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blackeye ti vs smoke ti

post #1 of 6
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So i have narrowed it down to either one of these two skis. The blackeyes are a bit more $ but i am not sure if they are worth it or the better choice. I am an intermediate/advanced skier and only ski the east coast. The only difference i see between the two skis is the blackeyes are stiffer. I am currently using atomic beta carv c8 180's. I don't know how they compare to the new skis i am looking at. I don't want to down grade from the ski i have now but i also don't want a ski that is going to make me work harder. Any suggestions?
post #2 of 6

This is more about what terrain you like, and whether you intend to improve. Both are good skis, with plenty of grip, but the Blackeyes are more oriented toward slightly higher speeds, and have slightly more float. IMO they have a bigger upside if you prefer to ski normal to softer snow, maybe try out trees. They will also grow with you a little better, in the sense of the stiffness accommodating your skiing as you improve. The Smokes will be more forgiving, a touch easier in groomer bumps or on ice. You won't go badly wrong with either. 

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Thanks for you suggestions and input. I ski mostly groomed hills and i try out the glades & moguls every now and then also. I am curious how the blackeyes would have more float though. They only have a 5mm wider waist and 2mm widerer tip and tail. Would that be enough to make a noticable difference? I am leaning more towards the blackeyes but i just wanted to justify the $ difference. I bought my beta carv c8's used and can not find any info on them now do you know how they would compair to either of these new skis?
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When justifying the cost of skis, I always divide it by the number of skiing days, and then figure if I'm paying for travel + lift ticket, is the additional cost of the more expensive skis worth it to ski on that ski for a day instead of the less expensive ski. 

 

Hope that helps.

post #5 of 6
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 I ski mostly groomed hills and i try out the glades & moguls every now and then also

Why are you looking at all mt. skis, you should be looking at carving skis. They will still let you ski glades & mogles, and KA on groomers.

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Why are you looking at all mt. skis, you should be looking at carving skis. They will still let you ski glades & mogles, and KA on groomers.

Backeyes and Smokes ARE groomer oriented skis. They are great carvers, good in the bumps and glades. IMO the Blackeye Ti is a very good choice for Eastern skiing.

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