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What ski would suit me?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hi. I ski in the South Island of New Zealand. I want to get new skis that will last me a long time because I have pretty much finished growing now so I won't grow out of them. I'm 15 years old, 60kg (I'll probably get a bit heavier as I get older), 183cm tall. O and I'm an advanced - expert skier.

I want twin tips because I see no harm in having them and I do jumps quite often. I occasionally ski powder if there is powder to ski but usually it's not too deep if I can find any. I like to ski off piste and ski lots of different conditions. Snow is quite slushy here in spring too. But I also ski on groomed snow a lot and I need something that will edge well and won't slide too much on icey snow. Basically I need a good all round ski! Unfortunately money will influence what ski I get quite a bit also. I need something reasonably cheap.

So what would you guys recommend for me? Also what length, radius and width will probably suit me best? I really need to upgrade from my current skis which aren't really good for anything.

O and what would be good binding for me? I don't really know much about bindings but most skis don't come with them I don't think so I guess I'll need to buy them separately?

Thanks very much.
post #2 of 11
With twintips you will be looking at separate bindings. Low to the skis is the way to go.

The K2 Public Enemy/ Extreme is universally liked.
Head Mojo 80 (05/ 07) / JO Pro (o8/ 09) is a really good, tough ski.
Line Chronic/ Chronic Wide/ Prophet 90 are good and often cheap.
Volkl's TT line up isn't really known for being durable, I'd skip them.
Scott skis are usually a great value, check out the Punisher or P3.
post #3 of 11

Skis

SkierAlex. First Welcome to Epic. Stay on, get involved and then we can check with you when we want to come to NZ. I won't recomment any ski's but after the Bears post their opinions and recommendations do this:

Take a list and go demo those ski's. Preferably several different pair on the same day. Then YOU will be able to pick the right ski for you. You will actually save money doing it this way because you won't buy the wrong ski.

Hows winter coming down there?
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
SkierAlex. First Welcome to Epic. Stay on, get involved and then we can check with you when we want to come to NZ. I won't recomment any ski's but after the Bears post their opinions and recommendations do this:

Take a list and go demo those ski's. Preferably several different pair on the same day. Then YOU will be able to pick the right ski for you. You will actually save money doing it this way because you won't buy the wrong ski.

Hows winter coming down there?
Yeah I probably will get more involved in these forums and post a fair bit. Is this the biggest and most popular skiing forum? It looks like the best anyway.

Winter is good. It's been a great season so far, plenty of snow and it's only early in the season. I'm really happy because last years season was very short and there wasn't much snow.

And thanks whiteroom. Other people have suggested k2 public enemies to me and they seem pretty popular. One of my friends has them so I'll ask if I can try them out sometime. I'll also look into those other skis you suggested.

EDIT: I just had a look at k2 extremes and my other friend has those so maybe I could try those out too.
post #5 of 11
There's also the K2 obSETHed ...

Also, Armada ARV and Armada ARW ...
post #6 of 11
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I've had a look on some sites and here are some good deals I found. I think skis are quite a bit more expensive in New Zealand compared to the States. Anyway the first link is 2008 Salomon foils for $300, no bindings. How much would cheapish bindings be? Is it a good deal? Is this a good ski? In reviews they sound like a great all mountain ski that would suit me well.
http://209.216.111.64/SALOMON_FOIL_p/salofoil08.htm

178cm, 2006 volkl dogens. Are these any good? They're brand new with bindings so they seem like a great deal. Although I read a some reviews on them and apparently they chip easily?
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/List...x?id=167480167

K2 public enemies, 174cm, no bindings.
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/List...x?id=167484129

Also are Dynastar trouble makers any good? There's a couple of pairs of them on trademe too.

Thanks
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/List...00&permanent=0

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/List...x?id=168179741

Those are trouble makers on trademe. Any idea what year's model they are and if they would be a good all mountain ski or are they mainly a park ski?
post #8 of 11
The troublemakers look like last year's model. I need to do a bit of digging around, cause I think I demoed them, but can't remember what I thought!
post #9 of 11
The Trouble maker is an excellent ski, it's got a cult following here in the eastern US because it handles firm conditions well.

the white ski w/ flames is 1 year old, the green ski is 2 seasons old.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post
The Trouble maker is an excellent ski, it's got a cult following here in the eastern US because it handles firm conditions well.

the white ski w/ flames is 1 year old, the green ski is 2 seasons old.
OK thanks. It sounds like I'd want to get last years model because models before that had a problem with edges breaking or something. I also like the white with flames more than the green as far as looks go. For $300 with bindings they're a pretty good deal aren't they? He says he's only used them 10 times. I also noticed that lots of people are buying brand new 07 trouble makers off trademe for $500+ with no bindings.
post #11 of 11
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I'm just wondering what length would be best for me. Probably 175cm-180cm if I get twin tips? It's just I've been finding some good deals that are around 170cm. Would 170cm be too short?

Thanks
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