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post #31 of 32
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Originally Posted by DCSP66 View Post

I've decided, Based on all the great feedback and info on this web site I am going to buy the Blizz 8.5 TI in a 181cm.  Thanks very much to SJ and everyone else for the great input.

 

When you get the wifely nod only once every 5 years or so you want to do your best to get it right.

 

I'm feeling confident about the choice.

Go for it. The research on decision-making and satisfaction increasingly indicates that over analysis and too many choices actually create dissatisfaction. Do some research, demo a few if you can,  pick a ski from a short list and love it. Never read another review until you've got the "wifely nod" the next time. Congrats on your choice. It'll be the greatest ski you've ever been on---until the next one.

post #32 of 32

Very different critters. The Mag 8.7 was what we tend to call a "giant carver". That means a wider ski with characteristics primarily oriented toward hard snow. We tend to classify the Mag 8.5 as a "versatile frontsider". That means in this case, a ski that is softer in torsion at the extremities and also has a smallish bit of rocker at the tip and tail. Thus the older 8.7 could carve a trench in very hard snow but was not exceptionally versatile in softer/mixed conditions or bumps. OTH, the Mag 8.5 Ti is notably better in mixed conditions but not as good on bulletproof.

 

Priorities.......................

 

 

SJ
 

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