Old 03-01-11, 01:57 AM   #1
 
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Skis+Boots suggestion needed !!!

I am about to buy my first set of boots and skis. I am an intermediate skier who is pretty comfortable with blue slopes. I want to progress to be solid on blue slopes and then move on to black diamond slopes.

I am particularly looking at Rossignol skis and boots. For skis, the ones I am looking at are Avenger 74 Carbon, Avenger 76 Carbon, and maybe Avenger 74 Composite. The boots that I am looking at are ExaltX 70 and 80, and Synergy Sensor 80. What do you guys think ? Any other suggestions are welcomed !!!

I know that I am an intermediate skiier so I should go with boots with flex between 70-90. But how much stiffer is 90 compared to 80 ? How much does the flex affect my skiing ? I mean I could see how a softer ski can bend easily so it helps with turns for beginners but how does boots affect the whole skiing experience ?
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Old 03-01-11, 12:08 PM   #2
 
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Any suggestion ? Also, if my size matter, I am 5'7, 120lbs. Therefore, what size skis should I go for ? Around 154-156 or Around 162-166 ?
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Any suggestion please ?
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Old 06-01-11, 11:11 AM   #4
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Hi nns91,
120 lbs, That's pretty light isn't it. Down here (in Godzone = Australia) we talk in kg's roughly 2lbs = 1kg so you should come in around 55 ~ 60 kg. with that I am guessing your female ??
Okay, (if my guess is correct)
Now general rule of thumb, with modern day skis, standing erect hold a pair of skis in front of you, the skis should come to just below your nose.
Generally speaking, women tend to ski with a bit more grace than (most) men, it's called style, the turns tend to be neater, because they are not using brute strength. So the ski can be slightly shorter.
As for the boots, I suggest you go to a fairly reputable ski shop, because your boots need to fit YOU & if they arn't confortable your day on the hill is not going to be much fun, good fitting boots = Happy Feet, all messages from brain to ski have to go thru feet - boot "interface" (wow thats a big word - for me) to ski so it it is very important that boot fitting is spot-on.
Hope this is of some help to you.
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Old 06-01-11, 12:20 PM   #5
 
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Thanks. I am actually a guy !!!

What do you think about those particular skis that I mentioned above ? Are they good ones ? Do you think it is safe to buy the boots online ? Are there different factors that can affect the fitting of the boots ? I mean I know my size is 26.5 as I measured it, so this number is not enough ?
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Old 07-01-11, 09:35 AM   #6
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Sorry about that (the gender mix-up),
Better not talk to loudly as I only weigh-in around 63 kg myself !
The boots,
unless, you can put your body thru fibre-optic, then don't buy your boots that way either.
Go to a real shop & speak to a real person, who really knows their ski boot stuff, If you have happy feet, you are going to enjoy your skiing a whole lot more. saving a couple of bucks just ain't worth it.
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Old 18-01-11, 01:34 AM   #7
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Andy is 100% right! Please, do not buy your boots online until you have been properly fitted (then you can always shop for a better deal from there). There is SO much variety between brands, sizes, etc. Your feet will be eternally grateful and your skiing ability will improve with properly fitted foorwear.

Good luck!
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