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post #1 of 27
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You may not have seen a lot of Sierra Jim around these parts lately. That's because we've had him chained to his desk, writing ski reviews.

 

The fruits of his labor? Three of the most comprehensive ski category comparisons we've ever done. We thought folks around here might enjoy them, so we're posting them up here:

 

Frontside Carver Ski Comparison

 

Narrow All Mountain Skis - 82 to 90 mm underfoot

 

Quiver of One All Mountain Skis - 95 to 98 mm underfoot

 

Wide All Mountain Skis - 100 to 110 mm underfoot

 

Let us know what you think, and as long as we have Jim chained to his desk, let us know if there's any other comparisons or reviews you'd like.

 

And if you haven't seen it, we've started a new series called Bootfitter's Notes aimed to put our bootfitter's experience to paper - er - website.  Enjoy!

post #2 of 27
Great review! The Quiver of One is my demo list for this year with the exception of the Mantra and the E98.
post #3 of 27

Great reviews. I must be the only person on the planet or this forum who doesn't feel the love for the Soul 7. Is it perhaps too 'overloved'? I demo'ed it in conditions that weren't ideal but found that it was just way too light and 'turny' for me, I like a ski that is a bit more directional (caveat: this could be a skill issue). 

post #4 of 27
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You may not have seen a lot of Sierra Jim around these parts lately. That's because we've had him chained to his desk, writing ski reviews.

 

The fruits of his labor? Three of the most comprehensive ski category comparisons we've ever done. We thought folks around here might enjoy them, so we're posting them up here:

 

Frontside Carver Ski Comparison

 

Narrow All Mountain Skis - 82 to 90 mm underfoot

 

Quiver of One All Mountain Skis - 95 to 98 mm underfoot

 

Wide All Mountain Skis - 100 to 110 mm underfoot

 

Let us know what you think, and as long as we have Jim chained to his desk, let us know if there's any other comparisons or reviews you'd like.

 

And if you haven't seen it, we've started a new series called Bootfitter's Notes aimed to put our bootfitter's experience to paper - er - website.  Enjoy!

 

I'd like to see reviews for lighter skiers (women), which also takes into account that lighter skiers have differing skill sets.

post #5 of 27

Thanks for writing up all of these. And though I hate to ask this publicly :o: what height/weight is Sierra Jim? That could be helpful in reading the reviews. 

post #6 of 27
Jim, I DO think the Titan needs a review. At 80~81mm, you're still in carving or narrow all mountain. Most people who like the Rally like the Titan as well... Of course I can understand the lack of a review if you aren't carrying the ski at your shop. smile.gif
post #7 of 27

Great work!

 

One comment/request:  I think it's extremely helpful, after describing a ski's characteristics, to describe who it might suit.  Usually that's done by SJ and people here, but rare in the "ski media" world.  Whether skill level, playful vs damp, east vs west, steeps vs moguls.....whatever.  Making the comments about who might benefit from those characteristics (and therefore which model might suit a potential customer better) sets those reviews apart from the rest of the riff-raff out there who never say anything useful like you guys do.

 

I always LOVE watching Start Haus video reviews, they're getting better each time.  Loved watching the most recent ones (ie-Brahma review, thumbs up to Phil).  PP and SJ always talk about the ski design, construction, characteristics, where it's good, shows it in action, and WHO it would be suitable for.  Excellent information and great work on those videos, keep it up guys!

post #8 of 27

Great reviews, thanks.  We know it was a huge effort.

 

Where are the Kastle skis?  Do you still carry them?

post #9 of 27
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Great reviews, thanks.  We know it was a huge effort.

 

Where are the Kastle skis?  Do you still carry them?

 

We elected to carry Stockli as our high end line this year after testing, instead of Kastle.

 

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I'd like to see reviews for lighter skiers (women), which also takes into account that lighter skiers have differing skill sets.

That's coming soon.

post #10 of 27
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We elected to carry Stockli as our high end line this year after testing, instead of Kastle.

 

Thumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs Up:)

post #11 of 27

Does Start Haus carry the Stockli Stormrider 100?

I read Sierra Jim Review of the 95 and 107?

I have read other reviews of the ski, but was wondering

what Sierra Jim thought of it?

post #12 of 27
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Does Start Haus carry the Stockli Stormrider 100?

I read Sierra Jim Review of the 95 and 107?

I have read other reviews of the ski, but was wondering

what Sierra Jim thought of it?

We are not carrying the 100, just the 95 and 107. The 100 is a good ski, but the 95 and 107 just stood out more, and fit better into our selection.

post #13 of 27
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I'd like to see reviews for lighter skiers (women), which also takes into account that lighter skiers have differing skill sets.

That's coming soon.

 

LF, I agree, but I'm generally pleased that these folks do make an effort to extrapolate from their experiences in a way that's meaningful to us smaller folks. For example, Jim's review of the Atomic Theory is more or less all about that. I was very impressed by the thought process there. (Thanks, Jim.)

post #14 of 27

Yaay, reviews of women's skis coming soon! Let us know, please.

post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

 

I'd like to see reviews for lighter skiers (women), which also takes into account that lighter skiers have differing skill sets.

That's coming soon.

 

LF, I agree, but I'm generally pleased that these folks do make an effort to extrapolate from their experiences in a way that's meaningful to us smaller folks. For example, Jim's review of the Atomic Theory is more or less all about that. I was very impressed by the thought process there. (Thanks, Jim.)

I noticed that review, and hoped for more reflections that I as a light skier could take advantage of as I read further.  I hope when Sierra Jim does his reviews for light skiers, he doesn't just review women's skis, but all kind of skis for light skiers! 

post #16 of 27
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We elected to carry Stockli as our high end line this year after testing, instead of Kastle.

 

Does this mean you guys think Stockli is making a better ski, or Kastle is making a worse one?

post #17 of 27
Bring back SierraJim!!!:-)
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Start Haus View Post
 

 

We elected to carry Stockli as our high end line this year after testing, instead of Kastle.

 

Does this mean you guys think Stockli is making a better ski, or Kastle is making a worse one?

 

:popcorn

 

This is one of those questions that has a certain ozone smell.

post #19 of 27

or perhaps just more room in the pool...... 

post #20 of 27
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Does this mean you guys think Stockli is making a better ski, or Kastle is making a worse one?
It was more the diversity in the offerings. Stockli is offering FIS racing skis that are quite good along with a very nice Laser line with the. SC and AR. The new Stormrider 95 and 107's are fantastic skis and have the best attributes of the FX and BMX combined. I will say, We do miss the MX83/88 brothers along with the upcoming MX98. Let's see what happens next year.
post #21 of 27
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It was more the diversity in the offerings. Stockli is offering FIS racing skis that are quite good along with a very nice Laser line with the. SC and AR. The new Stormrider 95 and 107's are fantastic skis and have the best attributes of the FX and BMX combined. I will say, We do miss the MX83/88 brothers along with the upcoming MX98. Let's see what happens next year.

 

Somewhat off topic, but, I wonder if all the overlap in the Kastle line was an influencing factor in the switch to Stockli. It's very hard to pick what Kastle to purchase, I can think of at least 4 I would consider, and, then the length issues also confuse the issue. Must cost of lot of inventory $$$ to stock Kastle. The Stockli race ski should also be a plus for a race center like Start Haus.

 

Great review by SierraJim of the one ski quiver group. While it does enable some fine tuning of what ski to buy, it's still a very tough call after reading all the reviews. If I buy a new ski this season, it will be from this category and one reviewed by SJ. Think Solly Q98.

post #22 of 27
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Somewhat off topic, but, I wonder if all the overlap in the Kastle line was an influencing factor in the switch to Stockli. It's very hard to pick what Kastle to purchase, I can think of at least 4 I would consider, and, then the length issues also confuse the issue. Must cost of lot of inventory $$$ to stock Kastle. The Stockli race ski should also be a plus for a race center like Start Haus.
LP,
I am not saying that didn't play into the thought process.
post #23 of 27
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Somewhat off topic, but, I wonder if all the overlap in the Kastle line was an influencing factor in the switch to Stockli. It's very hard to pick what Kastle to purchase, I can think of at least 4 I would consider, and, then the length issues also confuse the issue. Must cost of lot of inventory $$$ to stock Kastle. The Stockli race ski should also be a plus for a race center like Start Haus.

 

Great review by SierraJim of the one ski quiver group. While it does enable some fine tuning of what ski to buy, it's still a very tough call after reading all the reviews. If I buy a new ski this season, it will be from this category and one reviewed by SJ. Think Solly Q98.

 

This may be a little bit of a repeat of his written review, but in case it helps, we got Jim on camera talking about the Q 98 here: 

 

post #24 of 27
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LP,
I am not saying that didn't play into the thought process.

 

 

It does make sense. Not sure how you have to support that line but if you can't just pick a few skis I can see how complicated it could be trying to explain the seemingly endless selection.  

post #25 of 27
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You may not have seen a lot of Sierra Jim around these parts lately. That's because we've had him chained to his desk

 

 

Can I call him the Gimp?

 

post #26 of 27

Hey Whiteroom - since we're talking Stockli here, what's up with Skiershop's Stockli inventory?  I got an email back saying that Skiershop still hasn't received their 2014 Stockli models.  Is this normal for your shop?

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Hey Whiteroom - since we're talking Stockli here, what's up with Skiershop's Stockli inventory?  I got an email back saying that Skiershop still hasn't received their 2014 Stockli models.  Is this normal for your shop?
More normal for Srtockli, there are some models/sizes that we haven't received yet.
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