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Lookig for one ski to do it all Baby!

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I am having trouble figuring out what I need to advance my skiing.My skill level ranges from 9 down to a 7. 9 on steeps and technical or deep and fairly open,down to a 7 at best on hard bumps and tight trees. I ski an older mantra in a 170 and a rossi s7 at 188cm. no cons to my mantras but the s7's send me backseat in chopped snow. I like stability at speed and find the s7's a bit turny. I ski all over colorado but mostly loveland,a-basin and the pass between them. I am probably looking for something between 175 and 180 cm for my every day driver. The bonafide, cochise,helix, and mantra top my research list but I am hoping to get some feed back on what other people are skiing ,loving and enhancing their skill sets with. My mantras are on their last legs and I am due for the latest and greatest. Any feedback helps....Thanks for the infinite wisdom I am about to receive!

 P.s I feel I am overlooking something and want to make the right decision as I am a flat broke resort employee 

I am 5'9" 180 lbs and 36 yrs old

post #2 of 14

Which ski do you want to replace? The S7 or the Mantra?

 

Do you want to end up with 1 pair or two?

 

SJ

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

Looking to replace the mantra.

post #4 of 14

I'm currently looking for a similar ski as well.  My list includes the Cochise, ON3P Wrenegade, DPS Wailer 112RP and Nordica Girish.  I'm completely torn right now tho I think the Cochise may be last on my list right now with the others all tied.  Here are some good reviews on the 112RP's and Girish:

 

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/review-2011-2012-nordica-girish-185cm

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/review-dpw-wailer-112rp

 

I'll be keeping an eye on this thread as well since I'm in the same boat.

post #5 of 14

As I got older I stopped trying to ski all conditions and started deciding what was best on a given day.  For example, you mention trouble with "hard bumps".  My question is, why ski hard bumps which indicate no new snow?  If there is no new snow that means the best skiing is probably the groomers or perhaps north facing bowls/chutes.  I have lots of friends who miss great groomer days because they are off trail in crappy snow beating themselves to death. 

 

I pick my skis for the conditions.  Some days the most fun is on GS skis on trail or perhaps a wide carver that allows some off trail versatility.  I don't think the Mantra or S7 were meant for hard bumps.

 

My approach may be different than yours because I've got 30 years on you, but is was in my late 30's when my body started telling me hard bumps were not fun anymore. 

 

(by the way, 7 in hard bumps and tight trees is pretty good!)

post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Danbo View Post

Looking to replace the mantra.


 

OK.....easy enough as within the range of 90-100mm there are as many as a dozen great choices. A select few in no particular order would include......

 

Nordica Enforcer.......Conventional camber, very good carver but a bit softer in flex than the Mantra (better in soft than Mantra)

Blizz Bonafide..........Double rise, cambered center, exceptional in soft, VG on hard

Rossi Exp 98...........Double rise but very minimal. 2nd stiffest in class (Mantra is stiffest) but has an even flex (Mantra = very stiff tail)

Dynastar Leg 94.......Minimal tip rise, medium flex, high taper makes it perhaps the best in bumps. Proven performer in all conditions.

2012 Mantra............Small tip rise, still stiffest in class esp in tail. Still not great in soft snow, best when skied with authority.

 

I owned an S7 for two years but am replacing it this year w/something else. I have the Bonafide as my main daily driver but would be just as happy with any of the first four that I listed. (FTM.....there are several others but this is a good list)

 

SJ

 

 

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

 The 112's look lika a lot of fun

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

Good point! After reading your post I started looking at the Nordica firearrow pro, Its easy to forget how fun going fast on cordouroy can be- but they may be inched out by the cochise,helix or maybe even the nordica patron! But good food for thought none the less

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Danbo View Post

 The 112's look lika a lot of fun



[waving a shiny object in front of your face....] Focus!!!! You said you wanted to replace the Mantra and not S7 [/waving a shiny object in front of your face....] 

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

All good choices, I am also looking to demo the Nordica hell and back as I have an old pair of Tour 12 to throw on them. Might be a good match. 

post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 

The s7 is a bit turny for me and the mantras are toast!

post #12 of 14

 

Quote:

Which ski do you want to replace? The S7 or the Mantra?

 

Do you want to end up with 1 pair or two?

 

Please re-read/re-think these two questions. No one can help you if you can't make up your mind what your goal is.

 

SJ

post #13 of 14


what does VG mean?

Thanks

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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post


 

OK.....easy enough as within the range of 90-100mm there are as many as a dozen great choices. A select few in no particular order would include......

 

Nordica Enforcer.......Conventional camber, very good carver but a bit softer in flex than the Mantra (better in soft than Mantra)

Blizz Bonafide..........Double rise, cambered center, exceptional in soft, VG on hard

Rossi Exp 98...........Double rise but very minimal. 2nd stiffest in class (Mantra is stiffest) but has an even flex (Mantra = very stiff tail)

Dynastar Leg 94.......Minimal tip rise, medium flex, high taper makes it perhaps the best in bumps. Proven performer in all conditions.

2012 Mantra............Small tip rise, still stiffest in class esp in tail. Still not great in soft snow, best when skied with authority.

 

I owned an S7 for two years but am replacing it this year w/something else. I have the Bonafide as my main daily driver but would be just as happy with any of the first four that I listed. (FTM.....there are several others but this is a good list)

 

SJ

 

 



 

post #14 of 14

VG=very good

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