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Advice on new equipment (had a nightmare session Monday)

post #1 of 7
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Hello everyone,

As you can see I'm new to the forum and I would like to get your expertise on my situation here.

I've been a casual skier for about seven years (took a months worth of lessons when I first started and have been skiing a couple times each year since). I have been renting my skis but I want to get more serious in my skiing.

I have:

Salomon X-Free 7.9 (173 cm)
Rossignol Boots (size 32)

Basically, my parents grabbed the skis for me when I wasn't there because they were cheap and same with the boots. I'm 5'6, I weigh 140 pounds, size 9.5/10 feet (Canadian) and I would call myself an intermediate skier (small jumps, boxes, on piste). I got the skis tuned and everything and I was a complete failure on the hill yesterday. I've never had this problem and it only took me a run or two on rented skis to get back into it. I felt awkward, clumsy and not in control at all. My boots are obviously too big (but I figured I would give them a try) and I didn't know how I would fair with these skis (well, I found out).

Basically, when I got home and told my parents my Dad was kind of ragging on me because he used to ski with 218 cm straight skis (he's 5'11/6 feet and at the time around 190-200 pounds) and I don't know if he's right or if he just doesn't understand I have a different preference/need of shorter skis.

So, I'm looking for some decent twin tip skis for riding on piste with normal/recreational riding and some park stuff (I'm not doing 720s or anything like that). I've heard the K2 Silencers or the Rossignol SAS S1s (Andy Howell) are a good pick for what I need. But, I don't know about those or boots for that matter. Any advice? Again I'm:

Age: 19
Height: 5'6
Weight: 140
Feet: 9.5/10
Skill: Intermediate (normal/recreational riding, small jumps, boxes, on piste)

Thanks,

Roman
post #2 of 7
Your dad is off-base.  Ski construction (and sizing) has changed significantly over the years from when he was using his paleozoic 218cm skis.  Everyone skis relatively shorter skis these days, experts and racers too.  You should be on ~160cm non-twin-tipped skis,  Twin-tips skis will vary, but ~168cm should be right in many brands (the uncertainty comes from the differing ways in which companies measure them.)
post #3 of 7
Won't even mention the ski thing b/c what jumps at me is  that your boot is probably waaaaay too big. I assume that CDN size is the same as UK sizing. A UK 9 is approximately a generous 28 in mondopoint. There are some variables involved here but I'd estimate that your boots are between 2 and 4 sizes too big. If so, this is somewhere between highly inadvisable and downright dangerous.

SJ
post #4 of 7
Actually CDN and US shoe sizes are the same.   Could be a 27 or less.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post

I assume that CDN size is the same as UK sizing. A UK 9 is approximately a generous 28 in mondopoint.
SJ
post #5 of 7
My Danier boots fit very well.  They are US 11.
My Canadian shoes fit well too.  They are Canadian 10.
My Solomon boots are 27  27.5.

You should be in about 160 to 165 cm if a normal type ski going by your weight, Range is between 155 to 215 depending on if your doing mostly  SL  or just DH. I'm guessing your not doing DH.

It may be that you need to develop some technique to ski properly and the sloppy rental skis let you get away with crap you shouldn't be pulling.  It is sure that your boots were way too big.  It may be that the ski you had was crap.  I don't know.

It is worth the money to rent a high-end ski like a Head SS, Rossi CS70 or similar in a 160 cm length, along with some close-fitting boots and see how things go.
Edited by Ghost - 2/18/10 at 2:35pm
post #6 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by brownie_bear View Post

Actually CDN and US shoe sizes are the same.   Could be a 27 or less.
 


If that's the case I'll just drop the caveat about highly inadvisable and stick with downright dangerous.

SJ
 
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Alright guys, thanks a lot for the advice!

- Roman
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