Alrighty so my skis were stolen this week and I am now in the market for new skis. Guess I am going to make lemonade out of lemons.
My prior pair were atomic nomad smoke ti @ 164. They were good, a little too choppy as I would outski them when I would really carve and rip the groomers up.
I am 5'11" and 230 pounds. I ski anywhere from 20 - 40 days a year and plan to ski more in the future hopefully. I ski aggressively all over the mountain and love the blacks as steep blues. Double blacks are fun as well. I am a big turn guy and love to lean over and take up the whole trail or sometimes rip out some shorter ones. I am a huge fan of the corduroy. I mainly ski 75% or even 80% on piste and the rest in the powder and crud. Not a big bump guy however once in a while I get ambitious.
I demo'd a few skis the other day and here are some thoughts I had about them. I have been recommended a bunch of different skis such as a Salomon sentinel, line prophet 90, Salomon xt 880, fischer watea, head titan, and a few more. Below are the ones I got to ski.
I demo'd a dynastar outland 80 @ 165 and it was my favorite ski of the day, ripped the groomers, was super light and easy from edge to edge and never chopped or skipped. Crud did not phase it either.
K2 impact @ 167 was 2nd favorite. Couldn't rail it onto edge as fast as the outland but once you were dug in it would shoot you across the trail. Was easier to ski the steeps and slide on more challenging slopes, however it felt bouncier in the crud and was a little less predictable.
3rd was very close behind which was a dynastar legend 94 @ 172. Blast in the crud and on the steeps, much more work to get over on edge but still ripped surprisingly well. Was still fairly light and maneuverable and definitely liked to go fast and I felt as though there was no way I could outski it.
4th favorite was a Salomon enduro lx800 @ 168 I believe. Was nice however it felt heavier and was not as secure when on edge as the others. Was a good all around ski though.
5th was an elan waveflex 16 @ ???. Ski was ok in the crud, but was too stiff. Too much work and not enough play. Was hard to get on edge but performed like a race ski when you finally got it ripping on the groomed.
Least favorite was a volkl RTM 80 @ 171 which was just too heavy. Was very hard to turn quickly and get on edge but it did rip fairly well when on edge. Was fantastic in the crud but felt like too much of an old man ski for me.
I have been to a few shops and the dynastar outland 80 is sold out everywhere....
My local shop is recommending an atomic blackeye ti @ 167 for me currently. They say it is a much more substantial ski than the smoke which is what I had before. I was really pleased with atomic and my last pair. I am wondering if the crimson ti is also a comparable ski and how much wider it skis. I thought 94 underfoot was a little big. I really want something that will blast the groomers, turn like a champ, and be able to ski crud and powder when it dumps once in a while. Something that is really stable and can hold an edge on ice is also pretty important. Pretty much a one ski quiver for the east.
If anyone could give me any advice on what might be a good fit for me I would greatly appreciate it considering I know some of you are crazy ski gear guru experts. If you happened to read most of that I commend you. Thanks in advance for everything - Matt.
Edited by mhoran89 - 2/24/12 at 9:53am