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One SKi Quiver - Help Wanted Please

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Thread Starter 
Hey Everyone, new member here hoping for some helpful insight. I am 38 yrs old, in relatively good shape and a pretty sound technical skier. I have been skiing for aprox. 35 years and did some club and varsity racing growing up. I live in Northern Ontario, Canada and ski mostly hard pack and groomers, due more to local availability than preference, while occasionally skiing trees and powder when we get it. I usually take at least 1 resort vacation a year, always somewhere different, to get some more serious big mountain skiing in. I am 5'11" and about 210 pounds. I am currently looking for a new one quiver ski and have narrowed my choices down to the 2011 Volkl AC50, the Rossi Avenger 82 Ti and the new Rossignol Experience 98. I was hoping you could help me with my choice, in addition to any feedback you might offer with regards to sizing across the differing skis. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much and Cheers from the Great White North!!!
post #2 of 10

I think out of the three, I'd choose the AC50.

post #3 of 10
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Any particular reason?  And what size should I be looking at?  I've always skied a bit of a longer ski and am debating between the 177 and the 184.  I am also curious if I should go with the 184 seeing as how I am heavier than the average person my height.  And one last thing what can you tell me with regards to the inegrated ipt binding that comes with the AC50?  Thanks a lot for the help.

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The AC50 is probably the most versatile ski of those listed, based on the fact you'll mostly ski groomers but occasionally ski powder/trees and your yearly vacation.  The E98 is a bit wide for day-in-day-out groomer skiing, and Avenger 82TI maybe not as good in powder/crud compared with the AC50.

 

Lots of people like the AC50.  It is a beefy ski... so you could get away with the 177.

 

If you ski a ton and are advanced/expert, you could get the 184, but you might find the 177 more versatile for your needs.

 

 

Just my own opinion.

post #5 of 10
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Any comment on the binding system on the AC50's?

 

post #6 of 10

For what you are looking for, I think the Kastle MX88 should get serious consideration.  This is my go-to ski for the conditions you described.  I've skied the AC50 and 82Ti, and it's not even close.  The MX88 is more versatile, more refined, and waaay more fun.  You mention that you are a good technical skier with some racing background, so that would tell me that you will be able to maximize the potential of the MX88.  I would be very surpised if you bought these skis and didn't love them.  One of the challenges is that Kastle skis in your area are difficult to demo (hard to find shops that demo these).  But frankly, I've never spoken with someone that has skied the MX88's that hasn't absolutely loved them.  I am 5'10" and weight 175-180 and ski the 178cm.  At your weight, you might like the 188cm length, but you probably would be fine with the 178's.  For bindings, I have the Marker Jester on mine.  Good luck in your search. 

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Originally Posted by Clax View Post

For what you are looking for, I think the Kastle MX88 should get serious consideration.  This is my go-to ski for the conditions you described.  I've skied the AC50 and 82Ti, and it's not even close.  The MX88 is more versatile, more refined, and waaay more fun.  You mention that you are a good technical skier with some racing background, so that would tell me that you will be able to maximize the potential of the MX88.  I would be very surpised if you bought these skis and didn't love them.  One of the challenges is that Kastle skis in your area are difficult to demo (hard to find shops that demo these).  But frankly, I've never spoken with someone that has skied the MX88's that hasn't absolutely loved them.  I am 5'10" and weight 175-180 and ski the 178cm.  At your weight, you might like the 188cm length, but you probably would be fine with the 178's.  For bindings, I have the Marker Jester on mine.  Good luck in your search. 



He's looking at 2011 models, presumably for financial reasons.  And if finances are at all an issue, that completely jettisons the idea of purchasing any Kastle ski.

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He's looking at 2011 models, presumably for financial reasons.  And if finances are at all an issue, that completely jettisons the idea of purchasing any Kastle ski.



Missed that in his original post.  True enough, if finances are an issue, Kastle's may not be the first choice.  That said, I do believe they are worth every penny.

 

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by dunlop74 View Post

Any comment on the binding system on the AC50's?

 



The binding system on the AC50 is a Marker/Vovlkl system binding very similar to the Marker Griffon/Jester Bindings.  These bindings have a wider toe piece that that helps to distribute your leg motions to the ski's edge for better response.  Volkl's version also utilizes their Motion system which allows some flex of the ski under foot, which helps you to carve cleaner arcs in firmer snow conditions.  In softer snow it really doesn't make much of a difference.  I have the same binding on my AC30's and find them to be just fine.  Stays locked when I need it and on the rare occasion I need it to release, it does with out drama.  Volkl still uses this binding system on their current RTM series.

 

Hope that helps.

 

Rick G

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the insight folks and I will definitely look into the Kastles, wasn't considering the AC50s due to financial constraints, but because most of my research and professional opinions that I have been able to gather lead me to believe that they were a better all around ski than this years RTM offering.  Am I wrong on this assumption.  Further I have always skied some combination of Elan, Rossi or Volkl so I guess I was just staying within my comfort zone...predominantly due to the fact that were I live there is limited dealer support and virtually no opportunity for pre-purchase demos.  I have read a number of good things about the MX88's but would welcome first-hand info having never skied any of their planks in the past.   

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