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post #1 of 13
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Hey everyone:) I am advanced-expert skier who skies everything but bumps. 6' about 240lbs. Currently using a 120 flex boot and the nordica firearrow 80s. Enjoy carving and going fast. I mainly ski in the north east packed powder and east coast pow pow aka ice. Im just wondering does anyone know any skiis that might be ideal to demo this season I was looling at the rossi exp 98. But from what ive read its kind of a lame ski not real poppy. Any help would be apreciated
post #2 of 13

Consider some GS, SL or Cheater skis (usually a race sksi with aTi extension on the end).

 

Designed to race, good on ice, love to turn, you just have to decide the radius.  If your at this level, you should have no problem.

 

Just remember once down this road, it's your own fault biggrin.gif.

post #3 of 13
So, what is it you're looking for that the Nordicas don't deliver? The E98 fits your reported habits much less well than the fire arrow.
post #4 of 13
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Crud Anything besides well groomed trails the fire arrows are all over the place I get thrown around.
post #5 of 13
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Crud Anything besides well groomed trails the fire arrows are all over the place I get thrown around. Just wondering what is a cheater ski
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by forcefed6 View Post

Crud Anything besides well groomed trails the fire arrows are all over the place I get thrown around. Just wondering what is a cheater ski

 

A cheater ski is a race ski that does not conform to strict rules for ski dimensions laid down by the governing bodies for alpine racing. Usually they're used by amateurs who do informal racing, or who just want a ski that's good at carving turns at speed on hard snow. If crud is you're issue, going to a race-type ski is probably not the right direction, so I wouldn't worry about that if I were you. 

 

What length Fire Arrow are you on? Are you REPLACING the Fire Arrow or SUPPLEMENTING it? If you're replacing it, I would say, as a fellow east coaster, that if you're sticking mostly to groomers, as you say, you probably don't need something 98mm wide just to help with what you are calling crud. You'll sacrifice a bit on quick transitions and carving sprightliness if you do that (assuming you basically like your Nordicas). If you're supplementing, then it might be a reasonable choice. Since you're literally almost twice my size, my experience is not an ideal reference point for you. You might something damper, a few mm wider, and possibly longer. Something like a Dynastar Outland 87 comes to mind, but I'll let someone bulkier take it from here.

post #7 of 13
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Im on a 174 which is tooo short for me. Id like ti be on a 184 min and 190s with a rocker
post #8 of 13
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Bump please help. Thinking bout the mantras or the s3s any or the bonifides any opinions?
post #9 of 13
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Im not familiar with those?!?.
post #10 of 13
S3 will be too floppy for your size. Bonafide is the top rated ski for last few years and is exactly the stable monster you describe. However, it is sold out, so good luck locating one to demo or buy. You should review some of the threads in gear discussion area. Lots there. Perhaps the e88 or 98, and rossi is easy to find for demoing.
post #11 of 13

Second E88.   or Cham 87.  You will do well with a stiff flex ski.  Stiff flex skis need to be dampened, or they feel like a plank. Where ever you read a bad review of the E series you can probably ignore it as biased and ignorant.

post #12 of 13

If 'everything but bumps' includes trees and powder, but you also do the groomers, and you want a single pair of skis that can do it all, I'd go for a partial twin tip like the K2 Extreme/K2 Public Enemy (same ski, different year; both are a few years old, I don't know what the 2013 version is called, if there even is one). Some other names that come to mind are the Mantra and Gotama, but I haven't skied either.

post #13 of 13

Maybe lessons would help more than new gear if you have a hard time off piste on the fire arrow 80s. 

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