Any thoughts on models that would likely fit these needs?
Fischer RC4 sc 160
Head Rev 85 177
Boot: Lange rs 110 25.5 mondo
A little more expensive, but a killer deal nonetheless. Blizzard Cochise with Marker Griffon at $699 with free shipping:
Maybe these new old stock skis
Within your budget and good quality skis.
Hope that helps
2x on that sickle, Sierra trading post with coupons is also a great deal. If you want 2013/14, look no further than a Salomon Q98 or 105. Nordica Unleashed Hell is considered a better "patron" especially for lighter skiers looking for quickness.
Philpug did a great Value ski awards thread. Check it out.
I have not skied both, so this is my speculation. Sickle has less rise/rocker and a lot less taper, so when you roll the ski over you can engage more of the edge, which equates to increased stability and consistency. It would be my pick of the two if I were skiing mixed/variable conditions - which you probably see a lot of. The Sickle seems to be surprisingly good in pow too, but the Soul 7 will be even better in pow due to the design differences. More playful, looser, easier to pivot. Depends on your priorities, you might find that the Sickle is good enough in pow.
Salomon Q105 sounds pretty nice too... just read the blister review on it.
unleashed hells in a 185, Q105 or Sickles. For the price you can snag a Sickle right now for $341 for a 181 is pretty damn hard to beat. There is a pair of unleashed hells for sale here for a very good price with bindings. That's a great ski and will serve you very well.
Not sure what you consider a powder day but for me, that's at least enough fresh over whatever so that you can't hear your skis Generally 6-8". At 155, 105 will give you enough float and will still be fun after the 1st 2 hours and the powder is no tracked out. The Unleashed Hell is a super versatile soft snow ski. I bought it just for these kind of days. I have DPS's for deeper foot and more days.
JUST Saw this, Start haus is selling leftover Gunsmokes for 349. I have no experience on it but Its well reviewed.
I stopped by to post the exact same thing. Ninthward is super underrated as a pow/crud/big mountain ski. Their skis are made in Slovenia by Elan, so their fit and finish and quality control are some of the best in the business.
My home-rockered 190 NGP was my favorite ski ever. The RDS is a scaled down version of that ski.
FYI, the 181 has a straight pull of 179, so the ski is pretty much true to it's stated length (unlike the 186 from the year before which measured short).
Maybe Finndog can comment on whether it skis short. My guess is it doesn't really since the rocker is very subtle and there's almost no taper. No where near as short as a S7, or even a Soul 7.
^^^Congrats!!! Wow, a $199 Sickle is a good deal! Now I'm tempted....
But I passed on the $249 Patron blems.... and I want to demo the Soul 7, Vagabond, Patron, and so many others.... but a $199 Sickle is a great deal! Arggg...
So, if I'm a 177/178 in a Kendo, Mantra, E88, and a 186 in S3, is the 181 Sickle long enough for me at 180lbs for a Copper/Jane/A-basin ski for powder, soft bumps and trees to go along with my 178 Steadfasts?
Or should I just demo and find the powder ski I really like... Or should I just buy the cheapo Sickles and make them my bitch.... Argggg!!!!