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Whether to buy a pair of S7's???

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi all

 

I already own a pair of S3's, which I absolutely love. As a go anywhere, do anything, all terrain, all mountain ski, I think they are the best ski on the market, and I've got no intention of replacing them. I've always wanted to own a proper pair of powder skis but could never justify the cost for skis I would use maybe 5-10 times per year. However, recently, a couple of things changed for me:

 

1. Rossignol put their CSIA pro deals online, which means I don't have to go through a retailer (this was a problem for me, since I don't teach I don't have any clients to refer to the store, and in any case I don't like taking advantage of peoples' generosity); and

 

2. My company recently got bought out for a pretty decent price, which gave me some spare cash, some of which I'd like to spend on myself

 

 

So here are my questions

 

1. In deeper powder, I've noticed the S3's struggle a little. How much difference does the extra 15mm make? Is that going to keep me floating on basically anything? I've never skied on anything fatter than 100mm. Basically, I'm not sure if I should grab the S7's, or alternatively look for something in the 120-130mm kind of range

 

2. My S3's are 178cm, which comes up to the top of my forehead (I'm 5ft 9in). I love that they ski a little short because of the rocker, that really helps out for me in the moguls and the trees. When I owned a pair of 179 Line Prohpets which didn't have rocker, I struggled occasionally because they were just that little bit too long. If I went for the S7's, should I go for the 178 or 188?? Bearing in mind I'll probably be using them exclusively in powder, but a lot of that will also be tree skiing. I'm not sure if I should push it a long to keep on top, or go shorter to still be nimble in the trees

 

A bit about me

- 5ft 9in

- A true all mountain skier. I like to ski a bit of everything. Powder, groomed, trees, bumps

- I live in Calgary, AB. I primarily ski in western Canada, and occasionally in the Northern US

- Advanced, but not truly expert. I can get down anything, but struggle with extremely steep stuff and any drops > 4ft or so

 

Thanks

 

Dave

post #2 of 7
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Originally Posted by david_oz View Post

Hi all

 

I already own a pair of S3's, which I absolutely love. As a go anywhere, do anything, all terrain, all mountain ski, I think they are the best ski on the market, and I've got no intention of replacing them. I've always wanted to own a proper pair of powder skis but could never justify the cost for skis I would use maybe 5-10 times per year. However, recently, a couple of things changed for me:

 

1. Rossignol put their CSIA pro deals online, which means I don't have to go through a retailer (this was a problem for me, since I don't teach I don't have any clients to refer to the store, and in any case I don't like taking advantage of peoples' generosity); and

 

2. My company recently got bought out for a pretty decent price, which gave me some spare cash, some of which I'd like to spend on myself

 

 

So here are my questions

 

1. In deeper powder, I've noticed the S3's struggle a little. How much difference does the extra 15mm make? Is that going to keep me floating on basically anything? I've never skied on anything fatter than 100mm. Basically, I'm not sure if I should grab the S7's, or alternatively look for something in the 120-130mm kind of range

 

2. My S3's are 178cm, which comes up to the top of my forehead (I'm 5ft 9in). I love that they ski a little short because of the rocker, that really helps out for me in the moguls and the trees. When I owned a pair of 179 Line Prohpets which didn't have rocker, I struggled occasionally because they were just that little bit too long. If I went for the S7's, should I go for the 178 or 188?? Bearing in mind I'll probably be using them exclusively in powder, but a lot of that will also be tree skiing. I'm not sure if I should push it a long to keep on top, or go shorter to still be nimble in the trees

 

A bit about me

- 5ft 9in

- A true all mountain skier. I like to ski a bit of everything. Powder, groomed, trees, bumps

- I live in Calgary, AB. I primarily ski in western Canada, and occasionally in the Northern US

- Advanced, but not truly expert. I can get down anything, but struggle with extremely steep stuff and any drops > 4ft or so

 

Thanks

 

Dave

You would like the s7 i bet. But definately go with the 188. surface area is key for fun in the powder. You are in for a real treat, and you live in the perfect place to feel the difference. 

 

If you want something more like the s3 but more powder specified, go with the s7. It will handle the whole mountain better, as you said you are  a true all mountain skier. But you also said you are going to be using them almost exclusively in powder...If this is truely the case, then go with something wider. Around 120

 

If i were you, i would buy a pair of Nordica Radict. By the way it sounds, i think you will really like those for a powder specific ski. It is 127mm ( i know massive) at the waist. But suprisingly it can hold its on groomers. pretty well in fact according to tests

post #3 of 7

184 DPS RP112 in Hybrid construction. All you need, imvho.

post #4 of 7

Me 5' 10" 160lbs.  188cm Super 7's.  Had some S7's previously & luv em' both!

JF

post #5 of 7

Get the 188's. S7's ski short, and you almost can't go too long with then in my opinion.

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks all... I ended up buying them. I knew I probably would anyway, but needed some reassurance that I was making the right decision. Got the 188's

post #7 of 7
The 188's ski very short, you'll have no problem in really tight trees because the pin tail let's you make super tight turns.
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