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Hows it going everyone,

 

  New to the site and to skiing in general. I only have a handful of trips under my belt but Im addicted and I want to make an investment. I've only skied rentals up until this last weekend when a buddy lent me his pair of K2 seth viscious skis. I thought they would be difficult to use since they were longer than anything I previously used and were very wide at the waist but once I hit the slopes, it was like a revelation. The most fun I've ever had on the mountain. So I did some research based and the on what I read I am looking for and wider all-mountain ski. One particular ski that seemed to fit the bill was the Dynastar legend mythic riders. Problem is I cant really find a pair at 178. I know the model is a few years old but I dont know where to look for used or older skis.

 My googling has lead me here and I'm hoping some of you good people can provide me with your valuable advice. Am I thinking to narrow only looking for the mythic riders? Is there a similar ski that is comparable to mythic riders? What I liked about them is the measurements at 122/88/110mm (@178cm) and all the good reviews.

 

If anyone can offer up some advice on where to find used/older skis I would really appreciate it. I dont really want to drop $800 on a brand new 2013 model ski but I dont really know where to look.

 

Thanks in advance

post #2 of 8
Look at a pair of Dynastar Legend 85s or 94s if you're looking for an updated directional ski from Dynastar in that width and at a discount price. Lots of reviews on them on Epicski and the net.
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Welcome to EpicSki!  Where have you been skiing?  If you haven't already found them, take a look at the EpicSki articles related to buying equipment for the first time.  Late season sales start in Feb for many places, especially after Pres. Day weekend.

 

http://www.epicski.com/atype/9/First_Run

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Welcome to EpicSki.  The problem with ski specs is that while something make look nice or even great on paper, that doesn't mean that it will be great for you.  That is not to say that the Dynastar Mythic Riders aren't good skis.  The problem is that you're trying to compare a pair of skis you have actually skied to specs on "paper."  You can find a lot of skis with what appear to be identical specs, but they will not all ski the same because of differences in manufacturing and cores, metal sheets or no metal sheets, etc.  If you really liked those K2s, ask your friend if he/she wants to sell them.  Or search for that ski on Craigslist or eBay.  If none of that works, contact K2 and ask them if there is a current version of the ski with a different name.  If there is contact a dealer and see if they have one you can demo.  Or go talk to a K2 dealer and ask them if K2 has a ski in their current lineup that is basically the same ski.  Demo some skis that are 95-100mm underfoot and see what you like and don't like.

 

But, if you are convinced the Dynastars are what you want, here you go, http://www.epicski.com/t/115725/dynastar-mythic-riders-178-cm-199-shipped-obo 

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The old Seth Vicious that you skied and the Mythic Rider are *really* different skis.  The mythic is a beefier, more demanding ski that really works well with solid technique.  It's got some metal in it to help with dampness.  The seth is much softer, and more playful.  Not really a lively, poppy feel per se, but just much more forgiving and much easier to toss around.  These two skis couldn't be much more different, honestly.

 

I think if you've only been skiing a handful of times, you would probably find that the mythic riders are a lot of work and will punish you for sloppy technique, in comparison to the seth vicious that you skied.

 

You leave out a lot of information like what part of the world you ski in, what kinds of trails you are currently skiing on, what you aspire to, etc.  There are so many different skis out there, that it's hard to give out recommendations on such limited information.  But if you liked the Seth Vicious and are looking for a newer incarnation of that ski, look at the '09 or '10 Obsethed or the '11 or newer Kung Fujas.

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Thread Starter 

Thank you for the responses. I live in NJ so I'll be skiing NY, PA and probably Vermont by next season. I like to push my limits a little so I want something that I can grow into. I guess what I'm looking for is a solid all mountain ski that is on the bigger side and wider under foot (75 to 90). I should probably try a few more models before I make any decisions.
 

post #7 of 8

For the east, especially PA and NJ, you will almost never see any powder.  Most of the time you will be on slick groomers and grip on those surfaces would be my priority, not width which helps in deeper fresh snow.  For deals, look for leftovers from past years and demos.  I have a pair of Dynastar Legend 8000s, the little brother to the Mythic Rider.  A good ski, but grip on slick groomers is not one of its strong points.    

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Since you are in NJ . . . did you notice that there is an EpicSki Gathering at Blue Knob in western PA Feb. 22-24?  At least one person is driving from NJ.  Most people will ski on Sat, with a smaller group on Fri and Sun.

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Thank you for the responses. I live in NJ so I'll be skiing NY, PA and probably Vermont by next season. I like to push my limits a little so I want something that I can grow into. I guess what I'm looking for is a solid all mountain ski that is on the bigger side and wider under foot (75 to 90). I should probably try a few more models before I make any decisions.
 

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