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J_SPicking a first pair isn't too important because you haven't developed any preferences. If I were you, I'd look around and find a cheap/somewhat decent pair at a local shop. As for bindings, definitely go with rossignol fks. bulletproof, reliable, durable.
SofaKingSickI agree with all of this but if the budget isn't quite that strict I think my current go-to recommendation for a newbie is armada arv96 and tyrolia attack 13s, that's a dirt nasty setup that's mad easy to use and works anywhere
And yeah pivots/FKS are amazing but he doesn't necessarily need those
mulchbrainI had sick days for my first skis and after learning the basics I regretted getting them because they weren't twin tips and didn't really have much flex .
epicyetizThe on3ps are a bit out of my budget but the attack 13s seem to be the bindings I'm going to get. Has anyone had experience of the K2 poacher. My holiday this year is in march at L2A with maybe another week at the end of January.
search4freshiesCan confirm; However, I still have the sick day 95's and I ski them in the park every so often. Directional skis in the park?! NEWSCHOOLERS TABOO!!!!! Bring on the downvotes. Def not the softest ski, but I can still butter them and I've never had a single issue landing switch with them. IMO the sick days are some of the best all-mountain skis on the market, especially for someone like OP, who isn't necessarily looking for a park specific ski. For someone looking for a "first pair of skis" I doubt they will be skiing/ landing switch often (if at all), so really any ski that gets your foot in the door cheap will be best. as far as bindings go, its a similar story. But if skiing is truly a sport you want to pursue, maybe spend the extra coin and get a set of decent bindings that will grow with you as a person/skier, so that you can throw them on your next set-up.
weedooYou got balls going into the park with sick days lol
lucastavrouI'm in a similar position, with a bit of powder in the mix too.
I'm not a beginner but I just haven't bought my own ski's yet.
I was considering the ON3P Kartel 98, J Ski Allplay or J Ski Vacation.
Does anyone have any useful info on the J's vs the Kartels? It's hard to find a comparison with the vacations which I am leaning towards