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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hi all,


I am looking to get a new set of skis to replace my now ancient Rossignol Quantum 858's. I demoed a set of K2 167 cm shaped skis this past weekend and they were so much better than my 858's it was unbelievable.

I am an upper intermediate/low level expert skier, 6' tall, 200 pounds, 34 years old, who skis 4-5 times a year, all conditions. All of my skiing is done in Northern California (Squaw, Alpine, Sugar Bowl, Northstar).

I would like to keep my cost reasonable (would like to stay under $300 with bindings) and have no problem buying used or demo.

A few specific questions:

1) If I buy used non-demo skis, how much adjustability is in the bindings for different sized boots?
2) If I buy new with bindings on line, do the bindings come mounted?
3) There are two sets of skies on Ebay that look nice to me as new skis and wanted to get thoughts: 1) is a set of Nordica Gransport 10 skis in 168cm with bindings for $240 plus shipping, 2) a pair of Volkl Unlimited AC in 170cm.

Thanks for any help.


Cary
post #2 of 18
First, welcome. Lots of data here, try search function for ski recs. Second, $300 should give you lots of choices this time of year, even new. Tell us a little more about what you like to ski. Fast/slow, long/short turns, mostly groomers/off trail, etc. It's almost a science here to match the perfect ski to the skier. The all-mountain group has a lot of great choices.

As to your questions:
1. Many skis have "system" bindings today that are just as adjustable as demos. Standard mount bindings will have to be re-mounted unless your boot is pretty close to the same length they were mounted for.
2.Maybe, some will. Depends on the seller.
3.Don't know the Nordie, the Volkl is less of a ski than you describe your ability.
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
Steve,

Thanks for your response.

I tend to ski like and old man and am very conservative. I ski at slow to medium speeds and try to keep my form constant. I prefer smooth and steep to moguls. When skiing steep stuff and moguls, I tend to make short turns to traverse and control my speed as necessary. I prefer control over speed. I always ski on the runs, but do love powder when it is there (I will go out when it is horrible weather to get nice powder).

Thanks.
post #4 of 18
Easy turning, mid width, go anywhere, handle pow, low price. I'm thinking K2 Public Enemy . Do a search. Tons of info on this one.
post #5 of 18
Hello Cary. It's always interesting to hear from someone trying modern skis from the first time! I would avoid eBay unless you know exactly what you are buying. Check out backcountry.com, evogear.com, altrec.com, o2gearshop.com, sierrasnowboard.com, and other online shops for some very good closeout deals. Also consider PMing dawgcatching here and see what he can offer. As an example, here's a very good deal on skis that would probably suit you well, for $350 shipped:

http://www.o2gearshop.com/catalog/pr...products_id=77

They have the slightly more advanced Cool HEat for $10 more. There are many other deals like this right now, since it's the end of the season.

Also, at your height and weight, go with skis in the 175-180cm range for on-piste skiing, or 180cm-185cm for off-piste. Skis in the 167-170cm range are a little too short.

Good luck!
post #6 of 18
Cary,
There's a pair of Rossi Z-9s w/demos in the for sale section for $100 that would do a lot of what you're looking for at an unbeatable price.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=68382


Steve
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by stevesmith7 View Post
Cary,
There's a pair of Rossi Z-9s w/demos in the for sale section for $100 that would do a lot of what you're looking for at an unbeatable price.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=68382


Steve
Cary, I'm a low-intermediate and demoed the Z9s at stow. They're a little too much ski for me, but they were super sturdy and handled the hard uneven stuff (frozen cattrucks, ruts, etc.) amazingly. Something about their vibration dampening systems. You might enjoy them.
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
I would be all over those Rossi's but they appear to have taken a major shot down to the core.

Thanks
post #9 of 18
From what I can see nothing that can't be repaired.

Steve
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'm looking at the Rossi Z9's but am concerned they may be to much ski for me. After looking at all the information, I am what the ratings seem to term a level 6-7 skier (sport skier). Given this information, I am leaning towards a set of 2007 Nordica Gransport 12's or Rossi B1's. Any thoughts?

Thanks
post #11 of 18
I had a pair for a season. I found them very easy to turn and not at all demanding. I let them go because they didn't perform well for me at high speed in firm conditions. Not something you seemed to care about. Love them in spring corn.

Steve
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Ok, I ended up ordering the set of 2007 Nordica Gransports 12s in 170. They were $229 shipped from O2 gearshop for new ones with bindings. Can't beat that for them and they appear appropriate for my size/ski skill. I am crossing my fingers they still have them in stock.
post #13 of 18
I seriously would go longer than 170cm at your height and weight, at least to 175cm as a minimum, and longer for those mountains you mentioned. 170cm is not a lot of ski, and you will probably notice a lack of stability at speed.
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post
I seriously would go longer than 170cm at your height and weight, at least to 175cm as a minimum, and longer for those mountains you mentioned. 170cm is not a lot of ski, and you will probably notice a lack of stability at speed.

I would rather have turning performance than stability. I don't ski very fast.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by cary View Post
I would rather have turning performance than stability. I don't ski very fast.
It's not an either/or with modern skis. You can have both.
post #16 of 18
If you're going to ski 4-5 times a year why not just rent then you can get what's best for the prevailing conditions, and have a "late model" ski all the time.

At about $25 -$30 / day for a "performance" rental it'll be at least a couple of years before you would have made up the cost, and they'll be something better than you would have bought 2 years before available. You can also try different things and see what models and lengths you like.
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
Renting is a major pain in the rear. It takes an hour or so each time to get the Ski's and Boots, then the time spent dropping them off. I don't want to have to deal with that each time.
post #18 of 18
Rent skis, not boots (and put the major $ into boots), and if it takes an hour, find another shop (at the area).
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