Finally decided to get out the vintage ski collection as it stands right now and dig out the camera and post some photos:
Starting from the left:
My Mom's old Scott poles (circa 1968 or so) with my Thumb-Buster (TM) Scott grips that I've been using for about 20 years.
Olin Extremes, 180 cm which I've been using ever since the shovel cracks got too bad on my beloved Rossi Freestyles.
Olin Mark IVs, 180 cm which I just got from an ebay auction. Can't wait to try these baby's out this year...
Rossi ST650s, 175 cm. these were my Dad's skis which I just liberated from his basement.
Really old Scott steel poles, again from my Dad's basement.
My plan is to transfer the fairly new Salomon bindings from the Extremes to the Mark IVs and use those as my everyday skis.
Transfer the 555s from the Mark IVs to my Dad's skis for a nostalgia cruise down the intermediate slopes.
Now, here are my pride and joys (drum roll please):
I've been through all 157 pages of this post and I haven't seen a pair of these anywhere. The closest I've seen is from MidWest Pete's collection which has the K2 red boot which was the intermediate K2 boot. These were the advanced boot.
I purchased these in 1975 for the princely sum of $180 and I've used these every year ever since. I think K2 only produced the Orange boot for about 2 years which is truly a crime. These boots are GREAT!! I hope they last forever because I never want to have to replace them. They've held strong for 36 skiing seasons, responsive as hell, and comfortable enough to wear all day long. Unlike the Nordica foam boots I had before these which hurt the parts of my feet which they hadn't yet cut off the blood flow to. Can't say enough good things about them....
Does anyone on the list recognise the K2 Orange boot or have an ad from Ski or Skiing magazine that they can post? Love to see something....
Anyway, that's the collection so far. Still looking for some Rossi Freestyle's or Strato 105s but anything I've seen has either been too beat up or too short.
I have some brown Strato 102's w/ Look Nevadas, what size are you looking for?
Personally I would trust a 555 LESS than the Spademans I ski from time to time, even on a intermediate trail, there are better period binding to use such as a Look Nevade or even a Tyrolia 350D