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I know everyone posts these threads but I figure I'd throw it out there and get some advice from some experts.

Been skiing for 3 years now and im looking for a all mountain quiver to replace my 181 Armada AR7's, that I've been using for all over the mountain basically unless it was snowing (park, groomers, ice, hard pack). I have skis that I can ride in the park (186 line afterbangs) and big powder skis (195 armada ak jj) for when it gets deep. But im looking for a in betweener that can handle some new snow off piste, but also shred the groomers and hardpack.

So a bit about myself im 6'3" should be around 225 by the start of the season and a advanced skier.

I've been looking at two skis in particular, the Rossi s3 in 186 and its 98 underfoot..I've demo'd these before but I wasn't as good then so I couldn't really make judgment on them. I like that they are 98 underfoot and might help with my size and weight.

The next is the new Line sick day 95 in 186, this is a new ski so I haven't got a chance to demo it but it really looks like what im looking for. Im worried that the sick day 110 might be a bit too wide.

What are your thought on my choices?

Thanks allot for any help! Steve
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Can't speak to the Sick Day, but IMO you're kinda big for the S3. It'll have a definite speed limit for you. And I'd never call it a hardpack "shredder," for any size driver. It's best in bumps and trees when the snow is moderately soft. 

 

IMO something more in the mid 80's to mid 90's, with a beefier construction, will serve you better for groomer duty. Which will entail more and more bumps, as you get better. 

 

Check out skis like the Blizzard Brahma, Volkl Kendo, Head REV85, Nordica Steadfast, Dynastar 8.7 Outbound. (Stockli and Kastle make great skis for bigger guys in this range also, but assume you're not interested in premium $$ - and more demanding - sticks quite yet.)

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Can't speak to the Sick Day, but IMO you're kinda big for the S3. It'll have a definite speed limit for you. And I'd never call it a hardpack "shredder," for any size driver. It's best in bumps and trees when the snow is moderately soft. 



IMO something more in the mid 80's to mid 90's, with a beefier construction, will serve you better for groomer duty. Which will entail more and more bumps, as you get better. 


Check out skis like the Blizzard Brahma, Volkl Kendo, Head REV85, Nordica Steadfast, Dynastar 8.7 Outbound. (Stockli and Kastle make great skis for bigger guys in this range also, but assume you're not interested in premium $$ - and more demanding - sticks quite yet.)


 



Agree with all that but maybe add Atomic Crimson Nomad Ti and Elan Amphibio 88XTi to the list of skis to consider.
post #4 of 5

^^^ Yep, spot on.  

 

No way on the S3.  I'm 5'11 180 and skied the 186 S3 as my soft snow ski last year.  It was nice for soft snow but I didn't enjoy it on firm snow.   I absolutely hated the 178 S3 as it was a scary noodle for me, probably how the 186 would feel for you.

 

Give a 184 Kendo and an 186 E88 a spin, or one of the other many great skis in this class like beyond suggests.   An all-mountain 90ish ski is perfect since you already have a big powder ski.  Lots of good choices... like shooting fish in the barrel (S3 is fishing in the wrong barrel).

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Thread Starter 
Thanks guys! I knew it would be a good idea asking the forum, even if its the annoying same old question. Ill look at all those skis beyond, thanks allot!
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