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Viva? Black Pearl? Magnum 8.0 ti?

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I'm ready for a new carving ski.  Been on Atomic SX11's for years now, great "masters" ski and works fantastically in Alaska when the snow is hard.  (Other days I'm on Rossi S7's).  Strong, lightweight gal and I like to ski GS and SG turns at speed - any recommendations?  Also like to swing short slalom turns until my knees hurt.  I tried the Black Pearl a couple of springs ago on a mixed snow day with about 8" fresh and also groomers - it was surprisingly fun.  But I doubt it would make a good every day carver...

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Welcome to Epic.  I'm surprised nobody has responded yet.  You sound like a fairly strong skier so I'd recommend you take a look at the Nordica Fire Arrow 84 EDT.  It has no speed limit, a very small amount of early rise in the tip and is really fun to ski.  After spending most of two days on a pair last year I seriously considered getting them as my daily driver, but I spend most of my time off-piste and that is not there forte so I decided against it.  These are very front-side oriented skis that can also a few inches of powder and crud and be very stable about it.  And it is a lot of fun laying down GS and SG type turns with them.  The only thing I demoed last season that was even close was a pair of Elan Amphibio slalom skis which were also great fun but not as versatile as the FAs.

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Yes, I'm a strong skier.  I weigh 125 so some of the really stiff skis are too much for me to get that pop going. The last Nordicas I demoed felt really non-responsive even with lots of tip pressure, but I can't remember which ones they were (might have been more of an all mountain ski).  I have some older Mantras in a 170 and used them as my off piste ski for a few years, loved em, but now have the Rossi W's S7 for powder and they are super fun.  We get thigh deep and deeper here - a lot - and the flotation and quickness is great.  They can also carve so if you have to only take one ski on a trip, they can handle that.  We don't have much opportunity to demo skis here so ordering the right ski is usually a function of reading lots of reviews and asking questions - so thanks for any feedback! 

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Head Mya 8, or a shorter length of one of the supershape series... Rally, Titan, etc...  or maybe the Blizzard Viva 8.0 off the top of my brain pan

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Welcome to Epic.  I'm surprised nobody has responded yet.  You sound like a fairly strong skier so I'd recommend you take a look at the Nordica Fire Arrow 84 EDT.  It has no speed limit, a very small amount of early rise in the tip and is really fun to ski.  After spending most of two days on a pair last year I seriously considered getting them as my daily driver, but I spend most of my time off-piste and that is not there forte so I decided against it.  These are very front-side oriented skis that can also a few inches of powder and crud and be very stable about it.  And it is a lot of fun laying down GS and SG type turns with them.  The only thing I demoed last season that was even close was a pair of Elan Amphibio slalom skis which were also great fun but not as versatile as the FAs.

 

 

For a 125lbs woman?  I think this is a little off... she said she liked the Black Pearl, but wanted a better carver. No doubt the FA's a mighty ski, but its like suggesting a hammer for a thumb tack on a cork board. :) 

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I've skied the Magnum 8.0 Ti quite a bit last year, although I really enjoy it as a good all around, I wouldn't say it is a carver in the way I think you want. The rocker doesn't give it a instant initiation into the turn. That really hook em up feeling.I'm not certain if any of the rockered type of skis will give that. I've heard and read a lot of good things about Kastle and would love to get on a MX78 to see what all the talk is about but they seem a bit out of my price range. Maybe you have to stick with GS specific skis .

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For a 125lbs woman?  I think this is a little off... she said she liked the Black Pearl, but wanted a better carver. No doubt the FA's a mighty ski, but its like suggesting a hammer for a thumb tack on a cork board. :) 

 

I agree but didn't know that until after I posted.

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