I am planning to start my toddler on skis next season, and I think I can manage him easier if I am also on skis, so I am going to look for some inexpensive (perhaps used) skis and boots during the off season. I'm looking for recommendations. I want a general all-mountain ski. I'll be riding mostly on groomed trails, very rarely in powder, slow to moderate speeds. I'd like them to carve well, and I'd like to be able to go into the trees on occasion. I'd be spending a lot of time with my son on easier slopes, but I also have some skier friends that I might want to join sometimes, and they ski all over the mountain.
I have a friend who really likes the K2 Apache skis. He had the Apache Recons and last year bought a set of Apache Xplorers, so he might sell me his older Recons.
Another friend has some Nordica Hot Rod Nitrous skis that he probably wants to sell.
Comparing the Recon to the Nitrous, they are both about the same shape and both have a 78mm waist. The Recon has metal construction and the Nitrous does not. The Nitrous sounds like it might be more forgiving, and it has a smaller sidecut radius (15.8m vs. 18m), so it might be better for carving.
Both are 170cm long. I am 5'7" and 155 lbs, so I'm guessing this is a good size for me?
Someone else recommended that I get a slalom race ski. How would this compare to the skis described above?
And I also need some ski boots. I'm guessing that the main thing to look for is fit. I also guess that I want something with a fairly soft flex, right? And since I'll be standing a lot while helping my son, it would be nice to have a walk feature, but I've been looking at ski boots in the shops and this seems to be rare on ski boots. So, any recommendations for a soft/medium flexing ski boot with a walk feature?