Originally Posted by MikeMike22
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
Where are you located now? I am a couple years older, a couple inches shorter, was out of the loop several years longer, and weigh about the same as you. I do not have much experience with the new gear to draw on but I can share what little experience I have accumulated from my screw-ups.
Boots: I do not know if they had liners 20 years ago but back when I bought my last pair of boots they were all plastic and tended to get tighter with time. My first screw up was buying a pair of boots that felt comfortable, now I have a pair that is a size and a half too big for me. Buy your boots with care from a real bootfitter if you have not done so already.
Skis: Both torsional and longitudinal rigidity are major factors in todays wider skis. Skiing on typical East Coast conditions, I tried to go cheap and bought three pairs of skis before I found one that would hold me. My suggestion from that nightmare is to not consider anything plugged suitable for 'intermediate/advanced' and be careful where you shop. Guys our size need a stiff beefy 'expert' ski. Searching for a bargain you might find your best deals looking for a race ski and I am told the GS or Supercross/SC/SX cuts are more comfortable making that transition from old school skinny straight skis. Whatever the case, the SX:B5 skis I ended up with do feel very friendly underfoot.
I bought used because they were in very good condition and I was impatient and frustrated but you can find new skis from the last couple years being liquidated around here, on Ebay, and other places. In this thread I was seeking advice on a specific pair of skis that may have been unsuitable but there were suggestions for alternatives that might apply to yourself also. Poke around this site and there is a wealth of information. When I was looking at skis on Ebay I would use site:epicski.com on my google search to research the various models and could quickly pull up reviews. Those without review here usually turned out to be unworthy of consideration.Of course, I see demo tents set up all the time. Skiing demo skis can be bad for the pocketbook if you do not watch yourself but you can get an idea of what you are happy on then search from there.Good luck!