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Recommendations for a second pair of skis

post #1 of 10
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Hello everyone,

 

I'm 25, 5'7'' and 165 lbs, advanced intermediate skier, i currently own a pair of Fischer progressor 900 and i'm looking forward to buy a second pair of all mountain skis to begin off trail adventures. I'm skiing in the french alps 25 days per year.

 

I'm searching  a ski that is playful, easy to ski, not much a monster performance thing.

 

I managed to pick a shortlist by reading a ton of reviews and buyers guides, here it is :

 

-Volkl bridge

-Nordica soul rider

-Salomon rocker 2 90 

-Nordica Steadfast

-Line P90

 

So i wanted to know your opinions/advices on this skis, which do you think will fit the best for me, or if you have others models to recommend.

 

Sorry for my bad english, hope it's understandable ;) 

 

Thanks by advance !

post #2 of 10

Welcome to EpicSki.  I'm your height but 20 pounds lighter and demoed the Line P90 and Nordica Steadfast last season.  I bought the Nordicas, 170cm length.  To me, they were lighter and quicker than the P90s.  I ski mostly off-piste; trees, powder, bumps, chutes and the Nordicas have not let me down.  I almost feel like this ski was made specifically for me, it fits my skiing that well.  Playful is probably a good description.  But, when you get on a groomed run, they have great edge grip and are even fun there.  For me, the P90 felt cumbersome and unresponsive, possibly because it is a heavier ski.  If you want playful, I don't think you can go wrong with the Steadfast or, based on what I have heard, the Nordica Soul Rider.

 

Good luck and have fun.

post #3 of 10

Scratch the P90 off your list, it's not what I would call playful at all.  I haven't skied any of the others on your list, so I can't comment on those.  I have heard very good things recently about both the Soul Rider and the Rocker2 90, for whatever that's worth.

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thank you very much guys, well that was what i thought about the P90 surely great skis but too stiff for me, just wanted to be sure !

post #5 of 10
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So i've talk this morning with a shop dealer and now i'm hesitating between the soul rider and the bridge. He told me that they are similar, the bridge a bit better on hard snow and the soul rider on powder, but i'm not too sure about the flat camber of the bridge since i'va always been skiing on traditional cambers.

 

Any advices here ? Thanks guys !

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So i've talk this morning with a shop dealer and now i'm hesitating between the soul rider and the bridge. He told me that they are similar, the bridge a bit better on hard snow and the soul rider on powder, but i'm not too sure about the flat camber of the bridge since i'va always been skiing on traditional cambers.

 

Any advices here ? Thanks guys

 

Personally, I am not a fan of a flat camber ski, especially on hard snow, but you also have the Fischer for those condiitons. The Soul rider is indeed a fun ski, but yes it is a bit more soft snow biased, not a bad option, again, if you are keeping the P90 as your hard snow ski. I really do like the Salomon Rocker90, of of my steals and deals for this season. 

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks a lot Phil, yes indeed i'll keep my P900 for icey and hardpack snow conditions, like them very much for this days. Now i want a more versatile ski for soft snow, bumps, trees, powder and those warm spring days (where i really don't like my P900). I want a lighter, ''easy'' ski even if i've got really strong quads and practice sport everyday, because i'm beginning to have knee issues and it's killing me the days i force too much on it. Consedering this do you think the rocker90 and the soul rider are my best options ? Have you tried the bridge cause even if i'm afraid about the flat camber and the full twin tip (i don't care about freestyle) i read everywhere that they have a great edge grip even on hard snow. Again thank you !

post #8 of 10
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Ok i made my decision for the Soul Rider after reading another tons of reviews, what length do you think will suit me the best, 177 or 185 ? Quick reminder i'm an advanced intermediate 5'7'' and 165 lbs and i will take them everywhere except on the real hard snow and ice, thank you !

post #9 of 10

From everything I have heard and read, you should have a great time on them.  Get 177.  I'm your height and my Steadfasts are 170, but they aren't a twin tip with tip and tail rocker.

post #10 of 10
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Thank you ! That's what i thought about the length (my p900 are 170cm and it's perfect), from all i've heard the soul rider is a real toy, really fun ski with a lot of pop and that's what i was looking for and i must say that the traditional camber reassures me over the volkl bridge.
Again thank you and i'll post a review as soon as i try them in decent conditions.

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