Hey guys, First and foremost, I want to wish everyone (in the US) a Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Friday for those not in the US! Secondly, I know it is recommended to demo a ski for a day first before buying, but unfortunately I don't have that luxury at the moment and am willing to take the risk if the deal is worth it. So let me tell you a little bit about myself and my skiing:
I'm 5'9" (~175cm) and weigh 210lbs (~95kg). From my understanding I should be looking at skis in the range of 160-180cm. Right now I'm skiing on an old 170cm ski I bought on craigslist and am quite satisfied with the size, though I'm not against going longer or shorter.
Experience / Ability Level
I have been skiing on and off for about 15+ years. I would say I am intermediate to advanced. I typically spend ~80% of my time on the blue squares, with ~20% on diamonds and double diamonds. I'm planning on taking the time to advance my skill level further this year and I would also like to experiment with the terrain park some more (currently I'll take a few small jumps here and there but thats it) - I would prefer a ski that could handle some basic tricks.
Location / Terrain
I live in Northern NJ and do most of my skiing in the area (Mountain Creek, Camelback, Hunter, White Face, Killington), though I will be visiting Colorado for a ski trip in January - and plan to make west coast skiing a regular thing. I think in my case, an all-mountain ski would be the best option.
My budget is pretty flexible as I don't mind paying for value, though I would prefer to keep the cost of skis + bindings under $700.
So I looked up some Black Friday deals on skis and I found these to match my criteria of what I was looking for. Unfortunately, I'm having a hard time deciding which ones best fit my needs. Has anyone tried/know about any of these and can recommend (or not recommend) them? Black Friday deals or not, are there any other options I should look at?
|Rossignol Avenger 82 Basalt||162, 170||TPX Axium 120||4.6 (5 Reviews)||$449.94|
|Elan Amphibio 76 Fusion||160, 168, 176||EL 10.0 Fusion||4.2 (5 Reviews)||$599.99|
|Line Skis Influence 105||172, 179||No||4.4 (9 Reviews)||$322.90|
|Line Skis Blend Skis 2013||165, 171||No||4.8 (8 Reviews)||$373.90|
|Volkl RTM 80||171, 176||iPT Wide Ride 12.0||4.4 (5 Reviews)||$540.90|
|Volkl Bridge 2013||171, 179||No||4.5 (11 Reviews)||$449.90|
|Salomon Rocker2 92 2013||179||No||4.6 (5 Reviews)||$351.90|
|Atomic Drifter 2013||164, 173, 182||No||4.0 (2 Reviews)||$319.90|
|Volkl Gotama 2013||170, 186||Marker Griffon||4.8 (6 Reviews)||$693.31|
|Atomic Charter 2013||176||No||5.0 (2 Reviews)||$330.90|
|Atomic Blog 2013||169||No||4.2 (14 Reviews)||$333.90|
|K2 A.M.P Rictor 2013||167||Marker MX 12.0 Demo||4.4 (5 Reviews)||$475.90|
|K2 Kung Fujas 2013||169||No||4.6 (7 Reviews)||$389.90|
Thank you in advance for your input!!