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My Quiver Expansion

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I am looking to expand my ski quiver and need some recommendations.  I consider myself an expert skier at 5'-7" 165lbs.

 

This is what I currently have:

  • 173 Bushwacker 88
  • 181 Live Life 110
  • 172 Dynastar 90 (tele setup)

 

I am looking to fill the narrower waist portion of my quiver.  Some thing narrower than my Bushwackers.  I also want to them to be carving groomer biased that I can make shorter quick turns with.  Oh...I am trying spend around $600 without bindings.

 

Here some I've looked at so far...

  • K2 Rictor
  • Blizz Magnums
  • Dyna Out 80
  • Rossi E78, 83 or 88

 

Let me know what you all think!  Thanks!!!beercheer.gif

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If you are looking for a true carver, I do not think you can do any better than the Hart Phoenix. It is a shapely Italian made ski from the Blossom factory. At 116/66/101, it has unquestioned carver credentials. I live and ski in Maine. And while I have a broad quiver, the fact is that this ski is good for probably 75% of the days on the hill. Does ice, hard packed  and pow up to a few inches. I brought these out to Colorado to the Epic Gathering two years ago and had a chat with Bob Barnes, an Epic ski guru, and he described them as one of the best recreational carvers available.There is a nice write up in the gear review section and a long post on the provenance of this ski. I am 170 lbs and 5'9 and ski the 174 which I think is perfect. You can also find this ski cheap on Ebay from time to time. 

Best of luck.

David

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The list you mentioned seems a little "all-mountain"-ish to me. I'd avoid rocker and look more along the lines of a true carving ski. I've skied the E83 and E88, and the Outland 87. They are nice skis but I found them unexciting on hard snow compared to my Head Magnums. Oh, and I'm about your size, too. 

 

Take a look at:

Head Titan or Magnum

Dynastar Speed Course Ti (or even Omeglass Ti - perfect for short turns)

 

There are some skis to look at in Fischer's cheater race line and the Blizz Magnum line as well, but I haven't skied them so I can't comment. As far as the Heads and Dynastars, they change very little year to year so picking up last year's model may get you into your budget.

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Thanks for input guys.

Kauffee...what do you know about the Head Titan?
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What does anyone know about the Head Rev 80 pro? I am beginning to feel like the Head Titan and Ross Pursuit might be too racy for me. I am not a racer and am thinking that hard charging 100% of the time isn't what I want these for. Fast ski for groomers...not super fast race style. Those racy skis are also very expensive!
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FWIW I consider myself an advanced intermediate skier.  Picked up the head titans this year and wish i would have sooner.  It filled my under 80mm slot also.  They do not require a race pace to make them work.  In fact they seem pretty happy doing just about whatever i want.  i did get the 177cm length as im 6' 225lb.  If you can find them for a good price grab them up!  Not sure where saratoga Springs is in NY but i frequent Holiday Valley and Bristol on them.  If thats in your neck of the woods i would be more than happy to let you take them for a spin!

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Thanks for the input...I can demo them for $40 so I think it's certainly worth a shot. I'll let you all know tomorrow afternoon after I test them on serious hard pack cold. Saratoga is in upstate ny about 30 min north of Albany...so not near Rochester but thanks tho!
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Originally Posted by smallfry506 View Post

FWIW I consider myself an advanced intermediate skier.  Picked up the head titans this year and wish i would have sooner.  It filled my under 80mm slot also.  They do not require a race pace to make them work.  In fact they seem pretty happy doing just about whatever i want.  i did get the 177cm length as im 6' 225lb.  If you can find them for a good price grab them up!  Not sure where saratoga Springs is in NY but i frequent Holiday Valley and Bristol on them.  If thats in your neck of the woods i would be more than happy to let you take them for a spin!
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