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Fit Finding: Ski Gear

I had a lovely time skiing this weekend, but I did learn a thing or two. One of the big lessons was that I need my own gear!! I am sick of renting. So let's go Fit Finding for some new skis, poles and boots.

Here are a few online stores that might just have what we're looking for:
Alpine Ski Gear
Out Door Gear

Be sure to tag your finds with the phrase new ski gear.

If you've never done a Fit Find, let me tell you it is easy. Just read geeksugar's bookmarking explanation and you'll be all set.

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Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
Hey fit!!! Skiing is my FAVOURITE sport of all!! I'd recommend not buying anything based on description but after trying them out. What's comfortable at home may not be comfortable on the slopes. That said, I look forward to reading the fab finds lol! I have Volkl 724 AX2 Gamma skis, M10 bindings and Salomon Irony 6 sensi-fit boots (they're pink and brown and super cute with a faux fur trim). My poles are Rossignol ultra lightweight and I LOVE them!
Arthur Arthur 9 years
If you want to take a baby step in the ski equipement game, start out by just getting your own boots. Boot fit is critical, your heels need to stay in place. All the skis and poles they rent are fine, but you'll never get a rental boot that fits well. If you do buy boots, don't slave for hours in the store trying to figure out if it is comfortable or not. If they are the right boot, they wont be very comfortable. A good bootfitter will take the liners out of the boot, put your foot in and should be able to judge if it is the right size (a place in Taos where I've bought a bunch of boots has a piece of wood on a stick that he'll stick down there to judge if there is the right amount of space in the boot before the liner goes in). Once you're sized up, just put them on. They should be very snug on the loosest setting (they will pack out alot once you start to really use them). Don't spend any time futzing. Go skiing. After 3 or 4 days, you'll find out where your pressure points are....note them (use a sticker or a pen on the shell to mark where it hurts), now go back to the store and have them work on it. If you get a boot that is too comfortable in the store before you ski on em, then they are too lose and when they pack out your foot will slide around and get bruised -- that's really bad. Don't buy boots miles from the mountain or in the city. You'll save money if you do, but you wont be able to get them fit in the middle of the day. Most mountainside bootsellers will offer some kind of guarantee that they will work on em till they fit right. I usually try to buy my boots in the middle of the season so I have already been skiing a number of days (unlike skis and poles which I buy in the summer) . It takes me at least 4 or 5 sessions with the fitter to get the boots right. I have a couple of pointy places on my feet where I get the shell heated and blown out. And I usually end up putting additional padding under my ankle bone to hold my heel and ankle tightly in place. Beginners and intermediate skiers will want a softer forgiving boot. Advance skiers want a nice stiff boot so you can drive your edges into hard snow and bend the ski to carve in all conditions. hm. now i want to go skiing.
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