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Bindings and Ski's

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

I am 6'2 and 210lbs, and am looking at getting either 179cm or 184 cm K2 Extreme's. I am looking at gettign Saloman Z12 Ti's with them, but am unsure of compatability. Was looking at 100mm brake size as well. I also wear a size 12.5-13.5 shoe.

 

Just checking if this set up all works as its my first time buying skis.

post #2 of 18
 There is no compatibility issue. But at 200+, go for a beefier binding. If you want to go with Salomon, get an STH 12... and consider the 90mm brake
post #3 of 18
 Go for 184cm; the 179cm are too short for someone of your height/weight.  Even the 184cm skis short.

Z12s are nice light bindings, but I agree, you might want to go for something beefier.  Tyrolia Peak 15 bindings have been showing up on www.tramdock.com/ for around $100, and that's a killer deal on a stout binding.  The stock brakes will fit the Extremes very well.
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for your help, really appreciated. Any suggestions for advanced to intermediate boots?
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
tramdock.com is only showing helmets, and I can't seem to find links to other items
post #6 of 18
 Tramdock only has one deal about once every hour. I actually bought the Tyrolia Peak 15 binding mentioned above on Tramdock. Its a great website for gear I think. 

I only pre-released once this past week skiing on my Peak 15 binding mounted to a Line Prophet Flite. They seem like great bindings to me.
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 

My first post didnt show up.

 

Was just saying thank you so much! Also any reccomendations for and advanced to intermediate ski boots?

post #8 of 18
 If i were you and from what I understand talking to other people. Buy your boots before you even think about skis. Get your boots fitted from you and such. I don't know much about boots and I wish I knew more before I bought mine a year and a half ago before I knew anything about custom fitting and such and Now I can feel my feet swimming inside my boot. 
post #9 of 18
Under no scenario I can think of does it make sense to buy skis before buying boots.

Not sure from your post if you've been skiing for decades or days, but either way, I'd suggest visiting a good bootfitter as your first step. The right boots will transform your experience and the wrong boots will wreck it. You can take your boots with you and rent demo skis, which lets you swap out as you go. Even if you definitely want to buy skis, buy the boots first. You'll need to get the bindings set up for your boot anyway, you may as well get it set up for the right boot.
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Days, would be correct. I do know that boots are the vital part of skiing, but can't you adjust binding to boot?
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
Was also looking at the K2 Apache Recons? (I know I have to get my boots first but, there is a sale on and having an Idea wouldn't hurt. Plus I am going down to the local ski shop on Thursday, so a general idea wouldn't hurt.
post #12 of 18
 Really Depends on what bindings you get. Yes the binding when you rent skis are adjusted to any boot but most good bindings can only be adjusted a certain amount I believe. I know the Tyrolia Peak 15 binding can only be adjusted 15mm each way without remounting the bindings. 
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
Back on the boot topic, what are some good large sized boots. I wear size 12-14 street shoes. Any notable brands/models that make larger sizes. Yes, once again I know I need to go try them on, but know what to look for is a step a head.
post #14 of 18
Bindings can be adjusted within a range ... so as long as the boot's baseplate is fairly close to the boot you end up with, you could make it work. The small version of my point is that if you get boots without much research and then need to change them out, unless the new boots have a baseplate within about 5mm in length, you'll need to get the bindings adjusted to fit the new boots. So it's best to get the right boots (at least the right size) to begin with.

The big version of my point is that if you've been skiing for days, good well-fitted boots are something you can get that will hands-down improve your experience, and are incidentally relatively easy to travel with. Boots are more important than skis. Also, you are unlikely to buy skis that are better than demo rentals, demo rentals generally allow you to swap out sizes or even models at will, and at this stage, it may be difficult to know what ski characteristics you really like. I'd consider demoing different skis for a while and then buying skis if you want (more and more experienced skiers have stopped buying in favor of renting demos).
post #15 of 18
 On boots, there's a big variety and it'll just depend on your feet. I like Lange but that's just personal preference. I'd guess you might wear a mondo 29 boot as a starting point guess. Really any brand is fine if it fits right. The fit you want is basically as tight as possible without pain or lost blood circulation, so that any slight movement you make will be transferred to the ski.
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 

I would be renting demo's, just its hella expensive to rent demos down here in Aus. Are there any other alternatives??

 

Thanks for your time by the way :)

post #17 of 18
I don't know how prices are in Australia. In the U.S., buying a good pair of skis will typically run $500-$900 if you buy online. For example, I paid $670 for my AC50s and Marker wide-ride bindings including shipping, plus $80 to get the bindings mounted and set up for my boots, and the skis waxed, for a total of $750. Renting demo skis typically runs around $45/day, I think. So ignoring the costs of maintaining your skis (tuning and waxing, and annual binding check), my skis "paid for themselves" after about 18 ski days. And btw you will need to get your skis waxed and tuned regularly, that or learn to do it yourself (not rocket science for a basic tune and wax, though you'll still probably want a pro to check it all out at least once a season when they check your bindings). If the cost ratios are much different in Australia, that may influence your choice.
post #18 of 18
Just adding to what Keith said above. It cost me 325 for my Line Prophet Flites, 100 for bindings and 75 to get them mounted plus intial wax. You are looking to buy in the right time of year. But you still need a good pair of boots before. You should PM one of the boot guys like Sierra Jim. He recommended my skis for me but I had already had my boots for a year.

So I would look for a good deal on Boots in your area and get them fitted and then find skis. Its not like you can ski without boots anyway and I don't know of anyone that owns their own skis but doesn't own their own boots. Sounds pretty ridiculous if you ask me.  
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