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09-15-2006 11:14 AM
clearwaterms
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Originally Posted by Flounder
I'm not sure what the material is, but the stuff in the boot is heated and then you put your foot in it at the store and walk around in it for like 20 mins till it cools off and molds to your feet. Pretty cool eh...

sounds really nice, I wonder if that is the same thing that Bladerunner is talking about.

Chris
09-15-2006 11:01 AM
Flounder I'm not sure what the material is, but the stuff in the boot is heated and then you put your foot in it at the store and walk around in it for like 20 mins till it cools off and molds to your feet. Pretty cool eh...
09-15-2006 10:59 AM
clearwaterms
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Originally Posted by Flounder
I bought some expensive salomons way back.. they were like 380 bux and they heat mold to your foot. Extremely comfortable, yet provide the utmost control. I'd recommend looking for something like that.

what does it mean they heat mold to your foot? is this similar to the custom insoles that Bladerunner was recommending?

Chris
09-15-2006 10:49 AM
Flounder I bought some expensive salomons way back.. they were like 380 bux and they heat mold to your foot. Extremely comfortable, yet provide the utmost control. I'd recommend looking for something like that.

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Originally Posted by clearwaterms
what are good brands of boots, and what are not?
09-15-2006 10:42 AM
clearwaterms
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Originally Posted by OldSkoolMC
I've been skiing and boarding for years. I can do both and the main reason people stress on boots is comfort. If you are in pain it's no fun to ski or board.

So, since you just started I say go find a boot that feels good and is comfortable. I don't believe the hype involved in buying top of the line boots that cost big bucks. I've use some high dollar boots that sucked. Unless you are going to be racing there is no need to buy $800 boots. Buy ones that have comfort. You can always upgrade down the road if needed. Best thing to do it go try on different pairs and also try pairs that are out of your price range just to feel the difference. I have thermal molded boots that were at a good price but they are not top of the line... but my ski's and bindings on the other hand are top of the line Fischer.
what are good brands of boots, and what are not?
09-15-2006 09:55 AM
OldSkoolMC
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Originally Posted by clearwaterms
dwags whats cheap? and what should I expect to spend on a quality boot? I was looking around online and the cost of boots varies WIDELY. Some are as cheap as like $130 while others are $700+ I am no preparred to spend $700 on boots that will have this limited of a use.
I've been skiing and boarding for years. I can do both and the main reason people stress on boots is comfort. If you are in pain it's no fun to ski or board.

So, since you just started I say go find a boot that feels good and is comfortable. I don't believe the hype involved in buying top of the line boots that cost big bucks. I've use some high dollar boots that sucked. Unless you are going to be racing there is no need to buy $800 boots. Buy ones that have comfort. You can always upgrade down the road if needed. Best thing to do it go try on different pairs and also try pairs that are out of your price range just to feel the difference. I have thermal molded boots that were at a good price but they are not top of the line... but my ski's and bindings on the other hand are top of the line Fischer.
09-15-2006 08:16 AM
clearwaterms
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Originally Posted by dwags
i have skied alot so here is my opinion.

go buy some good boots at a quality shop. i cannot stress this enough. then go to the ski show in november and get some new old stock skis for cheap. do not buy used skis, you just never know how beat up or how much use they have.

and cascade is way better then devel's head.
dwags whats cheap? and what should I expect to spend on a quality boot? I was looking around online and the cost of boots varies WIDELY. Some are as cheap as like $130 while others are $700+ I am no preparred to spend $700 on boots that will have this limited of a use.
09-14-2006 06:12 PM
dennywags i have skied alot so here is my opinion.

go buy some good boots at a quality shop. i cannot stress this enough. then go to the ski show in november and get some new old stock skis for cheap. do not buy used skis, you just never know how beat up or how much use they have.

and cascade is way better then devel's head.
09-14-2006 05:57 PM
clearwaterms
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Originally Posted by sponge
skis? what skis, get out of bunny hills first.....

I will be waiting here.
haha
09-14-2006 05:10 PM
sponge skis? what skis, get out of bunny hills first.....

I will be waiting here.
09-14-2006 05:01 PM
flinchy
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Originally Posted by Blade Runner
All the runs at DH are all easy. Even the "double black" run.
Everything in the midwest is easy compared to actual mountain skiing. The average run in the midwest is over in what 45-60 seconds? Barely enough time to get the heart beat up! Although the ice does make things interesting around here. Especially on a snow board with only one edge to work......
09-14-2006 01:11 PM
Flounder For a quick day trip.. I usually goto Wilmot right across the border. But yea, Devils head and cascade are as good as they get out here in the midwest.

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Originally Posted by Bug
Both the Mt and The Highlands are fun - Plus, you got Knubs Knob (I know I know) right there too so if you make a long weekend, you can hit 3 places in 3 days all within 20 mins of each other
09-14-2006 12:20 PM
clearwaterms
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Originally Posted by Blade Runner
All the runs at DH are all easy. Even the "double black" run.
i am terribly new, so what is easy to you is probably death defying to me. last year I was skiing blues at cascade and I had tried a few of the longer blues at granite peak as well.
09-14-2006 12:09 PM
Blade Runner All the runs at DH are all easy. Even the "double black" run.
09-14-2006 11:47 AM
Bug
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Originally Posted by flinchy
Boyne is a lot of fun if you want to make a weekend out of it.
Both the Mt and The Highlands are fun - Plus, you got Knubs Knob (I know I know) right there too so if you make a long weekend, you can hit 3 places in 3 days all within 20 mins of each other
09-14-2006 11:45 AM
flinchy Snowboarding is my preference as well. For some reason skiing just never felt natural to me...

Cascade and Devil's Head are probably the best trade off for drive time vs. skiing conditions around here. Wilmot sucks but it's nice and close. Boyne is a lot of fun if you want to make a weekend out of it.
09-14-2006 11:43 AM
Bug I hit My Crested Butte every yr and keep my Equip in CO - Let me know and I will see if I can borrow some shit back here - Hell, I might even break out the board and Snow Board witcha Fish!
09-14-2006 11:41 AM
clearwaterms
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Originally Posted by Blade Runner
Devil's Head is a good choice. From Westchester I think you can make it in 2 hours.

Devil's head looks nice to, slightly limited on the number of runs for noob's like myself, but like a friend pointed out, how many different runs do you really make?
09-14-2006 11:40 AM
clearwaterms
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Originally Posted by Flounder
Skiing is out.. boarding is in. Get yourself a snowboard. Thats what I did.. i don't even touch my skis anymore.
all will be welcome when we put together a trip. and while Snowboarding looks like alot of fun, let me learn how to ski first...
09-14-2006 11:38 AM
Flounder Skiing is out.. boarding is in. Get yourself a snowboard. Thats what I did.. i don't even touch my skis anymore.
09-14-2006 11:36 AM
Blade Runner Devil's Head is a good choice. From Westchester I think you can make it in 2 hours.
09-14-2006 11:28 AM
Fracker Granite Peak is great! Been there couple of times and I'm lovin it. I'll definitely join any trip there (work other stuff permitting).
09-14-2006 11:08 AM
clearwaterms
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Originally Posted by Blade Runner
Wait! It was a joke! I was waiting to be called on it by one of the skiers. P10 210 GS are monster downhill boards. Fast fast fast, stiff stiff stiff. Great when flying down hill on ice with your hair on fire. Not beginner boards. An experienced 6'2" 240 works well with them, but not yet. I have to work my ass off with them and I've been skiing for years. I only own them because I was spring skiing in Keystone and the owner of a shop made me an end of season offer I couldn't refuse.

On the other hand, I do have multiple old skis in the basement. I won't vouch for the bindings. There may be a set of Volants that could work for a season. Great for the ice we get around here. I think they are 180 or 190s. They are not parabolic.

I still think you are best off buying good boots and renting for a season. There are huge differences in skis and the only way to tell is to ski them. Oh, buy the poles too. Rental poles are POS.

Post up when you plan on hitting the slopes. Grace and I are planning on getting our 5 year old on the slopes this year. We should be up for lots of weekend jaunts.

see, that is how little I know about ski's... yeah, I am hoping to get a CLSB ski / boarding outing together. Granite peak is pretty nice, albeit kind of far, and chestnut looks like alot of fun, have not been there yet. alpine and wilmot are always a viable day trip.
09-14-2006 11:03 AM
Blade Runner Wait! It was a joke! I was waiting to be called on it by one of the skiers. P10 210 GS are monster downhill boards. Fast fast fast, stiff stiff stiff. Great when flying down hill on ice with your hair on fire. Not beginner boards. An experienced 6'2" 240 works well with them, but not yet. I have to work my ass off with them and I've been skiing for years. I only own them because I was spring skiing in Keystone and the owner of a shop made me an end of season offer I couldn't refuse.

On the other hand, I do have multiple old skis in the basement. I won't vouch for the bindings. There may be a set of Volants that could work for a season. Great for the ice we get around here. I think they are 180 or 190s. They are not parabolic.

I still think you are best off buying good boots and renting for a season. There are huge differences in skis and the only way to tell is to ski them. Oh, buy the poles too. Rental poles are POS.

Post up when you plan on hitting the slopes. Grace and I are planning on getting our 5 year old on the slopes this year. We should be up for lots of weekend jaunts.
09-14-2006 10:21 AM
Bug
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Originally Posted by clearwaterms
6'2 almost 6'3 and about 240, does that qualify?
That might be okay - I just beleive in starting out on something like a 180 or 190 until you get the feel

Have fun meng
09-14-2006 10:09 AM
clearwaterms
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Originally Posted by Bug
That is a nice offer but unless this cat is like 6'4, 220's are a very long board to learn on, don't ya think?

Kudos on the Volkls though - Some of my Fav boards!
6'2 almost 6'3 and about 240, does that qualify?
09-14-2006 10:07 AM
Bug
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blade Runner
I have some old Volkl p10 210 or 220s GSs with adjustable bindings in the basement. You are welcome to mooch them if you want. Nice easy to learn on boards. They turn like a dream.


That is a nice offer but unless this cat is like 6'4, 220's are a very long board to learn on, don't ya think?

Kudos on the Volkls though - Some of my Fav boards!
09-14-2006 09:21 AM
clearwaterms
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Originally Posted by Blade Runner
Most are done while you wait. My favorites take overnight, but in checking around I no longer see a vendor in IL. Good reason to go to Vail as far as I'm concerned.
is this something you purchase at the ski sale store? I assume this is something that you purchase on top of the cost of the boot? what does it cost for a custom insole?
09-14-2006 09:19 AM
Blade Runner Most are done while you wait. My favorites take overnight, but in checking around I no longer see a vendor in IL. Good reason to go to Vail as far as I'm concerned.
09-14-2006 08:43 AM
clearwaterms thank you everybody for your advice on weather to buy or rent... I think I am going to buy myself a really nice boot and then probably wait until spring to buy a set of ski's...

how long does it take to have custom insoles made? aka, if I want to hit the slopes as soon as there is enough snow on the ground, when is a good time to order them, I am guessing sooner rather then later?
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