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I picked a winner!

post #1 of 17
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Well, Ski Magazine's annual Gear of the Year Awards were just announced and it looks like I picked a winner for my new boards.  My Rossi Experience 98's were chosen as best All Mountain Ski Men's Division!  Can't wait to try them out.

Other winners:

 

Best Boots:

Fisher Vacuum

Saloman Quest 14

(Sad to not see my new Lange RX 130's)

 

Best Powder Day Skis

Blizzard Chochise

Volkl Shiro

Nordica Patron

 

Best Everyday Ski - Mens

Volkl RTM 84

Rossignol Experience 98

Blizzard Bonafide

 

Best Everyday Ski - Ladies

Volkl Kenja

Blizzard Black Pearl

Saloman Origins Lava

 

So did you pick a winner?

 

Rick G

 

 

post #2 of 17

Ski Magazine awards.....

 

 

 

you set a pretty low bar

post #3 of 17

As long as you stick with what the ski rags say you will continue missing out on the great skis being made by the indie companies, like ON3P, 4FRNT, Icelantic, Ski Logik, etc.

post #4 of 17

Knowing a manufacturer, and hearing what it takes to position your product so that it is even tested. I would only go to Ski, and Skiing for information on Apres.

 

Not saying the skis that get "picked" aren't good ski's, but they certainly have an advantage of actually being put on testers feet. It's no doubt what companies put a lot of financial resources into getting reviewed.

post #5 of 17

iN THE text for the bonafide they called it the bodacious. Sometimes i think the editors of ski lurk here to get storielines, the issue resembles a day or two of discussion on epicSki; Powder mag editors lurking at TGR.

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iN THE text for the bonafide they called it the bodacious. Sometimes i think the editors of ski lurk here to get storielines, the issue resembles a day or two of discussion on epicSki; Powder mag editors lurking at TGR.



I noticed that mistake as well. 

 

Living where I do it is difficult to try many of the indie brands as well as some of the western oriented skis from the mainstream mfgs.  Therefore I do rely on the magazine reviews (more so than the awards) as a starting point for what I am lookiing for. I have learned to read between the lines for what I like in a ski.  I have rarely been dissapointed when buying a ski that was reviewed very favorably by the mainstream mags. 

 

Now that I work at a local shop, I try to ski as many of the skis that we carry that I can.  But I wasn't able to try my new 98's, I went on reviews and faith.  And it looks like I will come out a winner!

 

Rick G

 

post #7 of 17

And for the Cochise they listed the specs for the Bodacious too.  I noticed several errors in that section alone - perhaps their editors need drink more coffee?

 

And I definitely think Skiing Magazine lurks here - they've had some recent newsletters with content very similar to threads here, and I know there's a history of them creating threads here looking for content (i.e. Most Extreme Runs).
 

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Originally Posted by jimmy View Post

iN THE text for the bonafide they called it the bodacious. Sometimes i think the editors of ski lurk here to get storielines, the issue resembles a day or two of discussion on epicSki; Powder mag editors lurking at TGR.



 

post #8 of 17

I'm on the Fischer Vac130 and the Rossignol E98 this year.  I must be doing GREAT!

 

Seriously....  I am very happy with the boots with a few tweaks and I am very excited about the skis after my demo time.  My new pair is mounted and waiting for me at the shop.

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I noticed that mistake as well. 

 

Living where I do it is difficult to try many of the indie brands as well as some of the western oriented skis from the mainstream mfgs.  Therefore I do rely on the magazine reviews (more so than the awards) as a starting point for what I am lookiing for. I have learned to read between the lines for what I like in a ski.  I have rarely been dissapointed when buying a ski that was reviewed very favorably by the mainstream mags. 

 

Now that I work at a local shop, I try to ski as many of the skis that we carry that I can.  But I wasn't able to try my new 98's, I went on reviews and faith.  And it looks like I will come out a winner!

 

Rick G

 



Are you planning on using these as your daily driver in the midwest? I've also got a pair of 180cm E98's but they will not be used in that roll. I expect they will be a soft/mixed/crud day ski for me here in the northeast. My 70-80ish skis will still see the brunt of our normal season unless we get very lucky like last season.

 

 

post #10 of 17

 

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 I have rarely been dissapointed when buying a ski that was reviewed very favorably by the mainstream mags.

 

Me neither although some of my favorite skis have not been "Skis of the Year" or even that particularly well reviewed.  Also, all the men's skis (with the possbile exception of the Shiro) have received a lot of positive buzz here.  I think it is simply a data point worthy of consideration.

post #11 of 17
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I'm on the Fischer Vac130 and the Rossignol E98 this year.  I must be doing GREAT!

 

Seriously....  I am very happy with the boots with a few tweaks and I am very excited about the skis after my demo time.  My new pair is mounted and waiting for me at the shop.



It looks like skiing is still several weeks off for us here in the mid atlantic.  Please post up your impressions after you have some slope time on them.

 

Rick G

 

post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post



Are you planning on using these as your daily driver in the midwest? I've also got a pair of 180cm E98's but they will not be used in that roll. I expect they will be a soft/mixed/crud day ski for me here in the northeast. My 70-80ish skis will still see the brunt of our normal season unless we get very lucky like last season.

 

 



These will fill my western ski trip role in my growing quiver.  For all around skiing back home I will continue to use my AC30's.  i might bring them out if we have had a good dumping.

 

Rick G

 

post #13 of 17

 

 

So did you pick a winner?

 

Rick G

 

 


Of course I picked a winner.  I bought my K2 Apache Outlaws as a close out at the start of the 2009/10 season. 

They rock.

I love them. 

I'm a winner.
 

 

 

post #14 of 17

Regarding the new gear reviews: Would anyone else like to see a picture of the edge profile as well as the topsheet now that we have cambered, early rise, rocker being marketed?

post #15 of 17
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Great suggestion!  Maybe the rags are reading this.

 

Rick G

post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by rickg View Post

Well, Ski Magazine's annual Gear of the Year Awards were just announced and it looks like I picked a winner for my new boards.  My Rossi Experience 98's were chosen as best All Mountain Ski Men's Division!  Can't wait to try them out.

Other winners:

 

 

So did you pick a winner?

 

Rick G

 

 



Good lord!

 

SJ

 

post #17 of 17

These are the resort "best resort" winners from the same publication - Deer Valley and Vail. rolleyes.gif

 

You should hope they're somewhat closer in their ski rankings.

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