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Atomic Ride 9.20 vs. C 9.18 vs. C 8.18

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Hello,

I posted this to the general gear forum, but perhaps this is a better place for it. I'm about to buy my first set of skis. I'm an intermediate skier, hoping to ski more in the coming years. I typically ski all the blue runs and maybe the easier black runs, but would like something that will work for me now and that I can also grow into.

I've pretty much decided on Atomics, but can't decide which model to get. I found some good deals on last year's models of the Ride 9.20, C 9.18 and C 8.18. What would folks out there recommend?

Also, I'm 5'11", 165 lbs. A 170 ski comes right up to the bridge of my nose. Is that the correct size, or should I go for a 180?

I live and ski New England.

Thanks!

P.S. To this point, I have skiied only groomed trails. I imagine most of my future skiing will be similar, though I guess it depends on how my skills and interests evolve. I'm 37, if that makes a difference.
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I like my C 9.18s a lot. (180 cm - I'n 6 ft 215 lbs).

I have skied them for the past two seasons in all kinds of NE conditions, ice, fresh and crud. I used them in Idaho this year and they were even pretty good in boot top powder. They want to be on an edge when your at speed but so do most shaped skis. You won't get far if you sit back on them though. I find that they don't make short turns very well however.

My son skis an 8.18 and he likes them just fine. I find them a little squirrely and light feeling. Even after a fresh tune it seems like they want to drift (one at a time) right or left. That said I've never skied hard on when I had them on.

Never skied the 9.20s.

Good luck with your shopping!
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