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post #1 of 4
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Hi, new to skiing and am renting now but would like to have better (fitting) equipment, but do not want to buy too soon, as I am assuming thing progress fairly quickly as I seem to be doing well?

post #2 of 4
Next time you rent boots, try renting at least one size smaller than your 'shoe size' ?

Ask about a 'Performance Rental' ?

Take a lesson and ask your instructor if you actually are 'doing well' ?

There was no obvious question to answer so I just freestyled it.
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Thanks, I have taken a single lesson thus far a 4hr clinic and the instructor said I did exceptionally well for very little time on the hill. I am planning further lesions, a couple of one on ones at least.
I should have made my inquiry more clear, I would like to buy equipment but did not want to buy immediately if within 6 or 8 times out that I have let’s say “out grown” the equipment. I am assuming the learning curve is fairly steep for the jump from beginner to say a low intermediate at which point alternative equipment would be better suited to a person’s skiing level?

Is it recommended one rent equipment for say X days of skiing in general, and then buy Intermediate rated boots and skis when they reach a certain comfort\ability level?

post #4 of 4
If you are going to stick with it, buy boots.  Find a good shop with a good boot fitter.  That isn't easy to do.  Ask around.  Post your location and ask for recommendations here. 

Explain your situation to the boot fitter.  Get set up a pairs that fits you well.  Forget about cost.  Buy what works for you.  I don't think you have to worry about buying a boot you will outgrow if you get a good intermediate boot.  Also, it's unlike that they'd be two advanced for you.  They should last you many seasons.

For skis/binding, you could keep renting but rental shops can be a pain.  You might consider trying to find a used intermediate ski really cheap.  Somethings that's a little better than rentals, is cheap, and will last you a season or two.  If you can get a pair for the cost of half to a dozen rental sessions, they'll pay for themselves and you won't have to deal with rentals.  After one or two seasons, buy your first pair of new good skis.  Then, you'll have a good idea what you want and will be ready for a solid intermediate ski that will last you many seasons without you outgrowing it.
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