or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Buy or rent new skis, or neither?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Buy or rent new skis, or neither?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Stats:  38yrs; 6'; 180lbs.  Level:  aggressive, former (see below) 8+ or 9.  Terrain:  Utah; 70/30 on/off.


After a 3+ year career and family induced hiatus from skiing, I'm finally getting back to the slopes this year.  Problem is I'm at a loss as to what to do for skis.  My only pair of skis right now are 01/02 Atomic 10.Ex 184's (maybe 40 days on them, and in great shape).  I used to spend most of my time off piste, but for a variety of reasons I'll be spending most of my time on-piste this year.  So here are my questions:


1.  Do I junk the 10.Ex's and get on something current?  I assume the answer is yes because of the advances in ski tech over the years, but I'd appreciate some thoughts.  If the answer is yes, what improvements should I expect to see in a new pair of skis over these?  FWIW, I absolutely loved these skis in everything but icy moguls and deep pow.


2.  I'm going to get a max of one week of skiing in this year, so is there any point at all in actually buying new skis, or should I just demo the whole time?  I would demo regardless for at least the first 2-3 days to figure out what I like, so if I bought skis, I'd get a whopping 4-5 days on them this year.  With the 09/10 skis on the horizon and spring/summer blowout deals just around the corner, I'm leaning towards just demoing this year. 


Thanks in advance to everyone.

post #2 of 7

Take the skis you know and like (yours) and also take some lessons whilst you are demoing newer skis. If you are a high level skier there are never many takers for the high level groups so they end up being a very small group or a well priced private. That way you have a pro to guide you through any technique changes you may missed and will help you get the best out of yourself and the equipment you are demoing.


Then decide what you are going to do next year and look closely at end of season sales (or current sales given current economic climate and slow sales) for the ski you decide you like the best. 

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks Andrew.  You've raised an issue that I actually hadn't considered.  I know I'm going to be really rusty and that regardless of my previous skill level, I'm not going to be able to return to form in the few days that I'll be skiing this year.  I hadn't thought, however, about the fact that even if I were to return to form immediately, that form might be wrong for today's skis.  On the one hand, I don't want to believe that ski technology could have changed so much in so short a time as to antiquate my technique, but on the other hand I only to have think back a bit further to the straight to shaped evolution to know that that might in fact be the case.  So in a nutshell, I may no longer be good enough to get the most out of the skis or the demo process and even if I am, I may not have the right technique to get the most of the skis or the demo process.  Lots to think about - thanks again.



post #4 of 7

I say take the skis you know and like, go ski them, have a blast and don't worry about anythign else.  The skiing will come back to you in about half a run and all the lesson may do is make you worry about too many things.


Ski technology has changed, that doesn't mean your older skis need to be junked.  Just go play on them you'll have a blast!

post #5 of 7

I skied on the 10EX for a while, and although I didn't like it that much I have to say that ski technology has not changed much since that model, not enough for you to be concerned at all. My issue was that the ski is obstinate because it has a wierd flex pattern, 2x4 stiff under the boot and softening at the tip and tail, not at all an even, round flex. so it produces a funky, dead carve IMO, but no big deal.

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

davluri - interesting.  Re the flex, I remember an Atomic rep telling me that with that ski you really needed to use some type of free flexing binding system otherwise it would be too stiff under boot.  I always that it was marketing bull to steer people towards the Atomic bindings (which I have and are decent, but waaay too heavy), but maybe that accounts for your experience.  Or maybe the ski just has weird flex pattern and I've never noticed.


post #7 of 7

I'd take the skis you've got as a backup plan, but demo a couple of the latest & greatest new skis out there. I was in a similar situation a couple years ago & I decided to just pick a demo ski according to the current skiing conditions. I've discovered some terriffic skis I would never have tried otherwise (Icelantic Shaman for the pow & Salomon XW Fury for the groomed.

Have fun!

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 › Buy or rent new skis, or neither?