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Going from Rental skis to brand new skis

post #1 of 11
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Are there any typical differences i will see once i hop on a new pair of skis vs rentals? What can i expect, besides them not sucking?
post #2 of 11
All depends upon what type of skis you get.  Before I bought my K2 Apache Recons I went to demo day at the local resort and then out west I rented even more demo skis before I decided the Recons where the ones for me.

Since it is quite the investment make sure you get the ones you really want.
post #3 of 11
I was curious what my local mountain and my local ski shop rented, and was appalled.  Really old Rossignols, nothing fatter than 65.

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Are there any typical differences i will see once i hop on a new pair of skis vs rentals? What can i expect, besides them not sucking?



 
post #4 of 11
Yeah, there should be differences:
1) Rental bindings are usually a bit heavier than standard bindings;
2) Rental skis may or not be maintained (sharp edges, wax, etc.); and
3) Rental skis may not be "optimal" for the way you ski, or the likely conditions you ski.

Demo a bunch of skis and buy something you like (or a model above if you are improving).  Get the right ski for the likely conditions you will ski.  If you don't ski a lot of powder, you don't need fat skis (they are much harder for beginners and intermediates to carve, anyway). 

Remember, boots are more important than skis.  Work on getting the right boots and the proper fit first.
post #5 of 11
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Already got my boots. Lange Fluid 80 and they feel like slippers, its awesome. Got them fitted by a certified boot fitter in dallas of all places. Got my ski's too, Dynastar Trouble makers. A twin tip that i can take in the park or on the mountain.
post #6 of 11
For me it was really different.  Where I skied all the rentals were atrocious, no edges, no wax, etc.  It was a bit of an adjustment from skidding all over to actually carving and stuff.  It was soooo much fun though, now any ski you use will be awesome!
post #7 of 11
Though I never had bad experience renting (apparently I am among the lucky minority in this regard) the true benefit of owning is in gaining familiarity with equipment which will raise your skill to a whole new level of consistency, comfort, confidence, and fun.

When you rent there is always an initial uneasiness and acclimation to variables of fit, flex, etc.
post #8 of 11
The principal differences you will note are:
1. Not waiting in line at the rental place
2. Feeling all smug and vastly superior to everyone stuck in the rental line or standing in the lift line on obvious rental boards
3. Being absolutely convinced (whether or not it is true) that your new skis are such an unbelievable improvement over the rentals that you're skiing at least two or three times better than you ever skied before.
4. Suddenly feeling very, very, very nervous about leaving your skis when you go in to take a pee, eat lunch, etc., wondering if you need to either lug around a lock or use the ski valet
5. Realizing that, bad as standing in the rental line is, now you've got to lug them to and from the car, or worse, pay through the nose to put them on the plane.
6. Taking them out for the first time after a summer in storage and realizing that you need to take them to the ski shop for a tuneup because of the suggestion of corrosion on the edges, nasty little nicks and scrapes you didn't notice when you stored them away in the Spring, and the suspicion that somebody who knows what they're doing needs to check the bindings before you do any sking on them.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by WhatsSnow View Post

Already got my boots. Lange Fluid 80 and they feel like slippers, its awesome. Got them fitted by a certified boot fitter in dallas of all places. Got my ski's too, Dynastar Trouble makers. A twin tip that i can take in the park or on the mountain.

I guess your new, Ski boots should not fit like slippers. They should fit like a good pair of driving gloves. Contact your foot all around with a little space for toe movement.

Enjoy your new skis.
post #10 of 11
 Also, you can expect to have that fine feeling you get when:

Your top sheets and bindings get the 1st few scratches/nicks.

You hear your bases get a "kiss" from a rock .(unseen of course)

You learn to repair the bases,smooth the edges,and do a good wax. This makes it all worth it !
Have Fun.
post #11 of 11
I know what it feels to go from my own skis to rentals because I rent sometimes when I am in new jersey visiting my friend and going to eastern PA resorts and its almost laughable. Although you can stomp gnarly landings that I normally wouldnt do and ride rails as hard as I want with no later consequences. 
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