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Advice needed Buying First Set of skis

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by powderhound123, Jul 27, 2019.

  1. powderhound123

    powderhound123 Hard Yards Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hi guys,
    Just wondering if you had any suggestions for a first set of skis. I am 17, 80kg and 185cm tall and have about 1k to spend on skis and bindings. Ive been on rentals all my life so dont really know what to look for in a ski. I'd say im close to an advanced skiier, I can get around all of buller pretty comfortably. Theyd mostly be used for aus skiing but also the occasional trip to Japan.

    https://bumps.com.au/atomic-vantage-90-cti-2019.html

    I was looking at these and they seem fine, just need some tips on height and width of the ski as I dont really know what im looking for. Also have no idea about bindings so any tips on those would be great.
    Thanks
     
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  2. BoofHead

    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Hi.
    Have you got boots sorted?
    We all love drooling over planks but boots are so much more important and dropping $1000 first time around as a17yo is a bit over the top IMO.
     
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  3. powderhound123

    powderhound123 Hard Yards Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeh boots are all sorted. How much do u reckon I should spend?
     
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  4. crackson

    crackson A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Spend the lot if needed to the ski that you want. Everybody has different budgets.
     
  5. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Demo a few.
    So many good skis these days.
    Be more a case of finding the ones you don't like .
    Stick to the "all mountain" type and you'll be fine.
    Kastle MX series are pretty reliable / user friendly.
    around 90 underfoot works for me as a daily driver , and handles a bit of fresh too.
    IMO
     
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  6. BoofHead

    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I can’t really answer but $1000 seems like way too much to spend at your age. Money better spent on lessons perhaps. The most I’ve ever spent on my kids is $300 for skis and bindings, generally much less, but I always buy used, know what I’m looking for and can mount and adjust bindings.
    Maybe get along to a couple of shops and ask advice and enquire about ex-Demo/used deals.
     
  7. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    You’ll get a thousand recommendations on this forum, all well meaning but from my experience can confuse someone.
    Best to figure out what type of skiing you like, what type of terrain you like to ski, what type of turn shape/radius you prefer or aspire to.
    Then go into Bumps and ask them which ski they would recommend based on those criteria. It’s their job to match the ski to the customer. They’ve got good staff there who will guide you in the right direction.
    Lucky you, it’s super exciting getting kitted up. Have fun out there.
     
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  8. Annabuzzy

    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    I saw @CarveMan recommend those skis as the goldilocks of all mountain skis for Oz. Based on that you can’t go wrong
     
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  9. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    With a grand to spend inc bindings I’d look at the Salomon QST 92, it’s as good as anything on the market, and super competitive price-wise. They updated the construction this year and made a good ski better.

    https://aussieskier.com/products/salomon-qst-92-skis-salomon-warden-13-mnc-bindings-package

    For your height/weight/ability I’d go 177cm.
     
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  10. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    mate of mine has been riding the 98's for couple of years know.
    he's pretty tidy with his technique and knows his stuff.
    he loves them. at home when it's bit softer and Japow sc/bc biz.
    would not go wrong with these.
     
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    Shoey Hard Yards

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    Don't forget you still need to factor in poles and if taking overseas, a ski bag. Those 2 added could eat up another $200-300 in the budget (mostly the ski bag).
     
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  12. MickM

    MickM One of Us Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    I have the Vantage 90CTI 2017 model and they are awesome for Oz.

    But, as DPS said
    Also, metal, no metal etc.

    Once that is determined, just brand preference, they all have similar offerings in each category.
     
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    Laska Goralska One of Us

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    Nordica Enforcers. That is all.
     
  14. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Agree that QST 92 is a good choice for you. Having only rented there is probably a good chance you have been given skis with tails that are a bit soft for your 80 kg weight. Your exits and transitions may feel different and require some dialing in/ focus.