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$300 really isn't too pricy. Especially for a new ski liek scratch wrs. Once next season rolls around the cheapest ski you'll get (at retail, new) is invaders, at $300. Taking everything in, scratchs are a high quality ski, and i haven't heard anything but good things about them. You'll be able to ski them for a while, probably get to ski them for 2 full seasons as long as you get the right sizes and don't harass the shit outta them.
boots is a whole nother story. go get fitted at a local ski shop, if you got none, go to a ski market or something, whatever. just go try on every boot you see, and decide which you like the most.
lots of people will say rampage/spk, i wear rampages only because i got fitted to them and after trying on 6 other boots the shop reccomended me they fit me the best. you don't even haev to go specific freestyle boot, just try on boots and see what you like.
Dood who cares. They are skis and if you like the way they feel, or you just like them, get them. And if people get on your case about what kind of skis you have for your ability level, who gives a shit. You have to start somewhere.
yeah speaking of image problems. when you suck don't wear 4xl tall t's. little kids will think you are the best skier ever. It happened to me the other day and i'm like sorry to disapoint you but i can't do that shit.
on skis scratchs are good. i've ridden a pair and they were nice. i like my troublemakers more. BUt hey i made the switch last year to my TM's and they were fine. The only thing i sugest is to not get center mounting. STICK WITH RECOMENDED.
Also take a ski lesson. My friend is self taught and he skis pretty well. But right now he is really depressed, 'cause he has realized that to get to the next level he basically has to unlearn all his bad habits and start from scratch. just my .02
i think any light ski would work for you... i would get something around the 175ish range if i was you. a 5 cm difference wont make a difference so give or take 5 cm. just get a cheap pair of twins, line invaders or K2 fujatives.
Twiptip freeriders ripping fast and landing switch looks way cooler than snowboarders. Also, Expert snowboarders will never be able to ride the snow as fast as an expert skier. Four edges is always better that two.
Anyway, I also believe that you should by some twintips that you like and grow into them. Don't buy skies to short, They always try to get beginners to go shorter. In my opinion, Salomon boots feel the most comfortable and get the best fit. One more thing, Don't buy skies less than 80mm under foot.
One more thing. Always mount them a little forward, doesn't matter what your style of skiing is. A good guide line is to find the center of the running surface and put the ball of your foot on it. Do this with your boots on.