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New Member - need some advice, cant decide, Fischer RX9 165cm - Volkl supersport Allstars 161cm - Fischer Progressor 8+ 165cm

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hello Epic Ski members!

 

I'm new to the board and wanted to introduce myself. Also thought I would pick your brains on what you think may be the best ski for me to use as a front-side carver.

 

First let me begin by telling you a little about me. This winter marks the 30th year that i have been skiing. had some down years and some years where i got a lot of days on the slopes. recent changes in my life(all positive) have opened the door for me to get back into skiing in a big way. I'm from NJ and have done the majority of my skiing in the northeast. I did spend some time out west and had an opportunity to ski Brianhead in Utah a few times. WOW what a different animal that was from the ice of the northeast! I'm back on the east coast and taking a lot of trips to the Catskills of NY and trips to VT. I'm 5' 7 and an athletic 185lbs. I consider my self a 7/8 rated skier, and I would say at this point i ski 70/30 on/off piste. I've been rockin a pair of 2005 Head iM75's 156cm(wish i had the 163cm) and they've been great. but I'm looking to pickup something that would be a true front-side carver. I found a few skis that I'm interested in and I thought I see what other thought may be the best ski for me. The 3 skis I'm trying to decide between are; Fischer RX9 165cm - Volkl supersport  Allstars 161cm - Fischer Progressor 8+ 165cm. I'm of the school that thinks that a true front-side should be 70 or less underfoot. I know the progressors are a 72 underfoot but I've read such great things about them. Any thought or comments on these skis would be greatly appreciated.

 

looking forward to your feedback.

 

See ya on the slopes!

post #2 of 11

Welcome to Epic.  Forget the Volkls, I have them and while they're decent skis, I wouldn't consider them a great carving ski.  From everything I've read here The Fisher Progressor is where you want to go.  See if you can demo them first.

 

Do you have boots that actually fit your feet?  If not, I recommend you see a boot fitter before spending money on skis.  Properly fitting boots are way more important than skis.

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

thanks mtcyclist. I'm a little surprised to hear you say ditch the volkl's. But your explanation makes sense. I to have read about the progressors on here and its seems to be a very well recieved ski. I appreciate the thought about the boots. Im good in the department. I have a pair of Dalbello's that fit great. now just looking to build my quiver.

post #4 of 11

progressors rock, I'd even check out the 9's

post #5 of 11

The Progressors are great.  Owned the 8+ and it's very versatile with a very high speed limit and works well in bumps.  Try the 9+ if you want near race ski hard snow performance, but it's not nearly as forgiving and doesn't work well at all in the bumps.

 

If you have some extra $$$ try the Kastle RX or RX12 (same ski different names for last year vs. this year).  Awesome carver that also works in bumps and is very user friendly.

 

Enjoy the search!

 

Mike
 

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progressors rock, I'd even check out the 9's

post #6 of 11

I bought a set of the Progressor 8s. I'm 6 feet and 190 and have the 170cm and LOVE them. I was coming off a 178cm Blizzard FXP 7.0s that were targeted as a all mountain ski for an advanced skier. These Fischers 8s are so much more ski.

 

They are excellent for someone like myself (maybe you) that still has a lot of that old school skidding burnt into the muscle memory and you are working to transition to the new school carving. Put these skis on edge and they carve, but they also behave perfectly with guided steered skids and scarving. They have the added benefit of being very lightweight, but they feel like they are heavy solid skis in the crud and chunky stuff we sometimes get in skied out trails here in the northeast.

 

They cut through scratchy surfaces like butter. I'm just super pleased with them. Last years model cost me $550 from dawgcatching on here, but you can find them in ski shops still for that kind of money. They're worth it at full price for that matter, especially with bindings included.

 

I've heard the 9s are a stiffer ski, honestly unless your Joe Racer, I'd hone in on the 8s.

 

PS I don't have them but I hear wonderful things about the Blizzard Supersonics and G-Force skis too. Ad them to the list if you can find a set to demo.

 

 

 

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

great feedback guys, i really appreciate it. I was looking at the 9+ also but like srl1215 said, I'm not Joe Racer looking to shave a few tenths off my time. Srl1215 thanks for the comments regarding the forgiveness of the 8+. I am still working on mastering the the new school carving. I definitely want to progress, but i don't want to be on a ski that best for me "down the road." I will check out the blizzard skis. always heard good things from friends who have skied them. And MikeC, wish i had the $ right now to throw down on a pair of Kastle skis. I'll have to keep an eye on the bargain bins and closeout for those.

 

Thanks again guys. 

 

good luck Sunday MikeC!

post #8 of 11

There's a pair of Progressor 9, 170, on the gear swap forum for $300 right now (not mine), and I have a pair of RX9,  165, I might be persuaded to part with, since my new 85 underfoot K2s seem to be turny enough for me. I'll give them a try later this week & see how attached I am to them.

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks Evansilver, let me know about those 165 RX9's.

post #10 of 11
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PS I don't have them but I hear wonderful things about the Blizzard Supersonics and G-Force skis too. Ad them to the list if you can find a set to demo.

 

What he said!

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hey Everyone,

 

thought i would finish this post off and just get it out there what ski i ended up getting. I picked up a pair of used 2009 Rossi CS 70's in a 165 off of ebay. Ski is just awesome! point them downhill and strap in. I appreciate everyone's feedback last winter.

 

Looking forward to the new winter upon us. Enjoy everyone!! 

 

 

 

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