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Advice on new skis

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi yall!

 

I have been a renter my whole life and am looking to buy a decent pair of skis. I'd say I am somewhere around a 6-7. Fine on all blues. OK on most blacks, although more cautious. I don't rip off-piste (but I wouldn't rule it out in the future).  I am 6 feet, 185 pounds and just looking for a good all mountain ski, but I don't want to spend a ton of money. I ski pretty much New England exclusively, not too much powder, just groomed trails.

post #2 of 13

I have nothing to add to this on the ski front as I have zero clue what would be appropriate in chowdah land.

 

However, I would be remiss in not asking the boot question. Do you own boots or do you plan on continuing to rent them? If it is the later, I would strongly urge you to invest in boots before skis.

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

I plan on investing in the whole kit and kaboodle. Boots and skis. I am just looking for some direction on both fronts.

post #4 of 13

Step1:Go to the best boot fitter you can find.

post #5 of 13

Not to hijack but I'll be interested in the replys to this thread as I'm pretty much in the same boat, except I want to upgrade my ski's - older (2006?) Head Monster R, 70mm underfoot, 170cm.  I'm 6' tall also, just a little lighter 175-180 lbs.  I second the going the bootfitter route first and I've got that taken care of.

 

I'm typically not an aggressive skier, but I'd like to ski the whole mountain.  I ski mostly in the mid-west with at least one trip out west a year.  I'd like a forgiving ski that does medium turns at medium speeds that can handle crud.  I rarely bomb down a run,  but occasionly I like to open it up on the big, wide runs in CO.  My current skis don't cut the crud very well.

 

I like what I've read about the Elan Magfire 78 and Fischer Watea 84.  Guess I should demo some skis.  But where in the mid-west?

post #6 of 13

Adam, as mentioned, while skis are the sexy and fun thing to talk about. Boots are priority. There are some great deals here: http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/95005/the-nordica-armada-has-sailed 170's are plentiful but 178's are getting slim. The JEt Fuel CA for $379 shipped is a total steal for you and would be a nice ski. 

 

Past that, there is some great fitters in New England. If you let us know where you ski, we night be able to direct you to someone. 

 

Bugs, check out that link too. 

post #7 of 13

I'm tempted... how does the Jet Fuel CA compare to the Magfire 78 skiing-wise?

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

I live in Narragansett, RI  but im willing to travel somewhere if you have a good recommendation.

 

A friend of mine that works at a resort recommended the K2 Apache Recon. He said its the best all mountain ski he's ever used. Is that a good recommendation? Or is the Jet Fuel CA a better call? Also, I should be looking 175-180, right?

 

Thanks for all the help.

post #9 of 13

I have apache recons after trying demo skis for a few days.  I would rec. if you are traveling on your next ski trip to go ahead and rent skis for a couple days.  This way you get to try before you buy.  If you can wait til the end of the season you will find your best buys.

post #10 of 13

With the (way) forward mounting point of the Magfire series, I like that ski for a shorter, fireplug of a skier. 

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Adam Hevenor View Post

A friend of mine that works at a resort recommended the K2 Apache Recon. He said its the best all mountain ski he's ever used. Is that a good recommendation? Or is the Jet Fuel CA a better call? Also, I should be looking 175-180, right?

 

 


The Jet Fuel is light years ahead of the Recon. The Jet Fuel is snappy, versatile and quick, while the Recon feels like a mediocre ski overdosed on quaaludes  -so slooooowwww to respond to almost any input.

 

If you skied both back-to-back you be stunned to find they came from the same century.

post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Adam, as mentioned, while skis are the sexy and fun thing to talk about. Boots are priority. There are some great deals here: http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/95005/the-nordica-armada-has-sailed 170's are plentiful but 178's are getting slim. The JEt Fuel CA for $379 shipped is a total steal for you and would be a nice ski. 

 

Past that, there is some great fitters in New England. If you let us know where you ski, we night be able to direct you to someone. 

 

Bugs, check out that link too. 

 

Phil, definitely going to go get the boots first and work on skis later.

 

The Jet Fuel 178 on that page are gone. Any other good deals on there for somebody like me? So far, the ski's that have been recommended are Nordica Jet Fuel, Fischer Watea 84, and K2 Apache Recon (although someone recently said these arent that good.) Are these good starting points?

 

Also, do you have a boot fitter recommendation? Thanks!
 

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Adam Hevenor View Post



 

Phil, definitely going to go get the boots first and work on skis later.

 

The Jet Fuel 178 on that page are gone. Any other good deals on there for somebody like me? So far, the ski's that have been recommended are Nordica Jet Fuel, Fischer Watea 84, and K2 Apache Recon (although someone recently said these arent that good.) Are these good starting points?

 

Also, do you have a boot fitter recommendation? Thanks!
 


Adam call me at the shop, I can go over options 530-582-5781

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