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A decent runner-up to the MX83?? (a bit more inexpensive)

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Thanks for the sweet reviews of the MX83 and 88s!

 

I really think i would love a pair of the MX83s, but I really dont want to fork out the dough for a pair.  Seriously, 1200 to 1300 bucks is a bit steep no matter who you are. 

 

Who knows, I may bite the bullet and get a pair, but can somebody give me an idea of comparable skis that are not so pricy?

 

Perhaps the Blizzard 8.5 Magnum?  What would be a good runner-up to the MX83 (and don't say the 88?)

 

Thanks!!

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Originally Posted by vpraze View Post

Thanks for the sweet reviews of the MX83 and 88s!

I really think i would love a pair of the MX83s, but I really dont want to fork out the dough for a pair.  Seriously, 1200 to 1300 bucks is a bit steep no matter who you are. 

Who knows, I may bite the bullet and get a pair, but can somebody give me an idea of comparable skis that are not so pricy?

Perhaps the Blizzard 8.5 Magnum?  What would be a good runner-up to the MX83 (and don't say the 88?)

Thanks!!
You might get a reliable informed answer to your question if you posted some info about your skiing ability and where and what type of conditions you will be using the skis. wink.gif
post #3 of 13

um.... so basically any "allmountain" 80mm ski?  Nobody makes a terrible ski anymore.

 

marketing material from Blizaard gives the comparo to the major brands to equivilant skis.

http://www.blizzardsportusa.com/assets/1112_blizzard_comp_chart.jpg

 

it is a year old, so if there are new models you need to update it.  Look at the columns for the magnum8.7 and 8.1 (now 8.5 and 8.0) and see the offerings from the main manufacturers.

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You might get a reliable informed answer to your question if you posted some info about your skiing ability and where and what type of conditions you will be using the skis. wink.gif

This, otherwise would say that IMO the only other skis that would fit your request would be the Elan Apex, which is also damp and smooth, and can be had at a good price, and the new Kendo, which isn't particularly damp, but fairly precise and powerful. The new Head REV85 also shows some promise. If you're lighter, the Apex works or the Blizzard Bushwacker is worth a think; not as refined as the MX83, but very "natural" moving in and out of turns, smooth for such a light ski. Lot of other nice skis in that width range, but as you move into rocker, you lose some of what makes the MX83 interesting in exchange for easier initiation and exit. My .02. 

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

Beyond:

 

Thanks for kind reply and informative information.  I was a bit discouraged after reading the first reply from Mr. Rudy Garmisch.

 

I will check out a few of your recommendations.

 

Thanks!smile.gif

post #6 of 13

I would add the Volkl Kendo to the MX88 alternative. As far as the MX83..in a hard snow full cambered ski in the low 80's? I am having trouble coming up with one that is even close to the feel of the MX83 that is a mortal priced ski, maybe the Nordica FA80 Pro which is about the price of a flat MX83 but with the binding.

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Originally Posted by vpraze View Post

Beyond:

 

Thanks for kind reply and informative information.  I was a bit discouraged after reading the first reply from Mr. Rudy Garmisch.

 

I will check out a few of your recommendations.

 

Thanks!smile.gif

 

why?  He was being helpful....

post #8 of 13
Vpraze, See if you can locate some blue Blizzard 8.5TI's like Finndogs. I have not seen that color anywhere. And, I am sure it skis better than the anthracite color. Seriously, demo...demo...demo.
post #9 of 13

Seriously, the Kastle MX series are great skis, and, I'll miss my MX88's now sold, but, there have to be many options that are less pricey. How many of us are good enough to take them to their limits.?

 

One I demo'd was last years Head Peak 84, now discontinued, was a Philpug "Steals and Deals" from last season and good deals are out there.

post #10 of 13

Good deals out there on the last years Volkl Kendo's.

I just picked up a brand new pair of 2012 Kendo 184's w/ Griffin 13 bindings for 600 bucks.

Didn't want this years version with the tip rocker anyway so happy with it.

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This, otherwise would say that IMO the only other skis that would fit your request would be the Elan Apex, which is also damp and smooth, and can be had at a good price, and the new Kendo, which isn't particularly damp, but fairly precise and powerful. The new Head REV85 also shows some promise. If you're lighter, the Apex works or the Blizzard Bushwacker is worth a think; not as refined as the MX83, but very "natural" moving in and out of turns, smooth for such a light ski. Lot of other nice skis in that width range, but as you move into rocker, you lose some of what makes the MX83 interesting in exchange for easier initiation and exit. My .02. 


Yeah, I second that.  I skied a lot of fun skis last spring.  Others I liked: Outland 80/85, Elan Amphibio 88xti. The Elan was very powerful (like the MX83) but dialed in flex for a lighter skier, and playful too.  it might have been the closest in "feel" to the MX83 I tried.  Still, that MX83 is a pretty special ski. I took the review pair home with me!

post #12 of 13

I've got a pair of Elan 88xti's for sale if you are interested. 178 length, 600 +ship

Sorry for the shameless plug.

post #13 of 13

good deals on new past models of Stockli, a ski of comparable build quality and various sidecuts and stiffness.

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