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Ive been hunting somewhat unsuccessfully for a ski to fit inbetween my dynastar contact 10s  and my rossi S7.  I also have a old gotama im going to get rid of since it was too stiff for me.

 

I was hunting for 80-88 which should leave a huge number of skis on the list.

 

Im light.  Really light.  148lbs and 5'11, advanced skier and find myself heading for bumps more often then not when im not on the S7, and i find the contact 10 a blast on groomed but its just not what I ski these days.  I spend my time mogul bashing for the chalange it provides me but want something with the versitility to do more.  I got to try the E88 in a 178 but that was too long, and i got to try a E83 that was just right in 168, they were lively, light, playful and great fun on the bumps in quebec.  so I have decided regardless of rocker to stick to 168-172.  For reference my dynastars are 172 and my S7's are 188.  

 

Problem is i got to try both of these rossi's at mont blanc in quebec, but I live in calgary and frequent kicking horse, castle, revelstoke, lake louise and sunshine.  Not the same by any stretch of the imagination

 

Any recommendations?  

 

I was looking at the 

 

E88

Magnum 8.7

Bushwacker

Legend 85

 

I want something with a softer tip, good edge to edge thats a finesse based ski since I dont ski with power and ski more of a finesse style, and i would love to have something thats more forgiving then the dynastar but not as soft as the S7

 

Current 2 ski quiver:

 

172 dynastar contact 10

188 rossi S7

 

 

After my homework it seems like the E88 will do well on groomed but it did leave something to be desired in the bumps, but i think the E83 is to skinny for the bridging the gap ski im looking for.  I hear good things about the bushwacker and have really grown to like a rockered ski.  Also, in case your wondering, no i dont find the S7 i have too long.  For the pow days when they come out of the bag, they are the perfect ski.

 

Cheers!

post #2 of 9

If you wind up choosing to go with the Bushwacker I have a pair of 180's mounted with Jesters that I may want to sell....used two days this season...PM me if interested. 

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Originally Posted by nvr2late View Post

If you wind up choosing to go with the Bushwacker I have a pair of 180's mounted with Jesters that I may want to sell....used two days this season...PM me if interested. 



Sorry bud, too long for how I ski.  For a pow day i dont mind my 188 S7 but when im hunting bumps, stash's and then finally accept that there is not enough snow for the S7 I want something with a quicker radius and a shorter length.  I wouldnt go longer then 174 in this case.

post #4 of 9

Try the Nordica Steadfast in a 170.  90mm underfoot, camber, early rise tip.  This ski carves really well and is pretty lightweight(no metal in it).  I haven't skied it in powder except for what I could find in the trees a couple weeks ago and that was pretty dense and crusty in places but the ski handled it without difficulty.  I did ski it in the bumps and had no complaints about how it handled.  YMMV

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Magnum 8.7

Bushwacker

 

Was going to suggest these or the Kastle MX88.

 

Dynastar Legends are okay, but people seemed to like them more (compared to the competitors) a few years ago.

 

There's also the Fischer Watea 84/88.

 

If you're really light you may not like the Magnums, unless you want to go real fast.  They're pretty beefy.

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Originally Posted by Matthias99 View Post

 

 

Was going to suggest these or the Kastle MX88.

 

Dynastar Legends are okay, but people seemed to like them more (compared to the competitors) a few years ago.

 

There's also the Fischer Watea 84/88.

 

If you're really light you may not like the Magnums, unless you want to go real fast.  They're pretty beefy.

 

I thought about the Kastle but it is double the price and I accept the fact that im not an ex racer and doubt i would be able to use the available performance.  ill ski near anything on mountain but it doesnt seem like it would be worth the extra money.  the top of the list is still the bushwacker because of the weight, as apparently they are VERY light and would make a decent touring ski too.
 

 

post #7 of 9

My tweeners are 178cm Scott Missions, fit between Volkl Racetiger SL's & 188cm S7's.  I have had them as my go to skis for the past few years.  I got some new ones at the end of last season, but have heard that this is the last year they will be available.  Everything seems to be going with some type of early rise to have a chance of surviving in todays market...  I have skied on all sorts of combinations of early rise tips & tails in sub 90mm skis, some good, some make no sense.   I am not yet fully convinced.

 

JF

post #8 of 9

Ditto on the Watea's.  The 84 sounds just like what you are describing.

post #9 of 9

From the Kastle line I would suggest the LX82 about the same price as the MX88 but a binding is included, a great light finesse ski. Of you want something more off piste oriented, the Bushwacker would be my top voice for a lighter skier. 

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