I've been lurking here for a couple years and Im now in the market for a new set of skis and was hoping to tap into this bastion of knowledge and experience for my own personal gain :)
I am 34, 5'10 and weigh 145. I am an advanced skier with 300ish days skied. I did most of my skiing in my early twentys when I moved to Denver for three years. I skied the Buddy Pass, mostly Keystone, Breckenridge and A-Basis. I now live in Boston and get out as much as I can 20ish days a year. I generally go to Loon for day trips and Stowe, Killington or Smugglers for weekends. Once a year I try to take a week to find better snow...UT/CO/WY/BC.
My ski history/quiver goes Olin straight skis (forget the model...dont have them anymore), K2 El Camino's (188), Rossi B2 Bandits (176), Volkl Supersport 5Star (170). I currently ski the volkls most of the time and grab the bandits when its snowing significantly or I plan to go more off-piste...better than the volkl but not great. The volkls are quite broken in and I like their springy feel.
I ski mostly on-piste 80% but hop into trees on occasion and hit the backcountry when possible, really only when on vacation or in the rare occasion I feel like hiking. I like carving groomers and love popping back-and-forth and the volkls are great for this but when it gets cruddy, starts snowing or if I want to hit trees or anything else I start thinking of grabbin the bandits from the car...which arent much better and feel slow relative to the volkls. Both are good skis but have some age on them and I'm ready for an upgrade.
I want to move to a single quiver. I have skiied my 68 waisted volkls in a foot of snow without issue, although not ideal. The bandits are only 76 underfoot and that is the fattest ski I have owned and I've skied plenty of powder days and done a bit of backcountry. For this reason I am more concerned about getting too wide a ski rather than too skinny. After a few demos I've concluded that I would like a ski in the 90 waist range and not much wider. I am a light dude and have always skied powder in thinner waisted skis and I dont see enough to base a ski decision on it. I demoed the mantras which were too unwieldy/wide and stiff. The kendos were better but still a bit too slow/stiff for me. I am hoping for something more all mountain than my current that are still agile and can be popped around. I am researched out and dont want to finish the season demoing skis but am really ready for an upgrade...along with a trip out west.
I have narrowed it down to the Line Prophet 90s and Salomon Rocker2 90. Based on research/reviews both are highly rated and seem to have the agileness/maneuverability I'm looking for, at least in the 90ish range. Both have a bit of rocker/early rise and I believe both are still slightly cambered underfoot, I know the salomon is, which sounds like a great combo for me...versatile but carvy. I have been recommended the prophets by a hole slew of salesmen and even some folks on lifts but no-one I know has them. I was pretty set on them and scheduled a demo this weekend, hopefully my last, but then a buddy highly recommended the Rocker2 90s and some researched turned up some pretty positive opinions that seem to match what I'm looking for even closer than the Prophet 90s. But Im having trouble finding somewhere nearby that has Rocker2 90s to demo.
So in my desperation/exasperation I reach out to you, epicski members. Please help me with any input you find relevant and accept my appology for my longwindedness :)
- 34, 5'10, 145lbs advanced skier
- Ski mostly east coast, 80% piste, like all terrain but love carving groomers (so I'm thinking an all mountain that prioritizes carving)
- Appreciate an agile ski that can pop back and forth but want to try something a bit wider that can handle more terrain...90ish seems to be where one can start getting nearly all purpose
- Interested in a little rocker but not too much...like the idea of camber underfoot and slight rocket tip....i think both have this
- would like at least a semi twin tip...something I can land/ride switch easier
- want to hold an edge in east coast conditions but not be too stiff, especially given my weight
- Line Prophet 90s or Salomon Rocker2 90
- was thinking 172 for the LPs but not sure about the SRs, probably 177 but I've like shorter skis, one could spot a trend in my quivers progression, but 169 is pretty short, especially with a rocker.
Edited by ulnevrgtit - 2/27/13 at 8:24pm