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Armada ARV

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I just got back from my first skiing trip and absolutely love it. I've finally found a hobby that I'm passionate about. I'll be going to school in Colorado this coming September so I think it would be a good idea to purchase my own pair of skis and boots (renting could end up being just as costly if I end up skiing as much as I think I will.) My instructor seemed to be impressed by my skill as a beginner so he recommended I come and get fitted for boots by him next season. So, I guess the boots are covered.

As for the skis, this is my scenario. I want to be able to ski everything on the mountain - park, pipe, powder, groomers and big mountain conditions (in time of course.) As it is vastly important, I'll be working on my alpine skiing skill before stepping into the park, but I want to be prepared equipment wise when I make such a transition. Also, the twin tips are a must for I want to eventually be an adept switch skier. I did some initial research and the Armada ARV seems to be an all around beast capable of tackling almost any condition or terrain.

Does anyone have any experience with these skis, or does anyone have other similar skis that they are happy with that follow the criteria I laid out?

Many thanks in advance....

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so, for skis, this might depend on some stats on yourself, like weight...
and if there's a budget, spend the dough on good boots.
then ski and binders
I just happen to be cruisin the interweb, just chekin for any good deals, since I want to do some further days in 'spring' conditions in the local SoCal hills and Mammoth, for as long as my interest lasts...
For a lotta reasons I don;t want to do it on my 'GotTo' Skis. rather find something of a great value which I;d be happy with as an All-Mtn ski for typical spring conditions. So hard surface edging would be less a consideration; easy, squeezy in the corn and mush and slop bumps is more desirable. Stylin on the groomers - always a must...
I'm posting only because the 'DEAL' I found might also be a good consideration for you.
Twin Tip, really quite ugly (so should get some points with a younger crowd) , comes up with pretty good reviews for what I want in performance (and maybe what you'd want...).
$150 new, shipped, no tax - a super deal!
at evogear, they have the K2 Silencer (179 cm only...) and with the code 'snow35' you get 35% off the $230 price, so $150 total!  80 mm waist means its gonna ski really fine on just about anything, including green mats. If you're big enough for the 179 cm size then prolly this is a good ski for a rapidly advancin novice up, like you; as well as for undiscerning advanced stumblers, like me.

Binders - well I'll prolly spring for some Tyrolia Railflex bindings at another 'store'.
But evogear also has the '09 Look PX12 Lifter Bindings for $109 (and you would also get 35% off on these - so $71.50 ).

is 'pimpin' the right term here...?
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Haha, yeah I think "pimpin" may be appropriate - though, I've never been fond the word. I like the characteristics of the ski even though the ARV seems to be a higher quality ski, but that red is just plain ugly, and, apparently, the top chips and comes off pretty easy. Whatever they treated it with, it wasn't up to par. The Armada ARV is also quite expensive - topping out at $599. I'm looking to spend good money on both the boots and the skis no matter what. I appreciate the help, and I'll have to check Evogear out and use that code when I finally settle on a set of skis and bindings. I'll certainly keep those in mind.

As for my weight and height, I am 5'11", 155lbs. So I have no idea what that does in relation to ski equipment, but I hope to find out.

Thanks for the advice.
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The advice I would give to anyone in your situation is not to buy skis yet. You haven't skied enough to know what you like. Demo skis instead. It costs money per day but it doesn't cost as much as buying the wrong ski.

Definitely get boots first. The boots you buy will work with rentals just as easily as rental boots will, and they should be better performing and more comfortable. Boots are the most important piece of ski equipment you can buy.
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That sounds like the best idea. I'll get some boots and wait on the skis. Best to "feel" what I like best before buying.
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