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I am an intermediate looking to purchase my first skis (I have boots).  I am 6' 180lbs, skiing almost exclusively East Coast, intermediate, 43 years old and looking to advance from on-piste to off (so far I have not ventured off).  Most of my skiing will be in the Poconos with a few annual visits to Vermont.

 

This season I was skiing on seasonal rentals from a local shop, 168 Elans with a 62mm waist (do they even make then that skinny anymore?).

 

Given the time of year I will not be able to demo anything and I would like to purchase in the off season rather than rent again next year.

 

Here are the skis I am looking at.

 

Blizzard 7.6 170

Blizzard 8.1 172

K2 Charger 167 or 174

K2 Rictor  167 or 174

Kastle MX78 168

 

It seems like the more I look and the more reviews I read, the fatter I want to go as many of the reviews say, for example, that the 8.1s perform as well on hard pack as the 7.6s and that you dont necessarily lose edge hold as you go fatter.  Is this true...even for an average intermediate like me?

 

Also, please let me know what you think of the ski lengths..the K2s are sort of problematic because 174 seems long to me but 167 too short.

 

Thanks much in advance!

 

 

 

post #2 of 5

I'd take the K2's off your list if you're considering Kastle and Blizzard.  I would highly recommend that you check out the Kastle MX88.  I can't think of more than 2 days that I would have rather been skiing on a MX78 over an MX88.  That being said, none of the skis you have are really off-piste skis.  the MX78 and 7.6 are going to be pretty skinny for most off-piste stuff.  8.1 would be ok, but the 8.7 might be better.  

 

I would make your list be:

#1- MX88

 

then 8.1 and 8.7 are #2 depending if you're going to be spending more time on piste (go with the 8.1) or off piste (go with the 8.7) or just make it simpler and go with the MX88

 

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Originally Posted by amyles View Post

I am an intermediate looking to purchase my first skis (I have boots).  I am 6' 180lbs, skiing almost exclusively East Coast, intermediate, 43 years old and looking to advance from on-piste to off (so far I have not ventured off).  Most of my skiing will be in the Poconos with a few annual visits to Vermont.

 

This season I was skiing on seasonal rentals from a local shop, 168 Elans with a 62mm waist (do they even make then that skinny anymore?).

 

Given the time of year I will not be able to demo anything and I would like to purchase in the off season rather than rent again next year.

 

Here are the skis I am looking at.

 

Blizzard 7.6 170

Blizzard 8.1 172

K2 Charger 167 or 174

K2 Rictor  167 or 174

Kastle MX78 168

 

It seems like the more I look and the more reviews I read, the fatter I want to go as many of the reviews say, for example, that the 8.1s perform as well on hard pack as the 7.6s and that you dont necessarily lose edge hold as you go fatter.  Is this true...even for an average intermediate like me?

 

Also, please let me know what you think of the ski lengths..the K2s are sort of problematic because 174 seems long to me but 167 too short.

 

Thanks much in advance!

 

 

 



 

post #3 of 5

Do you have an idea of how much off-piste skiing you will realistically be doing?  There can be a big difference in the best skis for the terrain and your ability if starting to venture off-piste means 20%-30% of the time versus 50% or more.

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

I would guess 60/40 on vs off piste but that is only a guess.

 

RaceDude, why take K2s off the list?  I can see taking the Charger off because its only 74mm but I thought the Rictor (80mm) and the Magnum 8.1 were both very similar skis.

 

The MX88 sounds like a great ski but I think 88 is too wide if I still plan on skiing predominantly on-piste.  Do you agree?

post #5 of 5

How much experience you have about different brands and skiing different models? How big risk are you willing to take in buying skis?

 

This is the first season I've tried a few different skis. I've absolutely hated some that should have been totally "my" skis, loved some that should have been way above my skill level, noticed that I generally dislike certain brands etc. I still bought a pair of skis I've never skied but just because I got a great deal. If I happen to hate them it's not a big loss.

 

My friend generally likes K2s for their dampness but for some strange reason after considering Chargers he bought a pair of Atomic race GS 11s (a few years old, used, not even cheap). I think it's a great ski for groomers in good condition, lively, fast, quick edge to edge, needs agressive skiing to perform well (I'm a light woman) but he just thinks it's unstable and "lacking in properties" - a huge disappointment to him, after reading reviews he thought it would be a great ski for a small and light expert skier like himself. At the moment he skis K2 Lotta Luvs we found on sale and gave him half jokingly as a christmas present.

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