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I’m looking for a ski that’s a beast in powder, nimble in the trees, while still being usable for carving groomers (ya gotta dream big biggrin.gif). I did some searching and put together a list of possible skis that might fit the bill based on what seemed to be popular recommendations and commonly compared skis for this task. Here's what I came up with: Icelantic Keeper, Icelantic Shaman, Armada JJ, Atomic Bent Chetler, Line Sir Francis Bacon, Line Mr Pollard's Opus, Moment Bibby, Rossi S7, ON3P Billy Goat. Here's a spreadsheet I put together with all their specs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnlH5RgTUYx1dG1KeE5ZcUZwQnhsM1hQLTVCM1NickE . I'm not sure where to begin in regards to narrowing this list down.

 

Background: I'm around 5'8" (~172cm) 170 pounds and ski in Tahoe (Kirkwood, Alpine, Homewood this season). I like to search for pow in the trees and hit the side country, but the conditions out here don't always play along, so I end up doing a bit of everything. Besides picking a model, I'm also struggling with choosing an ideal length. If you check the spreadsheet you'll notice that I listed the shortest length available for each model. That's because I'm coming from fat skiboards ( wink.gif 110cm 165/137/165 tip/waist/tail), so all these skis sound huge (its been years now since I've been on normal skis). My initial thought was to go on the shorter end of the recommended length for my height/weight, but after reading user reviews of most of these models it sounds like it might be better to go with something in the 170s or even 180s at my weight. My main goal with these skis is to be able to charge faster in pow while retaining some of the playful feel I'm used to on skiboards. Something that is easy on the quads and doesn't need to be muscled around too much. Any suggestions?

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DPS Wailer 112RP.  The end. 

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Rossignol S7
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Thanks for bringing the 112RPs to my attention. After some reading it sounds like they'd be one of the better choices for me. Does anyone know how they compare to JJs? How about S7s (from what I've read it sounds like S7s might be slightly better in pow, but worse on groomers)? Also, what length of 112RP would be good for me? I'm thinking its between the 184 and 190. 

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You would not regret the purchase of the 112RP's.  They flat out rock.  People throw around the term "game changer", but this ski truly meets that title 100%.  At your size, the 184's would be great, but if you are an all-out-hard-charger the 190's would also be fine.  But your size matches the 184cm ski perfectly.   

 

As for how they compare with the JJ's and S7, those are also great skis, just "different".  I think the JJ's are a little less stable (IMO), and the S7's just feel a little less refined and maybe little "floppier" if that makes sense. 

 

I bought the 112RP's, and couldn't be happier.  I just sold a pair of the 112RP's in 190cm Hybrid construction and bought the 184cm Pure construction.  "Pure" is the 112RP that is constructed with carbon fiber.  Either way, Hybrid or Pure construction, you will love these skis. 

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Thanks for bringing the 112RPs to my attention. After some reading it sounds like they'd be one of the better choices for me. Does anyone know how they compare to JJs? How about S7s (from what I've read it sounds like S7s might be slightly better in pow, but worse on groomers)? Also, what length of 112RP would be good for me? I'm thinking its between the 184 and 190. 



 

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Wailer  112  no brainer    lenght  178 or 184    mounted  with  Marker Barons    is way forward    .   Awesome ski  in pretty much all conditions   except boiler plate  .

 

 

You  will love them but  i hear they are already in short supply so  would suggest you hunt them down very soon

 

Wailer  enthusiast 

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Alright, I'm pretty much decided on the 112RP now. Just waiting for pay day. What would be the reason for 178 over 184 for someone of my size?

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Alright, I'm pretty much decided on the 112RP now. Just waiting for pay day. What would be the reason for 178 over 184 for someone of my size?



I think the 184's are the way to go for your height, weight, and the skiing style you described.  If it puts you mind at ease, you can email DPS using their "ski finder" tool.  Mike Cannon (Sales Manager for DPS) will respond to you very quickly with the recommended size.  I am 99% sure he will say 184cm. 

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6cm   will not make a big difference but  the 178 will be a little more nimble in short turns  ie  trees   and  just a bit easier  but in honesty  either will  be great  .    As  i always  say its not the lenghth that counts its the way you use  it  !

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Noodler is about your size, I think, and skis them in a 190

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