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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
So, I've never bought a pair of skis on my own before since my parents would always buy them for me when i was a kid. They usually bought the cheaper end stuff....

I've gotten pretty good at skiing over the years and I've recently been looking for a good new pair of all-mountain/park twin tips and a friend happened to be selling a pair of New 2010 Volkl Ledges for $200 without bindings.They're $450 at REI and other sport's stores but I really don't know if that means anything. The ski's description seem to fit what i'm looking for, a 50/50 ski that i can use for both park and groomers equally. The shape (111-84-111) is fairly close to the Atomic Triplets (112-78-102) which is what I previously used.

I was told that it was fairly hard to come by twin tips that come with bindings so I'm gonna have to pay for them anyways. A lot of the used twin tips that I've looked at are pretty beat up so I'd prefer new ones.

So my main question is it a good idea to buy skis when it is in-season? If I can get a better deal by waiting for clearances like during Sniagrab or Ski Rex in the off-season, I will.
How much better are the deals and how good is the gear during those times?


If I can already get a pair of skis for 50% off right now, should I go for it or is it worth waiting for an end of the season sale or something?
Edited by BIGCHEESE55 - 2/5/10 at 3:26pm
post #2 of 15
Don't do it!!  New bindings are going to cost you $150 -$200.  Then $50 to mount them.
Unless of course you have demo'd like 10 pairs of skis and you absolutely loved those the best, then it is worth it.  What size are you looking for?

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Originally Posted by BIGCHEESE55 View Post

So, I've never bought a pair of skis on my own before since my parents would always buy them for me when i was a kid. They usually bought the cheaper end stuff....

I've recently been looking for a good pair of all-mountain/park twin tips and a friend happened to be selling a pair of New 2010 Volkl Ledges for $200 without bindings. I looked at prices at REI, Sports Authority, etc. and it seems like a good deal, but I really never trust those prices.

If I waited, could I find any better deals at Sniagrab/Ski Rex or at end of the season sales? I really wish I had more experience in buying gear.....
 
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm 5'10 and 155lbs, so i was thinking of getting 169cm or 170cm. I'm currently using my pair of 162cm Dynastar Agyl's the most, but I've been wanting to get twin tips to mess around with.

If I demo a bunch of skis, wouldn't I just eventually end up costing more than just buying a pair of skis?

The only other pair of twin tips I've riden on are Atomic Triplets.

Should I try to find a used pair with bindings already mounted or something? Where would I go to find a new pair of skis without having to pay for bindings, mounting, etc?
post #4 of 15
usually only frontside non twin tip groomer skis come with a binding system, race skis, big mountain, and park skis dont come with bindings.  
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
So is $200 for new 2010 Volkl Ledges good? They're $450 at REI and other sport's stores but I really don't follow the retail price. The ski's description seem to fit what i'm looking for, a 50/50 ski that i can use for both park and all-mountain equally. The shape is very close to the Atomic Triplets which is what I used previously.

Most of the used twin tips I've seen that come with bindings have taken some kind of beating in the park, but they're usually decently cheap.

If I can get a better deal by waiting for clearances like during Sniagrab or Ski Rex in the off-season, I will. How much better are the deals during those times?
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
So can anyone help me? Have people seriously not bought skis before that they can't give me buying advise?
Edited by BIGCHEESE55 - 2/5/10 at 9:36am
post #7 of 15
 Its possible that there aren't a lot of people here with experience with that particular ski.

IMNSHO if you're going that direction you'd be well served to consider the K2 Extreme, which tends to fit into that niche quite nicely and can usually be had for cheap.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 Its possible that there aren't a lot of people here with experience with that particular ski.

IMNSHO if you're going that direction you'd be well served to consider the K2 Extreme, which tends to fit into that niche quite nicely and can usually be had for cheap.
 
I find that the skis offered by non-ski shops are usually well down the line from what I want to ski.  I also think that park skis are not likely to be a great place to start.  To pick up skiing, with your own equipment, I suggest:
1-Get boots from a good bootfitter (see the links in the bootfitting sections)
2-get a good pair of frontside or all-mountain skis (not more than 80 mm waist, better 76-78 mm).  Don't worry about brand as much as getting a mainstream ski.  Your weight may dictate some movement up or down the product line.
3-take lessons so that your technique takes advantage of modern skis' features and capabilities.
4-come back after your skills improve and demo more skis.

Step 1 is the most critical.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm already an advanced skier. I'm pretty much asking about when's a good time to look for skis. It's still in-season right now so I'm afraid that the prices are hiked up right now.

If I can already get a pair of skis for 50% off right now, should I go for it or is it worth waiting for an end of the season sale or something?
post #10 of 15
If you can get the Ledges for $200 then do it, it's not like it's the last ski you will ever own. You will probably have just as much fun on it as any, so quit stressing and go ski.

But what ever you do, don't start shopping online for a great deals, this is dangerous because you will always find a better deal.

Next thing you know, you will be jobless and homeless with a huge quiver of great ski's, which you will have to sell at a super low price on gear swap.
post #11 of 15
Are you in CO? If so and you ski in Summit County, look at Recycle Sports in Frisco (near Safeway). They have lots of current gear at good prices. They only show ski gear during or near ski season, so now is the time.
post #12 of 15
A couple of things in response to the earlier post stating that you'll have to pay $200-$250 for bindings and mounting ...

First, it's not very difficult to find bindings in the $100-$125 range. (I happen to have a brand new pair that I'd sell you for $125).

Second, if you're an REI member, you can get bindings mounted for only $26.

My point is that I think it's reasonable to expect to pay $125-$150 for bindings and a mount rather than $200-$250. In light of this, I'd say definitely go with the Ledges if they're the right size and you think they'd be fun to ski. You're not likely to find a better price on them later in the season, or even in the off-season. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to put together any new setup for less than $350, unless you want to get something really low end.
post #13 of 15
 I've got these 169 Nordica Enforcers with PX 12 bindings for $300.  Too short for me.  Skied about 6 times on powder days.  Great all mountain twin tip 98 mm underfoot.  Good 1 quiver ski for a western skier or a powder ski for the east.  You pay shipping.  I send them freshly tuned.
post #14 of 15
Buy your skis out of season!   Skis go on sale in the shops in March.  Some shops drop prices each week until they sell.   I have bought a good number of ski's over the internet during spring-summer.  Even REI can post some good deals.  
post #15 of 15
TPJ, throw in the cute little himmels? nice move around the classified rules.  

Explosiv's, 173, like new, $250.

testing the envelope
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