipment. You want the boot to flex forward quite easily. This will allow you to flex your ankles to maintain balance and also allow you to flex your knees and hips more easily. You should be able to flex the boot and have your knees extend to about the end of the toe of the boot - use a ski pole held vertically against the knee to check this.

For hard carving, you want the boot to have good lateral stiffness. Since you are skiing black diamond runs, you should get a high level boot for sufficient lateral stiffness.

Fit is the most important aspect and each make of boot fits differently, so you should try several to see which one naturally fits the best with the least amount of modifications by the boot fitter.

The insole included with most boots is not very good. At the least you should replace the original insole with a better off-the-shelf insole like Superfeet. This will give your foot more complete contact with the boot sole to better transfer movement from your foot to the ski and provide better arch support.

Most serious skiers get a custom footbed. These will cost about $175-200 but will make a much greater improvement even over the Superfeet insoles. These are transferable from boot to boot as well, so they can last for many years.

If you have more serious foot problems, then you should get an orthopaedic footbed from a doctor.

Your ski terrain will have a big effect on what type of ski works best. Generally, an all-mountain ski is the most versatile and will be your best choice. The newer models are wider at the shovel, waist and tail for powder and crud, and still have a big sidecut for carving groomers. One example you might try is the Salomon X-Wing Tornado.

The bad news is that you probably won't get it all done for $300, even if you buy good used gear. But, you will probably ski a lot more and a lot better on your own good equipment.
post #5 of 7
I would get your own new boots and footbeds and rent skis until you know what you want to ski on. Go to a reputable ski shop with a bootfitter who knows what is going on. Trust me, I wasted money on boots because I didnt know enough, and the employee who sold me the boots knew even less. You need to get boots that fit your feet well and are not too soft or hard. If your boots dont work your skis wont work either probably. I learned bad lessons the hard way when I got back into skiing 2 years ago.
post #6 of 7
You won't get anything acceptable for your budget.

I agree, boots are the most important, and they'll cost more than $300. I disagree with Empress about the flex. If you're skiing black diamond runs, you probably will do well in somewhat stiff boots.

When you get boots that are just right, rent skis for your vacation. Don't get beginner rentals...rent high performance skis, and be sure you can exchange them for different sizes or models during your stay. When you find the skis you like, buy a good used pair.

Make a posting in the Ask The Boot Guys forum about which boots might work best for you. They'll need info from you...check other postings to see what they've asked others to supply.
post #7 of 7
Plan on spending @ $400 all in on good boots. (You will have them for many years skiing 2x per season so make sure they FIT) Rent some Demos for now and keep your eye out for something used at the swaps / ebay etc.

5'7" 155lbs no clue on equip etc? Get some sporty but comfy boots. Not necessarily "stiff". They will initially feel a little SNUG in the store. Get footbeds. (@ $100)

Don't go to a "McSki" mart. Go to the crappy looking one with smelly guys. They are the real deal.

When you got to get fitted - kinda gross but - make sure you trim your piggies carefully and wear or bring the socks you plan on skiing in.
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