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Can the Icelantic Shamans be considered a "one ski quiver"?

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Hi my name is Sam and i am a 5'11" 130lb teenager that is looking for a "one ski quiver". I live in Colorado and ski quite a bit, just looking for something that i can take in the backcountry, moguls, groomers, and a tiny bit of park....maybe. Im looking at anywhere from 100mm to 150mm underfoot. I kinda have some park skis right now so i dont need a ski that is great in the park. Just curios if the Shaman is a powder specific ski.

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The Shamans are definitely not a powder-specific ski, but really thrive in 3-dmensional snow rather than hardpack, although they can lay down tracks on the hardpack pretty well for a ski with its dimensions.  I think the wide shovel might give you some unwanted behavior in bumps.  I would say the Shamans are more soft-snow oriented than all-surface oriented....just my two cents.... but there are lots of skis out there!

 

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I'll agree - the Shamans rock on deep snow & crud, and are pretty good overall in soft conditions. But they're not quite as fun on hardpack & in bumps. The tips tend to wander on hard cattracks & they're a bit too beefy to weave through moguls. For a daily driver, I would suggest any one of the newer 100mm - 115mm rockered skis. Some contenders: Atomic Blog, K2 Sidestash, Rossi S6 Sickle, Blizzard Cochise, 4frnt Turbo & a bunch of others.

I've had a great time the past 3 seasons on my 181cm Scott P4's. A fun, poppy conventional (cambered) twin tip. You can find 2011 models on closeout since they don't make em any longer. It's a great idea to hit up your local shops for advice & demos. You won't really know what works for you until you try it out first.

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I liked the Gypsies. 

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Check out the Icelantic Nomads for a great one ski quiver.  Much more versatile, and should fit well in all the categories listed in the OP.  

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What would be the best size for me to get if i got the Nomads? They have a 156, 168, and 181. Ive just heard that Icelantic makes there skis run a bit shorter.

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What would be the best size for me to get if i got the Nomads? They have a 156, 168, and 181. Ive just heard that Icelantic makes there skis run a bit shorter.

If I were going by your weight, I'd probaly say the 168s, but from your height I'd probably recommend that you get the 181s and eat some sandwiches. wink.gif

Of course it depends on what/where you ski, but for a near six-footer looking for an all-around ski the 181 should come close to filling the bill.
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