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Replacing my Rossi E83

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Replacing my E83  would like something a little wider and would like to take advantage of the sales going on.  About me 6'1"  225 lbs intermediate skier, I have a Rossi S7 for some powder which I just bought and have not tried yet.
Like to cruise, not a fast skier , just like to have fun still learning, ski on mostly Blues and some Greens.
Ski PNW
Ok with that said I am looking at the Atomic Theory which is on sale but poor graphics ,decent reviews.
 The Bonafide which may be too much ski for me great reviews and graphics?
Also the Brahma or the Nordica Steadfast, and the Rossi S3 which might be a good ones too.


What do you recommend?  Any others that I should look at?

Or should I just stick with my E83?

Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 10

I like the e83 a lot. For what you say you want to do, I can think of no reason to replace it yet.

I also have the Atomic Theory and don't think it would be a better ski for you.

 

Focus on maybe taking a lesson or two rather than thinking a new ski will up your game!

post #3 of 10

I guess the first question is......why replace your E-83 and especially with a slightly wider ski? The E-83 is a good enough ski for your current ability level and self described usage. So...what is it that the E-83 doesn't do for you that you think maybe it should?

 

That being said, the 88-90mm range is a great starting point for any western skier and there's no reason not to replace what you have. There any number of great skis in the ~~ 88mm range and you mention a couple of very good ones. Both will do all the same stuff as your E-83 and between the two, the Steadfast being slightly better on firm snow and the Brahma being slightly better in bumps. Both will handle 6" of crud or goo at the edges of the runs maybe a tad bit better than what you have but it won't be a dramatic difference. Not sure that you need to muddy the waters with a huge array of other options because as I said, there are a ton of great skis in that category and they all share the same basic skill set and the differences are largely in nuances.

 

As for the Bonafide, it is one of the best 98mm skis on the market and given your size, not too much ski. However, we tend to describe the Bonafide as a "one ski quiver" kind of deal for a skier with approximately a 50/50 priority for on piste vs. off piste skiing. It sounds as if your usage would be much more on piste biased and while I think the Bonafide can handle that just fine, the 88'ers would probably be more fun for you as a daily driver. When your daily usage on (non powder) days gets up to around 50/50 then a 98'er would make a great choice.

 

SJ

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

Great I respect your reviews I have read a lot of them.

Ok maybe I will just stick with the E83?

I really like the reviews of the Bonafide but the price just may not be worth the

benefits of the ski over the E83.

The E83 was a nice ski but I guess buying the best ski would benefit me to progress

and have fun progressing?

Maybe I am off base with my reasoning.

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post

 

 

Focus on maybe taking a lesson or two rather than thinking a new ski will up your game!

 

Agree, take a lesson or two.  If your still on blues and greens, a lesson is going to help you improve much more then skis. You already have good skis.

 

Lot talk about boots, Have you been to a boot fitter and had him make sure you in the correct boot ?

 

Don't know if you know...Boots are the most important part !

 

Get foot beds. Oh find a great boot fitter, not just some guy at some shop. A great boot fitter will do more for your skiing then new skis.

 

I just got new Langes RX120's. Been going to the same fitter for 20 years. He wasn't there when I walked in the shop. I told one of the new shop tech's that Shon normally, he said he would get me someone. The boot fitter was new to the shop and me. I told him Shon normally takes care of me, he proceeded to tell me his back ground and why Shon hired him to be the shop trainer. When I hread he had worked for Greg Hoffman for 10 years, I said ok let's do this.

 

He went through the same process Shon has every time. Examines my feet, check's my legs, watch's me walk, does a knee alignment, ask me what my ski stance is, how wide my feet are when I ski, then recommended a few boot's and said his first choice for me would be the Lange.

 

After having the boot on for about 20 minutes, he put my foot beds in them and did a the cuff alignment.

 

Next day on the hill, I found I could finish my turns better, I could feel the tails of the skis and hold them from skidding longer.

 

Finishing my turns has been a problem for me for a long time. I spent a weekend taking a Epicski clinic at Stowe back in 2004 with Mike Rogan, he said finishing my turns was something I needed to work on.

 

I can now do that. These Lange's fit tighter in the heels then my Tecinca's even with all the packing.


Edited by Max Capacity - 11/28/13 at 11:58am
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by mikeo56 View Post
 

Great I respect your reviews I have read a lot of them.

Ok maybe I will just stick with the E83?

I really like the reviews of the Bonafide but the price just may not be worth the

benefits of the ski over the E83.

The E83 was a nice ski but I guess buying the best ski would benefit me to progress

and have fun progressing?

Maybe I am off base with my reasoning.


The e83 will carry you way past the level you are currently skiing.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

No boot fitter where we live but I have read the threads about good boots

have a pair of  Rossignol Alias Sensor 100 Ski Boots 2013 that seem to fit ok.

I also was thinking of foot beds I believe they were Super Feet "blacks"

Thanks for all the replies.

post #8 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeo56 View Post
 

No boot fitter where we live but I have read the threads about good boots

have a pair of  Rossignol Alias Sensor 100 Ski Boots 2013 that seem to fit ok.

I also was thinking of foot beds I believe they were Super Feet "blacks"

Thanks for all the replies.

Super feet will help but they are not custom foot beds.

post #9 of 10

Don't get all crazy buying more skis just because there is a "sale", that is just marketting.  There are always sales and something new and shiny. 

From what I read, you haven't even tried your s7s.

 

Get on the mountain ski more, try some of the drills/exercises laid out, and don't blame the skis.

If your goal is improvement and you are a beginner/intermediate you "may" be better off with a cheap softer and shorter ski (i.e. rental) to learn and finetune those skills.  This will not be a ski you want to keep or own once you advance

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

Yep, No New Ski for me, the E83's will do fine, I value everyone's opinion here.

Our local hill opens up in about 1 week

hope to ski about 30- 40 times this year.

http://www.anthonylakes.com/

Have not skied the S7's yet but hope to soon.

After what I read I believe I should have some fun on them

we get some nice local powder here is Easter Oregon.

 

Elevation:
Top:  8000 ft
Base:  7100 ft
Vertical:  900 ft

Average Snowfall:
300 inches

Alpine Terrain:

 

1100 Acres
 


Edited by mikeo56 - 11/28/13 at 2:34pm
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