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I would like to subscribe to a monthly ski magazine that favors equipment reviews. What say you? Thanks...

post #2 of 19

Have you ever read a review in a ski magazine that said, "This is such a terrible ski it should be taken off the market?"  Neither have I.  You're much better off looking for online reviews by skiers who are not professionals.  The odds are you don't ski like them, I know I don't.  So what they make like in a ski is not necessarily what I might like, in fact it probably isn't just based on the skis I own.

post #3 of 19

Another related problem with the magazines is that if the ski of interest is not listed, there is no way to know if they thought it was no good or they just didn't test it for whatever reason (manufacturers are limited in number iof models submitted).

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Originally Posted by GaryO View Post

I would like to subscribe to a monthly ski magazine that favors equipment reviews. What say you? Thanks...

 

Unfortunately, there aren't any US or Canadian publications with reviews worth the cover price. Sign up for 'Ski Journal' and just enjoy the porn. Beautiful rag.

post #5 of 19

I like Realskiers.com for reviews.

For just a ski mag in general, though, I like Ski Canada...although it can be hard to find.

post #6 of 19

I have a copy of Ski Canada sitting in front of me.  Pretty good.

 

But mtcyclist is right, no magazine says anything negative.  And for a second, forget negative.....no magazine says much that will help you figure things out.  For example, they all say something along the lines, "Our testers were impressed, strong ski, quick edge to edge, fun ski, balanced, great float, etc, etc."  They're all variants of that.  On occasion you might get something like, "Best for bigger skiers that love high speed" which is the closest they'll say to, "Don't bother buying this if you're under 190lbs".  They just don't.

 

So all the mag reviews are fairly generic, don't say much specific, and absolutely positively will NEVER EVER compare one ski to another.  They'll never say, "This X ski isn't as lively as Y ski".  It'll NEVER happen.

 

Which means don't expect help in choosing gear from a magazine.  They're great for the photos, perhaps for the stories, satisfactory for occasional news, but are mostly for light reading that occupies time while sitting on the throne or having a morning coffee and dreaming of big lines on endless powder days.
 

If you want gear reviews, check here on Epic.  You'll get rather unbiased information from people who have skied many skis and aren't afraid of saying, "X ski is livelier than Y ski" or "X ski is probably better for your style and location".  You'll get it straight here, especially from Sierra Jim, whose knowledge and expertise will slap you upside the head with common sense, which is often hard to find these days LOL. icon14.gif

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Dawgcatching and Philpug LLC

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I would say the reviews and opinions on epic are better than any so called ski magazine.

 

Plus you can ask the reviewer questions.

 

Now try that with a magazine.

 

Or....

 

Just go see Philpug

post #9 of 19
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It appears I have wasted everyone's time. I'm out...

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And don't miss Blister at   http://blistergearreview.com/category/gear-reviews/ski-reviews

 

They're mostly interested in the wide and rockered stuff, but there's good detail and occasionally good reading.

 

 

 

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post #11 of 19

Here, on EpicSki. We have great reviews and often have them published long before the ski magazines get theirs out. And you can actually ask the reviewer questions about their experience. What's not to love?

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It appears I have wasted everyone's time. I'm out...
I guess it's hard to put EpicSki on your coffee table to impress guests, huh?roflmao.gif
post #13 of 19

Tablet perhaps?

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And don't miss Blister at   http://blistergearreview.com/category/gear-reviews/ski-reviews

 

They're mostly interested in the wide and rockered stuff, but there's good detail and occasionally good reading.

 

 

 

 

Thanks, Crudmaster. Your reply was actually helpfull....

post #15 of 19

I'm a big fan of Ski Canada magazine, except their subscription dept. sucks. They regularly don't send me the magazine so i have to call them on the phone to get the latest issue, which reminds me, I better get on the phone to them again.mad.gif

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Thanks, Crudmaster. Your reply was actually helpfull....

 

I thought you were out?

 

But seriously, there's a reason you're getting all of these other answers: there's not really a good answer to your question.

post #17 of 19

If you really must get a print magazine, Ski Canada would be my personal recommendation for what you describe.

post #18 of 19

Gotta give much thanks to Dawg + Phil for their never ending quality reviews, advice, discussion hear at Epic.

Dawg's lengthy & thorough comparison reviews are awesome !

They are always objective and never present themselves that's it's "their way or the highway".

Same goes for the guys running BlisterGearReviews - quality reviews but more wider ski oriented.

 

- Andy

post #19 of 19

I'll take a less negative view.  I have found Skiing magazine's annual gear issue looks at a fair number of skis and gives specs, prices, intended use, and some idea of whether a ski is better for a big, fast skier or the opposite.  It won't tell you what ski to buy but it will give you some idea of what skis to demo. You can usually just buy the gear issue off the newsstand although last I looked ski magazine subscriptions were about ten bucks a year, unless you buy something and the seller throws in a free subscription (the mags make their money from advertising.) Online gear reviews on epic or anywhere else are valuable too but you would want to look at a lot of reviews for the same ski. They are particularly valuable for direct comparisons of 2 or 3 skis.  When possible, demo.  Of course you have to find a day with the full range of conditions you want to use the ski in, then you have to find a shop that has it available, in the size you want. Easier said than done, especially with the most popular skis.  

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