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Midfat ski recommendation to replace '08 LP's - Prophet 90, Kendo, ???

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I currently ride a 2008 Dynastar Legend Pro Rider 186.  I really like this ski, but am somewhat bored with them, wanting something new, and was considering downsizing a bit, then adding a 110-120mm ski for a two-ski quiver (considering the DPS Wailer 112RP or the ON3P Wrenegade).  The things I really like about my LP's is they are a tank, ski fast, and are super stable.  I do wish they were a bit more nimble though so I could ski tight trees with more confidence, hence my reasoning for downsizing slightly.  Is my logic flawed???

 

About me - 5'11" 205lbs, athletic, ski fast and hard, Colorado resort and sidecountry skiing (Breck, Vail, A-Basin primarily), get roughly 20-25 days/year.  I stick to black's and dbl blacks, and enjoy skiing pretty much everything - bowls, tree skiing and moguls.  I don't find myself on groomed trails very often, but enjoy railin them here and there.

 

After doing some research, I found that I may like the Kendo, Prophet 90, and the Kastle MX88/98.   Since the Kastles are a bit more than I'd like to spend, I crossed them off my list.  What would you recommend?  Thanks!

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Bump. Anyone?

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I currently ride a 2008 Dynastar Legend Pro Rider 186.  I really like this ski, but am somewhat bored with them, wanting something new, and was considering downsizing a bit, then adding a 110-120mm ski for a two-ski quiver (considering the DPS Wailer 112RP or the ON3P Wrenegade).  The things I really like about my LP's is they are a tank, ski fast, and are super stable.  I do wish they were a bit more nimble though so I could ski tight trees with more confidence, hence my reasoning for downsizing slightly.  Is my logic flawed???

 

About me - 5'11" 205lbs, athletic, ski fast and hard, Colorado resort and sidecountry skiing (Breck, Vail, A-Basin primarily), get roughly 20-25 days/year.  I stick to black's and dbl blacks, and enjoy skiing pretty much everything - bowls, tree skiing and moguls.  I don't find myself on groomed trails very often, but enjoy railin them here and there.

 

After doing some research, I found that I may like the Kendo, Prophet 90, and the Kastle MX88/98.   Since the Kastles are a bit more than I'd like to spend, I crossed them off my list.  What would you recommend?  Thanks!


I see 176 Legend Pros, 2009 model new in wrapper, on line for $399 if you want to downsize for maneuverability and keep the other qualities you like. This is my ski and I enjoy it in trees, I think it is very quick, considerably softer than the 186.  wider than the Kendo, the Prophet I have no experience with Line, and the Kaestle is similar though probably more nimble and energetic and three times the cost.

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It is not just size.  The stiffness also makes a big difference -- I like softer skis to be more nimble in the trees, but people who go fast on big lines like stiffer skis.  A suspect that "tank" and "nimble" are contradictory desires.

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because the 176 is so much softer than the 186, it could have both qualities for a 200 lb skier. A nimble tree ski, with all that metal, not exactly; still a cruiser, yes. more a Sherman than a Panzer. for me it is both, trees and chutes, bowls and big faces, a tip that crushes and a tail that slides.

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I'm not sure I want to go any softer; I tend to like a stiff ski.  That's one of the reasons I went with the '08 instead of the '09.  I think I'm gonna have to track down a shop that demo's Lines.

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Out of this list, around 90mm, I like the Kendo (stable, smooth, great in chop, doesn't get bounced around), Elan Apex (basically the same ski, slight softer at the tip), Stockli VXL, Kastle MX88 (crossed off your list), Salomon Sentinel, Dynastar Sultan 94, Blizzard Magnum 8.7.  If you are willing to go a little wider, you are probably looking at a more off-piste soft-snow focused ski. The above skis are all very good off-piste, but will be a bit better on hard snow than say, an MX98 (which makes sense, as you will have a wider ski for soft snow already).  The Watea 98 is great in soft snow and bumps, The One from Blizzard is up there as well if you want to go wider.

 

If you want stiffer, check out the Blizzard 8.7.  It is probably the stiffest ski on the list.  No speed limit on really any of these, but especially the Blizzard (and Kastle).  

 

I love the Legend Pro, but is probably too close to the other skis you are considering.  Might as well get something a little better on hard snow that has more zip to it and is quicker, if you are looking for a contrast.  Even though dimensions are similar to the 98mm skis, it does feel bigger, with a large turn radius and more soft-snow oriented flex.   

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Thanks, Scott.  I'll look into some of those recommendations.

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You are welcome.  BTW, I was referring to the 184cm LP.  If I remember, the 176cm skis much smaller.  Then again, 184cm would be longer relative to the others on the list. 

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