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Looking for cheap park skis. Ideas?

post #1 of 16
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Hey EpicSki,

 

A little about me: My name is Robert, and I'm 20 years old, living in California. I'm 6', and weigh 135 lbs (not a typo, I'm skinny), and I've been skiing for 16 years. Skiing really captured my heart when I got my Stockli Stormrider XLs- over the past 4 years, I've been going skiing just about every weekend during the season. I moved up from my (outgrown) 140's, and to something that fits me, and now I smoke all my buddies on the piste or in the trees. I know it's not all about speed, but...see below.

 

Why I'm looking to get some park skis: Since most of my buddies snowboard, and they're all recreational boarders (go 3-4 times/season) they like to take it slow. SLOW. And they like to spend time in the park. So, I can stick with them, or go do my own thing- which is kind of boring either way. So I thought "Hey, I can already ride switch, do my surface 360's, maybe I should invest in a pair of [cheap] twins for park use." That way I can stick with my buds, and have distinct goals to reach for, and show off a little ;)

 

What I need help with: I am a poor college student, and so buying skis is no small feat (I already have a helmet =p). I don't even know if I'll like skiing in the park. I thought maybe I should buy some crappy used skis so that I don't mess up my Stormriders on the rails or anything. Plus, I know for snowboards you want them detuned so they don't catch the rails or anything- and I like my skis sharp! 
In short, I'm not sure what a reasonable budget is like, and what I should look for in a park ski. I know that they're all twin tips, and they come in camber/rocker/flat flavors. I don't know what manufacturers are reputable park manufacturers, or any of that stuff. So I'm completely open to any advice you have to give on picking a freestyle ski. What factors should I be looking for?

 

Could I get some with bindings (used) for <$150? (I'm open to ebay/craigslist/amazon/whatever) 

I normally ski ~174cm- should I look for something a little shorter so that I can get it around easier?

Does the binding go in the same place as GS skis, or is it put in the center of the ski for symmetry?

Should I get light or heavy skis?
Rocker or Camber?

We've got a demo day coming up in about 3 weeks- should I try anything specific? Not that I'd be able to afford anything I'd demo...

 

 

Thanks, EpicSki

post #2 of 16
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

Heh, those are all junior skis- except for the atomics, which are 150 without 60 dollar bindings =(

 

I don't mind buying used or women's skis.

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post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

That's not really any more helpful than the first link- those are all-mountain skis. That's what I have right now. I'd like something that's easier to learn tricks on rather than harder.

 

It would help me more if you could answer any of the 6 questions posed at the end of my first post. I can Google to find cheap skis myself.

 

Thanks for the help though.

post #6 of 16

Why don't you go to the park and ask everyone there if they will sell their skis for $150 or less.

If they are in the park they must have park skis, right?

post #7 of 16

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/97765/almost-new-dynastar-troublemaker-limited-175-cm-w-look-px12

 

Not under $150 but you won't have to pay for re-mount so would be close. Many shops charge $70-80 if you didn't buy skis from them.

 

And they are in almost new condition.

post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 

 


When I made this thread I was really hoping for info on what to look for in the ski, what factors to consider- not where to get them. 

 

Originally Posted by jonrpen View Post

Why don't you go to the park and ask everyone there if they will sell their skis for $150 or less.

If they are in the park they must have park skis, right?

 

This doesn't help- I don't even think you're serious. I posted in this forum because I thought, when I joined a few years ago, that the people here were nice, helpful, and knew their stuff. While you've got #1 down, you're struggling with #2 and 3. 





Originally Posted by MattL View Post

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/97765/almost-new-dynastar-troublemaker-limited-175-cm-w-look-px12

 

Not under $150 but you won't have to pay for re-mount so would be close. Many shops charge $70-80 if you didn't buy skis from them.

 

And they are in almost new condition.

 

Yep...I'm talking with a guy locally about buying his K2 Fujatives (169) for 175. He's a ski tech at a local shop and says he'll remount the bindings for me- no charge. I'm just concerned about that length- one of the reasons I posted in the thread, so 250 is out of the question. Plus our largest local shop charges 30 if you didn't buy the skis from them.  

 

As I mentioned previously- I don't need help FINDING cheap skis. I need help distinguishing between park skis, since this will be my first pair. 

post #9 of 16

I'd look for K2 Silencers, Fujatives, EXT or Extremes.  All built well for park riding.  Cheap and strong.  Thick edges so they don't break and pull out on rails.  Has a scale on the side so you can Center Mount the bindings or mount them traditionally or anywhere in between.  They come in 159/169/179 sizes and some years had a 174 and 184.  At 6' the 174 or 179 should be swell.

 

Certain skis come with a symmetrical shape and the idea is to mount those ones dead center.  Fischer Addicts for example.  Most have a normal side cut. 

 

Be careful buying used park skis though because the edges are most likely bashed up already from the previous owner riding rails.  Detuning them isn't mandatory though as the rails will do it themselves in short time.

 

Check EvoGear.com outlet stores for killer deals on new ones.  Also Tramdock.com.  Stay away from Evo Gear used ones.  Overpriced.  Ebay is good.  I just got my sister some Dynastar She's Trouble skis for Xmas. (Dynastar Trouble Maker in Mens form) for $149 on ebay.  No bindings though, but can get those for $110 new on Evogear.  I'ma make her boyfriend or my Dad buy those for her.

post #10 of 16

Buy ex rentals.

post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks FujativeOCR- that's the kinda post I was looking for :D

post #12 of 16

Hey! I'm as serious as you. For real, go to the park and ask around if anyone has cheap skis for sale. Some of the kids I see in the park get new skis every year. 

post #13 of 16

If you don't mind having women's skis this is a great bargain:

 

http://cgi.ebay.com/Roxy-Black-Magic-176cm-Womens-08-Skis-w-PX12-TI-Jib-W-/200544518881?pt=Skiing&hash=item2eb16282e1

 

It is the Roxy Black Magic which is a rebranded Dynastar Big Trouble with Roxy PX12 (Look PX12) bindings, new.  The price is $199.99 shipped and for another $25 you can get them mounted.

post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jonrpen View Post

Hey! I'm as serious as you. For real, go to the park and ask around if anyone has cheap skis for sale. Some of the kids I see in the park get new skis every year. 


Aw, hey, sorry man. I just thought that sounded like a bad idea because I probably won't get up for another 3 weeks, and most people won't bring their extra skis (that they don't ride anymore) around. Even if I did find someone, it would be another long shot that they were the right size/type- and again another one that they were within the price range I'm looking at. And again, they'd have to fit my boots, or I'd have to tack on another 30 dollars to get them remounted. So... it was beginning to look like a pretty unrealistic idea- that's why i didn't think you were serious.


 

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Originally Posted by Rio View Post

If you don't mind having women's skis this is a great bargain:

 

http://cgi.ebay.com/Roxy-Black-Magic-176cm-Womens-08-Skis-w-PX12-TI-Jib-W-/200544518881?pt=Skiing&hash=item2eb16282e1

 

It is the Roxy Black Magic which is a rebranded Dynastar Big Trouble with Roxy PX12 (Look PX12) bindings, new.  The price is $199.99 shipped and for another $25 you can get them mounted.

 

 

Ah, good to know- I wondered about Roxy skis. I didn't think Roxy was known for their skis =p

That is a pretty good deal- I mighta been good with that, but I jumped on a pair this afternoon. 07 K2 Fujatives with the Rossignol Scratch 120 bindings. $160. The guy even fit them to my boot for me!

 

Now I gotta peel off all these stickers though.

 

Thanks for the help and ideas, guys!

post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by DJThuht View Post


Ah, good to know- I wondered about Roxy skis. I didn't think Roxy was known for their skis =p

Roxy skis are rebranded Dynastar and Rossignol skis depending on the model.  They aren't very known in the states so you can get so great deals on them.

post #16 of 16

Demo days?  Then buy?  Everybody on the internet has an opinion.  Just sayin'...

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