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please help me pick skis and boots!

post #1 of 7
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This has been my first full season in Colorado. I rented skis for this season, but I want to buy my own for next season and beyond. I'll try to give y'all as much information as I can, and hopefully all you experts out there can give me some good advice.

My current skis: Head Xenon Xi 7.0 (124/73/108, r=13.5). They were great for what I really liked at the beginning of this season (going fast on the groomed stuff), but as I've gotten better I have started to seek out different types of terrain they left much to be desired on anything that wasn't groomed.

My ability: As I mentioned, this has been my first full season. Before this year I had been skiing on Spring Break and at Christmas a few times, but I'm a pretty athletic guy and skiing has come pretty naturally. I would say that I am an advanced intermediate trying to get to the next level. Greens are boring, I usually ski on the blues, and I always peek over the edge of the blacks and if the conditions are nice I will give it a shot. I know that I'm getting better because whereas I used to avoid moguls and crud like the plague, now that is my idea of a good time. Those conditions are still very challenging for me, but I have started to seek them out so I can get better.

What I want from my ski: I want to get better. I feel like I've mastered much of the groomed world and I have started seeking out powder, crud, moguls, little jumps, and have even ventured into the terrain park a couple of times and tried out some of the easy boxes. The biggest thing I'm looking for in a ski is versatility... something that can handle some crud but still carve up the groomed stuff.

As far as the boots are concerned, I am pretty much clueless as to what I want or need. The boots I have are rented (Head Edge HT 7.0) and I don't know what their flex rating is. If y'all could give me some advice about what someone with my ability level should be looking for, it would be really helpful.

I've done some looking around and reading on the internet, and have found a couple of things that look like they might fit my needs. For skis, I was thinking about the K2 Apache Raider or K2 Apache Recon. I don't know much about them other than what I've read, but it seems like they are close to what I'm looking for. I'm certainly not married to K2, but a buddy of mine has been skiing on K2's for years and he really recommends them.

As I said, I really don't know what I'm looking for in a boot, so please throw out as many suggestions as you can about what type of flex I should be looking for and any other features that I will need for the kind of skiing I'll be doing.

Sorry this turned out so long, but thanks in advance for your help. Let me know if you need any more info in order to give me good advice.
post #2 of 7
look for a good boot fitter, and make sure that they ask you a lot of questions before they just grab for boots.

they should look at your feet, ankle flex, arch size, etc

then they should remove the liner and check the shell fit.

THEN actually put you in the boot.

if that doesn't happen, leave ...

rent skis for a while based on conditions
post #3 of 7
What MtLion said is the target.
Get good boots first then demo, or rent until you find the ski that does this >
post #4 of 7
Well you already have some Heads that will carve well, so how about the Mojo 90? It will let you do all that stuff you want to try, and give you more versatility. I've been recommending the hell outta these sticks for the last few months, because I bought a pair and they just do everything really well. They float, carve, fly high, and feel/look awesome. Definately worth a look if you want to take a step out into the wild white yonder and not sacrifice too much on the frontside... (the watea 84s are really sexy too...) But definately find a good boot guy, explain to him what you do and where you want to be in the next year or two and they will no doubt be able to match you up with a set 'o schleppers. Boots are the most important thing.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the early responses... obviously going to a boot fitter seems to be the best equipment move I can make. How much is this going to cost for the boot fitting? I know that the cost will vary depending on how much work I need done, but what is the ballpark figure I'm looking at? Will they fit boots even if I don't buy them at that shop?

Thanks a lot,
post #6 of 7
teh price for the boots will be about the same as any other store, but odds are it will be done right

you can bring in your own boots to have work done too. price = how much work is needed

THis is for my store, your results may be different
post #7 of 7
muskrat- yes, a good boot fitter will work on boots that weren't bought at that location but I wouldn't buy a boot unless you had an expert match you up with a pair, in which case you should buy them from said expert. Then they will be familiar with your riding style, your fit, and already have a plan in his head for how to make it fit perfect. If you buy a boot elsewhere, there's a chance the boot guy will look at you and say "why would you buy that boot? That's not what I would have recommended at all" This is the way to go unless you shop in-house and find, say an internet deal on the same boots. There are many out there (including me) however, that feel the money spent with your new found boot guy will be worth its weight tenfold in that it helps you build a relationship with him. Support local businesses if you can! As for the money, it really depends on the boots you decide on, and how gnar your feet are. You can spend a grand on the super setup, or you could get out spending under 500... to save money, mabye wait for the postseason sales. But one thing's for sure- without a properly fitted set of boots, your bluebird days will be few and far between. So splurge if you can- it's an investment in your future happiness and learning curve and you'll be happy you did. GOOD LUCK!
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