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post #31 of 36
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Great point Marcus - I plan on trying higher sizes than I originally demoed exactly in the range you were talking about. High 170's low 180's. I think I have been skiing to short with my size and it is definitely affecting my performance on crud and soft snow.
 

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JayTierney mentioned it in the very first reply, but if you're going to be demoing again, I'd make sure to demo different sizes as well.  You aren't a small guy and you may find that you're comfortable with something in the low 180s, particularly if the ski is rockered or has much of a twin tip.  I'm a bit taller but notably lighter than you and my twin-tipped Mojo 90s feel good at 186.  For non-groomer skiing, I wouldn't want to go much shorter.  On the other hand, my brother is very close to your size and skis on sticks close to those of your current size, so it's all personal preference.  Try some different sizes and see what you think.  If you're on the fence now, go for the longer size you're comfortable with.  You'll likely be happier with it as you improve.



 

post #32 of 36

The simple answer is: demo.

 

The slightly more complete answer is: fatter than 95 (probably 105 or fatter), tip+tail rocker, some form of early taper, and somewhere between 180 and 195 long (depending on design). Flex in particular depends on both overall design and  personal preference. 

 

Lots of skis that fit this description would not be thought of as skis for an intermediate by the average retailer. But IMO there are many skis in this modern design space that will treat you way better than the typical race-derived all mountain ski or the average ski with a little rocker thrown in for marketing purposes. Just avoid the uber-stiff chargers and there are lots of good designs to explore.

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Not anything like as experienced as any of the other folks commenting here but was surprised no Nordica choices cited.  I bought a pair of Hot Rod Jet Fuel  CA Pro last November from StartHaus (Sierra Jim).  Had demoed K2s and Solomons before, K2s ok but not a huge amount of "fun" (old Recon model). Don't recall the Solomon model.  Was happy all year with the Nordicas and closing weekend at Breck in about 8" of powder were just great.  They are 126 84 112, and i guess 2009 or 2010 model, so the low end of width you are discussing, but got an awesome price on them -- like $300 or so.  Also there is the place over in Golden (Powder 7?) that has lots of last year's demo skis.

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WhoDang

 

You might want to consider a Nordica Hot Rod Burner.  It'll be pretty good on the groomers and will work  ok in new snow, not as good as a wider ski but will get the job done.  There's a pretty good deal on ebay for some new HR Burner's in a 178 with bindings for $429.  I'm not selling them, I just think its a good deal and would probably buy them if I were looking for a mid-80's width ski.



 

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I was with you up until this point.  K2's all mountain skis get no love here, and that's fine, I'm not going to argue that point.  I haven't skied them so I can't speak to them.  However, the OP has skied them and liked them.  If, at the end of all this demo'ing, he still likes the K2's the best, he absolutely 100% should buy them.  Doesn't matter if something else is a "better" ski.


Well, he says he hasn't demoed anything else, so it's hard to say what it means that he likes them. And while I agree in principal that we should buy what we like best, in practice that also can produce cushy boots that felt great in the store but suck on the slopes, and skis that are maneuverable and forgiving but don't have much upside as we improve. Have you ever bought gear that you liked best of all initially, but became deeply turned off to? Or skis that seemed to have a small sweet spot, but once you found it, the skis rocked? Some gear takes a while to get used to or grow into.

 

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What made you choose the Bushwacker over the Bonafide? I'm curious because it sounds like you ski in Colorado.



 


Partially because I wanted something a lot softer to goof around with in the bumps. I am working on improving my technique, so I was looking for something with softer tails and that were generally more playful.

 

Also, in terms of a beefier ski, I REALLY like Blizzard's The One/Crush and plan on getting a pair before next season gets too far underway. When I do that, the Bushwacker and Crush will work better in my quiver with less overlap.

 

As an aside, I DO ski CO, but I live in PA, so I also ski on the hills (not mountains) here.

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Also, in terms of a beefier ski, I REALLY like Blizzard's The One/Crush and plan on getting a pair before next season gets too far underway. When I do that, the Bushwacker and Crush will work better in my quiver with less overlap.

 


Yeah, for where/how I ski, I really like the One, even better than the new flipcore skis.  I'm thinking of adding one of those to my quiver at some point.

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