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Seeking advice on skis at 6'6", 260#

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Hi all,



I've been reading/lurking a lot on the forum and have learned a ton. I'd like to get some advice, particularly from bigger guys, as I consider my options for new skis.



 



About me: East coast/VT skiing only (I rent if I travel); I'm 42yo, 6'6", 260#, fairly strong (cyclist), and like to ski fast; mostly long, linked GS turns but appreciate the ability to do quicker turns. I'd say I'm an advanced/expert skier; I can ski anything with confidence, but tend to spend less time in the bumps/trees and more time finding steeps and carving turns. Boots are Lange FR120 Comps. My daughter races, so I spend a lot of time chasing her and her friends around.



 



My go-to skis have been skiing Fischer AMC76s in 182cm that I absolutely love, but the top sheets have delaminated and they have way too many days on them, hence the need to update.



 



I borrowed a friend's Volkl AC30s last year in 184cm and hated them; the first couple of runs they felt really fast, but I found that after a few runs I couldn't push them hard enough to get them to feel responsive. I'm thinking they were either too long or too stiff; they just felt out of control when I got the least bit fatigued.



 



The options I've been considering so far are the Blizzard 7.6/8.1, Fischer Progressor 1000s, and Blizzard G-force Supersonics. Between the 7.6 and the 8.1, the 7.6 is appealing because the geometry seems nearly identical to the AMC76s that I love. The 8.1 is stiffer, correct? I wonder if what I liked about the AMC76s was their relative flexibility?



 



I guess the bottom line is that I'm trying to balance my size (large) and skill (pretty solid but always room to improve) with my apparent dislike of a wider, stiffer ski (the AC30s).



 



Given that the Internet is a crummy tool for diagnosing this kind of stuff, can anybody share their views, particularly on the skis I've mentioned, and point out any other obvious options I should consider? Open to current as well as recent equipment.



 



Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.



 



-John



 



Edited title: Cirquerider

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Subject line: SKIS, duh!

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Anybody?

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Have you considered the Head Supershape series of skis? You might really like either the Magnum or Titan, they are not too stiff yet they rip for larger folks. A nice combination of smooth and damp performance with a rather supple longitudinal flex.

post #5 of 7

I was thinking that as well.  Heads are stiff enough to hold up for a bigger guy, but aren't super stiff.  I think the Fischers will end up being too soft at 260#.  

 

Another option is something like the Volkl Mantra in 184cm.  Stiff, but not brutally stiff, and should be fairly user friendly at your size.  If you have some extra cash to spend, the 188cm Kastle MX88 is a super ski and will do whatever you ask of it.  I ski the 178cm MX88 as my everyday ski in the east and love it.  I've also been on the 188cm and it's a great ski, but was a bit too long for me.

 

Mike

 

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Originally Posted by Tyson Rockwood View Post

Have you considered the Head Supershape series of skis? You might really like either the Magnum or Titan, they are not too stiff yet they rip for larger folks. A nice combination of smooth and damp performance with a rather supple longitudinal flex.

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Thanks Tyson & Mike. I have been looking at the Blizzard 8.1/8.0 Ti, which come in a 179, which looks like something I should consider. Anybody who can comment on those skis under a heavier skier?

 

The Kastles look nice but are probably more than I want to spend. 

post #7 of 7

hi there

I'm 6'2" and 240lbs, Eastern skier. Last 7 years have changed 8 pairs(still have a few) and found for myself Rossi Classic CX 80 in 180cm(had 170 before). No chattering, good speed, great edge hold(sharped 3* bevel). You should try.

Good luck

Eugene

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