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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
It's summer, and I am about to purchase a mid 80's daily driver for this coming season.
I am a family man, and I am supporting wife and son in Vail. Therefore, I have narrowed down a few models that are a season to several seasons old I can obtain locally for cheap as we are ski bum broke.

I ski Beaver Creek/Vail 50 days per year. I usually only ski when there is 6 inches or more overnight. However, priorities are changing and I want something mid 80's to complement my 188 Kastle Bmx 108 (I use if it is boot deep or greater. I absolutely love how easy going yet powerful this ski is.)

I am 5'10" 185. Ski fast, technical. Looking for something to replace my now worn out sultan 85 in a 178. Needs to perform well on hard pack first and foremost. I also spend 70 percent of my time in bumps off piste evem during dry spells, yet I never really have had problems on any ski in bumps. I posted a video of bump skiing to help with recommendations.

http://youtu.be/dhE-V2wAaoQ

Narrowed down to:

Blizzard m-power 8.7 suspension 181
Head Peak 84 177/184
Head Rev Pro 85 177/184
Blizzard Titan Cronus 180

Also noticed on denver wholesale skis they have an old Head peak 88 in a 180 for cheap I am considering.

I am on a severe budget and can get any of
these older models for a reasonable price.

Recommendations?
post #2 of 14
Start Haus (Truckee) is running a sale on Nordica with free shipping. I know no Nordica were on your list but you emphasized on a budget so tossing it out there. Links to thread and the sale are below. http://www.epicski.com/t/120945/the-nordica-blem-sale-is-live http://shop.starthaus.com/store/pc/2013-Nordica-Blemish-Ski-Sale-c311.htm?m=1&ProdSort=1&catviewall=t&idCategory=311
post #3 of 14
There are a few skis in that mid 80's range that will do what you want. I wouldn't dismiss even the 90 waisted Steadfast.
post #4 of 14

Maybe you can find the old Kastle FX84 - great bump ski.

post #5 of 14

PM me if you want to consider a lightly used 178 Sultan 85 Fluid.

post #6 of 14

The rev pro 85 is a ok ski for carving and bumps... I bought one pair to use as rock skis because the base is the same as the sultan: very resistant! I don't know if its the era technology but the 177 feel shorter than my other skis ( I think there is a little rocker on the tail too...). May be it would be better for you at 185 pounds (me:210)? One thing for sure they are better than your sultan !

 

The Steadfast: lot more stiff. Very good on hard snow. One of the best for me on hard bumps! Very lights, quick and snappy (all wood)! Good edge grip but less fun on soft snow...

 

The fx84 could be the best suggestion... They are fun to carve; funnier than the other two and funnier than the mx88 because they are a little less stiff and you can play with the radius more. They are light and really fun in bumps and trees! My only problem is that I bought the 184 cm ( real good price) and I'm not use to that lenght in bumps ( It's crazy how much difference a little 6 cm longer can make!) I guess I'll get use to it...

post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

There are a few skis in that mid 80's range that will do what you want. I wouldn't dismiss even the 90 waisted Steadfast.

 

I just bought the Steadfast from the blemish sale for my daily driver for lots of bumps.  I ski Copper and grew up skiing Mary Jane, so pretty similar to BC.

 

I think the 88 range is great for a CO daily driver for someone who skis a lot of bumps, but also wants something wide enough for 6 inches or less and crud.  They are also remarkable cruising skis.  I think 88's are way better in bumps than the 98 class of skis that are getting too wide for quick zipper line skiing.

 

The Volkl Kendo and Rossi E88 are other skis in the same class I liked you might keep an eye out for.  There are also numerous other skis in this class that get great reviews.  Maybe also add a cheap Volkl AC30 (80mm) to your shopping list.  I was on the AC30 previously and loved it in the bumps, but switched to the Kendo when it came out as I enjoyed the extra width in the pow and crud, and it gave up little in the bumps.  If you like a softer bump ski, though, neither of the Volkls are ideal for you.

post #8 of 14

Budget mid-80's daily driver?  If 88 = "mid-80's" you might consider these Fischer's: http://www.levelninesports.com/Fischer-Motive-88-Skis .  Not widely distributed or reviewed, but they've gotten some good write-ups (see http://www.epicski.com/t/119597/2012-fischer-motive-88; http://www.epicski.com/t/117167/fischer-motive-88-skis; http://www.dawgcatching.com/2012-fischer-motive-88-ski-rsx12-powerrail-binding.html).  Based on those reviews, my past (positive) experience with Fischer Bix Stix and Watea series, and the pricing at Level Nine, there's a new pair sitting in my basement for next season. 

post #9 of 14

Forgot to say that if you are on a severe budget, the rev pro 85 is the cheapest good ski I ever bought ...

 

Tball is right with the Kendo but don't buy the older non-rocker version...not very good if you get caught in more than 6 inches of snow... really good in bumps but really not smooth ride...

post #10 of 14

Do NOT get the Peak 88.  Nobody liked 'em much.  I tried them as a replacement for my Monster 82's and their tips were too stiff.  (Later I decided that a little rocker, even in the middle of the quiver, is a good idea.

 

The Peak 84's were a great ski:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/102886/demo-day-briefs-50-50-skis-84-to-88mm-wide

 

And I highly recommend the Salomon Enduro 850 XT:

 

http://www.epicski.com/products/salomon-xt-850-enduro-ski/reviews/2099

 

 

 

 

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post #11 of 14
i have the kastle mx78 ( love it!) and if it were me, in addition to trying the many good choices suggested to you already, I'd also include the mx83. I can't wait to see what the upcoming season's new mid 80s daily drivers will deliver (imo that width is so practical for so many days when it's neither a big dump day nor is it truly hardpack)
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
I really want an FX84/94 or mx 83!

The Sallie enduro looks fine as well, can't find em cheap though.

However, with financial restrictions I have narrowed it down to the older peak 84 in a 177/184. It seems these got really good reviews around here.

Any suggestion on length? I could go either way I suppose.

Thanks for all suggestions.
post #13 of 14

 look at the Head 85.

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Originally Posted by Townicus View Post

I really want an FX84/94 or mx 83!

The Sallie enduro looks fine as well, can't find em cheap though.

However, with financial restrictions I have narrowed it down to the older peak 84 in a 177/184. It seems these got really good reviews around here.

Any suggestion on length? I could go either way I suppose.

Thanks for all suggestions.
post #14 of 14

Head 85 or Fischer Motive 86. Both quality Austrian made daily drivers and can be found for deals.

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