EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Old skis 203cm, Lookding for new ski/boot advice
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Old skis 203cm, Lookding for new ski/boot advice

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Stats. 5'10" 215. Skier level 8 ++ 53 year old knees.
Ski mostly in CNY, Lab, Song, SnowRidge. I have ski'd several times out west, Vail, Copper, The Jane. However I don't see a trip west in the near future.

Asking for advice, been skiing since I was 10, been on 200cm Ross's since I was 16, Strato's 103, then F5, then 7sk @ 203cm. So I am thinking about Supershape Magnums or Allstars, @ 170cm to 177cm.

My Nordica Comps self destructed, so I am looking at Nordica Speedmachine 12's. Can I fit these to my 7Sk's?

Good choices? Bad?

Thanks
Mike
post #2 of 14
This is going to be good...

1. Welcome to Epic

2. Boot..boots...boots. The Speedmachines will not fit like your old Nordie Comps...I know I had them. Don't go in to the fitter with any preconceived notions on how a Nordica,...(LOL, I am trying to think what other company still makes boots from that era..) Lange..but Rossignol (See: Caber), Head (See: San Marco) Salomon (yes, they now makes boots and skis along with bindings ) fit. All these fit different now than that old 3 buckle Comp.

3. Technique, you will need to take your skiing from analog to the digital era. Side to side movement vs. up and down. This is for a whole 'nother thread.

4. Get a beer

5. Skis, What you mentioned for skis are all fine choices, for where you are sking, you will have more fun on the shorter of the two lengths you mentioned.

6. 7S's? Green/silver, Black, or yellow? Bindings? Just curious.

7. I will let the other zealots chime in some.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
My bad, not 7sk, but 4S kevlar, teal green, white letters, Marker MR Racing bindings, yes with the turntable heel. My old Ross's had Look/Nevada GrandPrix on them (gone). So are the new Nordica's larger, smaller, stiffer? 12's too stiff? 10's better? I really would like to use the new boots on the old ski's if possible. Just for the big ski tuck the hill rush that comes with length. Carving is carving right? Lay the ski on the side apply some pressure (more on 203's), and the ski carves. Yes No?
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Oh, yes, for those from Central New York, the skis, as did all my skis, came from Liverpool Sport Center. As long as we are waxing nostalgic.
post #5 of 14
No problem using your new boots on your old skis. None at all. There really are no differences between new boots and old style boots. Same plastics, same flex.

On the other hand I assume your skis sport bindings from the same era and no shop will get near them. Nor to be honest should you. so unless you want to purchase new bindings for the old stars I would let them go .

Unlike boots I would say there is nothing about old style skis that is superior to new skis.

Lou
post #6 of 14
I will let the instructors get into the difference in the modern technique, they are much more qualified than me.

As far as the new Nordies being different, liken a 1985 BMW 325i to a 2009 BMW 330i, both have similar names and spots in the product line but there is no comparison in the performance.

Once you get on a modern ski and start working its potential, you will have no desire to get back on that 4Sk.
post #7 of 14
Mike,

For a little perspective, I skied my 4Sk's last season and still enjoy them. As for the MR's, if they are in good condition and you can release out of them standing then I would have no problem skiing them. But you must make that call for yourself.
The "shops" won't service or adjust them anymore due to liability and profit reasons . Yes you will be able to make the new boots work on the Rossi's with no problems. Bottom line is to just get out there and enjoy yourself.


As for the BMW comparison....I honestly enjoy my dad's ' 87 325is more than our '02 330ci.....Really!
post #8 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post
Mike,

For a little perspective, I skied my 4Sk's last season and still enjoy them. As for the MR's, if they are in good condition and you can release out of them standing then I would have no problem skiing them. But you must make that call for yourself.
One of the main reasons many people aren't skiing older Markers any more
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post
The "shops" won't service or adjust them anymore due to liability and profit reasons . Yes you will be able to make the new boots work on the Rossi's with no problems. Bottom line is to just get out there and enjoy yourself.

As for the BMW comparison....I honestly enjoy my dad's ' 87 325is more than our '02 330ci.....Really!
It has very little do do with profitability, when a binding is removed from the indemnification list, the age is only a part of the reason, you will see varying age older bindings on the list, but more due to the binding not being functionally consistent.

Take Rossi Smash's advise with a grain of salt, he is currently typing on a Commadore 64 and watching an episode of B.J. and the Bear he taped from last Thursday on his Beta Hi-Fi
post #9 of 14
Those Beta Hi-Fi's are going for big bucks on ebay....
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
I understand the grain of salt. The Marker's replaced the Looks from 1971 when Liverpool Sport Center wouldn't take them off the Strato's onto the 4sk's. Any modern bindings fit the old ski's? BJ & the Bear?, could be worse, he could be watching Nightrider.
post #11 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sailfast View Post
Oh, yes, for those from Central New York, the skis, as did all my skis, came from Liverpool Sport Center. As long as we are waxing nostalgic.
Ah yes one of the many CNY ski shops no longer with us

Check this thread out for fun:
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=72073

Since we are "waxing" nostalgic, remember the place on Erie blvd that just did tunes and sold tuning gear? I dropped some serious cash in that place and somewhere still have a card good for like 5 stone grinds from them. (or maybe it was full tunes), I guess my hopes of them re-opening are shot. I guess I should toss it.

From 6 shops, including one that just did killer tunes, down to one shop that kinda sucks. thats progress for ya
post #12 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post
Those Beta Hi-Fi's are going for big bucks on ebay....
I know..I got big money for mine.
post #13 of 14
Beta still kicks the crap out of VHS quality wise. Sony's business/marketing plan just killed the product.
post #14 of 14
I have been skiing for 40 years..owned a pair of Rossi Stratos as well. Ski/boot/binding technology has come a long way. You'll enjoy yourself a lot more on modern equipment. A ski with a side-cut between 16 and 21 is great fun, it will practically carve itself. Demo a bunch to find the perfect ski. Make sure your boots are not too stiff...my husband, an expert skier has the Nordica Doberman 110 flex and loves them. Make sure your new boots fit snug...you want that heel to stay in the heel pocket. Modern bindings are much safer, they'll release when you want them to. Last, hire a pro for the day to help you through the transistion.

Cheers...Patty
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Old skis 203cm, Lookding for new ski/boot advice