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Buying the first pair of skis, all-mountain-ish, where do I even start!?

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I'm about 6', 150lbs, buying my first pair of skis. I ski mostly East Coast, but I prefer skiing in trees/bumps when I can (although don't get me wrong - I do love a good groomer bomb). I go out West once a year for a week or so, and ski exclusively trees.

 

I have the run of K2s, Volkls, Atomics, and other major brands as choices, but I really don't know where to start. I've done a fair amount of reading on here, and everybody seems to be pretty knowledgeable; I'd love some recommendations! I can't quite figure out the right combination of narrow for tight, tree turns, and fat for crud/piste. I'm not a big fan of the really wide models, and have no need for them anyway.

 

As far as I can tell, the K2 aftershock and rictor both sort of occupy this halfway, with aftershocks geared towards groomers, and the rictors less so. I can't pinpoint the consensus on atomic crimsons. There also seems to be a lot of love for the volkl AC50s and the Blizzard 8.7s. I haven't read about any skis really beyond these, but I'm more than welcome to other suggestions.

 

The main problem is that this has to be done in the next couple of weeks. I won't be able to demo...this has to be a sort of blind buy.

post #2 of 8

The secret woid is...............priorities. Get that one right and down comes the duck.

 

In general you will have skis that prioritize harder snow conditions, mixed conditions, and softer conditions. This is irrespective of width. Naturally, when you get a ski that prioritizes one end of the spectrum, it sacrifices at the other. Here's what I mean.............

 

In the width range of ~~ 87mm here are some great skis. The differences are more about flex and a few other factors than about the width.

 

Volkl Kendo: Stiffest in class...conventional camber...very good on hard snow, notsogood in soft or bumps.

Blizz Mag 8.7: Slightly less hard snow centric than the Kendo as it is slightly softer and has a touch of tip rocker.

Blizz Bushwhacker: Favors mixed conditions. Light, nimble, and playful.

K2 Aftershock: Mixed conditions with the slight bias toward softer. Very damp and smooth. (Rictor a little more toward the hard snow end)

Fischer Watea 88: Very light and nimble with a further bias toward softer snow. A bit challenged when it is really hard.

 

That oughta get you thinkin' about ordering your priorities.

 

SJ

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I can't say it enough, the 11/12 line sir francis bacon is the best all mountain i've ever been on. Give it a look!

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I can't say it enough, the 11/12 line sir francis bacon is the best all mountain i've ever been on. Give it a look!



Yes you can.

 

SJ

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I dont think i can, its that good.

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Yes you can.

 

SJ



 

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Thread Starter 

This was fantastically helpful. I'm still thinking about the aftershocks, but reading about the bushwhacker has definitely piqued my curiosity. I can't get a good sense of the 8.7s, though as I said they seem to get a lot of love around here. I'm surprised you didn't mention anything Atomic. Are you personally just not a fan, or are there really not so many good ones?

 

In any case, I can't thank you enough. You've given me  a great place to start, and odds are I'll end up with one of these skis.

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I can't say it enough, the 11/12 line sir francis bacon is the best all mountain i've ever been on. Give it a look!



uh no,dude lives on the est coast and has to deal with ice and likes moguls

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I stand by what i said, ski it and see.  It handles ice just fine

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uh no,dude lives on the est coast and has to deal with ice and likes moguls



 

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