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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'm joining my high school's ski team this winter. I have been skiing since I could walk, but never have raced.

Now, I have a set of boots and skis and bindings which can be used completely for cruising, but not racing, so I'll need a new set of boots and skis. However, I have no clue where to begin. I know I'll be skiing SL and GS.

I'll be heading to my ski shop shortly to look at gear, but would anyone have a recommendation on a good set of boots for racing? I also need suggestions on bindings, as well as skis themselves. I don't have any brand preferences. Of course, I know there is no substitution for demoing skis and trying on boots myself.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks
post #2 of 12

Ha ha ha...

...are you in for some sticker shock. I don't have time to reply to this tonight, butI will tomorrow...
post #3 of 12
Look here: ebay, levelninesports.com, race-werks.com, startingate.net.

For race skis, cant beat some HEADs, I go to them for boots and bindings as well.

You can get some great deals on 05-06 , 06-07 and even 07-08 skis and bindings. For the most part just the graphics change. For HEAD boots if they are right for your foot stick to the Raptors much better than their previous race boots IMHO.
post #4 of 12
We need more data like height, weight and ability. Depending on your size and strength, you may be able to ski on juniors. Most high school programs do not follow F.I.S. specs, allowing you some flexibility in your choices.

Karl
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Wow I totally forgot to post that up. Sorry!


18 years old, 5'8", 135lb, level 9ish skiier.
post #6 of 12
Whatever you do since you admit to not knowing anything about how to proceed don't go to ebay. The attempt at savings will cost you double or triple by the time you get the right stuff if you ever do.

As for gear, it is all good. WCs are won on Rossi, Atomic, Head, Stockli, Volkl etc. Go to a reputable and knowledgeable shop and buy race boots that fit properly and race skis.

Have a great time.

PM me if you have any specific questions about boot fit or recommendations for your foot.

Lou
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. I went to a ski shop with veeery knowledgeable staff. In the end we settled on a set of Elan GSX Fusion in 170cm. The salesman said that it will be a good ski for both GS and SL.

For my feet, I tried on two pairs of Langes. I forget the model, but it was a current year, baby blue boot which retailed for around $500. That boot felt a little loose on me compared to the Lange Comp 120LF, which seemed to hold my foot perfectly when the right beds in place. He said I have a rather narrow foot. I'm size US 10.

Does everyone think this is a good setup? Any suggestions, advice, etc?

Thanks again.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post

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As for gear, it is all good. WCs are won on Dynastar, Rossi, Atomic, Head, Stockli, Volkl etc. Go to a reputable and knowledgeable shop and buy race boots that fit properly and race skis.

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Lou
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post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post
WCs are won on HEAD also on HEAD, and HEAD and occasionally and in the past on other brands etc. Go to a reputable and knowledgeable shop and buy race boots that fit properly and race skis.

Have a great time.

PM me if you have any specific questions about boot fit or recommendations for your foot.

Lou
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post #10 of 12
I must say you guys are loyal. Your equipment sounds fine. What size boot did you buy?

Lou
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
Didn't buy anything yet. Looking at getting a US 10 because I'm not sure if I'm done growing yet.

I haven't heard much from Elan. Are they any good?
post #12 of 12
Do you want to race and win or race. If your intent is to do well then buy the correct size boot. Don't buy a 10, don't buy and 11 and don't buy a 9. Get to a proper shop, do a shell fit and get the correct shell fit. It is the ONLY correct way for you to buy a boot.

As said before all skis are good. Each of us has their favorites, but they are all good. Why aren't you buying a separate SL and GS ski?

Lou
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