As is said so well in other review here...., thanks for getting the boys out to set up the tents for us! Great opportunity and great fun.
Me: 6ft, 170, 43, psia level 3, no longer teach, finess skier, ski moderate speeds, like skis that bend well, can carve, drift, mix it up at my suggestion, not their own...
condiitons, GREAT, as has been explained in other reviews. some areas with nice hard bumps underneath, but great snow all in all.
I did a circuit on the skis, backside, mostly fresh, very little loud snow underneath, to low angle pow, to groomer carves, back to top, groomer short swing turns, to pow w/ some icey mougles hiding.
Base line, my MX98, 174 (3yr old, no longer made, GREAT ski). worked well in all conditions skied, as expected...
Likes: more traditional feeling skis, that like to bend and rebound, go where I want them to go, skid/drift when I want them too, and hold when I want them to. I also tend to like quiet and damp, hence my Kastlle with metal and rubber layers in the core.
then I skied the Cham 97, 178,
I touched on this in another thread here in reviews, and don't want to beat the negative drum, but this wasn't my favorite ski. It reminded me of riding a mountain bike w/ too slack a head angle and bald front tire, the front end was just pushing away. it worked OK, and I could get it to go where I wanted, but it was not precise for me in any of the conditions.
then, Head REV 105, 181,
maybe the best over 100mm ski I can rember skiing, ever!
early rise worked well, but it was still precise and held where I wanted it. shape was fun in pow, hard pack, and was still nimble in the pow covered ice bumps. I had first tracks down the chutes on this one, and it was splendid, not calling attention to itself, just doing it's job exceptionally well!
then, ELAN 999, 181.
short ride, but skied the chutes again, skied out by now, but this ski also was great!
did what I wanted, when I wanted. metal in it felt solid, little early rise was nice but not intusive.
maybe 90 to 95% of my MX98, but at a much lower price point (and it's available, where my mx98 isn't made anymore)
Head REV 90, 177
nice feeling ski, but not a head turner like the 105 for me.
I think for a 90mm waisted ski it was too shapely for my preferences. It had a shape it liked, and prefered that turn over mine.
Fisher HYBRID 95,
felt heavy at first, but skied well. strong but easy, heavy but w/ energy. I couldn't pin it down. I wouldn't own it, but I liked to ski it.. tough one. don't like the gimick or static weight, but good skiing ski.
it was great to meet many of you, and I enjoyed making turns w/ Phil, Noodler, Cirque, Sierra Jim, Tricia, and others.
Edited by Holiday - 3/2/12 at 8:54pm