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post #1 of 12
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So I am thinking of getting a used pair of skis as my first one. Generally, what do you think of them, and is it a good idea? Or am I better off getting a new pair. ( I am virtually a total newbie having skiied once).

post #2 of 12

Not a bad idea but, here's what I'd suggest.  Instead of spending money on new (to you skis) how about getting some boots (really important piece of equipment) that are fitted well and rent skis until you improve more.   Your skiing ability will improve pretty rapidly for awhile, waiting to get skis until your progression stabilizes means you won't go through skis too quickly.  Get boots, there are great deals out there right now, get them fitted correctly, rent for a little while then buy skis

post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by skierhj View Post

  Your skiing ability will improve pretty rapidly for awhile, waiting to get skis until your progression stabilizes means you won't go through skis too quickly.

 

Ok, here's a really newbie question. What do you mean by going through skis too quickly?

 

And anyone know how much a pair of used skis (and boots for that matter) would cost, such as at Play it Again Sports?

post #4 of 12

The boots you really need to try on, but for used skis, Ebay and Craigslist have some good deals.

post #5 of 12

Used skis?

 

Pretty good idea, as long as you have someone you trust who is knowledgeable to help. The main 'problem' would be with bindings being too old to be serviceable. prices could range from $75 to $400

 

Used boots?

 

Bad idea. Boots 'mold' to your foot as they break-in, buying someone else's worn out boots is a bad way to save money. Ski boot fit is very different from tennis shoe fit, they need to be very tight without causing undue pain, what feels good in the shop is NOT how the boots will feel once they break-in, having some guidance to avoid buying the wrong size/ fit is better than 'saving money' on the wrong boot.

post #6 of 12

Most skis I've seen at play it again places are very outdated and hopelessly over-priced.

Consignment sales in smaller ski shops can net you some good deals with advice and service however.

Getting your own skis and boots makes it a lot more convenient to go skiing - no time wasted in the rental line ups.

Get yourself something in the mid-performing level like an RX6 to start out on, unless you already know that you are a speed freak and need stability at speed.  Get boots fitted to your feet by a recommended fitter is best, but even if you don't, they won't be worse than rentals and will save you the trouble and time of renting every time you go.

post #7 of 12

Most skis I've seen at play it again places are very outdated and hopelessly over-priced.

Consignment sales in smaller ski shops can net you some good deals with advice and service however.

Getting your own skis and boots makes it a lot more convenient to go skiing - no time wasted in the rental line ups.

Get yourself something in the mid-performing level like an RX6 to start out on, unless you already know that you are a speed freak and need stability at speed.  Get boots fitted to your feet by a recommended fitter is best, but even if you don't, they won't be worse than rentals and will save you the trouble and time of renting every time you go.

post #8 of 12

My wife was in a similar position at the beginning of this ski season.  We ended up buying her new boots ($150 + $30 for footbeds) and found a shop that does a season-long rental (~$150).  She's already feeling like she has moved beyond the skis she initially rented and is swapping to a different pair from the rental shop.

 

So...I'd recommend new boots and a season-long rental.  I doubt you can beat that combo for value...

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by skierhj View Post

Not a bad idea but, here's what I'd suggest.  Instead of spending money on new (to you skis) how about getting some boots (really important piece of equipment) that are fitted well and rent skis until you improve more.  


 

I agree with this approach but many ski resorts, at least in NH, won't rent the ski only and they'll only adjust the binding to their boot.

 

It might be worth it for the OP to get good boots and cheap skis that will only make it until this time next year.  Replace the skis next year and a quiver will be started; new skis and rock skis.

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

 

Used boots?

 

Bad idea. Boots 'mold' to your foot as they break-in, buying someone else's worn out boots is a bad way to save money. Ski boot fit is very different from tennis shoe fit, they need to be very tight without causing undue pain, what feels good in the shop is NOT how the boots will feel once they break-in, having some guidance to avoid buying the wrong size/ fit is better than 'saving money' on the wrong boot.

 

The funny thing is when I went skiing for the first time last weekend, I rented the boots, which were most likely used, and they felt quite comfortable.

 

Is there a major difference between boots that cost $100, and $170?

 

http://www.sportmart.ca/store/2product.asp?countryID=0&category_id=67&product_id=17058&mscssid=0NVFVA80P8H38JGV9GJSHE2L2TFMDWU1

 

http://www.sportmart.ca/store/2product.asp?countryID=0&category_id=67&product_id=17054&mscssid=0NVFVA80P8H38JGV9GJSHE2L2TFMDWU1

post #11 of 12

I've seen great used skis for sale in shops.

My first skis were used demos; cheap and quite good.

In December I bought another pair, Atomic GS9s for $150 from the shop on the mountain where I ski.

But I also saw many good used pairs at other shops where I've bought wax,or goggles, and couldn't resist the temptation to look at what they had for sale.

Some shops offer packages including new boots skis bindings and poles. Hunter has one like that for $450 now. Those packages should go down in price as Spring approaches.

I have not liked what I've seen from private sellers on Craigslist or Ebay;

but the used skis offered by some of the online shops, for as little as $89 look quite good.

I'm thinking now of some K2 Escapes for that price; I still like my escapes from 2003. If they disappeared I'd buy a used pair in a heartbeat.

 

post #12 of 12
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Now that I've thought of it, what is the difference between new and used skis (including rentals), performance wise? Yes, I already know used skis look quite differently, at least on the top with all the paint scratched off :)

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