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Advice needed Buying first skis and boots

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Medicine_Shoes, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. Medicine_Shoes

    Medicine_Shoes Hard Yards

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    Ill be coming into a little bit of unexpected money at the end of the week so why not spend it on skis and boots :D. I'm a low level intermediate but I'm progressing quickly. Probably done about 15 full days all up on skis. Did 9 days this year, including some in Japan. I do probably 90% on piste and maybe 10% off (just started doing this at Falls this year). I'm getting a bit tired of the whole rental routine. So I want to get something for myself. I want skis that I can use both in Australia and Japan if this is possible (I don't know a whole lot about this). Also something that I won't grow out of ability wise, but also something that's not too advanced for me either.

    I'm male, 165cm tall, 69 kgs. My budget is around $1500 for skis, bindings, boots and poles and maybe a bag if any left over. I know there are stores doing their summer clearance sales at the moment so some are doing 30% off.

    Give me your recommendations people, please :)
     
  2. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Go to a reputable bootfitters. Buy what he or she tells you to buy. The rest is all subjective.
     
  3. Medicine_Shoes

    Medicine_Shoes Hard Yards

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    Know of any reputable ones in Melbourne?
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nope, I’m north of the border. But someone will.
     
  5. Dave.Ski

    Dave.Ski Hard Yards Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ajays in Heathmont or EMC in Deepdene are both fantastic.
     
  6. teleroo

    teleroo Lincoln Terns Ski Pass: Gold

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    Big fat skis good for Japow (say 110+ mm underfoot to give you lots of float) not really much use in Aus, where we are mostly skiing hardpacked groomers. In Aus, groomer skis typically 80 mm underfoot these days approx.

    My daily drivers in Aus last two yrs have been 96mm underfoot (Armada Invictus and ARVs). This is probably the happy compromise land but I'm also wondering whether a narrower ski be better for most regular Aus days. Happy compromise might also equal not much good at anything though.

    As suggested above, get yourself some decent boots that work for you from a shop you're happy to continue dealing with , a set of adjustable poles and probably a set of skis for Aus. BYO boots and hire skis in Japan for now.
     
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    teleroo Lincoln Terns Ski Pass: Gold

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    Will be a bit if a stretch to get all for $1500 at regular prices but good chance at the moment if you get decent discounts. But size availability will be your challenge right now.
     
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    Medicine_Shoes Hard Yards

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    From what I've read, The Boot Lab in Malvern and Aussieskier in Prahran are the pick of the bunch. Anyone had any recent experiences with them? and which is the pick of the two? I can see Aussieskier stock and prices online but the Boot Lab doesn't show any, are they similar prices there?
     
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  9. Laska Goralska

    Laska Goralska One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Take your $1500 and get fitted for boots and custom footbeds, then take the change, chuck in a few extra and buy some ex demo skis on the cheap.

    And regardless of whether you get skis to perform best in Aus or anywhere else, I’d say properly fitted boots and sweet custom footbeds are priority number one
     
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    Laska Goralska One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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  11. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    www.aussieskier.com will do you well. @CarveMan is a long term member here
     
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    Medicine_Shoes Hard Yards

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    Thanks for all the help. Ill book an appointment for Aussieskier when I get the chance.
     
  13. chairmanmeow

    chairmanmeow Early Days

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    Sorry to go off on a tangent but genuinely curious, are footbeds always needed? I was told my feet were a problematic shape so I got footbeds but my wife's feet were supposedly much more "normal". Even so, the shop still recommended footbeds for her but said she could also try without. She's had a little bit of shin pain and we're not sure if footbeds would help that, haven't had a chance to go back to the shop yet.
     
  14. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    I had a great experience with Andy at the Boot Lab. He’s a character and knows his stuff. Can’t recommend him enough.

    I’ve heard great things about @CarveMan at Aussie Skier too. Both will be solid options.
     
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    Laska Goralska One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I have fairly normal, albeit somewhat wide feet. Skiing for years with well fitted boots and no footbeds I thought was fine and I just accepted the fact that my feet would ache like they were on fire for the first 30-40 mins of skiing (not to mention the pain you only notice when it comes time to take them off at the end of the day)

    Got custom footbeds a few years ago, never had morning pains again, and am now in no particular hurry to get my boots off in the afternoon.

    Proper, heat fitted custom footbeds changed my life. I’d rather ski in my boots now and on clapped out old skis than go back to pre-footbed days and razor sharp freshly waxed skis
     
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    Chowder11 Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Even for people with "normal feet" custom footbeds are going always help.
    Not just for pains and proper alignment but also for skiing performance, to have full distributed contact underneath the foot the whole time skiing is absolutely magic, and once you have experience this you'll never ski without a custom again.

    Back to the recommendations, Bootlab is great, AussieSkier is great and the guys at Bumps know their stuff also, and they have probably the largest range of boots in Melbourne.
     
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  17. Medicine_Shoes

    Medicine_Shoes Hard Yards

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    So ended up getting skis, poles and boots from Aussieskier in Prahran. All up a delightful experience. The bootfitting with Angus was quite in depth and taught me a few things i didn't know before.

    For skis i got the Atomic vantage 79. Should be a good ski for me to continue my progression on Australian slopes.

    The boots are Nordica Cruise 120. These were the only ones in my price range that were wide enough for my short feet.
     

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    Chaeron A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Enjoy!!
     
  19. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    And very well colour coordinated.:cool:
     
  20. chairmanmeow

    chairmanmeow Early Days

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    Congrats on your new set-up OP. Sorry to go off on a bit of tangent but I'm a similar weight to OP and skill-wise similar as well, maybe an upper beginner/lower intermediate. Just want to ask is 120 flex normal for our situations? I ask because I was also led to a pair of 120 flex boots after my fitting but from what I've seen online that's a pretty stiff boot.

    Personally, I find them quite difficult to put on in the cold and walking around is tiring but on the slopes they're fine so far. Only negative was when conditions got rough and bumpy once, I was thrown around a bit more than I expected. But I think I can manage this better as I improve
     
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    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    That’s a good plan.:thumbs:
     
  22. Medicine_Shoes

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    I matched the poles to the skis, but it was pure coincidence that the boots matched the skis!
     
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  23. Chaeron

    Chaeron A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Now for the matching soft shell jacket and gloves....
     
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    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    No pants?
     
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    linked_recoveries One of Us

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    That'll be chilly.
     
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