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Jumping from Volkl All-stars to All-mountain

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5' 7" 150 lb advanced skier. I ski exclusively out west and mostly groomed, crud, bumps and trees. I've been skiing on Volkl all stars for a few years and want to move to a more all-mountain ski. I love Volkl and am considering either the rtm84 or the Kendo, but open to other options. Thoughts including recommended ski length.
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Forgot to mention I currently am on 161 all stars
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The All-Star is not the typical western ski.  Even eastern skiers have moved to much wider skis.  If you like a carver and just want a more versatile ski, I would consider the Fischer Progressor 10+ or 900.

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Actually looking for decent groomed ability, but want more flexibility now for crud, bumps and some powder. I already have a full on powder ski.
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If you are looking for a western daily driver, not a functional replacement of the All Star, then the choices increase.  Snce you are light, you don't need much more that about 80mm underfoot to get plenty of float for most days.  And you have a powder ski for the really deep stuff.  FWIW, I am about your height and weight.  If I was in the market for such a ski, the Blizzard Magnum 8.0CA would be on my short list.  Read a review here.

http://www.epicski.com/t/115081/blizzard-2013-lineup-reviews-overviews

 

Hopefully a few others will chime in with some comments on the skis you mention and some other suggestions. 

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Yes really looking for a western daily driver. After reading a bunch here also thinking about the MX88.
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Did you ever make the move?  I'm also on Volkl Allstars -- love Volkl and have been considering the RTM 84.  I'm 5'9", 160, expert skier (ex racer) but more into cruising in my old age, mainly out west groomers, some crud, powder only occasionally.  Any advice?

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In switching from the all stars, pretty much anything on your list will give you more versatility. IMHO, if you're looking for more of an all-mountain ski that will handle crud and things like that - and if you're pretty convinced you want to stick with Volkl - the Kendo is a great ski. It'll give you plenty of float and will hold a nice edge. I also saw that you mentioned the MX88 - GREAT ski. Will definitely fit the bill if you're willing to spend the money on Kastles.

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Originally Posted by jamest View Post

Did you ever make the move?  I'm also on Volkl Allstars -- love Volkl and have been considering the RTM 84.  I'm 5'9", 160, expert skier (ex racer) but more into cruising in my old age, mainly out west groomers, some crud, powder only occasionally.  Any advice?


ended up pulling the trigger on a pair of MX83's in 163. I'll be using them out West this spring and will let you know how they turn out--I'm pretty excited! After reading all teh posts and reviews it seems that teh MX83 woudl be best based on ski length for me.The MX88's would be great as well, but I think the MX83 in 163 will be better for me in bumps and trees.

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Never made it out with the 163 cm MX83s until this holiday season, but WoW o WoW.

What a ride! After skiing on Vokl All Stars for 5 or so years, wasn't sure what to expect, but this ski is a dream come true.

The ski does it all--groomers, name your turn and its right there. Bumps, very quick edge to edge and no problem with the square tail at all. Trees, as quick and manueverable as you viuld want. Crud, like a Cadillac, smooth and stable.

I know this ski has been discussed at length, but anyone skiing on narrow carvers wanting to move to an all mountain monster, but not sure what to expect, have no fear. This is the most fun I've had on ski's in a long time.
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