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dynastar legend pro xxl or liberty helix ??

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hi all

 

i live on the east coast, make trips to utah once or twice per year. I am looking to buy one ski to do it all. stuck between these two....

a little backround on myself, im 5'11, 165, former bump skier, aggressive style. I'm leaning towards the dynastar, but im a little concerned with its float in deep pow, i've heard reviews saying the tips tend to dive at times. Is this true? The helix is my second choice only because of what i've heard about the xxl's tip's diving in deep pow...  which one should i get?

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I haven't skied the XXL (on purpose), but those are pretty different skis.  Helixs are fairly turn-y, you will probably want the 187s, but although they have a lot rounder flex and shorter turn radius than the XXL they are quite damp.  Neither would really be a great pick for a quiver of one for ice coast and Utah though.  Seems like you pretty much need two skis to cover that variation well.  There are so many skis that would handle better on hard groomers, if only because of width, and there are also so many skis that would dominate these in deep powder.   

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I don't know the Liberty, but the XXL covers a lot of conditions and terrain, but DON'T buy it too long. you've been skiing long enough to know what that means, but I ski the Legend Pro, a similar ski, and can tell you that eye height is probably the max length needed for a proportional skier with a lot of strength. Get it too long and you just have a crud basher with not much versatility below a certain speed. I'm not sure tip dive exists ever, especially with the Dynastar, but it's a driver issue with this ski, unless you're looking for a powder ski that is designed to plane up onto the snow all the time. Then that is another ski altogether. The XXL requires you tell it what to do, with authority.

 

because I'm short I ski the LP 18 cm over my head, haha!roflmao.gif

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I have a ton of skis, but I ski my 194 XXL's more than any other pair. If you're a skilled pilot, it makes a great single pair travel ski. They can be a handful in hard bumps or really tight trees, but I don't have any problem with tip dive!
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Originally Posted by hiplainsdrifter View Post

I haven't skied the XXL (on purpose), but those are pretty different skis.  Helixs are fairly turn-y, you will probably want the 187s, but although they have a lot rounder flex and shorter turn radius than the XXL they are quite damp.  Neither would really be a great pick for a quiver of one for ice coast and Utah though.  Seems like you pretty much need two skis to cover that variation well.  There are so many skis that would handle better on hard groomers, if only because of width, and there are also so many skis that would dominate these in deep powder.   


this purchase would be only for my trips on the west coast. i've no need for a ski like that where i live...

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between the two skis which one has better float in deep pow?

post #7 of 7

If you are looking for this ski solely for the Utah trips, where you will not often encounter ice, you could open the search to include a lot of skis with superior float to both of the ones you are considering.  (many readers may have misunderstood and thought the ski should cover some conditions in the icy east as well, thus support for the XXL which is fairly stiff)

 

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