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So many times in the reviews, ads, tests and publications, great products fall through the cracks or do not get noted due to various reasons. As a gear tester I get to try hundreds of skis & boots and other gear and here is a few of the products that either performed well above their price point or brought some particularly special to the table be especially noted. Not to take anything away from any other product but here are winners of the...

 

 2012 Philpug Steals & Deals Award:

 

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Skis:

 

Frontside:

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Blizzard G-Force Ultrasonic & Viva Ultrasonic

122/73/105

Blizzard is offering this fantastic $799 frontside carver that has all the technology of Blizzard's suspension "S,G,R,M-Power" skis that sell for well over $1,100.  So, if you are looking for an instructing ski or just want to rip up some groomers, the Ultrasonics are cheap additions to your quiver. $799.00

 

 

All Mountain:

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Blizzard Bushwacker & Black Pearl

123/88/110

While the Cochise and Bonafide are getting the bulls share of the press (see what I did there?), these twins could be the best $699 skis on the market today, the best part is it is, they are only $599. Yeah, the flip cores are that good. $599.00

 

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Head iPeak 84 & iPeak 90

128/84/112      132/89/115

Two great skis that no one knows about. If you have to wait to the end of the season to save up your newspaper route money for a deal, when all the "popular" skis are sold out, these two skis will still be around for clearance pricing and quite frankly, they are worth the wait. $599.00/$649.00

 

 

 

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Salomon BBR 7.9 & 8.9

 $599 and $699 (respectfully)  buys you what could be the closest skis ever to a one ski quiver. The BBR's are not great at annoy one thing but veeeery good a a LOT of things especially at putting a smile on your face because when it comes down to it, skiing is supposed to be FUN. 

 

Powder/Big mountain:

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Atomic Access

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The Atomic Access is a repeat contender from last season, a lot of ski for little forint (forint is Hungarian for peso), the 2012 Access with it's traditional camber underfoot and early rise gives the peso impaired a great ski to ski the whole mountain with and still have some change left to buy a Corona after a powder day. $599.00

 

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Volkl Shiro JR

132/100/116

A powder ski for the little lady, seriously the Shiro Jr. is a great powder ski for petite women. Don't let the "Jr" fool you, this J.R. is as powerful as J.R. Ewing but as cheap as well some of the members here on Epic. So $369 buys you a REAL 100mm waisted full rocker ski up to a 163. So, here is your pow pow ski that will also give you r-e-s-p-e-c-t in the deep and the lift line. $369.00

 

 

 

Boots:

 

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Tecnica Bushwacker

The BW is the 110 flex 98-100mm little brother to the Cochise side country boot. Airshell and a great walk/hike feature make this boot a steal. Although Tecnica is offering a woman's version in the Crossfire, the airshell allows the Bushwacker to slim down to a 98mm, it also goes down to a 22 shell for the ladies too! $549.00

 

 

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Tecnica Inferno 90

Usually a product does not make this list for one specific reason, but the Inferno 90 does. The Inferno is the ONLY 21.5 boot in the market that goes down to a 21.5 WITH adult lugs. So the Ladies do you need a real 21.5 shell that fits in adult bindings? Here is the catch...there are less than 60 48 pair available..IN the country! $449.00

 

 

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Fischer Trinity and Vacuum 110

A fully custom shell for $699? Need I say more? Ya know something, it is light too! Read about the game changing Fischer Vacuum boot technology HERE. $699.00

 

Bindings:

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Look/Rossignol Pivot 140

The popular turntable gets a price drop from $329 to $299. You have a choice of traditional chrome on the Look version or the umm bolder neon orange of the Rossignol version. $299.00

 

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Salomon Sth12 Oversized

The Sth12 is the least expensive way to get into Salomons laterally rigid "worm heel" for under 2 bills. $199.00

 

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No KneeBinding? th_dunno-1[1].gifduck.gif

Quote:
Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

 

 

So many times in the reviews, ads, tests and publications, great products fall through the cracks or do not get noted due to various reasons. As a gear tester I get to try hundreds of skis & boots and other gear and here is a few of the products that either performed well above their price point or brought some particularly special to the table be especially noted. Not to take anything away from any other product but here are winners of the...

 

 2012 Philpug Steals & Deals Award:

 

Image.jpg

Skis:

 

Frontside:

83872200.jpg

83876100.jpg

 

Blizzard G-Force Ultrasonic & Viva Ultrasonic

122/73/105

Blizzard is offering this fantastic $799 frontside carver that has all the technology of Blizzard's suspension "S,G,R,M-Power" skis that sell for well over $1,100.  So, if you are looking for an instructing ski or just want to rip up some groomers, the Ultrasonics are cheap additions to your quiver. $799.00

 

 

All Mountain:

83874300.jpg

83874400.jpg

 

Blizzard Bushwacker & Black Pearl

123/88/110

While the Cochise and Bonafide are getting the bulls share of the press (see what I did there?), these twins could be the best $699 skis on the market today, the best part is it is, they are only $599. Yeah, the flip cores are that good. $599.00

 

953541.jpg

310411.jpg

 

Head iPeak 84 & iPeak 90

128/84/112      132/89/115

Two great skis that no one knows about. If you have to wait to the end of the season to save up your newspaper route money for a deal, when all the "popular" skis are sold out, these two skis will still be around for clearance pricing and quite frankly, they are worth the wait. $599.00/$649.00

 

 

 

images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSfmg4KTi4-zBzOxea5-JFUQabYEJGS9paM7QrqAT5c7nEaKvcBpQ

Salomon BBR 7.9 & 8.9

 $599 and $699 (respectfully)  buys you what could be the closest skis ever to a one ski quiver. The BBR's are not great at annoy one thing but veeeery good a a LOT of things especially at putting a smile on your face because when it comes down to it, skiing is supposed to be FUN. 

 

Powder/Big mountain:

AA0014120.jpg

 

Atomic Access

128/100/120

The Atomic Access is a repeat contender from last season, a lot of ski for little forint (forint is Hungarian for peso), the 2012 Access with it's traditional camber underfoot and early rise gives the peso impaired a great ski to ski the whole mountain with and still have some change left to buy a Corona after a powder day. $599.00

 

111480.jpg

 

Volkl Shiro JR

132/100/116

A powder ski for the little lady, seriously the Shiro Jr. is a great powder ski for petite women. Don't let the "Jr" fool you, this J.R. is as powerful as J.R. Ewing but as cheap as well some of the members here on Epic. So $369 buys you a REAL 100mm waisted full rocker ski up to a 163. So, here is your pow pow ski that will also give you r-e-s-p-e-c-t in the deep and the lift line. $369.00

 

 

 

Boots:

 

10155900.jpg

 

Tecnica Bushwacker

The BW is the 110 flex 98-100mm little brother to the Cochise side country boot. Airshell and a great walk/hike feature make this boot a steal. Although Tecnica is offering a woman's version in the Crossfire, the airshell allows the Bushwacker to slim down to a 98mm, it also goes down to a 22 shell for the ladies too! $549.00

 

 

31009100051.jpg

 

Tecnica Inferno 90

Usually a product does not make this list for one specific reason, but the Inferno 90 does. The Inferno is the ONLY 21.5 boot in the market that goes down to a 21.5 WITH adult lugs. So the Ladies do you need a real 21.5 shell that fits in adult bindings? Here is the catch...there are less than 60 48 pair available..IN the country! $449.00

 

 

265x265px-LS-57298ac7_1665706603_2012FischSomaVacuumTrinity110.png265x265px-LS-2a6605cd_1175569915_2012FischSomaVacuum110.png

 

 

Fischer Trinity and Vacuum 110

A fully custom shell for $599? Need I say more? Ya know something, it is light too! Read about the game changing Fischer Vacuum boot technology HERE. $599.00

 

Bindings:

FC9A015.jpg

RC1A005.jpg

 

Look/Rossignol Pivot 140

The popular turntable gets a price drop from $329 to $299. You have a choice of traditional chrome on the Look version or the umm bolder neon orange of the Rossignol version. $299.00

 

9k=

 

Salomon Sth12 Oversized

The Sth12 is the least expensive way to get into Salomons laterally rigid "worm heel" for under 2 bills. $199.00

 



 

post #3 of 20

Really glad to see that the Access is getting props from you as they seem to be undiscovered by most people. My son and I demoed them together at Whistler last season, and while I wasn't expecting a lot from them, we both begged the demo hut to let us keep them for the rest of the day. I now have two pairs, one living at Whistler and another pair in SLC waiting to be abused.

 

They are just great all over the hill, and always want to make me push harder and faster. Anyone who wants to try a great all mountain ski doesn't need to look much further than the Access.

 

Oh yeah, we also did some laps on the BBR while there, and we described it just as you, and almost everyone else does - FUN! I would paint them as soon as I got them as the insipid blue doesn't deserve life on such a good ski, but other than that, they were a ball the short time we had with them.

 

Ultimately, while we really enjoyed the BBR's, we wouldn't ante up for a $40 rental to take them out again the next day. The Access were so much fun that within a month I had pairs sitting in a couple of quivers.

post #4 of 20

GREAT JOB!  this is a great feature.  Well researched and written.

post #5 of 20

Great note  on the tecnicas..........90 is plenty of flex for most folks anyway.  I race in the 110.   Sweet boot!

 

I am alot less impressed that they have chosen not to make their Freeride top end boots below a 25 shell! 

 

Small feet rip!

post #6 of 20

BTW- great logo on the emblem..... 

post #7 of 20

great thread, thanks Phil,

 

a comment on the junior powder skis: heck yeah!icon14.gif

I was riding KT and looked down at three kids, maybe 8,9 years old standing in deep powder (riding powder skis). They were strategizing about what line to hit. They were talking (in their tiny cute voices) about layers and wind and exposure an' all. Very serious. It was sooooo cute. These kids ski with coaches for many years, hitting the real lines when they are strong enough, and they are true powder skiers, even to the sneaking around the mountain for secret stashes piece. So, yeah, get them real powder skis, they rock.

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Originally Posted by iriponsnow View Post

Great note  on the tecnicas..........90 is plenty of flex for most folks anyway.  I race in the 110.   Sweet boot!

 

I am alot less impressed that they have chosen not to make their Freeride top end boots below a 25 shell! 

 

Small feet rip!


I can see that, you, cgeib, and others I've seen in the ski shop, including some competitive small women!  

 

post #9 of 20


They actually do (or did) make the Agent 120 down to at least a 22 shell because I have them (09's I think?  Just a Race Pro shell with diff colors and liner, not sure if the current models are the same or not).  But can't speak for the newer freeride models.  I'm just glad I can get a good alpine boot in a 22 shell and thankfully Tecnicas fit me great, because tele and AT boots are worse... for tele, I've only found Scarpa's in a 22.  For AT, I couldn't find any until Tecnica and Salomon started making AT boots.

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Originally Posted by iriponsnow View Post

Great note  on the tecnicas..........90 is plenty of flex for most folks anyway.  I race in the 110.   Sweet boot!

I am alot less impressed that they have chosen not to make their Freeride top end boots below a 25 shell! 

 

Small feet rip!



 

post #10 of 20

I can confirm the Agent 130 made in a 23 shell in '09-10. I think (hope) we can count on this for a while as it comes from the racing shell, and racing boots are often built so junior racers have continuity into adult sizes.

post #11 of 20

Five up. About time we began to argue about our own medals. And I like the angle; lots of gear to love if you have an unlimited budget, but otherwise...

 

Now about the categories: Would like to see a separate group for indies. Since they can't compete with majors for lowest price point, but definitely some great deals on good models. Moment, ON3P, or Praxis, for instance. 

post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Five up. About time we began to argue about our own medals. And I like the angle; lots of gear to love if you have an unlimited budget, but otherwise...

 

 



Thanks I thought it would be good to give some less publicize products some attention. Many times great gear like I have listed above gets overshadowed by it's more popular siblings or manufacturers with deeper advertising budgets. 

post #13 of 20

A cold day in hell has officially arrived!

 

Philpug gives a shoutout to a carver, albeit a 72 waist!

 

post #14 of 20

Thanks for highlighting some of the JR sized gear...anything new in terms of LARGER boots?  Not necessarily wide, just long- a 30 shell/98 mm is enough for me, but others may need bigger??

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Originally Posted by MEfree30 View Post

Thanks for highlighting some of the JR sized gear...anything new in terms of LARGER boots?  Not necessarily wide, just long- a 30 shell/98 mm is enough for me, but others may need bigger??



With items like these, I'm prone to wonder if the ski industry should manufacture ski gear for size and ability more than gender and age.

 

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post #16 of 20


I think Dabello is making some in that size? alpine..
 

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They actually do (or did) make the Agent 120 down to at least a 22 shell because I have them (09's I think?  Just a Race Pro shell with diff colors and liner, not sure if the current models are the same or not).  But can't speak for the newer freeride models.  I'm just glad I can get a good alpine boot in a 22 shell and thankfully Tecnicas fit me great, because tele and AT boots are worse... for tele, I've only found Scarpa's in a 22.  For AT, I couldn't find any until Tecnica and Salomon started making AT boots.



 



 

post #17 of 20

I'm quite impressed to see the BBR on the list, well done Salomon.

post #18 of 20

Incidentally, did anyone take a close look at the medal? Phil's Junior High Latin Teacher would have to be happy. Or at least not marching him off to his reserved seat in the principal's office.

post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post

Incidentally, did anyone take a close look at the medal? Phil's Junior High Latin Teacher would have to be happy. Or at least not marching him off to his reserved seat in the principal's office.



I did. I came up with the wrong translation through Google for one of the words. 

post #20 of 20

Latin aside, I completely overlooked the gaper boy imprint on the medal.  Nicely done!

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