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Hey All,

 

Just bought Sultan 85's in a 178 for the daily driver. Want to compliment them with a wider All Mountain, a few days after storm, powder ski. I dont ski more then a few true powder days a year so a dedicated powder ski is not that important. 

 

The Sultan 85's in a 178  should be a fun daily tool. Just hope they are not too soft given the flex is very soft compared the the MR's. Given SJ likes them and many other positive reviews I could not resist getting a pair.

 

 

About me:

 

53 yrs old

6'1 190 lbs

Ski 40+ days a season

Passes - Squaw, Heavenly, Alpine, Sugar Bowl, Kirkwood.

Steeps, trees, chutes...

Old skool style. Hands out front, driving the tips, more power then finesse.

 

 

Skis I Liked:

 

MR's 178 - Best ski I ever owned

8800's 178 - Really liked these

Public Enemy's 179 - very fun but too soft. Sold them after two days if skiing them

Mex 174 - lots o' fun

Gots 183 White - 2007's? - Liked them just ok. Far from a favorite ski.


 

As for a 2nd ski I am considering:

 

2010 Blizzard Atlas 180.  Too similar, too much overlap with the Sultans?

2010 Dynastar Sultan 94, Perhaps in a 184? Longer length then the 85's (178). Too similar also?

2010 Blizzard Titan Argos 105 mm waist in a 180. Can not find more a then a couple reviews on this ski.Comments appreciated.

 

Thoughts and suggestions appreciated.

 

Please note I am a budget skier so models 1 or 2 years old are preferred.

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 5

IMO the skis you are looking at are way too close to the sultan 85's and have too much overlap.  I know you say you don't want a "dedicated powder ski" but I would say that if you're going to have a 2 ski quiver, you definitely want that second ski to do something different than the first, otherwise what's the point?  So go fatter, and go rockered.  You don't have to go to the extreme end of the spectrum and get the fattest most rockered ski you can find, or a reverse/reverse ski, or anything like that.  Look at stuff more in the 100-120 range (there are a lot of great skis in the 115 range that absolutely aren't dedicated powder skis by today's standards) with some rocker.  There are plenty of skis in that category that will ski powder much differently (and IMO more fun) than your sultan's while still being pretty versatile skis that have no problems with after-a-storm crud.

 

Since you already know you like Dynastar skis, the Huge Rocker is one to consider, but there are plenty of other choices.  Do a search and start reading some of the reviews on 115 waist skis to get some ideas of what to consider.  Here's one good place to start: http://www.epicski.com/t/97886/2011-big-mountain-ski-reviews-100mm-and-fun-shape-skis

post #3 of 5

My brother is on the original Huge and loves it in the heavier Tahoe powder and crud. From what I've read, the Huge Rocker would be even better. Evo has a pretty good deal on it:

http://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/dynastar-6th-sense-huge.aspx

 

Just curious -- you have passes to five resorts but you're a "budget skier?"

 

Let me know if you ever want to carpool to Sugar Bowl. I'm in Auburn and only have a pass to one resort.

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Originally Posted by TallSkinnyGuy View Post

My brother is on the original Huge and loves it in the heavier Tahoe powder and crud. From what I've read, the Huge Rocker would be even better. Evo has a pretty good deal on it:

http://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/dynastar-6th-sense-huge.aspx

 

Just curious -- you have passes to five resorts but you're a "budget skier?"

 

Let me know if you ever want to carpool to Sugar Bowl. I'm in Auburn and only have a pass to one resort.

 

Sorry, no Sugar Bowl this year.  Have had passes at most resorts in the Tahoe area for the past 35 years so I listed them as to let others know I can get down a hill.  Purchased the Northstar/Heavenly combo pass this season. This is why the Sultan 85's. Will still hit Squaw a few days. Stay with friends at South Shoe and hit the good stuff at Heavenly - Stateline, Killebrew, Avalanche Bowl... and may want something a little more then 85 for those days.
 

 

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Originally Posted by jaobrien6 View Post

IMO the skis you are looking at are way too close to the sultan 85's and have too much overlap.  I know you say you don't want a "dedicated powder ski" but I would say that if you're going to have a 2 ski quiver, you definitely want that second ski to do something different than the first, otherwise what's the point?  So go fatter, and go rockered.  You don't have to go to the extreme end of the spectrum and get the fattest most rockered ski you can find, or a reverse/reverse ski, or anything like that.  Look at stuff more in the 100-120 range (there are a lot of great skis in the 115 range that absolutely aren't dedicated powder skis by today's standards) with some rocker.  There are plenty of skis in that category that will ski powder much differently (and IMO more fun) than your sultan's while still being pretty versatile skis that have no problems with after-a-storm crud.

 

Since you already know you like Dynastar skis, the Huge Rocker is one to consider, but there are plenty of other choices.  Do a search and start reading some of the reviews on 115 waist skis to get some ideas of what to consider.  Here's one good place to start: http://www.epicski.com/t/97886/2011-big-mountain-ski-reviews-100mm-and-fun-shape-skis

 

Appreciate the suggestions. Added Blizzard Ones 184 to the list now.  Also thinking 100+ would be a good way to go. Hence, listing the Argos at 105 waist.

 

 

post #5 of 5
Depending...Get something 110-130 at waist...much less is too close

192 Rocker 2
189 Obsethed
193 4FRNT EHP
191 Lhasa Pow
184 or 191 Katana
193 Shiro
192 Bentchetler
DPS 112RP
ON3P Billy Goats 186?
ON3P Caylor 191
Praxis Pow, Concept, BPS
Moment Bibby Pro 190

There's a pair of 184 Katanas on TGR for $450 NIP

EHPs go for about $500ish new in larger sizes

Praxis has a pre-sale - about 10% off of about $550

Just the tip of iceberg...But some ideas...
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