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what is a good carver/front side ski for advancing intermediate...low-mid 70s waist?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

just looking for a front side carver for those days when there is lack of new snow and everything is hardpacked and/or icy...for out WEST (cypress mtn...whistler)....plus there is something about a really cool about a good carving ski that just locks you in on the rails, esp during those icier conditions.

 

...i go between being aggressive and finesse oriented (depending on mood/what i'm trying to achieve).

 

i'm no expert...intermediate to advanced....get out 30-50 days/yr.

 

some one locally has offered me the head x-shape MTX for $130  but ski canada reviews gave it a so-so rating

http://skicanadamag.com/ski-tests/ski-test-2012/easy-cruising-2012/head-x-shape-mtx-2012

(so thus I would like to hear from others who've tried it)...then there is the supershape magnum, dynastar cross 4x4

etc...so many choices.

 

currently i have the atomic blackeye ti (82mm waist) and access (100mm waist)

post #2 of 10

 Thats is an amazing price on head x shape if they are new or even if used but in excellent shape. I wouldnt mind picking up a pair for that price if they have more private message me. (never skied them before)

 

Galactic sports had a new atomic metron 157cm several years old for sale on thier site I think for 2 something. Never skied them but I heard they carved well although heavy.

 

  

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Originally Posted by Krazzy Legs View Post

 

Galactic sports had a new atomic metron 157cm several years old for sale on thier site I think for 2 something. Never skied them but I heard they carved well although heavy.

 

  



Metron 10 (X) or higher carved OK, the lower models not so much.

post #4 of 10

I see what you mean about the review "forgiving" and "steered short turns are a breeze" do not seem to fit the ski you want.

Dynastar course Ti

Fischer WC RC Pro

Atomic D2 race GS

Head i. Speed

Kästle RX

Maybe some Blizards too in the same vein, but I'm not too familiar with them.

 

If you were on a smaller hill I would be suggesting a smaller radius, but for where you are, these should do.

post #5 of 10

There were some 156cm Blizzard Mag 7.6 IQ (2011 I think) ex demo for $289 at Powder 7

 

People on this site rate that ski quite highly and as good value

 

Best

 

Baldrick

 

 

post #6 of 10

Fischer Progressor (any model, any year),

Blizzard Mag 7.6 Ti

Rossignol Avenger 76 Ti or Ca

 

My own two cents is that, based on your description of your ability, you may not find a "race" ski to be enjoyable.  I mean that in the best way.

 

good luck finding a ski.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

thanks for the feedback, suggestions....

 

you know there is just something about skiing on hardpack/boilerplate/bulletproof  conditions....sure of course we all want our skiing to have at least 6cm of fresh, but thus is not the reality..

 

just tonight i was up at cypress and it was bulletproof conditions...my '82 atomic blackeyes were having 'bite' and 'edge' issues..(read: either not getting enough edge OR too much edge)

but as much as i hated it, i also relished the challenge to find balance and the right degree of edge control (and of course '82 is not ideal width wise on such conditions, and the blackeyes also aren't known to have the volkl like tenacious edge grip)....hence my desire to buy some low/mid '70s waisted skis for these more rare but still challenging conditions.....


Edited by canali - 3/16/12 at 10:54pm
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Vitamin Ski View Post

My own two cents is that, based on your description of your ability, you may not find a "race" ski to be enjoyable.  I mean that in the best way.

 

good luck finding a ski.

I agree with the above.  That's why you should stick to the cheater skis, but there is no need to go any lower than one step down, especially if you are looking for that "locked in on rails" feeling.  If you ski 30+ days per year and don't find those skis forgiving enough, you need to learn some better technique.
 

 

post #9 of 10

No great bargain, being a new ski, but next year's Blizzi Mag 8.0 sounds like it would be right up your alley.

post #10 of 10

That was the best review suggestion for carving skis that I have seen online.  Given your input I suggest the Fischer Progressor 800.

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