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Eastern Skis - Hope to Replace 2 pair with 1

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Looking to narrow down 2 current pairs (Hart Phoenix and Stockli VXL) to 1 pair for Eastern (VT mainly with some mid-Atlantic) skiing and the primary snow surfaces we are most likely to face.  Love both the Phoenix and VXL, but the last few seasons have taught me that I don't get out enough to merit both of these AND a post-storm wider pair for the East.  Over the years I have also liked the Fischer RX Fire 8, the Blizzard Magnum 7.6, and the Kastle RX and MX 78 (although NOT looking to spend that kind of money this time!).  Was NOT a big fan of the Head SS Magnum (a little too damp/burly) or the Blizzard Supersonics (great tip & rip, but a bit hooky/catchy for me in bumps).

 

Me: 5' 9 1/2", 165 lbs., 49 y.o., Entry/Low Level 8 skier, working more and more on ungroomed terrain, bumps and glades when available.  This ski, however, must be able to handle most of the Eastern conditions that are typical to face.  Looking for the flat out fun of the Phoenix with some of the additional versatility of the VXL.  Settled on sub-80mm skis.  Some possibilities include:

 

Blizzard Magnum 7.6 (demo'd)

Nordica FireArrow 74 (not tried)

Head i.Peak 78 Pro (not tried)

 

Would love recommendations/suggestions on these or others to try ... not looking for 2013 models.  If all else is close to equal in terms of hardpack performance, would lean toward skis that are not a handful in the bumps.

 

Thanks!

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None of those. I would Suggest The Lib Tech NAS Freerides. Their Magne-traction turns Ice into powder

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Or the Lib Tech Magical Horse Powers

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I liked the K2 Rictor, 80mm underfoot with a 16m radius in a size 174cm. I felt it held very well on steeper, firm snow, did not chatter when banging out turns on steep terrain, did not chatter at high speed GS turns (not mach speed but fast enough to where most people won't be skiing that speed) and also plowed over east coast crud just fine, a versatile ski. If I had to pick one ski from the ones' I skied that would be it for east coast. Easy to turn, had tip rocker.

 

I own the K2 Amp Charger, size 174cm, 74mm underfoot with a 17m radius. I use this ski most of the time, if I get it up to full mach speed it will bounce around a bit on firm snow, otherwise, for most people it will be fine. Would want more width underfoot when we get some snow or cruddy conditions. Did chatter more than the Rictor when jamming short radius turns on steep, firm terrain. Also, on icy bumps I would want a more torsionally firm ski.

 

I think the binding system on the K2 could be improved.

 

 

I tried the Firearrow 74 EDT, and did not like it on firm groomed terrain, it was too soft, skied short at 172cm, but was ok in fresh man made snow. Bounced around and could not ski fast, didn't feel stable.

 

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Thanks for the input.  Appreciate the enthusiasm for Lib Tech above, but I am looking for something sub-80mm width.

 

Rictor - I recently demo'd the Rictor for a full day during a weeklong ski trip.  I did get a chance to put it through the paces on groomed, ungroomed, bumps and glades.  Ski was definitely easy to get used to and I had no overall concerns with it, but I would still likely go a bit narrower for even quicker edge-to-edge response.  Good set of compromises in that ski, though.

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One of the Fischer Progressors would be worth considering - 900, 1000 or 10+.  There were some reviews of these in recent months here.  A quick search should turn them up. 

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Did you try the k2 Amp Charger?

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I have not had the chance to try the Charger.

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Originally Posted by JimH View Post

One of the Fischer Progressors would be worth considering - 900, 1000 or 10+.  There were some reviews of these in recent months here.  A quick search should turn them up. 


Great thought ... I can't believe I left them off the list!  Was reading Dawgcatching's review of the Progressor 900 ... seemed to suggest the tail might be a bit too aggressive in the bumps.  Wondering if anyone else has input on that thought.  Would that same concern exist for the 1000?

 

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