east tx skier Posted April 17, 2009 Share Posted April 17, 2009 Okay,this will be a tad long winded.Ã‚Â Please bear with me.Ã‚Â My wife'scousin is a long time slalom skier and even taught in his younger years.Ã‚Â He is a good skier, better than the rest of us in the family, even though heonly is able to get on the water a fraction of the time each season.Ã‚Â Heis about to get his MBA while working full time with a family and the family(there are lots of siblings and cousins that are very close) are going to chipin and buy him a new ski.Ã‚Â My question:Ã‚Â What should he get? Heis currently riding (and has been for a long time) and old O'Brien LaPoint65.5" ski (wow!) with Advantage bindings.Ã‚Â My guess is he weighsapproximately 160 lbs.Ã‚Â Even without regular skiing, I've pulled him into28 off at 34 mph.Ã‚Â Thisis a surprise, so we won't be demoing.Ã‚Â His basis of comparison is prettyskewed, so I figure he will probably like it and adjust rather than likesomething more or less like most of us who have skied a little variety in thelast four of five years tend to do.Ã‚Â We'llprobably be looking to pick up some used Wiley's bindings so the transition inthat department won't be too abrupt.Ã‚Â I think he's a size medium, but willcheck.Ã‚Â Also, I figure 66" is about right for ski length. Moneyis somewhat of a concern since we're going in on this with a lot of people.Ã‚Â His parents may put a little extra toward theski, but a good deal never hurts.Ã‚Â I'm always looking for something bestdescribed as the best bang for the buck.Ã‚Â So used in great condition willhave to be an option. Alot of times, I've heard that if you're riding one kind of ski, certain brandsare an easier transition than others, i.e., if you're on an O'Brien, getanother O'Brien or a Connelly.Ã‚Â But I'm thinking in this case, because ofthe age of what he has been riding as long as I've known him, anything he getswill be radically different and brand will be less than crucial.Ã‚Â So I'mposting some pictures of his ski style/stance so that someone might be able tosuggest a ski that would suit him.Ã‚Â Sometimes, his position is notperfect, but the shots are pretty good examples of how I remember seeing himski. Thanksin advance for giving this a think for us. http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j262/dnortonames/KB%20Ski%20pics/Kenneth2BallPreturn.jpg http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j262/dnortonames/KB%20Ski%20pics/Kenneth2BallPreturn2.jpg http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j262/dnortonames/KB%20Ski%20pics/KennethPreturnto1Ball.jpg http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j262/dnortonames/KB%20Ski%20pics/KennethPullto3withboat.jpg http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j262/dnortonames/KB%20Ski%20pics/KennethPullingHardfor3Ball.jpg http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j262/dnortonames/KB%20Ski%20pics/KennethPullto246.jpg Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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