I have narrowed down my choices to 2 remaining skis to purchase:
Volkl RTM 84 and Blizzard Magnum 8.5 Ti..................anybody have an opinion? THANKS!!
I vote for the RTM 84, fun as hell and no offense to Brian, but he has never demoed the 84. So like any decision I suggest you demo both and decide for yourself. If you are going to spend every second of your life on packed out groomers then 8.5, the RTM is going to outperform in softer conditions and bumps, but I also think they rip on hardpack as well. RTM 84 also got a bunch of awards so it's not a bad ski....
the 80 and 84 are different, 4 in the middle and tail but only 3 in the tip comparing, so the side cut is different between the two, and when put on edge they ride like rails, here are some stats on performance, but again demo is your best bet.
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.82 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.79 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||4.03 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||2.43 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.23 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||3.00 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||1.63 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||3.54 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.21 / 5|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.50 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.44 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.46 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||2.63 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.74 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||3.14 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||2.15 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||2.63 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.00 / 5|