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Wanted - ex-snowboarder now after all mountain skis for a small-ish skinny bloke!

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Hey guys,

 

Advice wanted. The Army forced me to ski and to my horror I preferred it to boarding! I'm 5'8, 140lbs, athletic (lean) build, mainly going to ski Europe probably 60% on piste if I'm honest but want one ski that allows me to develop, deal with choppy areas and bumps and go onto more off-piste skiing. Skill-wise we finished the course skiing red runs quick and comfortable, black was either quick or comfortable! Selleronder was a lot of fun.Hire boots were crap, black runs are scary when your feet move around a lot. So,now sorted that bit.

 

Anyway I'm tempted by:

 

Blizzard Bushwacker 166 (or the Black Pearl if they're on sale massively, no gender fear here...)

Atomic Nomad Blackeye 167 (or Ti)

 

I know they're different kinds of skis, the Blackeye's are pretty thin around the middle but so's the snow in Europe sometimes therefore maybe a better choice. Thoughts on length, 'room-to-grow-in-ability' or other top ski choices most appreciated. Any wider than high 80's seems pointless, I don't get to ski that often (25 days a year max including courses), I don't weigh much and I don't live in Jackson Hole...

 

Many thanks,

 

Matt

post #2 of 9

I'd go with something in the 90's and  170's.  Blizzard Bone's, Cham 97, Rossi E98.   Lot's of good stuff will be 50% off soon.

post #3 of 9

Best advice is to look at reviews for your type of skiing.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/117966/thumbnail-reviews-from-the-2014-sia-on-snow-testing-sub-90mm-category

 

And then demo the skis.  Key is demoing the skis in conditions you'll be skiing to find the ski that works best for you.

post #4 of 9
I'm your height but 10 pounds heavier and ski 170cm Nordica Steadfasts. With tip rocker you should have a ski about 170 and if there's tail rocker a bit longer wouldn't hurt. Ther are several good skis about 90mm with camber and tip rocker with good edge grip. Nordica Steadfast, my ski and Elan 888, my son's ski, Salomon Rocker2 90 in addition to those you aleady mentioned.
post #5 of 9

Nice concept, but impossilbe to accomplish. Even if you can demo for free. How do you know what conditions will be in a week, month, next year?

I don't know of any shops that take demo fee's off of late season discounted prices either.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the answers everyone, a lot faster than I expected and really appreciated. I'll check out those Steadfasts, they have a great reputation; you're right I guess the 166 might be a little short! There's no rush to buy as the next trip away will be decidedly hotter and sandier with more work and less time for having fun so this is something to look forward to on return. May see if I can demo instead next year - after reading about the Kabookie I'm slightly tempted to try a wider ski -- at 140lbs I suspect the Bonafide might be more than I need or can handle... Good times though - so much choice and applied science in modern ski's it's a different world to the 90's.

post #7 of 9

You have a good plan with a 90mm ski. One thing to remember is that off piste skiing does not necessarily always mean "deep" snow. For sure, it'll sometimes be soft, oftentimes skier packed, and sometimes with no recent snow, it'll be firm and rough. A ~~ 90mm ski will offer enough width for shallow powder and will be more nimble and generally grippier than most ~~ 98mm skis.

 

The Buswhacker and Steadfast are very good choices with the Steadfast being the stiffer of the two. A few others to consider that you can probably find easily enough in Eu would be the Dynastar Cham 87 or Outland 87 and the Head Rev 90. This will offer you a nice menu of about 5 or so skis to look around for. Stick in the 170 range and you wouldn't go wrong with any of them.

 

SJ

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Cool! That's sorted then, thanks everybody. Looking forward to the next 24 months - and the end of season sales... ;-) 

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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Nice concept, but impossilbe to accomplish. Even if you can demo for free. How do you know what conditions will be in a week, month, next year?

I don't know of any shops that take demo fee's off of late season discounted prices either.


Worked for me.  Demo tent at Whistler one week and Mt. Hood had a Demo Days going on following weekend with lots of vendors.  I got 7 days and demoing though I had pretty much decided on the K2 Rictors once I skied them.

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