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Mantra or Experience 98

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Thread Starter 

Hi Guys - 

 

I know this has been covered in the past, but I wanted your feedback.

 

Intermediate skier, ski at Northstar/Heavenly (Sierra's), 6 ft, 180 lb. Do blacks, and blues. Have not perfected the carving technique. Stay on the trails for the most part.

 

Looking for an all-mountain single quiver ski. Based on my research, the Volkl Mantra, or the Rossi Experience 98 are probably the best (Bonafides are not an option since they are sold out).

 

Wanted to get your thoughts on this. Also, what kind of bindings would you recommend?

 

Thanks a bunch!!

post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by amver View Post

Hi Guys - 

 

Intermediate skier, ski at Northstar/Heavenly (Sierra's), 6 ft, 180 lb. Do blacks, and blues. Have not perfected the carving technique. Stay on the trails for the most part.

 

Looking for an all-mountain single quiver ski. Based on my research, the Volkl Mantra, or the Rossi Experience 98 are probably the best (Bonafides are not an option since they are sold out).

 

Wanted to get your thoughts on this. Also, what kind of bindings would you recommend?

 

Thanks a bunch!!

 

 

Neither ski above is appropriate for your ability level. While they're both great skis and also happen to work very well on groomed terrain, they need a skilled pilot. They might actually impede your progress up the learning curve.Think more Blizzard Bushwacker'ish, Rossi E83... The sleeper of the day for your needs would be the Nordica Avenger. Absolutely a great ski to take you up the ladder with money left over for some lessons.

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Originally Posted by amver View Post

Hi Guys - 

 

I know this has been covered in the past, but I wanted your feedback.

 

Intermediate skier, ski at Northstar/Heavenly (Sierra's), 6 ft, 180 lb. Do blacks, and blues. Have not perfected the carving technique. Stay on the trails for the most part.

 

Looking for an all-mountain single quiver ski. Based on my research, the Volkl Mantra, or the Rossi Experience 98 are probably the best (Bonafides are not an option since they are sold out).

 

Wanted to get your thoughts on this. Also, what kind of bindings would you recommend?

 

Thanks a bunch!!

Buy a narrower ski, I'd suggest 88mm or under with a slightly more carving oriented feel vs. freeride oriented feel.

 

Check out the Rossi Experience 88, Dynastar Outland 87, Blizzard magnum 8.5, kastle LX82 or MX83/MX88, Nordica Burner, etc.

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

This is great feedback - thanks guys.

 

What kind of bindings on the Experience 88 will go best?

post #5 of 11

Do a Rossi binding, and the ski/binding warrantee is extended to two years. Axial 120 would be the bet.

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Do a Rossi binding, and the ski/binding warrantee is extended to two years. Axial 120 would be the bet.

 

Yes.  And that is a good selection.

 

Dennis

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks again for such great advise. So its going to be Rossignol Experience 88.

 

Last question - what brake size? 90mm? (L, XL, XXL)?

post #8 of 11

90mm

post #9 of 11

Sure. 

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Last question (I promise :) It appears Rossi has size as:

 

 

Brake Width: [L] 80 - 90 mm, [XL] 90 - 100 mm, [XXL] 100 - 115 mm

 

So, do I need L, or XL?

 

 

 

http://www.backcountry.com/rossignol-axial2-120-ski-binding?CMP_SKU=ROS0706&MER=0406&CMP_ID=SH_NXT001&mv_pc=r147&003=7163120&010=ROS0706&mr:referralID=6aa5535a-7f98-11e2-8751-001b2166c2c0

post #11 of 11

The Large is a 90mm brake I believe so you should be fine... Worse case is you bend it a little. I would rather that than a brake that is too large and hanging out over my ski. The E88 is a really nice ski. Should be great for your needs and ability. 

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