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Sorry... yup, another thread asking "what ski is best."   I do plan to demo but not sure even where to start.  I'm 66 years young and haven't skied in 5 years or so. Getting back into it this year and still on my old K2 ModX 184s.  They are fine but folks I ski with say I will be much happier and ski better with the new generation of skis.  6'3" and 195lb.  Considered myself a good solid intermediate skier and I'm on the East Coast.  Ski the groomers most of the time.  On rare occasions, we do get some fluffy surfaces here in NH.   Would like something that will serve me well now and, hopefully, as I improve a bit.  Friends have a wide variety of gear they seem to like.  Also on a retired budget so will likely seek out used/demo/leftover stock if possible.

 

Any and all opinions most appreciated. Hope to start some demoing next week.

 

Thanks all!

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You will definitely have more fun on modern skis...that being said, I think you need to tell people here more about your skiing style before they offer up opinions.

In the end, it will come down to demoing a few skis. I'm just a bit younger than you....I demoed Volkl RTM 83, Kastle MX88, K2 Chargers (which i own) and finally, Blizzard Bushwackers and in the end went with the Bushwackers, but one man's ceiling is another mans floor. The bushwckers just seemed so much more playful and easier to turn.

All that being said, planning on demoing a set of Anton's (lots of strong opinions on that one!) just to expand my ever expanding quiver. Also plan on now selling my K2 Chargers, my Bridges and my Head 78's to fund other purchases:) Yes, I am a Ho!
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If you like the ModX's, you most likely would love the K2 Rictor. I got back onto K2s with the ModXPro of the 1980s and have remained a K2 fan. You'd probably find the 181s easier to ski than the ModXs.
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My buddy who has bought at least 1 new pair of skis a year for the last 10-12 years I believe will stay say he has yet to duplicate the Mod X Pro that he owned. He has Kastle's , Atomic Double D's, Dynastar Chams etc etc.

 The Mod X Pros still have yet to be dethroned as the best ski he ever had.

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Thanks trader... my skiing style, such as it is, is primarily medium-radius turns at fairly high speed for an intermediate.  Skiing friends are advanced-expert skiers and I pretty much keep up with them.  Of course, they do it with aplomb and I look like a spazz ;-)  I ski blues and blacks at our NH areas but no bumps (bad knees) and no trees given my lack of skills and being old and slow to heal!  Oh, and will likely ski 25-30 days this season. Thanks again!

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Originally Posted by swisstrader View Post

You will definitely have more fun on modern skis...that being said, I think you need to tell people here more about your skiing style before they offer up opinions.
 Ho!

Edited by nhdude - 1/16/13 at 12:05pm
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