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post #31 of 39
 Remember this......
Most shops will give you the $$ of a demo toward ski purchase credit.
 
post #32 of 39
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 I know -- if I were buying skis full price at a shop, that would make sense, definitely.  But I've never demo-ed -- do they let you try several skis for the demo cost?  (Shocking naiveté, right?)

But I'm leaning back toward the Legend Exclusives.  Now the guy says they're "quite a bit softer than those other skis you were looking at," and there's a mixup on the pricing, too.  Not that you need to know this -- but from the point of view of decision-making, it's interesting.  My first impulse may have been the better one. (Duh.)  There's only two left, though.
post #33 of 39
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For sure. However a person can be held back by having too little ski as well as having too much. My wife used to be really slow and timid in rough snow away from the groomed trails. Back in those days her only skis were some 152 carvers. After demoing alot of other short skis I thought to have her try some 164s. Everyone at the demo shop was like: Naaa! Those are too big and will PWN her big time. But instead she took off and her confidence really shot up. 

As far as what sort of skiing she is goign to be doing... If she really wants something for blue groomer only, the 155 might be great. But if not... going up a size or two will give a much more confident feeling in inconsitent snow. In cases where the person isn't really sure what they want or what size, I think a good answer is to test drive a variety of skis and sizes and see what works. Or as is common on epic: buy, then try and decide to keep or dump them mid seson.
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/65117/intermediate-skiers-who-prefer-expert-skis
post #34 of 39
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Originally Posted by lakespapa View Post

 I know -- if I were buying skis full price at a shop, that would make sense, definitely.  But I've never demo-ed -- do they let you try several skis for the demo cost?  (Shocking naiveté, right?)

Usually, on-hill demo shops charge by the day and let you trade in and out to test multiple pairs of skis.

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But I'm leaning back toward the Legend Exclusives.  Now the guy says they're "quite a bit softer than those other skis you were looking at," and there's a mixup on the pricing, too.

I think they probably are softer.  That's why I think of them as a western, rather than eastern, ski.
post #35 of 39
Different shops have different deals.  Some let you take the full rental fee off the price of a pair of skis up to a certain limit, others 50% of the rental charge.  It's a good way to try out a few different skis.  Rent your skis from the shop the day/night before you go and you have everything ready with no need to line up and sign forms at the hill.  If you like the ski you buy one, if not try another one.  If you don't find one you like, or if you take too long to decide to buy them and there's none left, you are only out what it would have cost to rent GOOD skis anyway. 
post #36 of 39
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Usually, on-hill demo shops charge by the day and let you trade in and out to test multiple pairs of skis.


I think they probably are softer.  That's why I think of them as a western, rather than eastern, ski.

This is what comes from typing while your nine-year-old reads what you're typing aloud as you type it.  I meant to say the Salomons were softer than the Dynastars.  I've heard conflicting things about the Legends.  About my 4800s, one site selling them suggested they were "good in the East, too," while somebody else said "you can use them in the West, but they're really more of an eastern ski," I guess because of their width (or lack of width).  People talk about ice out here, and it's true we have it, but I find sudden mounds of crud more challenging, and the 4800s help with that.  In ice they're acceptable.  On the local "mountain" where my son takes board lessons, where the snowmaking is questionable and the grooming is . . . not yet fully mastered, the slopes sometimes look a lot like snow but are really sheets of crystalline concrete.  The 4800s hold ok on that -- but it's no fun on the steep and narrow "black diamonds."  (Worse was a two inch crust over four inches of fine powder -- cut you off at the shins!)

Demoing sounds great, if you're throwing $900 at a pair of skis -- on-slope shops aren't known for their incredible prices.  (Incredibly low, I mean). We're both teachers, with great vacations and so-so pay -- I think we're lucky to pick up two-year-old models dirt cheap (especially when they're fresh out of the wrapper!).  I have to save money for a boot-purchase -- the real thing, at a real boot-fitter, isn't cheap.  

Thanks for the info, though.  I'll look for a demo deal, if just to try out a bunch of skis, one pair of which I might buy a couple years later!
post #37 of 39
Sounds right.

Yes, I think that shops that refer to the 4800 as more tailored to the East are thinking about waist width.

I'd suggest PMing SierraJim, since he hasn't chimed in here.  He tests more skis than anyone I know (although there are others here who probably do as many), and I find that his recommendations are typically spot-on.

Unfortunately, the time to get a real deal on a pair of skis isn't October to December, it's March or April to July.  Given that price is such an issue, you may want to think about holding off at least until later this season.
post #38 of 39
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 That's good advice -- I may wait 'til spring if the Legends are gone.  (I thought, though, that the price on the 2008 flats was great: $169 new.  No wonder it was gone!)
post #39 of 39
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And here's the pocket review of this year's Legend Exclusive from Realskier.com:

 Female-specific all mountain carver. Test skiers loved it. Great crud ski for females and a good choice for a 1-ski-quiver. Interestingly, the ski was graded in skill level from casual skier to high performance. One of our overall favorite female skis.
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