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Need help for second pair of skis

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 

I have been on a pair of 08'-09' Volkl Mantras at 177cm.

They have been great for getting just about anywhere on the mountain (I ski in California) however they are heavy and don't like too tight of a turn radius so the bumps can be a chore. I get through them but I would like to be a little more aggressive and quick through the moguls.

I am thinking about a second pair of skis for bumps and quicker/shorter turns on piste.

Here is how I describe myself:

height: 6'

weight: 220 lbs.

Age: 57

Skill level: Strong Intermediate to Advanced (I go down just about anything...except no cornices and the like)

Ski style: fairly aggressive

 

I have been looking at tons of specs and videos but I'm not even sure what features, other than weight and sidecut, that I should focus on.

Any help would be very much appreciated. I am also not opposed to getting an older pair instead of new if I can get what would work for me.

 

thanks,

spavdawg

post #2 of 4

IMO.....features, videos and specs (other than width) are not worth much. What you should be focusing on is flex. The Mantra is actually not super heavy within it's category but it is pretty darned stiff and generally not thought of as nimble in bumps or short turns due to that. A softer flexing ski and narrower of course would be the place to start looking. A ski such as the Salomon R2-90, Fischer Watea 84 or the K2 Rictor would be good starting points. 

 

SJ

post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 

SierraJim,

I will check out those skis for sure.

Is there a flex rating on skis? I hear or read about flex in the tips and/or tails but I don't seem to see any numbers associated with flex.

 

...and thanks for your comments.
 

post #4 of 4

There is not a flex rating available that is coherent across the board. It is time for you to quit worrying about numbers and statistics. Give up the internet for a day and get into some ski shops. Pick up some skis, flex them for yourself and maybe demo something if the opportunity is there.

 

SJ

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