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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hey Everyone,

 

Very interesting reading over your winter (my summer)!

 

I’m intrigued by the new blizzard line (we don’t see much blizzard down under), and the time has come to make a purchase for a North America trip (Colorado or west-BC Canada I imagine) and our winter down here.

 

I’m thinking a 90 daily-driver for mostly off piste skiing in soft broken snow/crud/bumps. (I have a mid 70 carver anyway). But I wanted something with some guts and something that can handle the groomer run back to a lift- but I’d be prioritising 3D snow. I don’t do backcountry skiing.

 

I’m looking at a clearance price sentinel 177 but have been wondering if I should hold fire on that for either a bush/bone or rossi experience (88?/98?) – I would be spending a fair bit more for the blizzi or rossi, and was wondering what anyone thought about the 3 options for the 90mm ski in a quiver for mostly soft snow, versatile skiing- is the new blizzi so much of a game changer that it’s too good to pass up? Phil says great things about the new rossi too…

 

A bit about me- 6ft, 190lb, age 25, athletic, had roughly 100 days in my life (over 5 years), level 8 I guess (if I can remember the classifications). Can ski fast and aggressively but like to be more technical.   

 

Demo is probably off the table- would be looking to buy online ‘blindly’.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Ollie
(New Zealand)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 8

Athletic 25, 6' and 190.

I would steer you toward the Sentinel in 184,

or the longer lengths in the others.  If it is for

a N.A. trip with bigger hills and the possiblility

of deeper snow. 

post #3 of 8

If it is coming down to price, a clearance Sentinel to a new Bonafide or E98..the Sentinel is the winner. Now taking price out of the equation. Here are my thoughts on these three great skis....

 

Sentinel: Great hard charger and for the bigger stronger skier. 

 

Bonafide: Love the ski, best balance of the bunch, rewards a lighter touch but can still like it rough. 

 

Experience 98: Feels like a wide GS ski, the best frontside one out of the three.

 

You could play rock/paper/scissors and not come up with a bad one in these three. 

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys!

 

God it'd be easy living up in the States- much more availability (ha maybe that'd make it worse!)

 

Any thoughts on that length as John mentioned, Phil? (Given you've skied all 3?) I'm worried the 180s lengths will be too hard to maneuver in trees and moguls etc? And I've heard the sollie is plenty of ski for edge grip and stability etc in the 177....

 

decisions decisions

 

cheers everyone

post #5 of 8

solomon sentinel vs blizzard the one? Care to comment? thanks


 

 

 

 

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Night and day-  See Phils comparison above, The one is much more playful, much more soft snow oriented. competent on the firm groomed but the sentinel is much more serious much stiffer. I really like both skis very much but the Sentinel is a ski I was blown away by. If the Bonafide wasn't coming out, I would buy a sentinel.
 

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solomon sentinel vs blizzard the one? Care to comment? thanks


 

 

 

 



 

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Thanks guys!

 

God it'd be easy living up in the States- much more availability (ha maybe that'd make it worse!)

 

Any thoughts on that length as John mentioned, Phil? (Given you've skied all 3?) I'm worried the 180s lengths will be too hard to maneuver in trees and moguls etc? And I've heard the sollie is plenty of ski for edge grip and stability etc in the 177....

 

decisions decisions

 

cheers everyone



25 years old and self described athletic... for Big N.A. hills.... 20 days a year average over

5 years.... you're hooked... you will probably quit your job and stay in N.A. Your holiday will

probably lead to a bartender or shoprat job in Canada.  In 2 or 3 years you'll be one of the legion

of South of the Equator instructors.   Have a buddy who is 55, he was still skiing on 75mm waist skis

out West.  Asked him if he was still carrying around an old Motorola grey brick cell phone?

Start renting some wider skis i say... he had a blast on the 177 Sentinel...he is a moderate speed

55 year old. If you figure you will keep improving, and considering your age...sooner or later you'll

want more length.  I am a nutcracker knees coot who more and more thinks a little extra length is

worth it in mixed conditions and new snow.  But then if you think you will become a junky and

end up getting a 110-115 waisted pair for anything over a dusting, maybe the 177 at a real good price

is worth it.

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/102157/2012-blizzard-bonafide 

 

See the intial review, he has 15 years on you, same weight.  And leaning toward 187cm. To me 95-100mm waists are the beginning of a decent "daily driver"

out West.

 

Oh, wait a second, you are a doctor.   Ok, so maybe you'll be a barista or a waiter until you get your credentials for

practice in Western Canada or the Western U.S,

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

haha that was the most classic reply. cheers dude

 

I'll put my game face on and get the mid 180s (in a sentinel or similar) hey, if i need to, i can always do more hill running and squats in the gym haha

 

cheers mate

 

barista i reckon, too biggrin.gif

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