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I'm looking for some new skis.  I live in Ontario Canada and will do some skiing in both east and west.  This year i'm heading to Whistler.  I am an advanced skier and would like an all mountain ski that I can use for grooms, bowls, bumps and all conditions.  I am 150 pounds and 5'4''.  Any suggestions?

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I'm looking for some new skis.  I live in Ontario Canada and will do some skiing in both east and west.  This year i'm heading to Whistler.  I am an advanced skier and would like an all mountain ski that I can use for grooms, bowls, bumps and all conditions.  I am 150 pounds and 5'4''.  Any suggestions?

 

Sure.....tons of 'em. Almost anything in the ~~ 90mm waist width and medium flex would be great. Some to consider are the Nordica Steadfast, Head Rev 90, K2 Rictor 90, Blizzard Brahma, Dynastar Outland 87.

 

This assumes that "heading to Whistler" means a visit not a permanent relocation. If in fact, you are relocating, the list I mentioned would still be good but probably looking towards a 95-98mm medium flex ski would be a consideration as well.

 

SJ

post #3 of 12
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Thanks for the response.  I wish I was relocating but I'm stuck in Toronto.  What do you think about the Volkl 84 or Rossignol experience 88?  What size would you suggest for me?  I'm 47.

 

JA

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I like all five of the ones that I mentioned better than the Volkl or the Rossi. Both of those are good enough skis but both suffer a bit relative to the others. The Rossi has a very pronounced flare to the tail which makes it carve really well but not especially easy to release the turn in bumps. The Volkl is a continuous rockered ski and that might be fine for you if you were able to adapt to it. I tend to not recommend the RTM 84 without a demo as it it can be a love/hate kind of thing.

 

SJ

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I like all five of the ones that I mentioned better than the Volkl or the Rossi. Both of those are good enough skis but both suffer a bit relative to the others. The Rossi has a very pronounced flare to the tail which makes it carve really well but not especially easy to release the turn in bumps. The Volkl is a continuous rockered ski and that might be fine for you if you were able to adapt to it. I tend to not recommend the RTM 84 without a demo as it it can be a love/hate kind of thing.

 

SJ

I second what SJ said about the RTM84.  After all the ski magazine accolades, I thought I would love this ski.  When I demo'd, I really did not like it at all!

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^ I had the same feeling with the E88.  Thought I would love it but it was bump day at Killington and that is not the E88's forte.

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what about the k2 amp rictor 90xti? in a recent review from start haus they pegged to the lexus of skies or something of that nature. it has received good reviews overall. i have not tried them out yet, but hope to do so if a demo become available.

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what about the k2 amp rictor 90xti? in a recent review from start haus they pegged to the lexus of skies or something of that nature. it has received good reviews overall. i have not tried them out yet, but hope to do so if a demo become available.

I really like the Rictor 90XTi, I have added it to Epic's demo fleet here so it will be in our regular rotation of skis. I like the typical playfulness that you expect from a K2 with the additional power they added to the 90. I do think this is by far the best evolution on this series of skis that K2 has ever offered. 

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what about the k2 amp rictor 90xti? in a recent review from start haus they pegged to the lexus of skies or something of that nature. it has received good reviews overall. i have not tried them out yet, but hope to do so if a demo become available.

I really like the Rictor 90XTi, I have added it to Epic's demo fleet here so it will be in our regular rotation of skis. I like the typical playfulness that you expect from a K2 with the additional power they added to the 90. I do think this is by far the best evolution on this series of skis that K2 has ever offered. 

how to feel the rictor 90xti would perform in midwest type of snow? do you think it would be too much ski?

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how to feel the rictor 90xti would perform in midwest type of snow? do you think it would be too much ski?

Again, with the huge sweetspot that the 90 has, i see no reason that it would be too much, thats one of the best things about the 90...it is such a compliant ski. 

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I agree. The Rixtor 90 is very friendly in its feel. It is quite agile and forgiving. I think the relatively deep rocker helps a bit. I'm 6' and 185 lbs and I thought the 177 was a bit short for me. If they would have had a 184 to demo, I would have gone for that. 

 

You run a greater risk of buying them too short than too long.


Edited by Cheizz - 11/26/13 at 11:14pm
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how to feel the rictor 90xti would perform in midwest type of snow? do you think it would be too much ski?

Again, with the huge sweetspot that the 90 has, i see no reason that it would be too much, thats one of the best things about the 90...it is such a compliant ski. 

thanks, hopefully the one store that offers demo will have them available here.

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