Most people buy boots that are too big, and skis that are too short.
Unfortunately, it is the !!!EXACT!!! opposite of what they should have
Buy skis that are LONG!!!!! You will be a better skier sooner on skis that
are long enough for you. Skis don't know how tall you are. Weight is FAR
more important than height in length determination; though many shops
will tell you to buy skis that are equal to your height. Nonsense.
Also, a longer ski is FAR more versatile. It can be tuned to behave like
any kind of ski you want. Like the bumps? Buy long. Like the steeps?
Buy long. Like to go fast? Buy long. Get it? Longer is BETTER. Always.
A 204 can be tuned to blow the doors off of ANY 190 or 195 in the
bumps. On the flats, there is no contest. The longer ski will FLY past
that intermediate on the 190's. He'll still be an intermediate in 2 years,
and you'll be thrashing on Superstar this season! Buy long. I cannot
stress it strongly enough. You can't do anything to a 195 that will
bring it up to the capability of a 204. Same skier, better skier.
You won't be sorry. If you felt unsure and needed to ask, then trust
the advice of people who KNOW!! Buy long, buy long, buy long. ALWAYS.
Your situation/ability is NOT an exception. Whatever you were going to
buy, get the next longer length. You'll thank me.
Buy boots that are SNUG!!! Under NO circumstances should they feel
comfortable in the ski shop. If you can tolerate having boots on your
feet for more than a few minutes (at first) then they are WRONG for YOU!!
Boot liners will bed down, yielding a SUBSTANTIALLY different feel than
when you purchased them. Plan for it, and wear THIN, THIN ski socks to
the shop for fitting. If you're trying boots with thicker than a dress sock,
then you WILL buy a bigger size than you should have. THIN socks are a
must, and many shops dont even carry them. Wear dress socks then.
Women, try boots on with pantyhose-clad feet. You won't be sorry when
your boots have broken in, and your feet feel spectacular run-after-run.
Contrary to popular belief, MUCH more boot-fitting can be done to a snug-
fitting boot than to a loose, sloppy boot that felt right with huge woolen
and 70+ degree shop temps. Buy small. I know it sounds opposite of how you
buy street shoes, but it's the secret to a well-fitting comfortable boot on the
It's too bad how often people make these mistakes. Over and over.