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Brit needs advice! Which ski you think???

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone,

 

I'm looking to treat myself to some skis when i head to the US from the UK for a 3 week ski trip. Hoping you guys could part with some of your wisdom on what you'd recommend as a decent ski for me.

 

- 5'11'' , 190 lbs athletic

 

-  level 7, aggressive & improving skier,  like to challenge myself, 70 / 30 off / on piste. Not as good as i'd like to be but love the challenge and just smashing down the mountain. will be getting some 1 to 1 coaching when i get to JH or Telluride.

 

-. ski mostly single blacks in US

 

- recently skied 2011 Gotama's in 186, really enjoyed them but were a challenge on steep, icy runs. But i did like the extra width and feel underfoot for the most part.

 

I really like the sound of the Cochise, but not sure if it will be 'too much' ski for me? Also looked at the Bonafides and Mantras.

 

Anyway, over to you, the experts!!!

 

Thanks,

 

Gav

 

post #2 of 10
Hopefully you won't have to deal with icy runs at JH or Telluride. What time of the year are you going?

Are you seeking a good allrounder for Europe and Sowy US destinations or a ski specifically suited to snowier US destinations?

If I was heading to the US, I would wait to see how the conditions were shaping up before I grabbed a pair out of the cupboard. Was in Colorado last Jan. no fresh and lots of hardpack. The Mantras were selected. If it was the case that it would be spewing down, I would have gone wider.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Heading late feb / early mar.

 

Not really concerned with Europe, as we rarely ski there. Will be skiing West Coast N America for the foreseeable seasons, except for the odd few days europe.

 

Having done much more reading, maybe I think I am a better skier than I am looking at the Cochise. I really need to improve on bumps and trees so something that can handle a bit of everything. However, I do ski off piste for the vast majority of time as I'm always trying to improve.

 

I'm just looking at the BMX98 & Bonofides. There are plenty to choose from!!!! too many in fact.!! 

 

I could just wait and demo when I get there? But the Kastles really do sound like they fit the bill after what I'm looking for.

 

Any opinions?????,

post #4 of 10

First suggestion would be to wait until you arrive and, as mentioned already, buy in the US based on conditions. It might even be cheaper.

 

Failing that, I have 100+ days on the 185 Cochise and can recommend it highly just like the reviews say. IMHO easier to ski than the Mantra due to no camber = easy pivot and slarve and I have even read in one review it's easier than the Bonfide. All the reviews are right but check out the Blister Gear review as that sums up my experience with the ski (me 6'2"/185lbs and older than dirt)

post #5 of 10

Hellboy, thanks for checking in.  I am 5'10 and 200lbs, so close to you. I would buy a ski 98-110 under foot as my 1 ski quiver for what you are skiing.  Not to much tip rocker and a ski that could crush most conditions.   I think this thread will give you some good food for thought.  http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/270387-Closest-thing-to-Dynastar-XXL-s  I am thinking the ON3P Jeffery's or Dynastar Cham 107's.  O and how could I forget Movement Trust's.


Edited by liv2 ski - 12/1/13 at 12:27pm
post #6 of 10
If you are only looking at the Blizzard and Kastle then my opinion is buy whichever one is cheaper.
Both would be good.
post #7 of 10

Mantra is my daily driver, love them but they take a lot of driving - tend to be loved by ex racers rather than improving skiers as they ski like a wide GS ski, not sure these should be on your list unless this description resonates ?

 

Rob

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Cheers guys for your help.

 

I'm  a skier who is learning and wants to improve my skiing. Would the Cochise, Bonafide or BMX 98 be suitable?

 

I could get a discount on the BMX's and am curious which size you would recommend 178 or 188.

 

It may be that I just wait out and pick a ski when I get there, but then they may not have the ski Im after???

 

I've skied on numerous different skis over the past few years and haven't owned my own for a good while. So I'm excited to be getting some thing that Ill be super familiar with.

 

Its that classic 'pick the ski for how you ski now and not how you would like to ski'

 

I'm being honest about my ability, and whilst I'm an aggressive skier who can ski much of the mountain, I'm not sure a big charger like the Cochise would be the ski for me?

 

Thanks again guys.

post #9 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by hellboy76 View Post

 

 

I'm being honest about my ability, and whilst I'm an aggressive skier who can ski much of the mountain, I'm not sure a big charger like the Cochise would be the ski for me?

 

Thanks again guys.

Read this 

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2011-2012-blizzard-cochise

then try it before you buy it.

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all your advice.

 

I come across the Rossi Sickle and going to give it a blast. Just ordered the 181 with some Griffon Schizo's.

 

Will let you know how I get on.

 

Thanks again.

 

Gav

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