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Noobified, help me pick out some new gear

post #1 of 9
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Ok, well after a long hiatus (you know if you read my other post) I have returned to skiing after 9 years away and I need some advice on some new gear. All of the changes since 2000 have left me noobified.

First I will tell you a little about myself and ability as this may help you help me. I am from New England, I am 26 years old 5'11", weigh 180, and my boot size 27.5. I was an advanced (I don't remember there being numbers back in the day) or level 7 skier when I was 17. After a trip to the slopes today I say it still holds true although there is some rust built up. I will hit the most difficult of the blue runs, but stick to the easier diamonds. No doubles, yet.

When I was skiing last I was just a teenager so my parents were buying my gear. I didn't really think too much about the gear I had and how it may have affected the way I ski, I just cared that I had it and I it got me down the mountain and that I was having fun. Things will be a little different this time as now I am buying it so I will definitely be paying attention to how it will affect the way I ski, and my pockets.

I have questions about all aspects of gear

1.) Skis: Still sitting in the basement of my parents house are my trusty 182cm Dynastar Advantage 3.1's. I got them in 1999. There is an ad for a pair of 185's on ebay if you don't know what they are. These were my favorite, and IMO the best skis I ever had. My question is should I just say old is old and get a new ride? I tend to stick with the classics and what works (need to also find a baby blue 1982 Volvo DL sedan...haha). I loved these skis, and was just thinking about getting some new bindings, or does that just make me a dinosaur? Also I am the same height as I was when I was 17, but 30lbs heavier. Should these skis still be able to support my weight?

2.)Boots: I know these are the most important piece of gear as far as quality and performance effect. My last pair were from Nordica, I am not sure what model. I had them professionally fitted and they were one piece of gear where I really did notice a difference in how much better I skied with those, rather than my brother's hand me downs. Can you give me any advice on a best bang for the buck? I am sure I will be able to find a few different brands that fit me right.

3.)Bindings: My father always swore by LOOK bindings so that is what I had. I remember they weren't very flashy but I think they were less expensive than offerings from head, salomon, tyrolia etc...I saw a pair from 2008 online today for $99. As far as quality? I remember they kept me in my skis when they were supposed to and popped me out when they were supposed to. Other than that who knows? Are LOOK bindings quality? Any recomendations?

4.) Poles: Poles are poles

Sorry for the lengthy post, but if you can't tell I have the bug. Thanks to all who reply
post #2 of 9
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1.) Skis: Still sitting in the basement of my parents house are my trusty 182cm Dynastar Advantage 3.1's. I got them in 1999. There is an ad for a pair of 185's on ebay if you don't know what they are. These were my favorite, and IMO the best skis I ever had. My question is should I just say old is old and get a new ride? I tend to stick with the classics and what works (need to also find a baby blue 1982 Volvo DL sedan...haha). I loved these skis, and was just thinking about getting some new bindings, or does that just make me a dinosaur? Also I am the same height as I was when I was 17, but 30lbs heavier. Should these skis still be able to support my weight?
Putting new bindings on your old (outdated) skis will make you a dinosaur. Do yourself a favor, and at least try out some modern skis on a day trip. Most resorts or specialty shops have a high performance rental or a demo program. I'm sure after trying the modern style of skis, you won't want to ski on your old 3.1s.

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2.)Boots: I know these are the most important peice of gear as far as quality and performance effect. My last pair were from Nordica, I am not sure what model. I had them professionally fitted and they were one peice of gear wear I really noticed a difference in how much better I skied with those, rather than my brothers hand me downs. Can you give me any advice on a best bang for the buck? I am sure I will be able to find a few different brands that fit me right.
The best bang for the buck is getting a properly fitted boot. It will save you some grief later on down the road.

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3.)Bindings: My father always swore by LOOK bindings so that is what I had. I remember they weren't very flashy but I think they were less expensive than offerings from head, salomon, tyrolia etc...I saw a pair from 2008 online today for $99. As far as quality? I remember they kept me in my skis when they were supposed to and popped me out when they were supposed to. Other than that who knows? Are LOOK bindings quality? Any recomendations?
I feel confident with all the brands. Some don't. Look makes a great binding.

In regards to the $99 binding, which binding was it?

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4.) Poles: Poles are poles
I still like my Scott Series 4 poles.

Welcome back to the sport.

Dennis
post #3 of 9
Where do you live and where will you be skiing?

My suggestion is to watch tramdock.com for a deal on a decent pair of new skis. Virtually every men's ski they sell will be better than 10 year old straight skis. At 26, you're way too young to be sticking with old equipment.

Look bindings rock, but most brands (Head, Marker, Salomon, etc.) should be fine.

Spend the $$$ and get fitted for boots at a decent store. The bootfitter will do all the work, you just have to fork over the $$$.

It's that easy!
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanx for the replies. Sorry I didn't put in the post, but I am from New England. As far as where I will be skiing, I know I will be hitting Jay a few times, but other than that who knows.

I did ski a modern ski for the first time today. I had to rent because nothing of mine but the skis are the right size for me anymore. It wasn't weird for me or anything, but probably because I don't remember exactly how my straight skis felt. My thing is this, I skied well enough on the straight skis before, will skiing the more modern skis make me that much a better skier? This I am not convinced of yet. I think I just need to gain some of my experience back.

Anyone out there skied a majority of their time on straights and made the switch and are happy? Anyone try a more modern shape and switch back to straight? It would be awesome to hear both arguments if possible.
post #5 of 9
I was in the same boat that you are in a few years ago, grew up near ski town. Then moved to flat lands for 10 years before moving to alaska and have loved getting back into skiing again. I wish I would have just to stay in shape. Now over 30 and trying to get back in ski shape.
As far as equipment while living on the flats I would go skiing 2 or 3 times a years so I bought a good pear of boots and then where every I would go I would just rent skis. This wasn't to bad of an idea because if I had stayed on my 185 PRE's from 1993 I wouldn't have skied on shaped skis and seen that the industry has changed.

Last year was my first year back skiing every week end and I picked up a what I thought was a nice pair of K2's at a ski swap. They were good to get me back into shape, but this year I could see I need something different.

While shoping for skis I found a pair of Elan 888 with Marker Jester Bindings that were new last year and ready to go. They have turned out to be an awesome powder ski and I love the bindings. I spent 500 on both skis and bindings.

So my advise is to rent find out what you like and then look for some good deals at year end. Unless you want to spend some coin but with what you could save you can pay for your season pass.
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The skis are a write-off. Got to the Special Deals for Members and check out SierraSkis, Dawgcatching or Starthaus for a great deal. Also in gear swap, there are lots of good deals on current equipment. If in doubt, just have a conversation with Scott (dawgcatching) or Jim (sierrajim), and you will end up on the right gear and size. Rossi/Look bindings will work on most flat skis, but if that really rocks your world, consider the Dynastar Contact 4x4 with the Look PX14 binding. That should be pretty high performance and versitile. Any binding in a 12-14 Din will be pretty good, just avoid the 10 and 11 din all plastic ones, especially low-end Marker.

The boots may still be ok, although 10 years old, it really depends on how many ski-days you have on them and the condition of the plastic. Boots have changed some with better plastics and flex characteristics and much better lateral stiffness. Still, if you had good boots and they were properly fitted, and are free of cracks or other problems, they should still be ok. If in doubt, see one of the boot guys and have the boots and your fit evaluated.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanx for the tips. The boots are too small now so that is why I need new ones. Other than that I dont think I need anymore advice on entering the modern world of skiing. After doing some research the benefits of switching far outweigh my cheap ass attempt to save some money. Plus I think the reason why I had no trouble on the hill yesterday probably had something to do with the fact that I was skiing on something more modern. I will try to find something used though. I'm thinking something between 170-175cm. Any suggestions?

As far as bindings, the ones I found online for $99 were Look PX12 and they were a 2006 offering. I will probably try grab those if I find a used pair of unmounted planks.
post #9 of 9
As far as modern skis making you better right away... they won't because to feel the difference between them and your old straight skis you will need to change your technique. I have a picture in my head of how you skied on your straight skis way back when and it involves a very narrow stance and lots of over-emphasized unweighting.
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