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I have a store voucher that will expire so help me choose a new ski Rossignol e88, or e83, watea 94, watea 84, volkl kenja, salomon suspect

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I don't post very often so be kind......:-)

 

I have a store voucher that was given to me ages ago, and it is due to expire in a week, so I have to buy something, and the only thing that springs to mind is a new flat ski, as i have some bindings to go on one.

 

The store has an end of season sale at the moment, so these are what i can buy within the value of the voucher

 

Rossignol e88, or e83, watea 94, watea 84, volkl kenja, salomon suspect

 

I am 48 years old, 168lbs, 5 foot 8inches, reasonably fit (racing cyclist), level 7 to 8, ski 40 days a year in europe. Like off piste, (hike for turns at times), trees as long as not too tight, reasonable bumps as long as not too icy or tight, zipper line in fits and starts. Slightly old fashioned technique (feet a bit close at times) and slowing down a little bit now I am getting older......Technique is more finesse now than power. Still do guided off piste classes (its more guided than a class to be honest, but usually my short turns get a bit of work)

 

I have a quiver already which is older watea 84 (no rocker) 176cm, Fischer misfit twin (92mm centre) 177cm do it all ski, salomon 3v 155cm, k2 coomback (174cm) main off piste ski.

 

so out of  Rossignol e88, or e83, watea 94, watea 84, volkl kenja, salomon suspect what do i buy?, they are all within budget or may have to put $50 towards them

 

I can't demo any of them!!

 

I am drawn to the rossi e88 as it could be a slushy groomer ski for the end of this season but 170cm or 178cm

 

the e83 may be a bit wimpy, a friend in france skis them and he has said in the past they are rather like his old b2's, i hated B2's!

 

Watea 84 in 176cm would just replace what i have (but would have a rocker...???)

 

Watea 94 in 178 crossed over with comback and misfits a bit

 

Kenja is a womans ski, but they have it in 170cm (however its the most expensive) no idea what they would be like??

 

Suspect is a jibby twin in 176cm, that would cross over with my misfits a bit?

 

they also have some BBR's that look weird

 

and just ntoiced some nordica firearrows in 172cm which seems to be a groomer ski, but never skie a nordica before.....

 

so suggestions would be good.............. as leaning towards rossi e88 but no sure which size, do they ski long?

 

Have read lots of reviews on here, but not many discussions on length of them.

 

Thanks


Edited by Bergerac - 3/12/12 at 6:19am
post #2 of 15

Are you replacing one of your current skis (and which one) or aiming to expand the versatility of your current quiver?

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hi

 

Expand it i think, if nothing is suitable will probably resort to buying a replacement 184cm watea, but i would like something different.

 

As can be seen from current quiver i like reasonable light (ish) feeling skis. Prob looking for something that will drive a bit more through spring snow conditions, and bit a bit more on piste bias??

post #4 of 15

The Fire Arrow 80 pro is a phenomenal ski, both on-piste and in crud.  A somewhat expert-oriented ski.  The most fun, grin-inducing ski I've had in ages.

 

I have not skied the Rossi E88, but I have not read or heard a single negative thing about them, especially for your stated purpose of on-piste bias.

 

Have fun with your new toys, whatever you choose.

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks, on a closer look its the firearrow 74, (sorry didn't realise there were a number of them) they look and sound a bit like a friends old hot rod modifieds that only come out when the snow is thin.

post #6 of 15

I like the Watea 94.  Very light, holds an egde nicely, plows through crud, rocks the bumps.

post #7 of 15

Rossignol Experiences 83 98.JPGJust a data point for ya. I've got a pair of e83's (and e98's) that are a really nice Northeastern fronside ski. I haven't found anything whimpy about them. Mine are 176cm and I weigh around 190. The do ski a bit short for there size, no surprise there with the early rise at both ends. Work very well on "firmish"groomers and mixed, crud and a few inches of fresh. For some it would make a great solo ski in New England.

post #8 of 15

That's a tough choice but I would recommend the watea 94's. It will crush the slush and be smooth on the groomers.

post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the replys

 

Will have to make up my mind soon, and the inventory is dimishing, so lack of sizes

 

Have narrowed it down to Rossi e88 in 170cm, e83 in 176cm or watea 94 in 170cm or 178cm (the 178cm seems a bit long) they are all flat skis

 

The rossi e83 crosses over a lot with my watea 84's size and dimensions

 

so question is which one?

 

this is me: I am 48 years old, 168lbs, 5 foot 8inches, reasonably fit (racing cyclist), level 7 to 8, ski 40 days a year in europe. Like off piste, (hike for turns at times), trees as long as not too tight, reasonable bumps as long as not too icy or tight, zipper line in fits and starts. Slightly old fashioned technique (feet a bit close at times) and slowing down a little bit now I am getting older......Technique is more finesse now than power. Still do guided off piste classes (its more guided than a class to be honest, but usually my short turns get a bit of work)

 

I want it for end of season slush (and resulting slushy bumps), needs to be light and manoverable, (don't like heavy very stiff skis) my misfits get knocked about in slush as the tip is rather soft

 

thanks for any help

post #10 of 15

E88  Go for it!

post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 

Well thats what i was thinking....called them...just sold last pair of e88 170cms and all the e83's went last night frown.gif

 

so what size watea 94's.....170 or 178...........

 

got to get something or the voucher will expire

post #12 of 15

Well............call them and ask which size they still have.  biggrin.gif

 

Seriously, you could probably split it down the middle with your stats.

post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 

They have both sizes of watea 94's and plenty of them, no experience 88 left  in 170 or 178

 

so will just have to decide  watea 94 in 170 or 178 ?

post #14 of 15

If you want it for trees, light pow, crossover between piste and off, get the 178. If you want it for groomers and bumps, the 170. I'm your weight, have never had an issue with slightly longer Fischers even without rocker. Good brand for us lighter guys, incidentally.

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the advice, purchased the 178cm watea 94 as the shop kindly sent me side profile pic of them, and the tail is rather upturned, and so also with the slight tip rocker, this is making them shorter than my older watea 84's in a 176cm...now i need to expain to my wife why another ski has appeared.......smile.gif

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