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Give me 3 skis to demo b4 buying please

post #1 of 11
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First purchase in about 6yrs. Currently on K2 public enemies.

NZSIA ski instructor, but not teaching now, skiing for self.

Love being off piste and the bumps, powder etc etc.

Never skied on a rockered ski.

Had a disastrous time two weeks ago on Nordica arrow fire - way too small and too stiff for the deep powder I was in (the guy at the shop recommended them).

Not into tricks, but love ripping up bumps, off piste of any kind, especially tricky steep lines where control is essential.

Like to ski well technically.

Want something with a touch more performance on piste than my K2's, but is not essential.

Ski hard, but in a 'flowing, smooth' type of way. I don't try to force it - may sound a bit crazy that description, but maybe someone will get what I mean.

 

NB I hate buying new skis. I get a pair I love, and never want to change, but they're falling apart. In fact they've stopped sliding on snow, seriously.

 

So, can only afford one set of skis. The shop is going to let me demo up to 3, and will subtract the price of demoing them, if I end up buying.

 

All recommendations welcome.

post #2 of 11
Where do you ski? I'm by no means an authority but love my bonafides. Technology changes so fast, you are going to have a big smile. Enjoy
post #3 of 11

Rossignol E 88 or 98

Dynastar Cham 97

Dynastar Outland 87

Salomom Shogun

Kaestle MX 88

Volkl Kendo or Mantra

 

that's too many, but research them and narrow down. These are all good technical skis, but quite different from one another.

Those are skis I have personal knowledge of and can speak for. there are other good skis that other people here can address for you.

 

So stoked you're looking at some new gear. enjoy!

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks, it is exciting. I'm even looking at getting something with a slight rocker - nothing too extreme mind, don't want to be too bold.

post #5 of 11

I think the only ones on that list with absolutely no rocker are the Kaestle MX and the Kendo.

You can also look at New Old Stock, which are brand new skis of a previous year model, say 2011's you may like; probably only on the internet.

For a technical skier, tail rocker means no finish check or platform to end a turn. But you gain a lot of slip capability to compensate for that, and the tails won't hook up in a narrow chute. Trade offs. I'm on the S7 and think it's a wonderful ski, wundershoen. 

post #6 of 11

Depends where you ski, and what brands the shop carries.  Kastle and Blizzard, for instance, might not be available.

 

Kastle MX88 - up there in price, usually sells out (i.e. no 'new old stock') or the MX78 if you wish to go narrower

Blizzard Magnum 8.5 Ti (or the 8.0 Ti if you wish to go narrower) new model for this year

Blizzard Magnum 8.7 (or 8.1 if you wish to go narrower) earlier model without the early rise

Volkl Kendo (has slight early rise in the latest edition, and you should be able to find older models as new old stock)

 

If Kastle and/or Blizzard aren't available then davluri made a good call with the Rossi Experience series and the Dynastar Outland.

 

Good luck.

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Originally Posted by sinbad7 View Post

Depends where you ski, and what brands the shop carries.  Kastle and Blizzard, for instance, might not be available.

 

Kastle MX88 - up there in price, usually sells out (i.e. no 'new old stock') or the MX78 if you wish to go narrower

Blizzard Magnum 8.5 Ti (or the 8.0 Ti if you wish to go narrower) new model for this year

Blizzard Magnum 8.7 (or 8.1 if you wish to go narrower) earlier model without the early rise

Volkl Kendo (has slight early rise in the latest edition, and you should be able to find older models as new old stock)

 

If Kastle and/or Blizzard aren't available then davluri made a good call with the Rossi Experience series and the Dynastar Outland.

 

Good luck.


I think we can safely say that he skis Switzerland and other Alps countries.  I mean if a guy lists his Location as Dallas you never know, but.....

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Yep, canton vaud and vallais region to chamonix. The nearest skiing is villars, verbier, portes du soleil and verbier. I head to chamonix (Argentiere) a few times a season.

post #9 of 11
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I think we can safely say that he skis Switzerland and other Alps countries.  I mean if a guy lists his Location as Dallas you never know, but.....

 

Where you ski ... trees, moguls, on piste v's off piste etc.  European skiers tend to prefer narrower skis, but the OP seems to get everywhere on the hill.  I also note the NZSIA reference, and we antipodean types can be found skiing all over the place.

 

Happy New Year by the way.

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks, happy new year. Yes, I like to ski everywhere, although not much tree skiing in switzerland. The bump run down to avoriaz is lots of fun, as is the swiss wall. So like it all. I find the 85mm waist of my k2 public enemies great for all terrain.

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Thanks, happy new year. Yes, I like to ski everywhere, although not much tree skiing in switzerland. The bump run down to avoriaz is lots of fun, as is the swiss wall. So like it all. I find the 85mm waist of my k2 public enemies great for all terrain.


All the skis I mentioned come in an 80's mm waist except the Shogun. Check them out. You'll be so hip, cool, sick, gnar, as we say in the US .

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