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Help the tall guy that doesn't stay current on technology buy the right ski

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6'5"

235lbs

expert skiier

ski in VT 95% of the time unfortunately, (at least its better than PA)

Spend 90% of the time split betweenthe bumps or the woods (when snow allows)

If snow doesn't allow, I'm going very fast down groomers without making many turns... just having fun.

 

I love skiing bumps aggressively, usually pick one line and fly right down... due to height and weight i have been brutal on skiis. I find I have a tip crossing problem in the bumps sometimes.

 

A friend of mine is an Armada rep, so I have been on a variety of Armadas over the last few years, which is really funny because I NEVER go in the park.

 

I have '08 Armada AR6 and '07 Armada ARV that I have used as my powder ski.

 

Basically, I hate the AR6, its no fun for how I ski.

 

So, i'm letting go of the desire for a deal, and I am looking for the perfect east coast ski.

 

I demoed Volkl Kendos last season, and I had so much fun I got my heart set on buying them, but now that I'm reading things online, I'm wondering if it is too stiff of a ski for me based on my terrain choice, or if I might enjoy rocker technology. But I'm a big dude, and relative to the AR6, I had no problem with Kendos in the bumps. And their stability at speed was a wet dream.

 

So, I think anything would have seemed great compared to what i'm used to.

 

Oh yeah, and due to past experience of exploding bindings, I have always opted for heavier bindings and have used look pivots and rossi fks exclusively. I know they are heavy, but I have never had any problems... which I like.

 

I'm going to try and demo a couple of things before buying... but price doesn't matter. I want something that is going to be fun in the bumps, woods, and stable at speed.

 

The guys at ski shops keep telling me to buy things like the bliz bonafide and k2 aftershock and the Mantra... but I'm having a hard time imagining something so wide being my daily east coast ski.

 

Any advice from the experts would be appreciated...

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Originally Posted by sammybaldwin View Post

6'5"

235lbs

expert skiier

ski in VT 95% of the time unfortunately, (at least its better than PA)

Spend 90% of the time split betweenthe bumps or the woods (when snow allows)

If snow doesn't allow, I'm going very fast down groomers without making many turns... just having fun.

 

 

I demoed Volkl Kendos last season, and I had so much fun I got my heart set on buying them, but now that I'm reading things online, I'm wondering if it is too stiff of a ski for me based on my terrain choice, or if I might enjoy rocker technology. But I'm a big dude, and relative to the AR6, I had no problem with Kendos in the bumps. And their stability at speed was a wet dream.

 

 I have always opted for heavier bindings and have used look pivots and rossi fks exclusively. I know they are heavy, but I have never had any problems... which I like.

 

I'm going to try and demo a couple of things before buying... but price doesn't matter. I want something that is going to be fun in the bumps, woods, and stable at speed.

 

The guys at ski shops keep telling me to buy things like the bliz bonafide and k2 aftershock and the Mantra... but I'm having a hard time imagining something so wide being my daily east coast ski.

 

Any advice from the experts would be appreciated...



sammy, bigger guys need to be very careful when they read ski reviews. Tester/reviewer weight is a very important part of the equation. What's too stiff for 175lbs might be perfect for 210 + lbs... Bottom line is if you've demoed a ski and really like it, swoon over it, etc..., well, your experience is worth 1000 words written by someone you don't know.

 

Bindings? FKS seems like a good choice. Don't sweat it. Use what works for you and call it good.

 

Width? IMHO, rocker and early rise make skis much easier to initiate and get on edge, so what might seem wider than you might think will work, just might in fact, work just fine. The Bonafide sounds like a good suggestion. 

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Circling back on this much later... Bonafides have become my ski of choice. For a tall guy, they are super fun. Last season I was on bonafides 50% of the time, Line Supernatural 100s at 186 30% of the time, and on Volkl Kendos the rest of the time. The Line Supernaturals delaminated on the tails after about 10 days. I liked the Bonafides more. For a big heavy guy that skis hard, the Lines felt floppy. The all wood core didn't do it for me.

 

I'm headed west for a few weeks this winter, and i'm looking forward to getting on the widest Blizzard I can that still uses metal in construction (cochise i think?)

 

This year I hope to get on Latigos for the bumps (got to trade my warrantied new supernatural 100s!).

 

thanks!

post #4 of 6

You don't want metal in the bumps, especially under a bigger skier.  Too much bend/distress on a ski with a layer of metal can result in the ski staying bent.

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Agreed. Looking to pick up the latigo this year and that will be my go to for bumps
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

You don't want metal in the bumps, especially under a bigger skier.  Too much bend/distress on a ski with a layer of metal can result in the ski staying bent.

This might have been true 30 years ago, but its largely irrelevant these days. I haven't bent a metal ski in years.
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