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Newbie - K2 Mistic Luv

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Newbie here!  I'm an intermediate skier and I'm looking for a decent ski to help bring me on - have recently moved to Colorado and am planning to ski a lot this coming winter.  I'm very much still on the piste, not really worrying too much about terrain parks and the like (though I'm not averse to the occasional go if the mood takes me).  I'm considering the K2 Mistic Luv which is currently in Sports Authority's sale - does anyone know anything about this ski as I can't find any reviews?  I believe that K2 sometimes rename skis for certain shops - if so, has anyone got any idea what the equivalent ski would be?


Also, the guy in the shop said the correct length was when the ski reached just to your eyebrows - is this right?  He recommended a 156cm ski for me - I'm about 5'5" to 5'6" in height and about 170 pounds in weight.


This is my first time buying skis so I'm a bit lost.  Have to say I was sorely tempted just to buy them but I assume I couldn't take them back once they've been drilled for bindings so have held off.  I have decent boots which I've had for a number of years - they're fairly comfy so don't really want to buy new boots if it can be avoided.


Thanks in advance!

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The model is called an SMU or "special make up" ski. It is generally the cheapest regular (read beginner) ski in the brands lineup. This is not the type of ski to lead you toward improvement. As far as length goes, the eyebrow is a reasonable but very general guideline that does apply to average weight skiers. Those that are not average weight would consider a longer (or stiffer flex) ski if heavier than average o a shorter (or softer flex) ski if lighter.



Edited by SierraJim - 9/20/10 at 7:25am
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Welcome to epic!


You didn't mention the price, and what your price range is.  There are a lot of great skis available to someone in your skill area, and the more we know about you the better we can steer you in the right direction.  156 might be a little short for you by the way.


Boots are very, very important, and if your boots are that "comfy" they may actually be a bit too large, which is a common problem.  You should consider finding a good bootfitter and having them checked out, perhaps with new footbeds and some tweaking your boots could be improved, well worth a little money.  You want the boots to be snug not loose, otherwise you won't be able to transfer your motions to your skis well.


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Thanks for the quick replies.  Lots to think about.


The Mistics were on sale for $279 inc bindings.  Budget-wise I can't really justify going over $400.  Any ideas what else I should be looking at?  I like the Line Pandora skis but wonder if they might be more than I can handle, though on the up side they sound like they might be very versatile.


On the boots side, I'm hoping they are okay - they generally ache a bit for the first hour or so but are fine after that.  They do feel quite snug.  I had custom footbeds put in them in Val d'Isere about 13 years ago - sounds a long time but I've only skied intermittently since then, and last winter was my first skiing for 8 years.  Should I look at new footbeds or new boots?



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I'll defer on the skis to Sierra Jim and others, but you should be able to find something good in that price range.  


As to the boots, 13  years old is a long time ago and boots have definitely changed since then, but who knows?   


Here's some links with skis.  First one is Sierra Jim's store.  I like the Fischer Progressor 7's for you as one possibility, but like I said there are a lot of great skis out there.   I've bought from both of these places and can attest to their prices and service.




Some of the Fire and Heat models on this page would be great groomer skis.  The RX8 is an all time winner, I've owned a couple of pairs.


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I have only 2 cents to offer.  I am your height, but about 25 lb's lighter then you (140 to 150), but an accomplished skier that skis yearly 20 (slow year) to 40 (good year) days per year or more if I can or in years I'm teaching.  I ski on 158cm to 165cm.  I find the length very adequate and being heavier has some affect ( I know because i can easily drop 15 lbs (130 but typically hover at 140ish) over the course of a winter, and occasionally have skied 20lbs lighter), the affect is not as great as some might think.  I have never felt my skis were too long or too short with weight gain and loss.  I would consider it important that you get a ski that is designed for you weight though.  A low end soft ladies ski is typically made to accommodate the 5'1 to 5'3 skier (100 to 130)and we are much closer to the avg male weight and height.  So look for a ski designed for a male that an intermediate can handle but will progress with you,  It may be a very short line from intermediate to advanced if you put in a lot of ski time all of a sudden and are actively trying to learn by joining such places as epic and getting some tips and lessons.  Many ladies skis are the identical or equivalent to their male counterpart, but read the literature to know this.  Much as a 5'2" (110 lb) lady is looking for a ski she can learn and bend you will want one that will bend effectively for you without being a noodle.


One other suggestion, you may find a deal on a ski that is new, but a 2 to 3 year old model and this should still work well for you.

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