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Blizzard Bushwacker vs. Atomic Theory

post #1 of 10
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Hello!

 

I am looking for guidance on which of these two skis would suit me better.

 

I ski in New England.  Had been mostly NH flats the past few years, but this year I plan to spend more time in Jay, Stowe, Killington again.  I already have (multiple) skis for hardpack, groomers, the occasional race course.  So I'd like to upgrade my old pow/tree/bump skis for those rare days (at least for me) when it snows here.  All of my skis are full camber, no rocker, so I don't have experience with the new crop of pow/all mountain skis.

 

I am 5'7" 160 lb.  Strong skier.  50+ but ski like 35 :-)

 

The trees here can sometimes be a bit dicey - tight, obstacles, hard bumps in places, etc, so I think quick turning, no metal would serve me best.  Thinking the 173 or 177.  Would want them to work in the trees, but also when it snows - many times there's 4-12 inches on top of hardpack on the trails, so the skis need to be able to hook up and *hold* at the bottom of each turn,

 

Both of the BW and the Theory look like they could be good bets for me.  Would love to hear from those with experience with these skis, or with other skis I should consider.


Thank you in advance.

 

Joe.


Edited by joejoejoe - 10/29/13 at 12:18pm
post #2 of 10

i match your stats. i'm mostly a tree skier east coast, northern ny and vt. i ski both volkel bridge 161 cm and rossi s3 167 cm and love them both on hard pack, powder, and trees.

post #3 of 10

hey all - new to the forum but not to skiing.

figured i'd jump in here instead of starting my own thread. also looking at these two skis, but more focused on the theory vs. line prophet 90. also a strong skier (basically anything on east coast), but slightly different build: 5'11'', 155. i'm coming from 6-year-old 160cm dynastars with a 69mm waist, so i can't wait to get on something new. love glades but also need to be able to carve and go fast on hard snow.

 

so...same question as joe, but with the addition of the prophets. yes, i know they have metal.

 

thanks!

post #4 of 10

Atomic!! The 177 is short for a 177 so will be perfect for you.

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by frkny View Post
 

i match your stats. i'm mostly a tree skier east coast, northern ny and vt. i ski both volkel bridge 161 cm and rossi s3 167 cm and love them both on hard pack, powder, and trees.

 

Both those skis are short for 5' 7" 160lbs, given their respective designs. May work great for you but they're still outliers, lengthwise, and the OP should know that.

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks qcanoe.  There's a great deal online on the 166 Bushwackers, but I also thought they'd be too short.  Although they might work in the trees/bumps, they will probably not hold well letting them run on the trails after a storm, especially if there's hardpack underneath.  Still trying to decide on the right ski...

post #7 of 10

honestly while not the best a bushwacker responds well to someone how can lay it over on edge quickly and smoothly. I really never had a problem with htem on groomer or icey groomer just had problem going fast though icey death cookies....

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Josh Matta - In what length?  Thx.

post #9 of 10

Both skis are fun. The Theory has just a but more "pop" across the hill but at the cost of the smoothness that the Bushwacker has in the trees and bumps. Both skis are really close and these differences are 55/45. Go with whichever you get a better deal on or which graphics you like better. 

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Originally Posted by joejoejoe View Post


I ski in New England.  Had been mostly NH flats the past few years, but this year I plan to spend more time in Jay, Stowe, Killington again.  I already have (multiple) skis for hardpack, groomers, the occasional race course.  So I'd like to upgrade my old pow/tree/bump skis for those rare days (at least for me) when it snows here.  All of my skis are full camber, no rocker, so I don't have experience with the new crop of pow/all mountain skis.

 

 

If you are really looking to use these only for better snow days in the trees, bumps, etc., I think the Bushwacker would be a good bet.  My demo on them last year was a pleasure in the better snow, in the glades, bumps, etc.  I just did not like or trust them on hardpack/icey groomers.  In the better Eastern snow, in and out of trees, etc., they were a ton of fun.

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