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Best All Mountain Skis for Moguls

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I am looking to upgrade from my old Rosignal Bandit X 170s that are great in the bumps, but have some problems in the crud.  I am 48 yrs old, 5'9", 165 lbs, ski bumps 75% of the time, mostly on the east coast, and I consider myself an advanced expert.  I do not want pure bump skis as I will use only one pair and do like the trees and some off piste, but if I there is an epic powder day I will just rent some fattys.  I have read about the Fischer Watea 84s, but do not have a shop that will let me demo them. Any ideas or suggestions?

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It would be hard to do better than the Blizzard Bushwacker for eastcoast bumps/trees/all-mountain.

 

But, according to this, Blizzard has been selling defective skis: http://www.epicski.com/t/116635/a-tale-of-two-customer-service-experiences-blizzard-10-goldsmiths-0 of course, being a stand-up company they are standing behind their mistake and replacing skis when called on it.

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I use to be a moguls guy myself on a single ski and went through a number of pairs over the years.  My current single quiver ski is a Fischer RC4 Race SC Pro which is more of a semi-race slalom ski. These things can carve black ice, perform good GS turns (in the right hands) and still work in the bumps.  That being said, I am 50, 205lbs & I ski these in a 170 length.  If you go much softer, you may have difficulty on eastern icy terrain.

 

http://www.ski-review.com/ski_reviews/review/fischer_rc4_race_sc_pro_rf_sp_2009/

 

Another option you could consider would be one of the newer ski's that offer flex adjustment directly on the ski itself.  I can't recall the exact model but I think I saw that on a head ski recently.

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Kastle MX83

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I like my Fischer Watea 84s in the bumps.  I got them after trying to ski carvers (RX8s, Volkl 5Stars, etc.) in bumps.  I grew up racing and used to use my Rossi STs in moguls, preferring their pop over the feedback from my Olin Mark IVs.  With modern carvers I found that I liked the feedback and the edge-to-edge quickness, but the tails would hang me up between bumps and get me in to trouble.  

 

I'm a 51 year-old at 6' and 200 lbs.  I now ski exclusively in Massachusetts, Vermont and New York.  I love mogul skiing.  I have the older, pre-rocker, Wateas and ski them at 184 cm.  They're cambered, so I get the feedback and pop I'm used to.  They're light so they're easy to flick around.  I can manage the tails in the bumps.  However, in crud they'll get knocked around a bit.  They have a mild turning radius (21m?), so they feel more like a dedicated mogul (straight) ski.  They serve me pretty well off piste, but at my weight, I could probably use something wider.  I've been looking at the Volkl Bridge, the Head Rock n Roll, Blizzard's Bonefide and Bushwacker, and the wider Wateas.

 

I wouldn't recommend skiing Wateas on boiler plate, blue ice or blue moguls, but I wouldn't recommend skiing anything on those conditions.  My only complaint with the Watea 84 is that they're not a twin-tip.  Sure there's a little bit of one in the tail, but not enough for a confident switch landing.

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Had a pair of Bandit X (in 177) and liked them at the time.  Currently on Fischer Progressor 8+ for most of my eastern ski days and find them to be good in bumps, decent grip on the eastern firm conditions, and fine in up to 6-8 nches of fresh.  Great eastern everday ski for me (much better than the Bandit).  If I was replacing them, the Progressor 900 would be on my short list.  Here's dawg's review on them. 

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/109165/2012-fischer-progressor-p900-175cm-video-ski-review

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestions.  I will try and demo a few in the coming weeks.

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http://www.epicski.com/t/113945/best-all-terrain-ski-for-bumps

 

It's a popular question.  I thought post #77 was particularly helpful.  icon14.gif

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