EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Ski Swap Top 10 Favorites All-Mountain carver
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Ski Swap Top 10 Favorites All-Mountain carver

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Facing sensory overload in a tight window (I'll search more later) to check out and possibly acquire an all-mountain carving rig that is reasonably current.

 

I'm looking for a decent, very carve biased ski that will be OK when there's a little snow, in the bumps and trees.

 

What would be on your Top 10 Favorite shopping list over the past few years?

post #2 of 13

 

So, you are looking for a used carver and which will still be good in the bumps and trees? Hmmm. the attributes that make a good carver are also the attributes that make it bad in the bumps and trees and that is stiffness of the ski and usually a rigid plate binding. 

 

As far as the carver aspect...

 

Kastle RX

Kaste MX70/MX78 (KTI binding)

Blizzard Supersonic

Nordica Speedmachine/Mach 3

K2 Crossfire (very well the best in the bumps & trees)

Fischer Progressor 9

Head Supershape/ Magnum

Rossi CS70/CS80/Classic/Strato

 

Every manufacture has one, just depends what you like. 

 

 

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

"OK, in crud, powder. trees. bumps, etc" = low priority, but if it got down to a coin toss and one had 'other qualities'....and I could make it work in a pinch.

 

Thanks Phil. I'll be heading over shortly for a drop off and maybe can scout out what's there....or have a friend snag a pair.

 

What about lengths? for 5"10" and 180 and sucks. wink.gif

post #4 of 13

What about the Blizzard Magnum 7.6?  It's my go-to ski in the east.  Pretty good bump ski, holds on east-coast "snow", and it's workable in deep snow (although your balance skills might be challenged...).

post #5 of 13

I'd like to second Phil's suggestion of the Kastle RX.  

 

I'm about the same size as you (6' 185 lbs.) and love my 176cm RX with the KTI plate.  It's a carver, but is also relatively forgiving and versatile.  Previously owned the Fischer RX8 and Progressor 8+ and the RX feels a lot like those skis as far as forgiveness, but is much damper and has no speed limit.

 

Mike
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post

"OK, in crud, powder. trees. bumps, etc" = low priority, but if it got down to a coin toss and one had 'other qualities'....and I could make it work in a pinch.

 

Thanks Phil. I'll be heading over shortly for a drop off and maybe can scout out what's there....or have a friend snag a pair.

 

What about lengths? for 5"10" and 180 and sucks. wink.gif



 

post #6 of 13

i was always impressed by how versatile my dynastar contact cross ti is as well as its predecessor the contact 9. must admit, between the two, i did prefer the contact cross with its wood core and more damp feeling. 

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

 (although your balance skills might be challenged...).

 

We all know that's the deal breaker I can't compensate for with gear. Maybe training wheels or outriggers first. rolleyes.gif

 

I know I'd love a pair of RX's as a perfect companion to my FX94s. I don't expect to see them for a few Bens, but I'll be looking. I was at a swap a few weeks ago with my hands on a bunch of options for under $200, but wasn't entirely sure how they compared.

 

Thanks for the suggestions. Keep 'em coming. I'm out the door with BlackBerry in hand for new notifications.
 

 

 

post #8 of 13

How about something like Blizzard Titan Atlas, or similar???

 

It is 94, trad. caber, but has a vertical sidewalls, 2sheets of metal, versatile plate/it is stiff though.. and you can move the bindings up front to your liking, or to make them suitable for tighter spaces in trees or some bumps... They should float reasonably well/130-94-116/, also they rule in crud and groomers..

Can be had relatively cheap as they are 2010, or 2011 year model..

The skis come withBliizi's IQ max plate, that you can swap easy, if you have or buy another 80+ MM Blizzards.

post #9 of 13
Fischer Progressor 10 - big sweet spot for a high performance carver. better in bumps and trees than a progressor 9.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

Well...no luck on an initial scouting of skis. Depending on timing Saturday and a pending storm, I might not get to the swap until late in the day with only sloppy seconds left.

 

Regardless, thanks all for the input. This gives me an excellent shopping list going forward.

post #11 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by docmartin View Post

Fischer Progressor 10 - big sweet spot for a high performance carver. better in bumps and trees than a progressor 9.



Agree.  And throw in Progressor 8+ also.

 

post #12 of 13

except for bindings we take off skis we find, I'm not impressed with swaps anymore due to the sales on line and at Ebay. unless you are supporting a cause of course.  ebay is pretty fat on good product for 2 or 3 hundred. in terms of choice, haven't you developed a relationshiprolleyes.gifredface.gif with any brands yet, based on the feel you have for the ski? just stay with that and look for a mid high 70's waist.

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

Well...after cheating death in winter mountain driving and a morning ski, I made it in time to walk out the door with some used Stockl Rotor 76's. For better or for worse, the $240 price tag, 'Stockl' and rag tired, 'just want to get home' mental state either influenced an acceptable decision or one I'll regret later. Certainly not the best carver, but sounds like it'll be at least better than my Legends in the carving department.

 

How big of a miss are these?

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Ski Swap Top 10 Favorites All-Mountain carver