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Should I buy new skis after 8+ years??

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Well, my current skis are Salomon XScream 8's, and I've had them around 8 years or so, maybe a little more.  Considering the advances in ski tech over the last few years, would it be a good time to get something new?  Would I see much of a difference from what I have, going to something like the Head Peak 88 (or 82)?

 

Here's a little background on my skiing level.  I'm probably a low-level intermediate, and I fell like I 'push' turns more than carve them (although I really want to change that this year!).  I'm an east coast skier, and I'm 5'10' 180lbs.

 

Any advice would be much appreciated!

 

Thanks,

Tom

post #2 of 15

New skis are (almost) always a good move assuming they match your stats and ability.  Regardless of your level, skiing the same skis for 8 years qualifies you as due for a change.  Even something newER is probably a good idea if you don't want to spend a lot of cash on ski gear.  FWIW, I have some 02-03ish Scream 10 Pilots in decent shape that I still like to ski upon occasion so "need" and "want" can be entirely different. 

 

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post #3 of 15

Without a doubt.  New boots would probably be pretty nice as well.

post #4 of 15

Yes, definitely.  I did a similar move about 3 years ago, I was skiing on about 8 year old skis at the time.  Skis have changed a lot in the last decade.  After one day of demo'ing some newer gear, there was no question that I needed to upgrade badly.  I find myself having more fun and expending less effort... partly 'cause I now have skis that are better suited to the conditions I mostly see.

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Originally Posted by tps7c View Post

Well, my current skis are Salomon XScream 8's, and I've had them around 8 years or so, maybe a little more.  Considering the advances in ski tech over the last few years, would it be a good time to get something new?  Would I see much of a difference from what I have, going to something like the Head Peak 88 (or 82)?

 

Here's a little background on my skiing level.  I'm probably a low-level intermediate, and I fell like I 'push' turns more than carve them (although I really want to change that this year!).  I'm an east coast skier, and I'm 5'10' 180lbs.

 

Any advice would be much appreciated!

 

Thanks,

Tom





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Originally Posted by jaobrien6 View Post

Yes, definitely.  I did a similar move about 3 years ago, I was skiing on about 8 year old skis at the time.  Skis have changed a lot in the last decade.  After one day of demo'ing some newer gear, there was no question that I needed to upgrade badly.  I find myself having more fun and expending less effort... partly 'cause I now have skis that are better suited to the conditions I mostly see.



Welcome and Ditto.  Less effort.  Liven it up with a pair of fresh boards.  Skis today are easy as pie and open up new angles in your skiing.  Your 8 year old skis can be your marginal conditions thrashers.

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the welcome, and for the advice guys!  Does anyone have an opinion on whether the Head 88 or 82's would be good for someone just starting to get into the intermediate range?  I'm not looking to do anything crazy on the slopes, as I'm 38 now, lol.

 

Thanks again!

Tom

 

post #7 of 15

You'll notice a difference, but not necessarily a positive one. Both the Head 82 or 88 are considerably wider and stiffer than what you currently have, and if you're not carving turns now, these skis won't make it any easier.

 

I don't feel qualified to make specific recommendations, but would suggest looking at something with a 75-80 waist. It would be well worth your while to demo a few different skis to determine what really suits your style/ability,

post #8 of 15

BAM!  We made the decision for you!!!  If you can, go demo a K2 Coomback.  Or an Atomic Coax or Blog.  Try a ski that is at least 100mm underfoot just to get the feel of some new skis- they handle all conditions like a dream.

post #9 of 15

Hell, I have trouble not buying skis after 8+ days. 

post #10 of 15
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Hell, I have trouble not buying skis after 8+ days. 


Or in my case, hours...

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by tps7c View Post

Well, my current skis are Salomon XScream 8's, and I've had them around 8 years or so, maybe a little more.  Considering the advances in ski tech over the last few years, would it be a good time to get something new?  Would I see much of a difference from what I have...?

Owned some XScreams, the banana yellow ones pre-pilot. Trust me, you'll notice a difference. 

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by garylk View Post

You'll notice a difference, but not necessarily a positive one. Both the Head 82 or 88 are considerably wider and stiffer than what you currently have, and if you're not carving turns now, these skis won't make it any easier.

 

I don't feel qualified to make specific recommendations, but would suggest looking at something with a 75-80 waist. It would be well worth your while to demo a few different skis to determine what really suits your style/ability,



75-80??  Do they even make skis in that range anymore?  smile.gif

 

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Originally Posted by Skiing-in-Jackson View Post

BAM!  We made the decision for you!!!  If you can, go demo a K2 Coomback.  Or an Atomic Coax or Blog.  Try a ski that is at least 100mm underfoot just to get the feel of some new skis- they handle all conditions like a dream.



Probably not if you are low intermediate.  The dude probably doesn't even have powder technique developed.

 

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Hell, I have trouble not buying skis after 8+ days. 



Haha, word.  OP- yeah, I would definitely try something new.  What kind of terrain do you want to ski on these?  Maybe just getting a slalom ski would be fun for ripping groomers if that is all you are into...

post #13 of 15

Yes.  Get some new skis. For eastern intermediate skiing on groomed runs, I say less than 70 mm wide, 12< side cut Radius <16,  165 <Length <175 (depending on radius).

 

If you want to learn to carve, then I also suggest you check out expertskier.com and Make a short list of skis from the past 5 years or so with a high carving score and a speed limit that isn't too low, then go bargain shopping.

post #14 of 15

This thread belongs in the "What answer do you want" thread. 

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

Wow, thanks for all the advice!  It seems a lot has changed in the past 8 years, huh?  Because of my job and where I live (Virginia) it's been tought to get away to do much skiing the past few years.  This year I decided that no matter, what I'm going to ski as much as possible.  Someone asked if I had any powder technique, and yeah, that's a no!  I wish!  Next year I think going out west will be realistic.  so this year it will mostly be east coast groomers.

 

Stephen -- The K2 coomback, isn't that a ski for an advanced skier?  What about something like the Atomic Snoop?

 

hiplainsdrifter  --  It's not that I'm only into skiing groomers, but I live in Virginia so that's pretty much what's available, lol.

 

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