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Should I ditch my Grizzlys?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

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?

post #2 of 22

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

Blizzard Bonafide

Kastle BMX98

Line Prophet 98

Volkl Mantra

Rossi S3

Blizzard One

Nordica Hell & Back

 

ANY of those listed above would be a great option


Edited by Philpug - 9/9/11 at 7:16pm
post #3 of 22

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.

post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 

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. 

post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by nobueno View Post
 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.

 

post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 

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
post #7 of 22

Just an FYI, the Squire is only an 11 din binding, IMO you will want to get something more beefy with a 12-15 din.

post #8 of 22

We have some serious 6-17 and 8-18 DIN Tyrolia variants for $179.00. They should suit you fiiine.

post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 

My bindings now are set on 11 and only popped out once last season. Felt like my knee was about to give when it happened too, not so sure I want them much higher than 11. 

post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by nobueno View Post

My bindings now are set on 11 and only popped out once last season. Felt like my knee was about to give when it happened too, not so sure I want them much higher than 11. 



 



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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

We have some serious 6-17 and 8-18 DIN Tyrolia variants for $179.00. They should suit you fiiine.


These will be in the middle of the DIN range and will react optimally vs. having a 4-12 DIN maxed out. 

 

post #11 of 22

Tyrolia makes a great binding. Particular adjustable favorites include RFD 14, HD 14 and SP 130. These are the best demo clamps on the market, IMHO. Other great alpine clamps that won't break the bank include the LOOK P14, or is it P 140?

post #12 of 22

Regarding the Grizzlys, I have a pair of 184s.... the tail snapped just above the power switch. They skied great, but they are just about the heaviest ski known to mankind. 

post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 

Yea, I love them on the front side, esp when it's busted up or icy, but on the back side in powder I felt like I was trying to ski on two well greased cinder blocks.

 

 

post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 

Philpug, who is we? I notice you're a sponsor but I don't see for who. (please excuse the noob question)

post #15 of 22
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Philpug, who is we? I notice you're a sponsor but I don't see for who. (please excuse the noob question)



Start Haus Ski Shop, where I work when I am not here. 

post #16 of 22

IMHO......Start Haus is a quality shop that frequently offers up some very good deals. You can't go wrong when dealing with Philpug, or Start Haus.

post #17 of 22

+1 on that nobueno for Start Haus, excellent prices,service, and experience.

post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 

Good deal. I'm not seeing any of the bindings for $179 esp w/ a Din of 17 or 18....could you PM me a link? Sorry for having so much trouble.

post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by nobueno View Post

Good deal. I'm not seeing any of the bindings for $179 esp w/ a Din of 17 or 18....could you PM me a link? Sorry for having so much trouble.



Bindings are on the site at a higher price. I am giving you a better deal. If that is "no bueno", let me know. wink.gif

post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 

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? 

post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 

Also, what's the brake width on them? 

post #22 of 22

Maybe call Phil at the office for a faster reply?

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