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mid-fat lenth/ski recommendation for bigger guy

post #1 of 6
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Hi,

 

I'm looking to buy the narrow half of a 2-ski western/european quiver. Mostly looking for something soft enough in the bumps but can also handle a decent speed on groomers. Love to do trees also. I'm 6'6'' and a little under 200lbs. Probably a level 8 skier (though there seems to be a canyon of ability levels between 7 and 9 based on the descriptions I read)

 

I read this fantastic review by dawgcatching on various 80mm-100mm width skis: http://www.epicski.com/wiki/2011-mid-fat-ski-reviews-by-dawgcatching. Out of that it seemed like the Fischer Motive 84 and Elan Apex were basically exactly what I was looking for.

 

However I'm a good deal bigger than the reviewer. Is it likely that the skis which were just right for dawg will be not be stiff enough for me? Also, I should presumably add at least some length, and while 182 on the fischer seems just right, 186 sounds awful big on the elan -- I'm worried it will be infinitely harder in the bumps.

 

Obviously the right solution is to demo all of these, but while I skied on narrow skis most of my youth, I've spent the last few years only doing one ski trip a year, and that consisted of renting the fattest ski I could find and pretending that there was powder even when there wasn't. Last year I finally got a narrower ski for the last couple of days and had a great time. I've now also just moved to the mountains and it makes sense to invest in buying some skis. I was hoping to catch a good deal in the offseason (though maybe it's a little too late for that now?)

 

Cheers,

Thanks

post #2 of 6

At your size, I certainly wouldn't worry about lengths in the mid-180s.  If you're a reasonably good skier, I'd think you would be ok in the bumps.

post #3 of 6

Welcome,

 

I had the same thoughts two months ago, went as far as to try to get a '11 pair of Motive 84s (his description just sounded really 'me') from Dawg, but he was out.  That jerk sold me a pair of Kastle MX88s in 178 instead, swearing I would be happier on them anyway.  I bought them sight unseen and had them mailed directly to my hotel in Vail for the April Gathering.

 

Good lord, he was right on.

 

They were wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, in a variety of conditions.  I am maybe not quite 15 pounds lighter than you, and they didn't hold me back in the bumps (I held me back, however).  That first morning out there was frightening boilerplate, they made me giggle from the grip.  the afternoon majestically turned into boot-deep pow in places, more uncontrollable giggling.

 

Read Scott's take on the MX88 again, he mentions about what he reckons the ski would be like for someone heavier than himself, if I remember right.  Some of the other really in-tune tester/writers like Phil and SJ have said similar things.  The MX88 feels plenty lively exiting a turn, yet still rock solid.  I never did ski the Motive 84, but it must be a real boot in the pants exiting, lotsa grins.  I wouldn't want to give up the stability the Kastle likely has over the Fischer to get that, however.

 

Think the MX88 sounds too stiff to bend?  Think again:  wink.gif

 

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Ignore the loose nut between the bindings with the stupid grin, he's a gaper.

 

I have also skied with a couple of the MX78ers here (Deliberate1 and Lovebug) as well, they love 'em.


Edited by FairToMiddlin - 5/21/11 at 4:07pm
post #4 of 6
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Fair, I excluded the Kastles for no reason other than my complete inability to find them for sale at a decent price. Maybe someone will enlighten me. I agree it sounds like a fantastic ski.

 

Marcus, thanks. I'm not really worried about the length in the bumps; I remember doing them on some 190+ powder skis and it worked out. I'm just being a perfectionist.

 

 

post #5 of 6

I hear ya; I lucked out and got demos that only had a handful of days on them, full price is a lot.  While I was in CO I did see some year-end-but-new skis, Kastles even, with rather aggressive pricing, close to what I paid for my demos.

 

Where did you end up in the mountains?  I am looking to move as well, the snow here (and the elevation) is kinda sub-par.

post #6 of 6
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Where did you end up in the mountains?  I am looking to move as well, the snow here (and the elevation) is kinda sub-par.


Switzerland, actually. A fine place to live all in all. But I still do a Colorado trip with family/friends every year.

 

 

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