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Thread Starter 
Hey Guys,I have been searching for gear for my friend on a budget. He is getting back into skiing after 7 years out of it. He was really good back in the day and should get it back after a run or two. Here are his details. 6' 7" around 400 lbs. I need to find him bindings and skis. Bindings I was thinking some P18's should do the trick but I can't locate a ski. He will be skiing east coast and I was thinking something 90 under foot or less. Appreciate the help.

Brian
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Ugh... Epic ate my reply, so you get a shorter one.  I'm also a pretty big guy (6'6", 260).

I really like my Dynastar Contact Limiteds (2007-2008), which became the Contact 10s in the last year.  Great for (front-side) east coast conditions.

Also really like the Fischer Progressor 9+ when I demoed them last season.  I think both of those usually come with integrated bindings.

Demo if you can.  A few lessons may help get your friend back up to speed, especially if he learned on straight skis and hadn't really switched over to these newfangled "shaped" ones before he stopped skiing before.

For cheap skis, try a ski sale/swap, look for closeouts, or look for lightly used skis on Craigslist/Ebay/etc. (or in the for sale forum here).

Edit:

Also, if your friend doesn't have boots, get those first and then worry about skis later.  Good boots + cheap skis will work a lot better than expensive skis + crappy/ill-fitting boots.  If he still has quality boots that fit well from before, they should still be good (unless they were already falling apart).  Try the bootfitting forum if you need advice on where to find a fitter in your area.
Edited by Matthias99 - 8/24/09 at 12:09pm
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info. I am just trying to find a ski stiff enough and I would guess 194" and up. Most skis that length are race or fat powder skis with 100mm under foot. Im also trying to keep it cheap without buying used. Its going to be hard to fit all that criteria.
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Originally Posted by bmg97 View Post

Thanks for the info. I am just trying to find a ski stiff enough and I would guess 194" and up. Most skis that length are race or fat powder skis with 100mm under foot. Im also trying to keep it cheap without buying used. Its going to be hard to fit all that criteria.

You won't find very many frontside skis (which is what he probably wants if you're skiing in New England, unless he plans on going off-trail a lot) bigger than 180-185mm in length.  There are skis that are plenty stiff in those lengths -- especially racing or "recreational racing" skis.

You do NOT want 100mm-wide powder skis for icy Eastern conditions.  :-)  If you're skiing out West it may be a different story.

Most used skis, unless they've sustained some sort of actual damage or were used for more than 2-3 seasons, are likely to have plenty of life left in them.  Another option would be renting/demoing if your friend is not planning on skiing that often (although I'd still recommend buying your own boots.)
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Boots. If you are willing to take a ride down to the Philly area, I have a large selection of large boots that I am sure we could work with. Most are in the $100-200 range for $500-700 boots. 
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Thread Starter 
Agreed. I am looking for something 85 to 95 mm the most under foot. I saw the 07 dynastar legend pro in a 194 but they are 97 under foot. You think something in the high 180's would be stable enough for such a heavy guy ? 

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You won't find very many frontside skis (which is what he probably wants if you're skiing in New England, unless he plans on going off-trail a lot) bigger than 180-185mm in length.  There are skis that are plenty stiff in those lengths -- especially racing or "recreational racing" skis.

You do NOT want 100mm-wide powder skis for icy Eastern conditions.  :-)  If you're skiing out West it may be a different story.

Most used skis, unless they've sustained some sort of actual damage or were used for more than 2-3 seasons, are likely to have plenty of life left in them.  Another option would be renting/demoing if your friend is not planning on skiing that often (although I'd still recommend buying your own boots.)
 
post #7 of 8
Stability is not really the issue,   edge engagement is.

If he's bending the ski into a U instead of a proper curve, the tip and tail will not stay engaged but will grab and let go.

Putting a plate on doesn't really help, it just makes the bottom of the U wider and doesn't get rid of the erratic behavior at tip and tail.

What he really needs is a ski with a very -----long---- plate.


BTW, your buddy should take advantage of that deal from Phil, on general principles. 
post #8 of 8
I would imagine Lg. ski boots are not easy to find. Boots are key to good skiing or at least enjoyable.
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