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Appropriate Skis and Boots for an Intermediate - Are these any good?

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I'm coming back to skiing after almost 10 years, and I wanted to see if the EpicSki community could help me with some equipment sizing and selection. :)

 

Height: 5'8"      Weight: 160lbs.           Age: 33

Level:  intermediate, I guess, 10 years ago (was on older skis before "parabolics" came out).  Blues were easy, had some difficulty with blacks.  Skied 5-6 years in HS/College, only took a couple lessons in the beginning, but now looking to come back pretty hardcore and take lessons.  Probably ski 6-7 days this year.  

Type:  East coast skiing, I remember I liked carving and going fast :)

 

I guess the first question is what size skis I should get?

 

My other dilemma is whether I should do season rentals or buy a closeout package (maybe boots only)...

 

A local ski shop is offering season rentals for $170 (ski and boots), or $130 for skis only.  I spoke to a great guy who was pretty knowledgeable, and told me what kind of equipment they're renting:

 

Skis - Rossignol Freerides  or Rocx

       -  (only a couple left) Rossignol ACTYS 100

 

Boots - Rossignol Rocx or Exalts

         - Nordica Ones

 

I'm assuming they'll be too beginner for me...?

 

From reading though lots of helpful threads here, I'm learning that I should go to a bootfitter.  I'm assuming that the cheaper rental boots will not be among the bootfitter's selections to try on?

 

I'm also planning on going to the Meadowlands Ski sale tonight, more just to check it out, and probably pick up some ski poles and cheap accessories.  Supposedly these are just some of their skis they'll be selling, but I was wondering if any of these might be good for me?


Skis:

$260 - Fischer Mystique Package

$325 - Head Peak 72 Package

$335 - Nordica Sportmachine 70 Package

$377 - K2 Stryker OR Sabre Package

 

I'm on a budget, but I'm also thinking that taking the $170 that would have been spent on season rentals and applying that to a $400-$500 ski package (or buying good boots) might make more sense.  Should I wait?  Are the end of season (april-june) sales that much better?

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From reading though lots of helpful threads here, I'm learning that I should go to a bootfitter.  I'm assuming that the cheaper rental boots will not be among the bootfitter's selections to try on?

Go to a boot fitter and get boots that fit your feet before investing in skis.  Go to the "Ask the boot guys" forum and check the list of boot fitters to see if there's one close to you.  If not, check at www.bootfitters.com for one local to you.  You may think you'll save money by buying boots at a clearance sale at big box store but you won't because the odds are seriously against you that they will fit correctly and you'll end up buying another pair very soon.  I went through three pairs of boots in four seasons until I finally got religion.  This is my fourth and last season in the same boot.  They will need to be replaced next year. 

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