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Trying to decide between the following skis.

Amplid Hill Bill
Volkl Gotama
Faction 3.zero
Majesty Dirty Bears

Has anyone any experience of any of these?

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Anyone?
 

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What do you want to do with them? What is your level of skill? What kind of terrain and conditions are you looking for? What other skis do you own? What is your preferred technique? What do you want your skis to do for you? What is your favorite color?

Personally, I wouldn't put any of those skis on my favorites list. But I'm not you.

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by adamj11 View Post

Trying to decide between the following skis.

Amplid Hill Bill
Volkl Gotama
Faction 3.zero
Majesty Dirty Bears

Has anyone any experience of any of these?

Adam, as Bob says we can't really give you a valid opinion because we don't know you.  Welcome to Epic and enjoy the site but on skis you will have to give us some information on yourself.  Example.  Skied Gotamas for about 2 years and loved them but not anymore because there are better skis out there.

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I currently have Line Chronic Cryptonites (92mm underfoot) and am looking to add a wider ski to my quiver for the deeper stuff.


I'm a fairly good skier and am about to do my second full season in the French Alps and have 30+ weeks elsewhere, I ski pretty laid back but fast, but can get aggressive when the going gets a bit tougher, I spend as much time as possible offpiste and having invested in my avalanche kit I want a ski I can go further and deeper with.

 

Aside from the Dirty Bears (which are only really there because they are readily available to me in a shop just up the road) they are all 106mm or wider underfoot.

 

Any help would be much appreciated.
 

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Originally Posted by adamj11 View Post

I currently have Line Chronic Cryptonites (92mm underfoot) and am looking to add a wider ski to my quiver for the deeper stuff.


I'm a fairly good skier and am about to do my second full season in the French Alps and have 30+ weeks elsewhere, I ski pretty laid back but fast, but can get aggressive when the going gets a bit tougher, I spend as much time as possible offpiste and having invested in my avalanche kit I want a ski I can go further and deeper with.

 

Aside from the Dirty Bears (which are only really there because they are readily available to me in a shop just up the road) they are all 106mm or wider underfoot.

 

Any help would be much appreciated.
 

  

 

Off piste by all means get a rocker.   A tip and tail rocker with a conventional cambered middle would be what you need.  Run a search here on epic on rockered skis and read the reports.

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Okay,  a little research later and I've narrowed down to a slightly different selection of skis that are in my price range.

2012 Line Influence 115

- the widest ski in my shortlist at 115mm underfoot, from what I have read it seems to be a ski for the hard charger and going fast, which is fine by me, only question is how it will handle on piste as no matter what I get I will have to ski on piste at times on it.

 

2011 Faction 3.zero

- Well reviewed, decently priced, seems to be what I am looking for, only issue is that it is that bit more expensive than the Lines or the Gotamas and the shipping to my location is a bit more expensive.

 

2012 Volkl Gotama

- The narrowest ski in the shortlist, very well reviewed and a lot easier to handle on piste than the others from what I understand, also the cheapest ski in my list, unsure whether to spend more in order to get the extra width offered by the other options or whether to get the more practical ski as realistically epic powder days are not always on offer in Europe.

 

2012 Volkl Katana

- The most expensive ski in my list, very well reviewed and as with the 3.zeros it looks perfect for what I want, only issue is the aforementioned price, as a seasonaire I'm not exactly flush with cash and unsure if the added price would be worth it over any of the above.

 

Basically all the skis I've looked at are well reviewed and am looking for some first hand reviews if possible.

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 a ski for the hard charger and going fast, which is fine by me, only question is how it will handle on piste as no matter what I get I will have to ski on piste at times on it.

 

Have you considered the Cochise?

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Not really available to me in the same price range as the ones above.
 

post #10 of 10
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Okay a slightly different question now wrt lengths.

I know that as these skis are partially rockered I will need to add 5-10cm to my normal ski length, but how much longer is too long when dealing with the rocker.

 

For example I normally ski on skis between 178 and 180 cm in length and therefore the 179cm Line Influence skis that are available to me would be too short, but would a 194 length be too long?

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