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Ok so I'm looking to get some new skis, and I heard this was a good time on account of all the deals and junk.

 

So I've been skiing for a while (like 6ish years), but generally only went once or twice a year until I got my own gear this winter.  I live in Illinois, so up until now the majority of my skiing has been on groomers and a bit in the park.  I took a trip to Washington and hit up Crystal Mountain and Stevens Pass, and really took to skiing the crud and through the trees and mogully stuff.  I was pretty bad at first but by the third day I was skiing double blacks at Stevens.  My current skis are from Sports Authority, Rossignol Axium STXs (haven't found anything about them online), but at 112-69-95 they're pretty built for groomers.  I was thinking of getting a fatter ski so I could handle powder a bit better, and twin tips because I'm working on my switch skiing and like messing around in the park.  I'm 6'3", 170, and am skiing 170 cm skis.  I would classify myself as an aggressive skiier.  Here are a couple of the skis I've been looking at (evogear seems like it has good deals, but like I said I don't know a whole lot so advice on where/when to buy is appreciated).

 

Rossignol Scratch Scream In 07/08 http://www.evogear.com/outlet/skis/rossignol-scratch-scream-in-2008.aspx

Nordica Supercharger Ignition 06/07 http://www.evogear.com/outlet/skis/nordica-supercharger-ignition-2007-2.aspx

 

Again I don't really know what I'm talking about, these are just a couple skis that seemed decent and met my requirements (I'm also looking for something inexpensive, by the way).

 

So basically looking for semi-fat twin tips for maybe 75% all mountain 25% park, ideally something thats just an all around ski that can take any conditions pretty well.  Please help!  Thanks!

post #2 of 10

That last statement screams K2 Public Enemy/Extreme to me.  Very good all around twintip that is better as an all mountain ski than a park ski.  You can also get them for next to nothing right now.
  

At your size I would get the 179cm Extreme or Public Enemy.  Evogear has them for around $300, but you can likely find them elsewhere for even less.

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Originally Posted by lemmiwinks View Post

 

So basically looking for semi-fat twin tips for maybe 75% all mountain 25% park, ideally something thats just an all around ski that can take any conditions pretty well.  Please help!  Thanks!


 

post #3 of 10

It's definitely worth taking a close look at eBay.

I bought some '08 Fischer Red Heats with bindings from snowdealsnow.com for about $360 shipped early in the season, now I see that another big seller has them new for $250 with free shipping. The '09 Red Heat was about $700 retail with bindings at the beginning of the season, no change from the '08 except for the graphics. These aren't twin tips, just trying to give an idea of how much prices are coming down due to the time of year.

The guys in the "Special Deals for EpicSki Members" forum are offering some excellent prices, too, definitely worth checking them out. I think those guys will mount and prep the skis for you, which you probably won't get on eBay.

post #4 of 10

I think the volkl bridge's would fit that profile perfectly. I own last years version and they are a great ski. They have a 92mm waist so they will hold their own in powder. Also they are twin tips and do faily well in the park. I agree with MikeC . That the K2 Public Enemy/Extreme would be a good ski. And go with a little longer ski than a 170cm.

post #5 of 10

You can pick up the K2 Extremes for way cheap at SierraSkis.com right now.  Make sure to use the epic20 discount code to save another 20% off the already low price.
  

I'm tempted to get a pair for myself, but my wife will kill me if I buy any more skis

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I think the volkl bridge's would fit that profile perfectly. I own last years version and they are a great ski. They have a 92mm waist so they will hold their own in powder. Also they are twin tips and do faily well in the park. I agree with MikeC . That the K2 Public Enemy/Extreme would be a good ski. And go with a little longer ski than a 170cm.


 

post #6 of 10
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Thanks for the replies everyone!  The K2 Extreme seems to be just about what I'm looking for, although it costs a bit more than I'd like it to.  I've been looking around for Public Enemys because I read that the Extreme is almost the same ski as the PE only with different graphics, and I'd hate to pay a lot more just for looks.  I checked ebay, but it seems like either people are selling "PE"s that aren't actually PEs or just have crappy prices, are there any other good places I should be looking?

 

Virtus_Probi, what do you mean by mounting and prepping the skis?  Is that just stuff like waxing and sharpening the edges, and putting the bindings on?  I actually don't really know what you have to do to put bindings on, as my first ski came with basically a plate that you latch the actual bindings onto.  Is this the way most ski bindings work or are mine weird?  Should I buy bindings at the same time as skis so that I can have someone else mount them for me?  Thanks again for all the help!

 

edit: Actually I'm having some luck with craigslist, but can you mount bindings on the same ski several times? (like if I bought a used ski from someone with a smaller boot than me, or if I wanted to center mount the bindings or something) Thanks!

 


Edited by lemmiwinks - 3/27/2009 at 06:57 pm
post #7 of 10

 

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Originally Posted by lemmiwinks View Post

 

Thanks for the replies everyone!  The K2 Extreme seems to be just about what I'm looking for, although it costs a bit more than I'd like it to.

 

You do realize that the K2 Extreme is $250 including shipping on SierraSkis withe the "epic20" coupon, right?  That's only $20 more than the Nordicas you listed in the OP.

post #8 of 10
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Yeah, to be honest the nordica's cost more than I'd like, too.  I'm looking cheap considering I have about $600 in my bank account and I have a $350 credit card bill due for my last ski trip.  I'm not ruling it out, I'm just wondering if I'm getting better performance out of the extreme's or if I'm paying for the year and the graphics.

 

I was just looking around and I happened to find this on REI with similar dimensions  (K2 silencer@$150)

http://www.rei.com/product/773390

 

The silencers have about 4 mm less fat in the middle, but the tip and the tail are shorter too.. Would this make a big difference, or would these be good for a budget all mountain/park ski?

 

So i guess my question is what I was saying in my first paragraph; are the Extreme's going to give me better performance or would I be just as happy with the older silencers for $100 cheaper?  Maybe it's just because I don't know a lot about skis, but do the new "technology" things that the manufacturers come out with every year really make a difference?  (these are honest questions, if they actually are better please let me know)  Thanks again for the help!

 

EDIT: OK maybe I'm just writing too much crap that nobody cares about.  I'm just going to replace this entire thing with one question:

 


I'm kind of on a budget but the K2 Extreme is not out of my price range.  In terms of performance, durability, etc is it worth the money, or would I be better off getting something like the silencer and putting some of the extra money towards bindings or something?  Thanks all for the help, sorry I'm such a newbie


Edited by lemmiwinks - 3/27/2009 at 08:12 pm
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Originally Posted by lemmiwinks View Post

 

Yeah, to be honest the nordica's cost more than I'd like, too.  I'm looking cheap considering I have about $600 in my bank account and I have a $350 credit card bill due for my last ski trip.  I'm not ruling it out, I'm just wondering if I'm getting better performance out of the extreme's or if I'm paying for the year and the graphics.

 

This being the case, you also need to figure in the cost of bindings and mounting.  Generally, if you buy your skis and bindings from the same retailer at the same time, they will mount them for free.  Otherwise, it's $40-50 in labor.  (Yes, this requires drilling and a special jig.  It's not anything a beginner would want to try.)

post #10 of 10
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Hey DtEW evidently I'm out of PMs but I sent you an email about those PEs, let me know if you don't get it.

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