So I'm looking into getting a pair of S7's because I started skiing more trees and bowls and cut way back on the groomers. I've had a pair of Volkl Grizzlys for the past two years and love them for flying down groomers but that's about it. They're too heavy and slow for bumps and trees and they don't float particularly well in the fresh stuff. Question is do you think the S7's will handle well enough on the groomers when I ride them that I can get rid of the Grizzly's (because I really need the money). I have an old set of Elan's that I can ride if it's icy but I live in CO so we don't run into that all too often. What do you think?
Should I ditch my Grizzlys?
Gear mentioned in this thread:
We have two mutual different points here, ditch the Grizzlys....YES and get S7's...maybe. You are looking for something that is better off piste and are looking to swing the pendulum all the way from the stiff uncompromising Grizzly to the very soft snow biased S7. There are many skis in between that will still be pretty good on piste yet muuuch better off.
Look in the ever crowded 98mm class of 2012 which includes such all stars as...
Rossi Expereince 98
Line Prophet 98
Nordica Hell & Back
ANY of those listed above would be a great option
Edited by Philpug - 9/9/11 at 7:16pm
Phil's comments are correct. Your Grizzly's and the S7 are night and day. Being that you said cash is tight, I agree with Phil that you should get a all around ski that is 95-105ish under foot so you can use it as your everyday ski in CO. For that purpose I just bought a pair of Armada TST's. Google the reviews and see what you think. If you really want the S7's, then your need another pair of everyday skis IMO.
Yea, I realize they're night and day but I've been more than disappointed w/ the Grizzly's on anything off piste. I just picked them up because I got two pair for $300 each at sniagrab, sold one and came out about even. Heeding the (good) advice and getting a pair of 98's. Found a pair of '11 The One for about $450. After the Grizz I just want something light and fun. I want to ski bumps and trees again. I'll check out the reviews for those TST's as well. Also I'm 6'2" 220, 27yrs old if that will factor in to your thoughts. Somewhat aggressive but willing to sacrifice speed for off piste fun.
Based on those comments and your size and weight, the 192 TST's would be a winner IMO.
Thanks for the advice. Now to figure out what bindings to get...suggestions on those? Seems like most bindings are for lighter guys. Would something like the squire work for me? It's pretty cheap on evo but it seems to have some questionable durability the more i read around.
Edited by nobueno - 9/10/11 at 2:36pm
These will be in the middle of the DIN range and will react optimally vs. having a 4-12 DIN maxed out.
Bindings are on the site at a higher price. I am giving you a better deal. If that is "no bueno", let me know.
Sounds like a great deal and I'm almost sold. My other option is a set of Griffons for $150. I saw a few people liking them for how low they sit and how light they are. Ever since skiing those grizzlys I'm more than a little paranoid about weight (they were almost 15lbs). How much do they weigh and how high do they sit?