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Suitable Replacement For My Pocket Rockets

post #1 of 10
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I feel the time has finally come to retire my Salomon Pocket Rockets. IMO a truly fantastic ski but after 30+ weeks on them they don't really have the 'pop' anymore and have been well surpassed technology-wise, so I need a replacement for next season.

I am looking for a ski that is 90mm - 95mm under foot, not massively rockered (would prefer a slight early rise) and not too stiff so that is still has playful characteristics. Any pointers on length would be great as well.

My current line-up of skis to give you an idea of where they will need to slot in:

Salomon Pocket Rockets 175cm
Volkl Tiger Shark 10ft 175cm (11/12)
Elan Bloodline 171cm
K2 Pontoons 189cm (11/12)

#Where in the world are you skiing?

Well being from the UK i don't really have a specific region that I frequent, but the last couple of seasons I have made the trip out to Lake Tahoe and Salt Lake City and aim to keep returning the that area.

#What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)

All of the above except park and pipe, far too old and wise for that these days, but for these skis mainly sidecountry, groomers and moguls.

#How many days a year do you ski?

10 to 20

#How advanced are you as a skier?

Not sure what sort of scale people usually refer to on here, but i am an ISIA level instructor if that helps.

#What's your height and weight?

5ft 10" 155lbs

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 10

I've never skied the Pocket Rocket, but that seems to be one of the most mentioned skis on this site.  Lots of followers.  Someone should have a suggestion for you. 

post #3 of 10

You might try the Solomon BBR 8.9.  It will do everything that a Pocket Rocket does plus it will hold on hard snow and it doesn't get nearly as unstable at speed.

post #4 of 10

I owned the PR's, am about 10 lbs heavier, 2 " taller. The skis that have to have the closest feel to PR's these days are the Sollie Rocker 2 92's; similarly light, playful, twins with early rise at each end. The R2 108 has been getting strong reviews too, if you want same idea but bit more float for moderate powder days (obviously you have deep pow covered). I tried the R2 115 this year, am extrapolating to the narrower versions.

If you want something that has the general idea (softish, light, easy to move around in bumps and tight places) but with more grip for firmer snow, the new Rossi Soul 7 may be the ticket. Getting very strong reviews, seems to make everyone happy. Also I see a lot of Atomic Theories around that seem to fill the same niche, and at least one guy I talked to really liked them as an all-mountain ski. Have not skied them

 

Among Indies, maybe the  Armada TST. Very different design, but seems to come out as light and easy, with some groomer ability the PR's never had, livelier than the Rossis or Salomons. Several threads here about them. 

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Originally Posted by beyond View Post

I owned the PR's, am about 10 lbs heavier, 2 " taller. The skis that have to have the closest feel to PR's these days are the Sollie Rocker 2 92's; similarly light, playful, twins with early rise at each end. The R2 108 has been getting strong reviews too, if you want same idea but bit more float for moderate powder days (obviously you have deep pow covered). I tried the R2 115 this year, am extrapolating to the narrower versions.

If you want something that has the general idea (softish, light, easy to move around in bumps and tight places) but with more grip for firmer snow, the new Rossi Soul 7 may be the ticket. Getting very strong reviews, seems to make everyone happy. Also I see a lot of Atomic Theories around that seem to fill the same niche, and at least one guy I talked to really liked them as an all-mountain ski. Have not skied them

 

Among Indies, maybe the  Armada TST. Very different design, but seems to come out as light and easy, with some groomer ability the PR's never had, livelier than the Rossis or Salomons. Several threads here about them. 

 

I almost have pulled the trigger on a pair of 178cm Atomic Theory skis a couple of times as they appear, on paper, to be a good replacement.

 

The Rocker² 92 does look good but i was leaning slightly more towards the 90 due to the tighter radius, front-side orientation and that the rockered profile is less pronounced than the 92. I believe that the 90 would still give good enough side-country performance to negate the 92 as an option for me.

 

Another ski I have been looking at is the Nordica Steadfast which is 132-90-118, very similar to the Rocker² 90, but a bit stiffer due to some carbon 'strips' in the in construction and still manages to be a lightweight ski. My main concern is that it might be a bit too serious of a ski and not have that 'fun' factor I am trying to retain from the PR's.

 

I will go and do some research the Rossi Soul 7 ski I have noticed a few thread cropping up with them being mentioned as a great ski.

 

Thanks

post #6 of 10
Try the BBRs. Same designer, similar personality. Their relatively narrow waist, traditional camber, and stiffer tail- more twin tip than rocker, make them a good little carver. Quick like the Rockets and the huge front end floats well in powder . The fatter skis are surfier, but the BBRs are good on most anything, even bumps. If you find the 8.9 ( 9 next year) too soft, try the burlier 10's. You have the Volkls for the hard stuff. Fun. Quick. Playful. Lively.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

You might try the Solomon BBR 8.9.  It will do everything that a Pocket Rocket does plus it will hold on hard snow and it doesn't get nearly as unstable at speed.

 

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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post

Try the BBRs. Same designer, similar personality. Their relatively narrow waist, traditional camber, and stiffer tail- more twin tip than rocker, make them a good little carver. Quick like the Rockets and the huge front end floats well in powder . The fatter skis are surfier, but the BBRs are good on most anything, even bumps. If you find the 8.9 ( 9 next year) too soft, try the burlier 10's. You have the Volkls for the hard stuff. Fun. Quick. Playful. Lively.

 

I did have a look at the BBR 8.9, but i do tend to ski bumps quite often, well where ever possible,  and with the wide tips i don't think they would be great for that application, sure they look good for most other things but they have to perform in the bumps.

 

Please correct me if i'm wrong.

post #8 of 10

I've not noticed that they have problems in the bumps.  The big tips don't figure in as far as I can tell.  I suggest you demo some and make up your own mind.

post #9 of 10

Elliot - just wondered what you decided on in the end. I too have an identical pair of pocket rockets that I've used in the powder and touring for the last 10 years or so. Awesome ski and had wondered about replacing them at some point

 

BTW (I'm in London) if you were wanting to sell those PR's of yours I have a buddy that has always wanted a pair (he's coveted mine for some time......)

 

cheers

post #10 of 10

I had a well loved pair of 175cm Pocket Rockets that , sadly, were stolen from the rack at Sugarloaf while still in their prime.  I replaced them with 183 cm Sollie 1080 Guns which were heavier, stiffer and wider so while a decent ski - not the same ride at all.  Last season I demoed a pair of Rossi Soul 7s.  Not so light but had that playful, fun feeling and skied like a dream in powder, crud and soft bumps.  On harder snow they work fine but rockered tip seems to flop around a bit.

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