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Time for a new pair of skis. But the range now is enormous and I am totally confused.

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I am now approaching my mid 50's and have been skiing on and off piste for 30 plus years.  I go skiing a couple of weeks a year and very occasional weekends.  I have moved with the trend's in skiing from rigid planks (race skis) and big softies to one pair of all mountain skis and currently ski Dynastar Intuitiv 74's (175 cms).  These have been a joy to ski and off piste. They are now showing their age and the bases are near to being replaced - so time for a new pair. Been skiing to Alagna in Italy already and tried the rather limited range available in resort and didn't like them (Atomic / Volkl / Head). I'm heading to Tignes France in 2 weeks who have a wider selection. 

 

I'm no longer a solo back bowl artist and the injuries are mounting so I don't do extreme / full free ride skiing any more and enjoy a slide from restaurant to restaurant as much as anything but when the snow's right and or I have booked a guide I enjoy a full on day out in the wilderness and want the ski to enjoy it.  

 

Advise please - from the reviews the Dynastar Sultan 80/85 look like they might be the ski I am looking for but any advise from anyone would be greatly appreciated. As the range just for Dynastar will take me all week to test!  I want 3 or 4 great skis to test and make a decision.

 

 

 

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I haven't skied the Sultans, but have skied the Watea 84 a handful of times recently and find them to be good all-mountain performers- not the best at any one thing, but very capable of most things including powder and on piste...enjoy EK!

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Sultan 85 seems to be the ticket.  If you want a more off-piste oriented ski, you can move to the Sultan94.  Hard to go wrong with either one of them for the style of skiing that you do. 

post #4 of 7

or wait until next year and get the Kastle BMX88 rolleyes.gif

post #5 of 7

Since you haven't listed how much you weight, I'll just assume you're not too big and not too small.

For skis more accessible in Europe, I'd also recommend trying the Nordica HotRod Burner. I tried the model last year and found it quite a bunch of fun, and versatile on both hard and soft conditions. Definitely a strong edger which likes to finish the turn; but easy enough to slide on steeper pitches. I tried the 178. Also did a bunch of mogul runs without feeling that my knees took a beating.

I'm older than you.

 

Based on Sierra Jim's comments, I'd also be interested to try the Fischer Motiv 84.

 

I've found most of the new mid-80's skis to be as quick and as carve capable as the narrower, 'made to carve' models, hence I wouldn;t go below 80mm waist anymore, and mid 80's is better.

 

Prolly a nice Atomic in that range, as well as Rossi, Salomons and Elans...

 

Good time to buy if you can find a suitable ski...

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or wait until next year and get the Kastle BMX88 rolleyes.gif



Eh...there are nicer skis in the 88 category than the BMX88  even in the Kastle family, the LX series and of course the MX88. I agree with Alex in the the Sultans are a great option especially the 94. 

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Yep: Sultan 85 or 94 are good choices. MEfree30 suggested the Fischer Watea 84 - I would also HIGHLY suggest the Fischer Watea 94 !  These are my everyday - only ski I've been skiing this year - demo'd a bunch of others and haven't found anything I've liked as much as these - but than, that's just me.

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