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What Were Your First Brand New Skis? - Page 3
Poll Results: Select the Brand of Your First New Pair of SkisPoll expired: Mar 1, 2010
146 Total Votespost #61 of 18111/25/09 at 9:59amI got these when I was 2 I got a pair of k2 apache jr.s and cut the tails off so I could start at that age. Now I have New Volkl Gotama's they are sick.post #62 of 18111/25/09 at 10:04ampost #63 of 18111/25/09 at 10:17ampost #64 of 18111/25/09 at 10:31ampost #65 of 18111/25/09 at 10:48ampost #66 of 18111/25/09 at 11:05amI only started skiing in 2005 and I started on Head IC160's which were great
4% (7)Hart (er umm hart)
29% (43)Other, sorry only room for 9 and other here.
but chatter became apparent as I moved up to blue and black runs.
Then XRC1100 which made the chatter go away.
This season, I have Monster Chips, XRC1200 in ice grind and Mojo 103 for powdah!
Tis will be a great season indeed!
MGpost #67 of 18111/25/09 at 11:56amQuote:
"Don't worry, he'll grow into them."post #68 of 1811/19/10 at 5:16pmMy first pair of new skis were a Christmas gift in 1963. They were a pair of pair of wooden skis with cable bindings and bamboo poles. They came in a plastic, zip up bag and cost my parents $10. How little did they know what they were starting!
Mikepost #69 of 1811/19/10 at 5:30pmWow that was a long time ago late 60's.... I got a pair of Yamaha All Around with Cub Co bindings.... The Skis were really good.. Bindings not so much! Today's equipment has really out paced that old stuff....post #70 of 1811/19/10 at 6:02pmpost #71 of 1811/19/10 at 6:09pmHow the hell did I miss this one?!
After 8 years of rentals and hand me downs my first BRAND NEW PAIR were for my 16th bday.
Yes, Rossignol Smash's, 180cm, $175 Ahhh, life was good
This be them on the left....post #72 of 1811/19/10 at 9:46pmin 1965, bought Northlands, 195 cm, they had a white paint job, screwed in edges AND PTEX BASE! (yellow), don;t remember the model name, cable bindings, think they were Marker.
I splurged on Kastinger Golden K Boots though...
broke the skis the 5th day...
got a pair of Fischer wood skis as replacement - don't remember the model name - they wuz Red.
Broke them 8 ski days later.
Worked some overtime...
Bought a pr of Kneissl Redstars 210 cm - Marker Simplex DL and Rotomats with long thongs (...not that kinda thong... )
they never broke...post #73 of 1811/20/10 at 10:45ampost #74 of 1811/20/10 at 12:43pmSome late-80's Dynastar Phantoms in 175cm. Still have 'um in LA... will go pick them up when I'm down there, along with my 190cm Pre M6's.
My skiing reboot of a few years ago was a pair of Salomon Scrambler 7 Pilots in 175cm. Too long, unsuited to my skidding back then.post #75 of 1811/20/10 at 1:45pm1978 K2 244 Mid 180cm
Actually, that might not be the first. Now that I think of it, my brother and I did each get a set of bright red, wood skis with a simple one-piece over-the-instep strap binding one Christmas in 1962 or 1963 maybe. I don't recall that they had a brand on them. They might not have been new. I'm guessing that "Santa" found them at a garage sale, refinished them and found or fabricated new straps for them. Well, they were new to me, so I'm changing my vote to "Other".post #76 of 1811/20/10 at 2:01pmKästle RX National Team GS 190 with Marker M40 "Sarajevo 1984" special edition racing bindings.
These skis were brilliant, but it took me a long time to figure that out. I had a very hard time doing slalom training on them, and learned to ski bumps on them. They weighed a ton, around 10Kg the pair, but over about 40mph they were just amazing, totally smooth and unflusterable! I could also out-schuss anyone on them, they just seemed to glide better than anything else.
I always thought the M40s looked cool, and they still have two features that you don't see now: if you released at the front, the rear binding opened, ready for you to step back in; you could release the rear by pushing a button with light pressure from one finger, even on DIN 12.
What's weird is that I managed to lose them - in between house moves, country moves, lending to friends, they just disappeared somewhere.post #77 of 1811/20/10 at 2:07pm
1985: Pre 1200s, 190 cm. I agonized over the decision and after my first shallow rock scrape, took them right down to the shop at the base of Breckenridge to have them repaired. The tech must have thought I was crazy! Sorry, no pic; they got tossed a couple of years ago.post #78 of 1811/20/10 at 4:19pmOh, well, in that case, I think I got some hollow plastic things once....Quote:Originally Posted by goblue
1978 K2 244 Mid 180cm
Actually, that might not be the first. Now that I think of it, my brother and I did each get a set of bright red, wood skis with a simple one-piece over-the-instep strap binding one Christmas in 1962 or 1963 maybe. I don't recall that they had a brand on them. They might not have been new. I'm guessing that "Santa" found them at a garage sale, refinished them and found or fabricated new straps for them. Well, they were new to me, so I'm changing my vote to "Other".post #79 of 1811/20/10 at 4:35pmpost #80 of 1811/21/10 at 11:00amQuote:Originally Posted by Atomicman
Red Cortina wood skis. Bought them at a Department store called Valu-mart. they had screwed-in segmented edges and some kind of plastic base. Mounted with A & T Cable bindings (You Notched the boot toe to interface with the toe piece) and maybe a Koflach or Rieker Double lace up boot.
Then bought a pair of Brand new metal Gresvig Mustangs. Maybe Salomon 505 step-in Bindings Broke the tip on those. either moved up to Koflach Gold Star, Double boot (Inner lace outer Buckle
Then bought a pair of brand new 210 Hart Javelin Giant Slaloms with I beleive Salomon 525's. I believe I may of benn in Humanic Dynafit 6 Buckleby then.
we must similar in age (I'm 51)...I remember Valu-mart!
First pair of skis were Fischer "wood" skis bought at Dick's Ski Shop in Edmonds Washington. Bindings were A&T "beartraps" and some of the first Kolfach (or were they Heinkle?) buckle boots, this must of been 1967 or 68...I broke my leg on my sixth day skiing (Hyak) and next year Mom and Dad replaced the bear-traps with Look Nevada turntable bindings, I was very proud of these bindings....
My older (5 years) brother's first skis were Blitz Combis with replaceable edges, I can remember him buying replacement edges most every weekend at Dick's.
For winter of 1970 (or 1971) I bought (with paper route money) Head 320E's as well as Lange boots (red cuff) with the liquid molded lining. I can remember the boot tech telling me to stand still for 30+ minutes while the goop hardened... can you remember how hard it is to stand still for 30 minutes when you're that young?
Other skis were bought at Osborn & Ulland (now gone) Seattle, Ernest Hardware (now gone) Seattle and Olympic Sports in Lynnwood (gone or in Hospice?)
Da Flavpost #81 of 1811/21/10 at 11:07ampost #82 of 1811/23/10 at 3:35pmK2 Apache Radius X, just purchased. OK, lower end skis but after 11 years away from the sport I'm a lower end sort of skier myself. I didn't seriously know or believe that I would notice the difference but even with these skis the difference is amazing.
I've been skiing since 1977 or so when a 6th grade class trip in Michigan hooked me - thanks Mr Hannigan! Even though I skied at least weekly when I was younger I've always used rentals. Thanks to the demands of work and places I've been stationed skiing wasn't always a part of my life. I'm glad to have it back. Thanks to El nino for providing the snow to the SW and my wife for convincing me to take some time off before jumping back into the workforce.
I was glad to see someone above mentioned owning Yamaha skis. I thought I was imagining the hill back in MI renting them back in the late 70's or early 80's.post #83 of 1811/24/10 at 3:46pmhart gremlins w/tyrolia 150 bindings ,I will dig them up ,I think they 're in my older brothers attic .It was 1977 ,I was in 5th grade and had been skiing for 2 years on looks w/cable bindings .I also got some Nordica boots that day .I also remember my brother buying some barefoot Hansen boots that day.........post #84 of 1811/24/10 at 5:52pmpost #85 of 1811/25/10 at 2:19pmSome kind of bright blue European wood skis with orange p-tex bottoms and segmented metal edges (I wish I could remember the brand), Cubco bindings, Humanic Dynafit leather boots with buckles. State-of-the-art for 1965.post #86 of 1811/26/10 at 6:18pmpost #87 of 1811/26/10 at 7:03pmpost #88 of 1811/26/10 at 8:58pmMy first owned pair were the Hart Camaro in a 205cm in 1969.
Followed not too long afterward by a pair of 205cm Fischer Superglass in 1970 (bought VERY cheap in a ski sale by some Chicago ski shop in September).
Those skis were as much a revelation to me as the burning bush was to Moses. The Fischers had a dampening layer of a RUBBER sheet between the edges/bases and the wood core of the ski. They made all irregularities in the snow surface just miraculously disappear. That was the beginning of my appreciation of damp skis and I've never looked back.post #89 of 1811/26/10 at 9:05pmMy best purchase EVAR, however, was an in-the-wrapper pair of 207cm Rossi Strato 102's from Gart's Denver store SNIAGRAB sale over Labor Day in 1973 or '74. $19 (that's nineteen dollars American) with free shipping. That was thanks to the GLM (Graduated Length Method) of ski instruction that was sweeping the US, making long skis impossible to sell.
Those skis were absolute killer-monsters in anything approaching crud or junk, but they were one hell of a deal.
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