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T-Power Cobra

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Thread Starter 
Skill Level. 7
Ht. 6’ 1”
Wt. 225 (+, holidays )

Demoed the Cobra as that was what was available but I’m still not sure about the Cobra/Viper difference. 174 was the longest so I did that. Oboe, thanks for the tip, what a fun ski. I really had a hard time getting up my confidence because of the short length. These skis are pretty specialized and are just a whole lot of fun when doing short turns in anything other than deep, soft anything. I could make short, effortless turns having fun all the way down on just about anything that had a base a few inches down. Helps you down bumps as there’s not much to get hung up. A truly fun groomed green/blue/black ski. Two problems I had and I should have avoided one. When coming down Saddle on Whistler there is some nice, soft packed, windblown stuff. Toward the bottom you need to gain a little speed and I hit a bump and one tip dug in. Did a great face plant. You all would have been proud. Shouldn’t have had them up there. Wouldn’t have happened with any wider, longer sticks. Second problem was that there just wasn’t enough edge on the hard ice and there was some bad stuff down low. Anyway, I’d sure like to have a set of these in my quiver for days where a person just wants to play on the groom. Didn’t wobble at higher speeds either although I have to admit I was a little hesitant to really speed it up. By the way Oboe, where’d you go? I need some help around here with all these hotshots.
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Well, BobT, never fear: I am no hotshot on skis. I will go along with the deep, soft problem. I did get some diving in the crud and am thinking about adding the Rossi Rebel XX to the quiver [if two pairs make a quiver]. However, I can not share your ice experience. These skis - and I am on the 160 cm, remember - are made for ice. I find that the shorter length helps, doesn't hinder performance on ice. The best thing about these skis short skis is the maneuverability - I am willing to try stuff on these that I would not previously try on longer skis. Keep me posted on your experiences, and thanks for the post.
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Thread Starter 
oboe, might have just been that the ice was extra hard that day. The lower runs coming off the Whistler side were awful. Anyway, at the time I was really wishing for an endless edge. Those bad, long icy spots are about the easiest places for me to get hurt. Especially when I'm trying to help the wife down. Glad to see you're still around. It's about all a guy can to to read through all these posts anymore.<FONT size="1">

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Oboe, make sure to demo a few other skis along with the XX. I haven't heard many good things about the Rebel XX, and on top of that, it received really poor reviews in the magazines. Bandit XX didn't fair much better either.

When you demo, try to find the Volant Chubb. I have a feeling you'd dig the Chubb. I'm sure milesb can give you a review. Also think about trying the K2 AK Launcher. Don't let the name scare you away, I found it surprisingly easy and forgiving. But the Chubb is probably more ideal. Good luck.
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Matter, as you can see on these threads, Lars has owned and skied the Bandit XX for quite a while, and he [a patroller] swears by them, not at them. I know others who feel as he does - that the Bandit XX is one great ski. To some degree, it's a matter of individual taste. Also bear in mind that I, the very quintessence of skiing mediocrity, might not like a ski that the magazine experts like, but I may just enjoy one that they do NOT like. If the opportunities arise, however, I will try to test the Chubb and other skis. Thanks for the input.
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Chubbs may be a lot of ski if you're mostly out east. If you vacation out west just rent powder skis for powder days. If you want a second pair of Eastern crud skis for your level and light weight I'd recommend looking into the Dynastar ATVs as well. I'm 150lb and they're brilliant in Eastern cut-up powder and crud--also great edge hold and they can go surprisingly fast without getting squirrely. Also Atomic 9.22 Superlights, Volkl G21 (maybe G31 but I hear they're a lot of ski), K2 ModX.
post #7 of 9
Ok If You don't mind I will chime in here.
The Chubb is one of the most user friendly Powder skis you will ever find.If we are getting really deep powder I rent them.If you want a excellent all mountain ski check out the ModX or the Mod 7/8 from what i have been told you can ski them pretty short and still get good float in the powder.

The Best skier in the world is the One with the biggest smile. Utah49
post #8 of 9
After listening to Oboe sing the praises of this ski, I finally got a ride on 174's.

Conditions were mushy post noon granular over a firm base with lots of piles. I was chasing my friend with whom I swapped my 188 Volkl P-40's. I had to work to keep up with him and he gained a massive lead but I didn't care. These skis love to turn and I loved every minute of it.

A limited experience under less than ideal conditions but I couldn't find any fault in the ski. Thinking back, I never did any traverse work on them where they might get soggy but these little buggers loved the fall line so much the thought never came up.
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OK, not that you'll be surprised or anything, but in this MAHvelous sugar we've been skiiing on this Easter week end in Vermont [at least at Bolton Valley], the T-Power Cobra X was da ski and I was da MAN! They "handled" this spring snow with ease. However, considering that this was "hero snow", it may be that ANYthing would have been fun. Tomorrow, I may force myself to try my K2 Mod 7/8's on this stuff just for the sake of comparison.
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