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Blizzard Magnum 7.6 - Anything ski like it, but a little wider under foot?

post #1 of 13
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Over the last 2 seasons, I have done a bunch of demos to find a new go-to ski for the East.  A BUNCH of the skis I tried had some great aspects to love, but the one I keep coming back to is the Blizzard Magnum 7.6.  While lots of other skis are stronger in certain areas than the 7.6, I really like the versatility, feel, forgiveness and performance of the 7.6.  It seems to be at home on the groomed, ungroomed, bumps and glades, and it seems perfectly comfortable with whatever turn shape or aggressiveness I throw at it.  I also like that it is not a handful at the end of a full day of skiing, or several full days in a row, for that matter.

 

For those of you who know the 7.6 well, are there skis out there that might be very close to it in feel, performance, etc., but just a bit wider underfoot for better chop/crud performance?  I tried the Head Rev 80, Rossi Experience 83, Elan Amphibio 82 XTI, Dynastar Outland 87 and the Volkl RTM 84.  The first 3 I just didn't gel with in terms of "feel".  The latter two were a bit "planky" for my tastes and not as easy for me to turn at slower speeds. 

 

Me: 5' 10", 166lbs., 50 y.o., lower level 8, more finesse and control skier than aggressive.  Spending more and more time in ungroomed, bumps and glades, but resort-based as opposed to backcountry.  Will always have a decent amount of any day on groomers as well in the places I ski.

 

Here are a few I am thinking about:

 

Blizzard Magnum 8.0 Ca

Head Rev 85 Pro (Does this have a different feel than the Rev 80?)

Nordica FA 80 Ti or Burner

Fischer Motive 80 or 86

 

Love to hear your thoughts on what might work for me.  Unfortunately, I do not want to spend the kind of money it would take for a Kastle or Stockli, so ruling them out.  Thanks for any suggestions!

post #2 of 13

If you can hang out for a nice, second hand pair of Kastle MX78s (despite your protestations) they really are the solution.  They're that good.  Having said that, I haven't been on the Magnum 7.6, although I hear good things.

 

Best of luck.

post #3 of 13

I think Hobbes has already had some MXs (could be wrong though). In the Kastle line, I'd say maybe the LX82 or perhaps the 2014 FX84.

post #4 of 13

I went from 170 Magnum 7.6 to 172 Magnum 8.0 CA's this year and love them.  Not quite as quick turning, but a bit more stable.  Highly recommend them.

 

170lbs, 5'9"  Level 8 East Coast skier.

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I think Hobbes has already had some MXs (could be wrong though). In the Kastle line, I'd say maybe the LX82 or perhaps the 2014 FX84.


Correct ... good memory!  I really enjoyed the MX78, but honestly felt like I would never come close to pushing it to its full potential.  Awesome ski, however.

 

Hadn't considered the LX82 ... might be a good call.  I know it has a much "lighter" feel than the MX78.  How does it do in eastern ungroomed/chop/crud? 

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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post

I went from 170 Magnum 7.6 to 172 Magnum 8.0 CA's this year and love them.  Not quite as quick turning, but a bit more stable.  Highly recommend them.

 

170lbs, 5'9"  Level 8 East Coast skier.


Good feedback!  They were on my list, but it definitely helps to hear from someone who skied the Magnum 7.6 for comparison.  Sounds like we are pretty close in height and weight as well ...  I also am on the 170cm length.  How noticeable is the difference in quickness and turn radius on the 8.0 CA?  Any big differences in feel in the bumps?

post #7 of 13

Hobbes I can't really say, I've gotten a lot better in the last year, so it's hard to separate that from the skis.  I like these skis more than the 7.6's but hard to say how much of that is my improving skills.

 

I can make very good short turns on them.  There have been very few bumps to to ski in where I ski, but these skis did very well in the ones we've had - soft ones that is, icy bumps are another story - there's no ski in the world that would make me ski them well.

 

As to quickness and turn radius, they are very quick, possibly quicker as they are a flat ski instead of a system binding and feel lighter and more responsive. The turn radius is longer, so to make short turns requires more rotary, but they do that really well.

 

Does this help?  To me they're the best skis I've ever had.

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the detailed feedback.  This definitely sounds like a ski I need to demo.

post #9 of 13

They definitely feel more stable making big GS turns at speed and in spring conditions, which we had a lot of in December, they ski great, much better than the 7.6's.  Just feel a bit beefier, ride over imperfections better - and yet still have that light and quick feel to them.

post #10 of 13

I have 700,000 vertical feet in 55 days of skiing on them btw. Skied the 7.6's for about 40 days.  And I loved the 7.6's. 

post #11 of 13

While Kastle's MX line of skis are expensive, the shop where I work sells the Kastle LX82 for $850 including a K11 binding. The ski shop across the street sells the MX83 for about $950 without a binding. The two skis have similar construction, with the LX having a lighter, softer core and a less expensive, softer cap side wall construction. The biggest difference on the hill is that the MX83 has superior, amazing, edge hold.

post #12 of 13
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Thanks for all comments.  I have done a bit more research and thought more about the pros/cons of all the skis I have used or demo'd.  Here is what I am currently considering:

 

 - Blizzard Magnum 8.0 Ca

 - Elan Amphibio 78 Ti

 - Hart Pulse (Yes, a bit more obscure, but I LOVED my time on the Phoenix!)

 

Any comparative comments on those would be appreciated.  Again, I am comparing with the feel of the Magnum 7.6 I am currently on and just wondering if I can get a similar feel with even a bit more all-mountain (East) versatility.

post #13 of 13

I know I'm approaching a new season..;-)

They're affordable at my local shop....and okay for keeping in shape between snowstorm days and off-resort stuff....

$.01


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