Originally Posted by Alpinord
Do combi sucks so bad that they would not be a reasonable option for someone to reduce start up costs to get introduced to both disciplines and then improve gear later?
Good question. Probably not. I mean, I ski on my wife's skis from time to time to test wax, and they can't be a much worse fit for me than a combi ski. They are not something I'd own for myself, but they wouldn't keep me from having fun.
The thing to look out for is that to learn skating one absolutely must have a fast ski. (It is nearly impossible to learn skating on a fishscale ski, and even an accomplished skater won't skate more than a few strides on those things.) Putting kick wax on a combi ski insures it too will be a bad skating ski, particularly in cold powder, until it gets a major cleaning and glide waxing. Then, it becomes hard to get kick wax to stick to a ski which has been glide waxed. I guess combi skis would be ok if you didn't plan on doing both in one day.
oh yeah---don't try to use the same poles either. Skate poles are much longer than classic poles, and that too makes a big difference.
These aerobic sports tread a fine line between joy and drudgery. Compare biking a smooth road to riding into a wind with soft tires. The right equipment is a real key to having fun.