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Looking for light powder skis

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hi there
Im looking for a powder ski fairly forgiving.
Need to carry them for a 4 h walk steep uphill say 2500 feet. Then will go down pure powder 45 to 50 deg steep.
I am 135 pounds and 1.70 tall
I would say im between 7 or 8 level
Its my first time doing big hike and run.


Thank you for any tip
Felipe
post #2 of 22

Welcome to EpicSki.  

There are some really nice light weight skis out there to serve this purpose but there are also some incredible options in the BC Ski world. 

 

The first ski that came to mind for you is the DPS Pure Wailer.  I had that ski and was always impressed with how light weight it was. 

While you're at it, what are you doing for boots/bindings? 

 

I ask this because the bindings can make a ski heavier than expected and the boot that you're going to pair with the binding makes a difference in what binding you can choose. 

post #3 of 22

Hi - Some of your question depends on your skill set and mission. A 4 hour walk to very steep downs suggests you're at least a high advanced skier, ideally an expert. But the 7 to 8, and the sense you've never done this before, suggests high intermediate to low advanced. Which is closer? Also, are you planning to mount AT on these? Tech? Or by "walk," do you mean hiking, carrying your skis on your pack? This makes a difference because if you plan to skin, then you want a lighter and shorter ski than if you can carry them. And along these lines, if you've never done this before, I hope you've taken backcountry training and are going out with experienced friends. 

 

Second, how old are you? If you're still growing, it would make sense to get cheaper skis. If you're grown, obviously you could invest more if you want to, although I'd advise against sinking a bunch of money into your first powder boards. 

 

Anyway, DPS's are nice skis, although $$ if you're just getting started, and they vary in their forgiveness. Some less expensive lighter skis that would work for hiking or skinning include Armada TST's (decently cheap right now but going fast), Elan 999's from this season (very cheap right now, great all around for on-piste and off-piste), Blizzard Bushwackers (which at your size would constitute a great backcountry all purpose ski that is, like the Elan, strong on groomers too), Praxis Yeti (very light in your length and on sale right now), and Prior Husume's (which are lighter than the DPS equivalent, but a bit wide for your purposes and not a bunch cheaper than the DPS's). 

 

There's also the matter of boots; assume you already have AT boots or at least alpines with a walk mode, otherwise you will be in so much pain you won't want to ski down when you get there...

post #4 of 22

Some good points in the previous posts.  

 

The new Soul Series from Rossi are super light because of the honeycomb in the ends.  They also ski well.  There are plenty of threads on this forum about them if you search.

post #5 of 22

The DPS Wailer 112 as suggested above is a good idea, and I'd also through in the Dynafit Huascaran, which can be found for less money, as a good option.

post #6 of 22

i use the same ski for coastal powder as inland northern powder.

post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks...

 

Well, it will be a 4 h walk carring skis, not with skins.

We are going with a group, some of them have done it before.

Aside feeling weird about rating my skills i would clarify that I am CSIA instructor, and i think i fit fairly as an advanced skier.

The thing is i have not done many backcountry or helisky other than walking for not more than an hour and then going down… so this is a bit of a step up for me.

I am quite cautious and understand your concerns… will do this in august and i am preparing the trip already to Portillo, Chile.

 

Important things:

I am 36 years old 

I am 135 pounds

 

Budget always an issue but… Armada TST or Elan 999 would be my pick

(I've been using stiff volkls from 5 years now, that's why im looking not only for powder ski but also for soft, all around, "not so nervous" skis)

 

Thanks again and will be waiting your answers!

Felipe

post #8 of 22

Felipe,  I really hope you have had training (Avi1) and the proper equipment (beacon, probe, shovel, etc, etc) before trying this.  Skins can make your life so much more simple than a 4 hour boot pack, you should look into them.  Lots of good ski suggestions. The 183 TST should work well for you if you like that ski.  Have fun down there and be safe.

post #9 of 22

Did a 3+ hr walk today for a 2000m of down.  The ski?   Dynafit's all around sleeper, the Huascaran.

 

I own DPS skis and a full quiver of other in the 115mm under foot range.   Bottomless powder?  Ice? Spring Corn.  Breakable crust?  Slush or chalk?   The Huascarans simply rocks them all!

post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thnku guys for allyour advises!
post #11 of 22
Check out the Atomic Access they are light, cheap and a blast in powder. I would recommend the 171 cm length.
post #12 of 22

 

some of the skiing looked like this btw :)

post #13 of 22

I wouldn't necessarily call the Elan 999 a lightweight ski. The number I got from Dawgcatching about the Elan Apex (similar construction) was on the heavier end.

 

Quote:

Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post

Some good points in the previous posts.  

 

The new Soul Series from Rossi are super light because of the honeycomb in the ends.  They also ski well.  There are plenty of threads on this forum about them if you search.

 

But none talking about the weight. Do you have any numbers?

post #14 of 22

Goode Rahu,  Carbon fiber, similar dimensions to Rossi S7 or Armada JJ they ski similar too.  I have a pair of Goode Wasatch for touring, great ski & super light, 97mm waist.

post #15 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brian Lindahl View Post

 

But none talking about the weight. Do you have any numbers?

 

If I wasn't so lazy I would go to the Rossi site and look up that number for you.  It is very noticeable when you pick up a pair of the skis.

post #16 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brian Lindahl View Post

 

But none talking about the weight. Do you have any numbers?

According to the site of this New Zealand ski shop, the Soul 7 weighs 1900 grams in the 180 length.

 

The DPS Wailer 105 in the "Carbon Nano" model in a 178 length is 1600 grams.  The same ski in the Glass/Carbon/Bamboo model is 2000 grams.

 

The Line Sir Fancis Bacon in a 184 is 2175 grams.

 

And I was able to find a weight on my 2013 pair of Rossignol Super 7's in the 195 length... 2715 grams.  No wonder it's a chore carrying them up a boot pack!

 

All weights are per ski.

post #17 of 22

I am surprised how light the Soul 7 is! They may be on my wish list for next season.

 

My Wasatch's weigh in at 1263 grams, the wider 116mm waisted, rockered backcountry version of the Rahu called the Panorama weighs in at 1445 grams in the 189cm...  That is per ski.

 

JF

post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
How about liberty helix?
post #19 of 22

"According to the site of this New Zealand ski shop, the Soul 7 weighs 1900 grams in the 180 length.

The DPS Wailer 105 in the "Carbon Nano" model in a 178 length is 1600 grams. The same ski in the Glass/Carbon/Bamboo model is 2000 grams."

 

177cm Huascaran @ 113mm under foot is  1723g per ski

176cm DPS 99 Pure @ 99mm is 1465g per


Edited by Dane - 6/6/13 at 11:53am
post #20 of 22

The Kastle TX skis are around 1600Gr +/- depending on size and length. 

 

post #21 of 22
post #22 of 22

I'm surprised no one is trading drillium jigs yet.

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