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post #1 of 6
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Situation:

I am 5’9” and 170 lbs advanced skier that is on the east coast about 80% of the time.  I have been skiing since I was two and have raced recreationally so I can carve nice GS turns and like speed, but I am looking to enjoy the bumps and glades more.  Currently I am on Atomic SX 9’s and love the ski on groomers and ice but not so much on bumps and glades (it may be the Indian not the arrow) so I find them limiting. I also have issues with them when I am lucky enough to ski 6”+ of new snow. 

 

Two part question:

  1. Do I get a complementary ski (ex: Bonafide, Mantra, etc) and keep my dated yet in good shape Atomic carvers or do I split the difference and go in between?
  2. If I go in between, do I go with something like a Bushwacker/Kendo or something like the K2 Rictor/Magnum 8.5?

 

I have read many posts on the specifics of the skis mentioned above so I am not looking for reviews, just some help with my “quiver” strategy.

 

Thanks and looking forrward to everyones insight.

post #2 of 6

I have a buddy who mostly skis Killington and then has several trips a year to meet up in Whistler, Utah, Colorado, or Jackson Hole.  He has a cheater GS ski (Volkl Superspeed), and what many would consider a Western one ski quiver type, the older style Gotama.  He ends up spending about 50/50 time each season on each pair of skis. 

 

IMO, having a stiff cheater GS around 70-75mm wide and then having a 88mm ski is not enough spread if you're going for a two ski quiver.  Maybe get something in the 95-100mm range that has a little rocker, a little bit less stiff, and more forgiveness but can still hold an edge on groomers (if not ice).  Legend 94, Volkl Bridge, etc. 

post #3 of 6

Just got a pair of the Dynastar Legend Sultan 94's after coming off of an older pair of Salomon X-Wings (built for carving).  The Sultan 94's are the real deal.  They hold a steady edge at high speeds although obviously not as sturdy as your GS sticks, and they are tons of fun in the woods and on bumps.  At 94 under waist, they also float enough for east coast powder days. That would be my choice for 1 ski quiver. 

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I have a buddy who mostly skis Killington and then has several trips a year to meet up in Whistler, Utah, Colorado, or Jackson Hole.  He has a cheater GS ski (Volkl Superspeed), and what many would consider a Western one ski quiver type, the older style Gotama.  He ends up spending about 50/50 time each season on each pair of skis. 

 

IMO, having a stiff cheater GS around 70-75mm wide and then having a 88mm ski is not enough spread if you're going for a two ski quiver.  Maybe get something in the 95-100mm range that has a little rocker, a little bit less stiff, and more forgiveness but can still hold an edge on groomers (if not ice).  Legend 94, Volkl Bridge, etc. 

 

Thanks for the input….

 

My thought was the 88mm would become my go to ski and closet the Atomics (and pull out to run gates occasionally).

 

I guess my question is: do I pursue the illusive one ski quiver or go with the dual threat.... if I go with two, am I missing something in a carver with my Atomics?

post #5 of 6

Two is better than one, I would spread the field and go 98mm or greater. There are some really great options from the 98-110 range. Obviously most skis over a 100mm waist are not going to carve like what you have now, but that doesn't mean that they won't, you would be surprised.

post #6 of 6

If your question is whether you need to replace your carver, I would say if it still has life, then keep it. 

 

Instead of an Atomic replacement you may want an all arounder for variable conditions, but biased more for trees/bumps/crud/soft snow.

 

If you're going for one pair to do it all, maybe you can put the money you'd spend on two pairs and buy a pair of Kastle MX88s (and a lock).  Or, something a little softer and not quite as pricey, like a Legend 94 or a Kabookie, etc.

 

Of course, some people go for three pairs:  groomer, soft/powder, and utility. 

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