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What Are Your Limits ?

Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,032 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
With top end skis, around the $2000 mark, what is the limit you are prepared to go to for a new ski, for your level do you need to buy the more expensive ski, do you have to have the latest ski on the market or is it that you just want to be the man or lady on the dock with the latest piece of kit, is it worth while to stay with the ski that has become your best friend and work on technique.
Or though there has been advances in ski build materials etc, the circle continues from narrow to wide, wide to narrow, this bevel and back again, shallow tunnel , deeper tunnel will we see the concave again, who knows.
I am starting to think , it maybe better to stay with a trusted friend, for my level, or try something that is capable of doing more than I can, at half the price, I am not a Pro Skier
What are your thoughts ?

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  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 1,073 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited August 7
    Is my wife reading this forum?

    I try to buy a new ski every other year. When I do money isn’t a concern yet, I just try them until I find one I do good on. 90% of the time it’s the most expensive top of the line ski out there and I couldn’t be farther from a top of the line skier. But, when something goes wrong, stuck in the rut, injury etc, I always fall back to my 2013? original black and blue Mapple Torque. That’s my trusted old friend and I’m currently back on it.
    Bill22Pat MballsohardKimbymon
  • 503Kento503Kento Posts: 8 Baller
    I’m not a pro skier either and am returning to chasing balls after a 30 year absence. I’ve got an old boat old ski rope, handle, vest, etc. etc. For me, new gear is part of the fun and I’m slowly updating my stuff. I choked on the price of top end ski’s until I looked at what I paid for my Jobe Open Class in 1981...adjust for inflation and it’s pretty similar. As I agonized over the idea of buying a new ski and the fact that it probably won’t up my score my son said “ just might be more fun with a new ski...”. He was right, I demo’d a couple Radars and settled on a senate alloy (ran 22 off for the first time in 30 years on my first set :) )which is working well for me as I chip away at -28. So, my limit this year was 800 bucks as I walked into the shop. I got the ski and bindings for $640 so I got some budget left ;)
  • TELTEL Posts: 306 Crazy Baller
    I am on a ski I bought from SIA after demoing several skies for less than half the price of new In the past I have bought new, with all the slightly used skies for sale it does not make make since to buy new at my level. After 2 years being stuck not improving I started taking lessons and have gone from running my 28 off's 5% of the time if that to 75% and running 3 at 32 off. I would find a ski you feel comfortable on and take some lessons. My first lesson 2 tips had me running my 28's and early and easy 22 offs. So no i will not spend $1500 or more for a ski I am happy with my $600 NRG
  • AndreAndre Posts: 1,228 Mega Baller
    I'm with @TEL . I buy one season old skis on SIA for half the price in winter.
    Winter of 17,bought a 2016 D3 Quest 45 for 500$ shipped.
  • 2Valve2Valve Posts: 233 Baller
    I recently drove and skiied behind a new Nautique. Despite all the slick electronics, TFT display, ski modes, etc., it didn't ski any different than my older towboat, or better than any of the boats in our club. (Although, the 450 ponies did feel pretty sweet coming out of the hole).
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,142 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I chickened out at $39K for a new, 2009 left over MC prostar promo in 2009. I have dumped $2K on a ski, but usually run 'em a number of years. Spent $17K on my 2000 Nautique in 2010 with 84 hours...still run it today 9 years later it skis great.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • keithh2oskierkeithh2oskier Posts: 528 Crazy Baller
    I have never paid more than $600 for a ski. Back in college I got a few demo/blems through D3. The last two skis I have gotten from SIA. When I am ready to upgrade in a year or two, I will browse SIA for a replacement.
  • FatrollFatroll Posts: 233 Solid Baller
    I upgrade every 3-4 years. I look for closeouts of the previous year models. its always an upgrade and we have a season or two of feedback on this forum which is helpful. Keeps cost down without going cheap.
    2016 Ski Nautique 200 OB 2016 Radar Vapor 69.5"
    Wish they had a bonus buoy count for increased body fat index
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,263 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I've historically only purchased new skis when a new model really is a game changer (for me), so I'm not shy about spending what I have to. With that said, I still try to find the best deal I can. I'm still on my '16 Vapor LE that I got from @skidawg when he had a few factory cosmetic blems at substantial discounts (I still can't find the blem in mine btw). I love that ski so much that I'll be on it for the foreseeable future.
    Scott Calderwood
  • LOTWLOTW Posts: 127 Baller
    OMG people!
    Fall of your wallets and support the companies that are keeping our sport alive!
  • LakebumLakebum Posts: 25 Baller
    Glad we have all of these innovators in our sport!
  • MDB1056MDB1056 Posts: 290 Baller
    At almost 63 it's pure fun. I've always purchased older great skis that all still had far more capabilities than I could use. Same as many here. Only just purchased my first ever new ski, and only because of a close family connection with a manufacturer, which was too good of a deal to pass up. I'll ski it now for years. Boats are 80's & 90's vintage and great. So glad I'm not young and ambitious in this sport and pushing for world class performance. WAY too expensive..........
  • NandoNando Posts: 527 Crazy Baller
    @AdamCord, am I correct in assuming that even with the first batch of C75s sold out at $1,995, you guys are nowhere near recouping what you have invested in R&D, materials, tooling, etc.? Not to mention time! With no recreational line of skis, accessories, and water toys to subsidize your venture, will you always end up subsidizing your skiers? Even with all the comments on the cost of the new Goode, is their business model dependent on ski poles, etc. to subsidize the water ski portion of the business? While top of the line skis are all expensive and probably pushing the limits of what skiers will spend, I have a hard time believing any of them have anything but a small profit margin. It's a very small, very competitive, market.
  • LakebumLakebum Posts: 25 Baller
    @Nando, I don’t know what the financial hydraulics are but I bet you are all over. Can’t imagine it’s a winner financially.
  • RAWSkiRAWSki Posts: 615 Crazy Baller
    I have been told, more than once, that the best way to reduce your skiing ability and fun on the water is to go into the Boat or Ski business.
  • DragoDrago Posts: 1,588 Mega Baller
    edited August 8
    Or build a lake @RAWSki
    SR SL Judge & Driver (“a driver who is super late on the wheel and is out of sync”)
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,532 Mega Baller
    @AdamCord does your financial model include all the tequila you and caldwell have consumed thinking up with your crazy-ass ideas? You may need to add another year or 2 to recoup that cost!
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,801 Mega Baller
    For me it's about a grand for a ski every few years. But I'm not against buying and selling on ski it again if I want to try something.
  • jeromezz430jeromezz430 Posts: 18 Baller
    I bought a brand new 2018 Radar vapor last week at a fair price. But my previous ski was a 2002 connelly F1....
    My limit is not the ski price it is more:
    how many time i ski VS price of new stuff

    i would like to ski much much more
  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 720 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I tried a few since 2012 and ended up finding my "trusted friend" in my 2018 senate lithium. With the profile bindings I'm into it like 1300 or so, but I think I'll stick with it a couple years and that will help amortize the costs for a little while.

    I suppose that limit can move based on just how much you love riding on the darn thing right?
  • mfjaegersrmfjaegersr Posts: 156 Baller
    I have lonnnnng identified my limits with this Errol Flynn Quote:

    "My problem lies in reconciling my GROSS habits with my NET income."
  • OldboyIIOldboyII Posts: 586 Solid Baller
    edited August 16
    For me not to buy new sport equipment is the same torture as keping on tough diet. I do think they both are good for me.
    Although I feel my that my capacity to be tough is about to get broken ;-)
    My modest theory about new sport equipment is to be one year behind the news - to give manufacturer a chance to fix all "childhood diseases" and to collect more "indie opinions"
  • BrewskiBrewski Posts: 415 Crazy Baller
    Well for me I can not afford new skis... So I work with a certain manufacturer that barters with me for boots. I am currently making 3 boots with my "Hollow Body" plates. Compared to what I get paid for Short Track Speedskating boots that would = over $4000.00 for a new ski~~~! GET SOME~~~!
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