Alright so I'm trying to pick up skiing (switching from snowboarding) and have been researching some gear. I will focus on park for the most part. I kind of want to jump right into it and buy some decent/nice gear instead of incrementally getting better and better stuff as I progress. So far I have settled on the Dalbello Blenders for boots, Marker Griffons for bindings (160 lbs), and Salomon Threats for skis. What do you guys think? I'm a little iffy on the Threats since I seem to read a lot of bad reviews on them, but most of those reviews seemed to come from hardcore park skiers. Any advice, recommendations, etc?
hey, I like you, an intelligent response from a ns member with under a thousand posts, I feel like that's getting rare.
First step in the who ski shin-dig is always getting fitted for boots. you can make it down the hill on anything, but good luck doing it when your feet are getting thrashed. Go get fitted, find the right boot, and don't skimp doing it.
From there, K2, Line, Volkl, Armada, and Rossignol are all bigger brands (relatively, Armada is pretty small) that have consistently put out solid, durable and dependable skis. While I'm not a huge fan of the way K2 stuff skis, you can't knock the durability. Find a deal on something and run with it.
Lastly bindings. Bindings should outlast your skis if you're in something fairly quality. The Axial2/PX series from Rossi/Look have been staples in the industry for a long time. Durable, consistent releasing, over all solid bindings. You can usually find them super cheap, and it's a given they'll hold up. There's other stuff out there, but probably not as solid at the same price point.
Like others have said, boot fitter, boot fitter, BOOT FITTER. I can't stress this enough. You will have a bad time skiing if your boots are killing your feet...maybe even worse than if you french fry when you're supposed to pizza.
As for skis, I may be biased, since it's all I've really ridden, but I would go with Armada. Get some of last year's AR6s for cheap or some AR7s. I switched from snowboarding four years ago and got a pair of AR6s after demo-ing a pair of K2s and Salomons. I found that they were easy to re-learn skiing on (I started skiing when I was 3, but switched to snowboarding when I was 7) performed well all over the mountain, and still were very solid in the park. They've also held up really well. I have them mounted back 2.5cm from center and they ski great forward and switch.
I don't know too much about bindings, so I would have someone else help you with that, but I rock Jesters and have had no problems with them at all.
Line and Atomic are two companies headed is much different directions. Most of the skis from Line are jib oriented. they are made to withstand alot of abuse. the 7ply technology they use now is making them heavier then the punx, but look at the price and what you want to do with them. if you like alot of rails, go with the masterminds because they will hold up
I might get hated on for this but I don't advise a fully symmetrical ski to start off on. Get a directional twin and learn how to ski first, lay down an edge etc. The directional twin can still hold its own in the park and its much easier to learn on. When you get good at skiing and want to dedicate most of your time to the park then get a symmetrical twin. Don't forget Dynastar as a brand to look into. there are always deals on troubles or the 6th sense series and they're bomb proof.
exactly what i was going to say.
starting off skiing a symmetrical ski will only help you develop bad habits and form outside the park. get a decent directional ski first, learn how to ski, then go to the park.
go to a boot fitter for sure on boots. I have griffons and i love how light they are but they do break easily so if you can splurge a little get jesters. as for skis I havent heard the best of thigns for salomon skis but i never had a problem with my old salomon foils. I ride liberty skis now and love them so much.
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