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Best skis on a budget?

post #1 of 10
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Hello,

 

I am 24 yo male, 5-7, 185, pretty athletic, advanced-level, and also unfortunately on a budget.  However, I really need to get some new skis this year.  Looking for input as the amount of money I'm looking to spend (600-700) will only buy you "intermediate" level skis which are apparently "soft."

 

Anyway, right now I'm skiing on 170 cm K2 Apache Raiders, and they are fine for most purposes, however I don't much care for their carving performance.  At high speeds they are fine for smooth/lazy medium-to-large arcs, but they are godawful if you really tilt them on their edges and try to do intense carving.

 

I am looking at Rossi avenger 76 carbon, Volkl AC20, Fischer Motive 74 SW, and things like that.  

 

 

 

Anyway, do you think those are worth the money (like do advanced skiers really need advanced/expert skis to get good performance)?  Or, if I would easily "out-ski" those or whatever and I can't put up more that $700.00, would I be best suited to just wait until I can drop $1000.00?

post #2 of 10

Have you considered last year model skis?  For example, starthaus is selling Head WC SL ski for $570 (http://shop.starthaus.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=121&idproduct=788).

 

Not even suggesting that that's the right ski for you, just pointing out that high performance doesn't have to be expensive.

post #3 of 10

Are you planning to buy in a shop or online?  Are you averse to new old stock (previous years models)?  It seems to me that you should be able to get something for less.  Many around here have paid $400 or less.  Have you checked Sierra Trading Post?  Have you checked with some of the retailers on this site?  There are some incredible resources on here, such as Philpug, SierraJim, starthaus, dawgcatching, etc.  There are also various discounts to be had for supporters of this site.

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

I'm probably going to shop online... looking at older models sounds like a good idea.  I hope all aren't snaked by X-mas.  Sometimes it can be difficult, as my length window is 165-170ish, and those tend to be pretty popular lengths (thus wouldn't be around the next year).

 

It seems like some e-tailers are more into old skis than others (like Sun Ski and Sports has a bunch of really good older models).  As the season goes on I will probably feel a sense of urgency with buying clearance '10 models, but hopefully the right ski is still there for me at the right time.

post #5 of 10

You can probably get skis that are used with less than a season of use on them. That opens a large range of high performance skis to you that, quite honestly, might not really differ in performance from a new pair. 

post #6 of 10

I wouldn't call any of those skis great carvers.

 

If money is really tight:

Local ski shops often have consignment sales of 2nd hand skis.

Lot's of new in wrapper old stock skis on the internet.

 

I say spend $20 on expertskier.com subscription reviews.  Make a short list of skis that are rated as top-scoring carvers, with your desired turn radius/speed.  Any skis you see that are likely candidates should be compared to the list and vetted here. 

 

post #7 of 10
My last 2pair of skis were mint used ones off Gear Swap at TGR. Likely not a great spot to score your 170's, so how about eBay? Frankly, this is the worst time of year to buy new gear as last years good stuff sold in the summer, so your paying full pop for this years gear until Feb. Look for used sources like Craigslist, eBay, etc IMO.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by liv2 ski View Post

My last 2pair of skis were mint used ones off Gear Swap at TGR. Likely not a great spot to score your 170's, so how about eBay? Frankly, this is the worst time of year to buy new gear as last years good stuff sold in the summer, so your paying full pop for this years gear until Feb. Look for used sources like Craigslist, eBay, etc IMO.

http://cgi.ebay.ca/08-09-Fischer-RC4-WC-RC-Skis-170cm-w-Z17-Yellow-NEW-/300377825373?pt=Skiing&hash=item45efe9e05d

 

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post #9 of 10

Check Sierra Trading Post.  Just search for "alpine skis" on their site.  They have some good deals on new unsold stuff from previous years, and you can find coupons for additional discounts on line. I also believe there may be a 20% discount if you are a member of this forum.

post #10 of 10
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I wouldn't call any of those skis great carvers.

 



Thank you; that's a big part of what I was looking to get answered.

 

And thanks to all the suggestions... I have now found some good places to get much better skis in my price range.

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