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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Ok so I was look online for the sizing chart and still confused. So im about 5'10 in height and around 260 pounds and 19 years old, so would 177cm ski's be best for me, and website also say for beginners to take off 5-10 cm's for some reason.

 

I was looking at these and think it could be in my range: http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/spo/1963466937.html

post #2 of 11

What is your price range? I would not buy those skis in that Link you provided reason is that you can buy that ski new for that price online. 400 bucks not, worth it. Those bindings are not worth 350. Also, Volkl Tigersharks are ok. I would advise you to look at Blizzards line up. Volkl's are ok.Find a local good ski shop. Or look for Ski swaps near you. Typically swaps are around this time of year.

 

Shorter skis will be easier to turn than longer skis in the same make and model. There are many factors that influence how a ski preforms and turns (Radius, Sidecut, Materials used, type of ski, etc.). The "best ski size" depends on your height, weight, type of skiing, your skiing ability, and your preference of ski length. It varies from person to person. Some people like longer skis, some people prefer shorter skis. It depends on what your comfortable with.

 

My suggestion is to DEMO several pairs of skis that your interested in before buying a pair. Find a local ski shop and check out some new models and get their suggestions. Remember Ski boots are the most important purchase of ski equipment. If your feet are not comfortable you are not going to have a good time. Ski boot fit and comfort should be your first priority. Research and find a local bootfitter near you.

 

 

Side note:

I have owned MANY pairs of volkls.Now I am going over to Blizzard.


Edited by Ole703 - 10/8/10 at 10:39pm
post #3 of 11

I have to agree with that advice. Like a lot of things, Skis are better bought in store vs. online. Even if you try skis on in store and then find the best price online to buy them there, that's ok. Just make sure your actually trying stuff on in person to see how things fit and feel.

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

Ya I have many stores around my local ski resort like Willis where I can demo 3 ski's for a certain price and they also have a small used show in their basement, so If I find some that are comfortable fit for me I can get them. Also since Boots are very important I can try them on there to make sure they are a perfect fit.

 

And I found out my measurement is about 177cm, but since Im a beginner the short is better so I would take the 160-170cm range as well.

post #5 of 11

How do you "try on skis" in a store?
 

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Originally Posted by jounderw View Post

I have to agree with that advice. Like a lot of things, Skis are better bought in store vs. online. Even if you try skis on in store and then find the best price online to buy them there, that's ok. Just make sure your actually trying stuff on in person to see how things fit and feel.


 

post #6 of 11

Boots are the most important piece of gear for skiing.  Most people, not knowing any better, will end up with boots that are too big.  Unfortunately many shops don't have people working there who know any more about fitting boots than the customer.  If you go into a shop to try on boots and the clerk does not remove the liners so you can put your foot in to determine if the shell is the correct size, leave immediately because they will sell you a boot that's too big.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the WIkis at the top of the page learn how boots should fit and the jargon.  Also check the "Who's Who" listing to see if there's a qualified boot fitter near you.  I spent decades skiing in too big boots, always thinking the next new pair of hot skis would make me a better skier.  When I finally got boots that actually fit, my skiing improved instantly.  Also, don't get too hung up on length.  I have spent many hours skiing with a level 2 instructor who is about your size, actually a couple inches taller, and he skis on 150s and makes nearly everyone on the mountain look like a bad skier.  As a beginner you'll find shorter skis much easier to turn and therefore more fun.  A lot of shops will rent skis for the season and let you swap pairs of skis to try out different models and/or lengths.  Just be sure you get boots that fit your feet.
 

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Originally Posted by KingDakota12 View Post

since Boots are very important I can try them on there to make sure they are a perfect fit.

 

And I found out my measurement is about 177cm, but since Im a beginner the short is better so I would take the 160-170cm range as well.


 

post #7 of 11

Remember the first three things to worry about when buying new equipment:

 

1. Boots

2. Boots

3. Boots

 

Find a good bootfitter and work with them.  Do not spare time or expense.  You'll be sorry if you do.  

 

Skis are #18 on the list, right after boots.

 

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

I know I know I really do believe and agree with you, but just to make everyone mad, seriously how do these look for skis? http://cgi.ebay.com/Used-Atomic-EX-E-Zone-Snow-Skis-Bindings-168cm-/400157319486?pt=Skiing&hash=item5d2b3c213e
The description says for beginner-intermediate skier, for groomed snow which is all I will ski, and it fits up to size 13 boots so I will go to a local dealer and fit and find the best. What do you think and FYI I would be around a 177cm, but most sites say shorter is better

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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

Remember the first three things to worry about when buying new equipment:

 

1. Boots

2. Boots

3. Boots

 

Find a good bootfitter and work with them.  Do not spare time or expense.  You'll be sorry if you do.  

 

Skis are #18 on the list, right after boots.

 

post #9 of 11

Actually I am not convinced that you do.
 

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I know I know I really do believe and agree with you,

post #10 of 11

At 260 lbs, you need a ski that has the ability to transmit enough force to the edges to turn you.   Tigersharks ok, maybe a little short, but that will let you cheat a little bit at first making things easier. Once you get the hang of things you can go buy a longer ski.  I don't know about the E-zones, but the implication in the name is too easy going to move you.

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thank you, ya I prob. won't buy anything for now. I mean I bought gloves and goggles so far the essentials, but Im going to go to Willis and other local ski shops and try on boots even if it take hours just to find the right one that is nowhere too big for me and fits perfectly and a little snug. After that Ill probably demo 3-6 pairs of ski's to find the right size and length for me before worrying about them.

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