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Wailer 112 (Pure or Hybrid) on East Coast - how versitile?

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I got bit by the Wailer bug two weeks ago in Utah. Skied a three year old pair of Pures in 178cm mostly in boot to thigh powder. A magic carpet ride for certain. Had great fun in soft bumps as well. Even on the short stretches of groomer runs I did to the lift, they hooked up remarkably well with big/little toe technique. If I lived in Utah I would already own a pair. But I live in Maine. Certainly, we get some powder days, though it is not of the blower variety. "Mixed condition" is a kind description of the variety of different snow/harpack/ice you might encounter on a single run as well.

While I would love to have a pair of these, I just wonder if either the pure or hybrid is so specialized as a powder ski, or impractical as a more "all-rounder," that I would relegate them to the quiver closet save for those few special deep days. When do you East Coast guys bring these out to play?

Tx

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Well, it's definitely not going to be your one-ski quiver, but if you loved it, get one and use it when appropriate. If we get as many good days as we have so far this year, you will be using it more than just once or twice a season. Check out this thread.

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I'm 5'11'', about 180lbs and I just love my 178cm hybrid Wailer/Yvettes in Vermont trees. Nimble, floaty, quick, slarvy when needed, edge-grippy when needed.  184 for more open terrain would be great, but the 178 works great in the trees on the East coast for me.  I am also in love with the 177cm Praxis concept in the Eastern trees, although it is a completely different feel and personality....  Good suggestion by qcanoe to check out the other thread...

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I'm 5'11'', about 180lbs and I just love my 178cm hybrid Wailer/Yvettes in Vermont trees. Nimble, floaty, quick, slarvy when needed, edge-grippy when needed.  184 for more open terrain would be great, but the 178 works great in the trees on the East coast for me.  I am also in love with the 177cm Praxis concept in the Eastern trees, although it is a completely different feel and personality....  Good suggestion by qcanoe to check out the other thread...

ES, thanks for your input. I was going to pm you knowing that you were smitten with yours as well and VT ain't all that different than ME. Curious if you have actually skied the 184? My fun time in UT was on the 178 Pure. Because these skis are so unique, my gauge for determining if a ski is too short was inapplicable. Compared to my MX98 (178cm) I found that the Pures I skied had all sorts of float. I am 5'9 and 172lbs+/-. Knowing that East trees are often tighter than West, I would give up a bit of stability in open terrain for maneuverability. Have I just convinced myself into a pair in 178? Have you skied a pair of Pures to compare? Tx again.

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