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I need help preparing for the upcoming season!

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Hi guys and gals:

 

             For a while now, I have been fancying new skis and gear. This is the year I am getting it all. I need new skis, new boots, and a new jacket. I have three main questions that I was hoping the epic ski community could help me with.

 

1) The skis -- I am 5'11, 130 ( I am 15), and will be paying for everything. I got a good job this summer, and raked in the cash. I can afford up to pretty much 500 dollar skis. I ski all terrain, but mainly east coast. I go out west for 8 days every year. (solitude).

 

2) Boots -- Not really sure about the average price for a solid pair of boots. I would like some atleast ok ones though. Any suggestions?

 

3) Jacket -- I was looking at an Arc'Teryx jacket, and want some reviews of yours. How is the soft shell? ok for cold winter at the peak? And it is water proof enough for snowy days? Also any suggestions (up to 300) 

 

Alright hey guys, I would like to thank you in advance. I will mot likely check this out later and thank you more personally. 

 

- Happy Skiing!

post #2 of 7

You need three main things:

 

1) Boots.

2) Boots.

3) Boots.

 

Get high-quality boots that have been fit to you.  If your feet are reasonably-sized and normally-shaped, you may be able to get away with off the shelf boots.  Otherwise, find a good bootfitter (there are lots of listings and recommendations here if you look around, as well as a whole boot forum) and get something custom-fit.  This could run $500+, maybe more depending on how much customization you want/need.  Buy used skis and a crappy jacket if you have to.  Boots will make or break your comfort and performance.

 

If you're mostly skiing in the east and only out west for a few days a year, I would look at buying skis geared more towards Eastern conditions (read: ice) and renting skis out west if there is a lot of snow and you're going off-piste.  There are many, many good choices.  If you don't have some idea of what you like, you should try to rent/demo a few different options.

 

Arc'Teryx jackets are really nice, but really expensive.  They also don't fit me at all, since I need tall sized jackets, so I don't know specifics about their models.  Most soft shells are not very well-insulated, but that's actually good -- you can control how warm you are by adding layers underneath.  A heavily insulated jacket may be too warm when it's not super cold.

post #3 of 7

Boots are it.  Forget the skis--their will always be skis.  Arcteryx?  Nice stuff, but pretty expensive.  Fit is more important.  I wouldn't call Arcteryx a value buy.  I have a softshell from them, but my hard-shell goes over it for many ski days...

post #4 of 7

You have already heard it and it is the only thing you should hear from anyone:  BOOTS, nothing even comes close in importance for skiing.  For way too many years I kept buying cheap on-sale boots and hot skis and wondering why the latest hot ski didn't help me ski better.  After more than a year of harassment from a level 2 instructor friend, I finally got boots that fit.  The first time I used them my skiing was dramatically better because the skis actually did what I told them to do through my feet and did it immediately.  Find a good bootfitter and get boots that fit.  That doesn't mean heading to some big box store where they ask your shoe size, hand you a pair of boots and say that's it.  A good bootfitter will put you in boots that are sized correctly, not ones that you would describe as "comfortable" because those are usually 2 sizes too big. 

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Originally Posted by luckedogski View Post

Hi guys and gals:

 

             For a while now, I have been fancying new skis and gear. This is the year I am getting it all. I need new skis, new boots, and a new jacket. I have three main questions that I was hoping the epic ski community could help me with.

 

1) The skis -- I am 5'11, 130 ( I am 15), and will be paying for everything. I got a good job this summer, and raked in the cash. I can afford up to pretty much 500 dollar skis. I ski all terrain, but mainly east coast. I go out west for 8 days every year. (solitude).

You're Tall and light, skis up to your mouth from the floor, roughly. Don't get park skis if that's not your thing. So many good ones, don't go super stiff. Shop at a knowlegeable shop if you don't learn it all for yourself. 

2) Boots -- Not really sure about the average price for a solid pair of boots. I would like some atleast ok ones though. Any suggestions?Like they said, get good ones. If they fit, the Technica Agent is a good series, several models are the same but come is three categories by stiffness. Don't get old boots, even if they are new in the box. The plastic loses it's flexibility.

3) Jacket -- I was looking at an Arc'Teryx jacket, and want some reviews of yours. How is the soft shell? ok for cold winter at the peak? And it is water proof enough for snowy days? Also any suggestions (up to 300)Arc soft shell not waterproof; most arc hardshells have hood stuffed in collar construction, which I think is hokey. Get a waterproof shell, the brand fabrics are good at Marmot, Mtn Hardware. wear lots of mid and first layers under it. 

Alright hey guys, I would like to thank you in advance. I will mot likely check this out later and thank you more personally. 

 

- Happy Skiing!

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Thread Starter 

Hey, thanks guys. I found a really nice arcteryx jacket on sale, so price isnt really an issue. And thankyou for the information about the boots. I will try and find nice ones. The only thing tht concerns me are the used skis. Wont they be scratched up and edged out?

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Originally Posted by luckedogski View Post

Hey, thanks guys. I found a really nice arcteryx jacket on sale, so price isnt really an issue. And thankyou for the information about the boots. I will try and find nice ones. The only thing tht concerns me are the used skis. Wont they be scratched up and edged out?


You do need to be more careful, but most people sell skis long before they're actually worn out.  A typical pair of skis is good for at least 75-100 days on the slopes, barring catastrophic damage.  A base grind and full base/side tune will fix worn edges as long as there's still material left.  The topsheets might be banged up, but you don't ski on the topsheet...

 

Another approach, if you want to buy new, is to look for overstock from last year's models, though there's probably not much of that left by now.  Typically the changes from one year to the next are fairly incremental, but nobody wants to buy last year's models once the new ones are out.

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