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Based on my observations, the development track in winter biathlon goes as follows -- learn how to skate ski really well, learn to shoot and get range certified, join a club that has a shared rifle program, get competent in putting the two disciplines together, buy a gun, race. As you would expect there is a reasonably high learning curve. Most people can get to an acceptable competency level in skiing and shooting prone. Putting them together and developing shooting skills standing is much harder. People also struggle with training opportunities, as you can't just ski around with a gun and shoot at the range we have whenever you like.
Depends on what you consider extremely ;) $3500 isn't insane for a rifle (for a nice German rifle), but if you can find the sub-par Russian rifle it's about $1500
"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare" - Juma Ikangaa
It doesn't sound like your that interested...:)
Ohhh, but I am. I just didn't want to sound too desperate for information.
I am a pretty good skier (but have never done cross country), pretty good triathlete (I do well locally), and pretty reasonable shooter (I am no stranger to NRA CMP competition). I am really looking for something to fill out the winter months that isn't running on a treadmill, sitting on a bike trainer, and swimming inside...too much.
More importantly, I want something that I can get my kids into. My wife and I come from hockey backgrounds and she used to be a show jumper. We are no strangers to expensive sports. The costs of to gear, coaching, etc. are not an issue for us. Finding the knowledge and where to start...is. Being 6-8 hours away from Lake Placid, NY is also an issue. We live in the city of Philadelphia and love it for now...but we are wanting to find what works for us so we can plan our future a few years down the line.
One thing we know...we want to travel, be outside, and be healthy.
X2. Tons of fun and I'd do it again if given the chance!
Wag More, Bark Less
I think they should do more archery biathlons, a recurve bow is way cheaper than a rifle.
I think you may be mistaken, a serious Oly recurve & arrows is going to run well over 2 bills without breaking a sweat. I haven't shot competitively for over 10 years, but I couldn't afford the switch to Olympic recurve. Arrow shafts are over $500 / dz and titanium points IIRC were something like $10 or more each, generally should have at least 2 dozen arrows at the minimum, 3 dozen being closer to optimum. Then there's the bow. The handle & limbs are sold separately and the skies the limit. Same with sights. Basically, if a person is going to buy a serious biathlon shooting machine, it's going to cost money.
So, really are we doing this to show how much money we can spend or how much fun we can have? 99% of people can't even shoot to the potential of cheap tools let alone good ones, so they wouldn't know the difference anyway.
That...but also, skiathlon looks like a load of fun!
A pair of skate skis and a pair of classics.
You could use combi boots to just buy a single pair and racing, but classic boots and skate boots are different enough you want 3 pairs (skate training, classic training, and combi for racing).
I'm planning to head up to NH this spring and get some roller skis to try and fit in another type of training over the summer...
I still prefer the pursuit format to the skiathlon. 2x15k races is a whole different event than another 30k event.
There are a lot of end of season sales going on right now and I was wondering what a full set of equipment looks like. What would you/have you buy/bought? What are the trusted brands?
I figure now is the best time to buy new.