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Final verdict? T-Power Viper S, Cobra X

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I've been searching around and was able to find good prices on both of these skiis - now it's time for me to decide which one to get. I've heard great things about the Viper S on this board and skiing mags. My question is whether this ski or the Cobra X would be better for me. I know the T-Power Cobra X is softer and a bit wider - but how will this ski differently than the Viper S? The Cobra X is often said to be more "versatile" - what does this mean? Which one of the two will be more stable at cruising speed? Which one will be the best at all kinds of turns (short, medium, and long)? Help! Thanks.
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I had the Viper S last season in a 160, it was an excellent ski, but i broke them and gave the replacements to my younger brother. The viper is a fairly stiff ski but skis so easily that you dont notice it often. It is very powerful and has lots of energy, but is not at home in powder or heavy crud, light crud is okay, but heavy crud... look out. As far as the cobra goes, it depends whether you are talking about this years or last years cobra X. Last year they made a red cobra identicle to the viper, but slightly softer, and it was considered to be more user friendly than the viper as it was easier to ski (not sure if that is possible but moving on...) This years Cobra X is a much wider ski 68 mm waist i believe and is not as performance oriented as last years model. If you are looking for a ski that can perform on groomed snow, bumps and light crud go for the viper. If youa re looking for more of a crud busting ski (intermediate level) get this years Cobra X. If you arent sure you can handle the stiffness of the viper deffinitly go with last seasons (red) t-power cobra. I believe that is what oboe did when he was shopping for skis, it is still an excellent possibly even more versatile ski for people who arent ready to tackle the stiffness of a more race oriented ski (the T-power Viper S is identicle construction to the 9S Deviator without the plate and goofy tip). The Viper is going to cruise better than either of the other two because of its stiffer construction, and will excel in short turns on ice (that is what it was designed to do). This seasons t-power cobra x is not a slalom ski therefore lends itself to all mountain use more than the the viper s or last years t-power cobra. My vote is deffinitly for either the t-power viper s or last seasons t-power cobra, deffinitly ski them in shorter lengths, you wont be disappointed at all.
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I agree and disagree with Heluva. Please see my response to your post on the General Gear Forum. In order to give better advice, we need to know more about you, your experience, what conditons you prefer and expect, etc. If you like to ski natural snow a lot, go with the 2001-2002 T-Power Cobra X. If you stay away from natural snow and stick to the groomed, go with the Viper. If I myself needed to choose only one of these skis as my one-and-only pair, I'd go with the 2001-2002 T-Power Cobra X. I do have the T-Power from last year and the K2 Mod 7/8 from last year. If I had to give one away and keep the other, I'd keep the K2 Mod 7/8 [this year called Axis] because it will go through anything I encounter, and the T-Power will not. The addition of the 2001-2002 T-Power Cobra X to this year's T-Power line adds what appears to be a really fun, versatile ski. Please share with us more about yourself, because this is one of my favorite subjects and my own advice will depend a lot what sort of skier you are and what kind of skiing you prefer. I'm assuming, by the way, that this will be your one and only pair of skis, so if that assumption is wrong, please say so. Also, let us know if you will consider skis not in the T-Power line.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 05, 2001 06:59 PM: Message edited 1 time, by oboe ]</font>
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