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tight radius skis for advanced skiers?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi all, 

 

I'm hoping to take my level 3 instructor exam this season and need some appropriate skis. 6', 165lbs. I'd really like a ski with a super sharp turning radius and amazing edge performance. Primarily concerned with groomer performance. I have two pairs that are adequate for all-mountain skiing. A constraint is that the shops out here only seem to demo skis with waists 84mm or greater, so probably won't be able to demo any ski that interests me. 

 

My skis include the peak 82 @ 177cm (enjoy stability at speed, but not the wide turning radius or lack of edge performance), dynastar contact cross @ 172cm (enjoy the 15m turn radius and decent edge performance but am frightened by the MCL tear inducing bindings) and the 2008 x-wing 10 (in a dumpster/landfill as they noodled out / snapped when a friend borrowed them) 

 

Any suggestions? I'm considering the following, simply based on their specs, but am open to anything: 

Head Icon tt 80.0 @ 176 or 170 (no idea which)

Head worldcup isupershape magnum @ 170

Head i.supershape titan @ 170

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 11

Kästle RX SL

Head WC i. SL, Fischer WC SC

Atomic D2 Race SL

Völkl Racetiger SL Speedwall

Rossi Radical 9 SL

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #3 of 11

The first thing that came to mind is are you looking for a ski that will edge lock into a tight carve or one that has some versatility? If the former I like Ghost's list. I would add the Head Supershape. A little less demanding that the full on SL skis. Forget the Magnum and Titan. I have the TT80 in a 176.  The tail is a little narrow to easily do short radius carves without some coaxing. It will do it but it takes some effort compared to an SL race style ski. Having said that it is a lot more useable everywhere.

post #4 of 11

Fisher WCs have the best edge grip out of any ski that I have ever skied.  Highly recommended 

post #5 of 11

Metaphor, look carefully at where people are posting from... What one would want out east might not be what we need in the Cascades and Coast Range for testing. A full on race ski isn't going to be a lot of fun when you do your off piste work in the PNW. While some suggest forgetting it, the Head Titan is one of the local favorites for the purpose you're proposing. The 170 is all you'd need. Not a super tight radius @18M, and wider than you're looking at, but I'm guessing you'll see a good number of Rossi E98's this season as well. The early rise tip changes the whole width/quickness edge to edge equation. 


Edited by markojp - 10/31/11 at 8:45am
post #6 of 11
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Metaphor, look carefully at where people are posting from... What one would want out east might not be what we need in the Cascades and Coast Range. A full on race ski isn't going to be a lot of fun when you do your off piste work in the PNW.

True enough; that's why the Fischer WC SL, Head i.SL RD, Blizzard GSR Magnesium, Stocli Laser SL and Nordica Doberman SL R are not on my list.  They are a great ripping rides, but not what you need for demonstrating skills at slow speeds.

 

If you want something for off-piste, then we are talking about a different can of worms, but you said you already owned two all-rounders.

 

post #7 of 11

There's no time for a quiver when testing, so one pair has to do the do: piste, all radius turns, off piste, slow demos/teaching, fast skiing, bumps, hard snow, soft snow, PNW/Coast Range mank, etc...  

post #8 of 11

if you like the dynastar, the Speed Course Ti has the same dimensions in the contact cross but with a layer of metal.  If you're referring to look px bindings as being "MCL tear inducing" that has not been my experience with them.  And, this ski, since it already has a plate on it may not fit binding outside of the px race ones.  So, you'd have to make some inquiries to see if other bindings can be used on the plate on that ski. dave 

post #9 of 11
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There's no time for a quiver when testing, so one pair has to do the do: piste, all radius turns, off piste, slow demos/teaching, fast skiing, bumps, hard snow, soft snow, PNW/Coast Range mank, etc...  



exactly and no ski is going to pass your exams for you.

 

Ski whats your most comfortable on.

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestions. maybe I'll go with the icon tt 80.0. Or I'll just ski my contact crosses. bwpa, it's true that a ski won't pass your exam. But you're screwed if you bring a hammer when you need a screwdriver. 

post #11 of 11
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Thanks for the suggestions. maybe I'll go with the icon tt 80.0. Or I'll just ski my contact crosses. bwpa, it's true that a ski won't pass your exam. But you're screwed if you bring a hammer when you need a screwdriver. 



I brought a Big Fing Hammer, a 85mm 21 meter 179cm Twin. Its about movements not what ski your on.

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