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Picking out an all mountain ski.

post #1 of 13
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Hi, I'm looking for a new all mountain ski. I mostly ski in the mid Atlantic, with the occasional foray out west or to bigger mountains. I'm looking for a sort of one ski quiver.

I do about 60% on trail, 40% backcountry. I'm an advanced intermediate, and I'm hoping to improve my skill over the next winter. I currently have Solomon X-Scream 700s, and I've never used anything else, so I'm open to options.

 

    Here's the biggest constraint: I only have a maximum of $400 to spend. I don't need bindings (I have my own AT bindings), so hopefully that expands my options. I'd prefer something like an all mountain twin tip, but again, I realize there isn't much within my budget, so I'm open to options. Also, it has to be a 2012 model, since I'll be ordering it through a local ski shop.

 

I'm 5'9" and 155 lbs, and I was looking at the Atomic Panic in 173cm or the Salomon Knight in 171cm.

post #2 of 13

There are some places with some good deals on last year's skis.  That's where I'd start.

 

 

Canyon's is a good member with a good reputation.  Take a look at his stuff.

http://www.epicski.com/t/105230/2011-mantra-177-moment-tahoe-bela-nt-dp-reno-dynafit-fritschi

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Originally Posted by aveenvp View Post

    Here's the biggest constraint: I only have a maximum of $400 to spend.  [...]  Also, it has to be a 2012 model, since I'll be ordering it through a local ski shop.


That's going to *severely* limit your choices, if not wipe them out completely.  I don't know what your local ski shop is, or what their prices look like, but there aren't many skis that can be had for $400 at the start of the season.  If the budget is hard and fast, IMO you're much better served following Trekchick's advice and looking for a deal on last year's stuff.

post #4 of 13

Or become a Supporter here and get some seriously good deals on Icelantic, 4FRNT, Ramp, Bluehouse and Liberty skis.  You should be able to find one in that mix of brands.

post #5 of 13

There are some seriously good deals in the Gear Swap if you're willing to buy used but in good condition.

 

Like the link I posted above, 

 

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New Dynafit Vertical ST10 110 brakes = $350 + ship
New Dynafit Vertical ST10 no brakes = $350 shipped
New Fritschi Freeride Pro XL Med. 110 brakes (3 pair) = $315 shipped
2011 Volkl Mantra 177 = Great shape. No core shots = $350 shipped
2011 MOMENT Belafante 177 = Great shape. No core shots = $350 shipped.
2011 MOMENT Night Train 178 = One core shot 1"x3mm, long deep scratch not to core = $325 shipped.
2011 MOMENT Tahoe 188. (2 pair = 1 new $400 shipped; 1 used in great shape. no core shots $325 shipped)
2011 MOMENT Reno Rocker 178. Great shape. $325 shipped.
2011 MOMENT Donner Party 186. Great shape. No core shots. $350 shipped

Also Check with DSloan, she's just bought some new skis and may sell her Mantras in 177cm length, and they're in phenomenal shape.


 

post #6 of 13

And of course, the world famous Starthaus could set you up with brand new skis for about $325. We have two higher end models that are light and very versatile available in sizes 170-178 width rane 85-96mm. One is a twin, one not.

 

Of course they are 2011 sooooo.....that may not be a fit for you. All ya gots tado is axe.

 

SJ

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

I guess I'd be open to check out older models, but that would reduce my budget to 300, because I have $100 store credit at the local ski shop.

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post #9 of 13

I've skied the Legend 8000 for the last 2+ seasons.  I'm your size, but a bit lighter.  They are good skis, although I'm going to try something wider this season.  I ski in the West, exclusively.  You could do much worse for $250.

post #10 of 13

Grab a flat ski from one of the resources given toyou and put the 100 bucks towards a binding. Just a thought.

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

Any opinion on the skis I mentioned? The Salomon Knight or Atomic Panic? And I already have a pair of AT bindings I'm going to put on them.


Edited by aveenvp - 10/3/11 at 6:21pm
post #12 of 13

I picked up the 2011 Panic last season clearance @ REI for ~$200, put Marker Squires on them for another $130.  Traditional mount point.

Super light setup.  I'm very pleased as they replaced the Atomic Metron M:EX.  For me they're do everything the Metron's did with two exceptions, the Metron's were better for crud and high speed sweepers, while the Panics are far better in trees and bumps.  Yes, the Panics do retain the legendary Atomic edge hold.  For AT, you'll appreciate the light weight.  Can't speak for the Lords, I've never been a Salomon fan.  HTH.

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I picked up the 2011 Panic last season clearance @ REI for ~$200, put Marker Squires on them for another $130.  Traditional mount point.

Super light setup.  I'm very pleased as they replaced the Atomic Metron M:EX.  For me they're do everything the Metron's did with two exceptions, the Metron's were better for crud and high speed sweepers, while the Panics are far better in trees and bumps.  Yes, the Panics do retain the legendary Atomic edge hold.  For AT, you'll appreciate the light weight.  Can't speak for the Lords, I've never been a Salomon fan.  HTH.



Thanks for the input man! Any other opinions?

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