There's a hole in my quiver, Dear Liza, Dear Liza.
There's a hole in my quiver, Dear Liza, a hole.
So ... I got my icy groomer skis and I got my fat playful fun shape, but I got no daily driver. Last year I just did without, because my 85mm Dynastar Sultan went to the teenager (together with a remount, which meant I couldn't borrow the ski when he wasn't with me).
This year I'd prefer not to do without. And if I do get the Dynastars back (the kid is getting wicked tall), then the son is going to need more or less the same skis I go on to describe here.
Me: 5' 7", age 50, 135lb., level 8, east coaster, beer leaguer. Prefer old-school areas with natural snow bumps and trees, but don't need an invitation to lay down arcs if that's what there is - often the case. Last year I skied 40 days.
Here are the criteria and the wrinkles:
- Has to be a last-year's or older model, since I'm on a budget and want to buy used or deeply discounted NOS.
- Needs to handle everything but the extremes (for which I have the other two skis) with aplomb if not mastery: Firm groomers, skied-out bumps, skied-out trees, and spring conditions here at home; plus the week of unremarkable conditions out west which my presence seems to guarantee.
- My desire to improve on the chop-at-speed capabilities of the Sultans means that I think I'm looking for something that I can ski upsized in a 170 - 175, even at my modest stature.
- Because I'm still going to be skiing a lot of bumps on these boards, they can't be too planky.
- I'm looking for something whose personality leans toward the quiet-and-reassuring rather than the chatty-and-lively.
- Would prefer a demo-type binding, because I might end up doing a time share with the beanpole kid.
The first-generation Sultans @ 165cm are great bump skis, but they were starting to feel a bit high-maintenance to me at times in other circumstances, notably heavy sugar piles and/or spring chop, as well as in the mixed crud of the Rockies. I think this is a function of my having passed some time in the interim on more state-of-the-art designs with some early rise to them. For example, the Sambas @ 173cm that Phil and TC let me try last spring were much more comfy at speed in irregular glop and transformed soft stuff with "Lucky Charms" in it. That ski goes just a hair too far in width and stiffness, though, for what I need here at home most of the time. Also I want something damper, which may rule out the Bushwacker. Was considering a used LX 82 or 92, but am wondering if the full camber design might make them feel less like crud- and bumps-slayers than like overgrown carvers, given that much length. Outland xx? (I like the Dynastar feel.) Head Rev 85 or 90? I get nervous when I see that I'm looking at one of the longer lengths in a model's size range, because that length is almost surely made with more of a moose in mind. I can get past it, though, if folks have first-hand knowldege about flex patterns. (Example: markojp panned the Head Venturi because he thought it was a noodle, and my ears perked up.)
Thanks in advance.