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post #1 of 17
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Hi all. There have been a million threads on here about the best tree ski, the best EC ski, and so on. I ski on the east coast and I am an intermediate/advanced skier who wants a lightweight rocketed ski in the 180ish range. Ideally I would like to demo, but may not be able to. I am looking into the Cochise, Patron, moment bellafonte, and pb and j. My question to you all is a) which is the lightest of these and b) which has a more forgiving flex pattern? c)are there any other skis I should put on my list? Thanks all!
post #2 of 17
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I forgot to mention that I'm 5'10" and 180#
post #3 of 17

I recommend skis without rockets.

post #4 of 17

Estes makes great model rockets. I haven't had good luck attaching them to skis.

 

I enjoy my Goode 74s for all around western snow. They are extremely light but a more conventional shaped ski. I don't like ice and the Goodes don't help. They are fantastic bump skis and can go anywhere on the mountain. Surprisingly good for a skinny ski in powder too.

 

My powder skis are Praxis Backcountry. Quite light and built with all the modern features; fat, fairly straight and rockered. Wonderful in powder, good in the bumps and able to hold on the scratchy icy spots. Mine at 175 are maybe a bit short for the groomers and not that much fun (relative to how much fun they are in the bumps and powder).

 

I demoed Armada TSTs and liked them too. But I didn't run them through too many different conditions. Reasonably light, prerdictable and modern - you might want to demo them.

 

For icy groomers, I'd choose a race ski. I do own a pair of slalom race skis for those rare eastern snow type days (actually, too many of those the last couple years). Non race bindings can help bring the weight of a race ski down while still keeping the skis fun.

 

Bindings make a huge weight difference on the overall weight. Choose carefully and don't over DIN too much.

 

I appreciate and agree with your preference for light skis. Light skis rock!

 

Eric

post #5 of 17
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LOL. I should have spell checked!
post #6 of 17
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Eric, I'm on Kendos for my DD, and just need something a bit on the lighter side for powder/storm days. My ol legs get tired much more quickly nowadays. I plan on adding squires from a short pair of blue house districts. Praxis are hard to come by on the discounted price, but I did see a pair on eBay! I'm at an 8 din. They worked perfectly as I launched right out of my skis the other day (powder day) when I hit a bump that was hiding under fresh stuff. ...Rocket man signing off.
post #7 of 17

Wait a minute, your on Kendos and looking for a lighter ski. What do you have for a binding ?

 

 

My 177cm Kendos with Salomon 912Ti bindings and both of them don't weigh what one of my AC40's does.

 

If you want something wider, check out the Volkl Katana, 112 under foot.

post #8 of 17
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Maybe I need to get into better shape!
post #9 of 17
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Max, my Kendos are flat from two years ago. Not sure if more recent models are lighter
post #10 of 17

Hi

 

For what its worth, I've skied 2013 Kendos with Marker F12 Touring bindings and its the lightest thing I've ever skied (to the point I was a bit uncomfortable). II think it was more effect of the touring bindings though.

 

Anyways, there are 2 points: one os the weight of the ski and the other is the swing weight when you need to steer it.

I cant tell if they got lighter or not, but some weight variation shouldnt make you tired, I guess (or better saying, Im not sure if a lighter ski will make you less tired). Sure you need to carry them around and its a pita, but during ski I wonder if it would make a difference for your legs.

 

Maybe, as you mention, the key is in a softer ski?

post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by thekidd326 View Post

LOL. I should have spell checked!

You spelled "rocketed" right!

post #12 of 17
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So I think I will be purchasing either the Cochise or Bellafonte. I really wish I could demo one or the other. I think I can't go wrong with either one of these. I will be mounting my Squires on them and am already waiting for next season. If I'm lucky, I will be able to get out a few more times this season! I will soon be posting in the for sale section. Volkl bridge 171 (way too short now) and will continue with my Kendos and am not sure what to do with my Bluehouses. Probably just keep them. They were a steal and have been fun to ride. Although, if I sell everything, i can get a new pair of boots. That might put my wife over the edge! My name is rocketman, and I am a gear whore.
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
So I think I will be purchasing either the Cochise or Bellafonte. I really wish I could demo one or the other. I think I can't go wrong with either one of these. I will be mounting my Squires on them and am already waiting for next season. If I'm lucky, I will be able to get out a few more times this season! I will soon be posting in the for sale section. Volkl bridge 171 (way too short now) and will continue with my Kendos and am not sure what to do with my Bluehouses. Probably just keep them. They were a steal and have been fun to ride. Although, if I sell everything, i can get a new pair of boots. That might put my wife over the edge! My name is rocketman, and I am a gear whore.
post #14 of 17
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What is your weight/height Icecookie?
post #15 of 17
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Sorry fr the double post. My 18mo old likes the ipad
post #16 of 17
Im 6' and 220
post #17 of 17
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So I ended up with the armada TST in the 182 length. Very excited to mount these with either a pair of Squires or Jesters and get on the snow! Thanks for the input guys. I would comment on them but may not be able to get enough time to do it this year.
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