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post #31 of 36

This is a wonderful thread...

 

My Head Super Shape Magnum (2008) 163 is retiring this season. Best ski I've ever had. Most flexible ski I've ever had for Eastern riding. My west coast ski is a 177 Volkl Mantra from 08, I'm pretty happy with it. I'm an instructor and patroler. 

 

I'm looking very closely at the Blizzard SLR MAG IQ, not the Blizzard S Power because I can get the SLR for $350 less. 

 

Dawg, have you had the chance to try the SLR? How much difference does the S-power system really make? The dimensions of the SLR and S-Power are identical and arguably perfect for me.

 

Note: Like you I prefer a softer flex, I'm about 167 pounds but my ski reviews mirror yours in terms of preference. I hated the Bonafide on a chop-day at Red Mountain last year, WAY too stiff for me. My mantras were joy by comparison. The Kabookie looks intriguing.


Edited by Pastuch - 1/14/13 at 1:11pm
post #32 of 36

^^^^ Really different feeling skis, the Magnum and the Blizzies. 

post #33 of 36
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This is a wonderful thread...

 

My Head Super Shape Magnum (2008) 163 is retiring this season. Best ski I've ever had. Most flexible ski I've ever had for Eastern riding. My west coast ski is a 177 Volkl Mantra from 08, I'm pretty happy with it. I'm an instructor and patroler. 

 

I'm looking very closely at the Blizzard SLR MAG IQ, not the Blizzard S Power because I can get the SLR for $350 less. 

 

Dawg, have you had the chance to try the SLR? How much difference does the S-power system really make? The dimensions of the SLR and S-Power are identical and arguably perfect for me.

 

Note: Like you I prefer a softer flex, I'm about 167 pounds but my ski reviews mirror yours in terms of preference. I hated the Bonafide on a chop-day at Red Mountain last year, WAY too stiff for me. My mantras were joy by comparison. The Kabookie looks intriguing.

I haven't skied the SLR in a couple of years.  It ripped though, and was one of the few slalom detuned carvers that I really enjoyed as a freeski.  As I am not running gates, I don't need something always fully engaged at a top level. 

post #34 of 36

I really enjoy reading your reviews. As someone who has been riding Blizzards since 04 I know a little about the brand. My purchase for this year, and yes it seems silly i would want to add this ski to my quiver, as my home hill is 1000 foot Elk mountain, has been the Gunsmoke. This ski is a silly fat ski that just makes me smile. I took it to Colorado recently hoping for some nice western pow but with the exception of one day at A Basin was not able to enjoy this fun ski. Shifting to what has become my all mountain ski, 09-10 Titan Argos, the difference was apparent.Thinking about the Magnum 8.5 as the perfect in between ski. Until then I keep dreaming about my return to Tahoe.

 

Thanks

post #35 of 36
So, is the 174 good for 60 mph turns vs the old SLR Mags? Vs the S Power in a 167? Have skied an SX in a 170 and love it. Really love my 167 SLR Mags too, but looking for something right between the 2--a little better at longer, high-speed turns, but a little more slalomy than the SX.

BTW, i owned the 8.7 M Power in a 174 a few years ago. That was the most stable ski at speed I've ever been on. But, a little too stiff in tip snd tail for 5'8" and 180, especially since I only ski 8x/yr. Am 43 and ex-junior racer, but not in good shape. Haha.

Thanks!!
post #36 of 36

Holy bump. Uh, having owned or skied a lot of these skis, not sure I'd want to do 60 mph turns on any of them. Maybe the S Power would come closest, but in a longer length than 167. 

 

Are you referring to the Stockli SX? (Blizzard doesn't make a SX.) That's a pretty narrow window. The Stockli CX or SC may be your tickets. In Blizzard, the Power 800 would work well, although it'll have a lower speed limit than the Stocklis. 

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