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post #31 of 34
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Ok just an update!

 

I ended up buying the Rossignol Experience 88 186cm w/ Marker Jester bindings, I skied the Mantra and did not really like it for what I ski or maybe how I ski. I found it hard to get on edge on groomed and icy conditions but in fresh crud and light powder I really liked it. It seemed slow to turn and it really wanted more of a high speed GS type turn.

 

Was looking for something quicker. Also I think with my left knee being only about 70% it was really hard with this wide of ski to turn. If and when I ate it, it was always when I was moving right and had to turn quick back to the left. This is where is was hard for me to turn this wide of ski.

 

Maybe I am just getting old and years or hard courts have taken their toll on the knees. 

 

thanks guy for all the suggestions.

 

theDogger

post #32 of 34

Wish I'd seen your thread before, as I have similar proportions and problems (6'6", ~270) and could have offered some advice.

 

I demoed the E88 last spring, and it's a fun ski.  Pretty damp, but well-behaved and versatile.  You'll enjoy it.

 

If you find yourself looking for something a little wider, definitely check out the Blizzard Bonafide.  It gets a lot of hype, but it's well-deserved IMO.  Has a wood core and metal, so it'll hold up to a big skier.

post #33 of 34
Thread Starter 

I think that I have to come to the realization that my left knee is not what is use to be. I have had 7 surgeries on my left knee, (ACL, cartilage and still have a micro fracture on the bone) thus the reason I had to retire sooner than I would have liked, but I lasted 11 yrs so not bad. any way my point being is that my left knee can't handle the wide skis. I am happy to settle if you will for the 88's and be efficient...

 

theDogger

post #34 of 34

I demoed the 2013 Kendo 184cm and an Experience 83 and I LOVED the Kendo but did not like the Experience 83 at all. The Kendo read my mind and held its edge on the hardest snow but plowed through the back bowl's crud like nothing. Super stable and versatile ski. I was going 30-40mph consistently on the groomers and hardpack and felt great. (I am 6-2, 195 lbs) But the Experience 88 might be totally different.

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