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new and would like some equipment suggestions

Postby chriski83 » Sun Dec 14, 2008 5:21 pm

hi,
i'm chris, a recreational skier and i don't get to ski as often as i'd like. i'm a midwest to northwest skier, so i'm looking to upgrade some of my equipment (boots, pants, skis... etc) for the new year. anyone have any good recommendations?
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Re: new and would like some equipment suggestions

Postby Admin » Sun Dec 14, 2008 5:25 pm

chriski83 wrote:hi,
i'm chris, a recreational skier and i don't get to ski as often as i'd like. i'm a midwest to northwest skier, so i'm looking to upgrade some of my equipment (boots, pants, skis... etc) for the new year. anyone have any good recommendations?


Welcome to FTO Liftlines, Chris. Give us some more info: ability? type of terrain preferred? style of skiing preferred? more time in the Midwest or Northwest? male or female?
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Re: new and would like some equipment suggestions

Postby BigSpencer » Sun Dec 14, 2008 6:09 pm

Hi...well here goes..opinion not to be taken as "etched in stone gospel"!;-),
Start with boots. Go by foot volume..go for a really snug fit...the liners usually will pack out(ie expand) after a month(or often less) of wkend skiing. Best to do the shell-fit, where bootguy takes the liners out and you stand in the shell..any boot over 1.5 finger-widths of space in back of heel when toes are just touching front = too large a size. Main areas for being snug are in heel pocket and in cuff...down shin to over and around your ankle. Used skis can be fine, but boots are your dancing shoes.... Much easier to expand/make room...pretty next to impossible to fill-in space of a too-large a boot.

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Re: new and would like some equipment suggestions

Postby Admin » Sun Dec 14, 2008 6:14 pm

BigSpencer wrote:Hi...well here goes..opinion not to be taken as "etched in stone gospel"!;-),


Any advice from our resident gear slut is gospel. :wink:
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Re: new and would like some equipment suggestions

Postby rfarren » Sun Dec 14, 2008 10:30 pm

I'd see a good boot fitter for boots. It's worth it to make sure you got the right boot.
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Re: new and would like some equipment suggestions

Postby chriski83 » Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:24 am

BigSpencer wrote:Hi...well here goes..opinion not to be taken as "etched in stone gospel"!;-),
Start with boots. Go by foot volume..go for a really snug fit...the liners usually will pack out(ie expand) after a month(or often less) of wkend skiing. Best to do the shell-fit, where bootguy takes the liners out and you stand in the shell..any boot over 1.5 finger-widths of space in back of heel when toes are just touching front = too large a size. Main areas for being snug are in heel pocket and in cuff...down shin to over and around your ankle. Used skis can be fine, but boots are your dancing shoes.... Much easier to expand/make room...pretty next to impossible to fill-in space of a too-large a boot.

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Wow, thanks for the in depth post on boots. That's more information than I've gotten before, but then again I bought boots that felt well, not custom fit to me. I'll make sure next time to get some help from a bootguy.

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chriski83 wrote:hi,
i'm chris, a recreational skier and i don't get to ski as often as i'd like. i'm a midwest to northwest skier, so i'm looking to upgrade some of my equipment (boots, pants, skis... etc) for the new year. anyone have any good recommendations?


Welcome to FTO Liftlines, Chris. Give us some more info: ability? type of terrain preferred? style of skiing preferred? more time in the Midwest or Northwest? male or female?


Thanks for the warm welcome :) I'm male, and I ski more in the northwest when I do get to go. In regards to ability I never rated myself, but I guess you could say that I'm amateur.
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Re: new and would like some equipment suggestions

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:36 pm

i'm a midwest to northwest skier
The reason for the inquiry is that's a somewhat unusual combination. Most of us define "Northwest" as Washington, Oregon and coastal B.C. With the conspicuous exception of Whistler, those areas don't get a lot of destination vs. regional skiers (even Whistler is only 50% destination). By observation I find the average ski ability in the Northwest to be the highest in North America due to the wide range or terrain and snow conditions.

So maybe the question should have been narrowed down a bit more to: What areas do you ski and enjoy the most?
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Re: new and would like some equipment suggestions

Postby BigSpencer » Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:36 pm

...;-);-),
I ramble a lot when not out in a snowstorm!

Boots....AND Footbeds! Footbeds can work wonders, not only for your skiing...but for a snug-fitting boot, especially if your feet splay outward a bit when standing or are prone to rolling..or pronate/supinate. They'll help your skiing a ton...
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Re: new and would like some equipment suggestions

Postby rfarren » Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:34 pm

BigSpencer wrote:...;-);-),
I ramble a lot when not out in a snowstorm!

Boots....AND Footbeds! Footbeds can work wonders, not only for your skiing...but for a snug-fitting boot, especially if your feet splay outward a bit when standing or are prone to rolling..or pronate/supinate. They'll help your skiing a ton...
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Footbeds are a must! Don't skimp on your boots.
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Re: new and would like some equipment suggestions

Postby Annmarief » Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:53 pm

I am definately not an expert.....but, my opinion is....get a great fitting boot...using someone who knows what they are talking about, ski on it a few times with your existing equipment to get used to the new boot, then Demo skis. That is the way I decided on my last pair of skis, and I couldn't have been happier. Be sure to demo more than one brand of skis, and you may want to do a little reading to know what you want to try out before you get there to give you a better starting point.

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