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OK, I've narrowed it down to these two skis, help me decide.

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Intermediate to adv. Intermediate Midwest skier here. 5'11" 195. I'm looking for new skis and I'm more concerned about getting the right ski than the price. In other words, I don't care about the cost as long as I'm getting great skis that will last me a long time. I only ski Northern Michigan so I spend most of my time on groomed and ice and never powder. Are the following skis good for me? If not, why?

 

Atomic Blackeye TI Skis with XTO 12 Bindings 2012----125/82/110mm ----I think I'd go with 174.

 

Blizzard Magnum 7.6 IQ Skis with IQ TP 11 Bindings 2012-----124/76/107mm----my choices would be 170 or 177.

 

 

post #2 of 10

I don't have any experience on the Atomic's but I skied the Blizzard 7.6's and liked them a lot. Very fun ski.  It handled everything I threw at them, bumps, short turns,long turns, crud, hard pack etc without complaint. We sell a lot of them at the shop I work at and on one has complained about them.

 

At your size, skiing mostly mid west I would reccomend the 170 length.

 

Good luck,

 

Rick G

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Thanks for the info, Rick!

post #4 of 10
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Here's a silly question, has anyone been swayed in their decision based upon the appearance of the ski? For example, I think the Blizz 7.6 may be the better ski for me but I really like the appearance of the 7.4 better.

 

Would 76 underfoot be that much more better for me than 74?

post #5 of 10

74 is a different ski, more flex, targeted at beginner to high intermediate skiers. If you plan to get better, 7.6. BTW, I'd go for the 177 at your size, just for the stability at speed. Sort of depends on whether you make lots of turns on the way down. 

post #6 of 10
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Thanks beyond. 

 

I still quite interested in the Atomic Blackeye. Is the 84 waist too much for me? Again this ski will only be used in the Midwest, groomers/frontside and occasional off trail. I don't care about price but I don't want to buy a ski that is too much for me as and adv. intermediate. 

post #7 of 10

The Blackeye is a nice ski, the Blizzard is a nicer ski. An 84 waist won't be too wide, but it'll be a bit slower edge to edge and have a bit less grip. Everything's a tradeoff. If you "never" go into powder (such as it is in the U.P.) why give up the quicker design for more float? OTOH, if you have designs of going off the runs, trying out some trees and so on, then the Blackeye might have some advantages. Finally, at your size, the Blackeye will be significantly easier to flex. That's a good thing for low speed turns, a bad thing for stability as you pick up speed. Choices, choices...

post #8 of 10
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Well, I kind of went in a different direction and just bought Rossignol Avenger 76 Basalt's 176cm. Thanks for all the help!

 

 

 

post #9 of 10

The Avenger is a fine ski.  You will like it for what you have described.  Congrats!  New skis are always fun.

 

Rick G

post #10 of 10
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Thanks, I am a bit worried that 176 it a bit too long for my Michigan skiing but no turning back now. 

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