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Need advice on freeride/AM skis - never skied off-piste before

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Just joined EpicSki - hi everyone.

 

About myself:

- 44 y.o.

- 6’1  / 192 lbs

- skier for 10 years, approx 25-30 days/year

- currently at around level 7.5.

 

I am looking for freeride/AM skis to complement my Rossi Radicals 9SL and Kastle MX78s. Up until now, I have been a groomer-only skier, and my off-piste experience is zero, although I guess that I would stick to short turns and slow speeds at least for a while.

 

I plan to use the skis mostly in Europe (Alpes/Dolomites), where I would require at least some groomer capability (lets say 80/20). On top of that, I plan to venture to some distant corners or Russia (my home country) which could easily get up to 2-3 ft fresh powder on relatively flat terrain, including some trees/bumps.

 

After going through a few discussion topics on epicski and other ski forums, I decided that ~100 mm waist should be my starting point. What I am still not so sure about is whether I should get something in 98-110 mm range, or go for 110-115. I have an intuitive feeling that anything above 115mm would not serve my immediate purpose.

 

My shortlist so far is:

 

100-110 mm waist segment:

 

4FRNT Cody or Turbo (182 or 184)

Salomon Rocker108 (182)

Scott Punisher (183)

Kastle BMX108 (188)

Kastle XX110 West (180 or 190)

Volkl Gotama (186)

 

110-115 mm waist segment:

 

4FRNT Hoji (187) – not sure if reverse camber would do me good

4FRNT CRJ (180 or 188)

Atomic Atlas (182)

Rossi S7 (188)

Scott MegaDozer (185)

Volkl Katana (184)

 

The list is based on reviews and availability from local stores, as I never skied anything of the above models. As of date, Kastle XXs and MegaDozer are the best value for money, as both come with bindings at a reasonably good price.

 

I would appreciate any recommendations with respect to my shortlist, or suggestions on any models which I may have left out.

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I'd cross the Scott Punisher and the Kastle XX West off the list, I'm just not a fan of the Punisher and the West is a symmetrical twin... probably not a good choice for what you want, unless taking your park steeze to the backcountry is what you want. The rest of the list is excellent. I'm a fan of 4frnt, the Cody looks like a great ski.

 

from the second group I'd eliminate the Hoji (a great ski but not something I'd call 80/20). The S7 gets a lot of flak but it is probably a great choice for you. The Megadozer is also a solid choice, fun ski that can get around out of the powder.

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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

I'd cross the Scott Punisher and the Kastle XX West off the list, I'm just not a fan of the Punisher and the West is a symmetrical twin... probably not a good choice for what you want, unless taking your park steeze to the backcountry is what you want. The rest of the list is excellent. I'm a fan of 4frnt, the Cody looks like a great ski.

 

from the second group I'd eliminate the Hoji (a great ski but not something I'd call 80/20). The S7 gets a lot of flak but it is probably a great choice for you. The Megadozer is also a solid choice, fun ski that can get around out of the powder.

 

Thanks Whiteroom.

 

After diving deeper into the subject I realized that I need what is known around Epicski as an "Eastern ski" in the 98-110mm range, not to stiff and capable of handling both groomers and a few inches of fresh pow. So my choice now is really between Kabookie/Bones (not yet decided), Cody, S3 and (B)MX98.

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