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Great start to the season on new skis thanks to Jeff at Skiershop

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I've been in need of new skis for a while and have been doing a lot of research on line and in various shops.  I normally would prefer to buy at the end of the season, or at least post MLK weekend when deals start to pop up, but circumstances conspired to push me towards making a move early in the season.

 

Jeff spent quite a while with me on Wednesday.  I had some ideas about what I wanted for an everyday ski for Stowe (Blizzard Bushwacker, Brahma, or Kastle FX94 or 84), but I didn't want to color his thinking, so it took a while.  I started with describing what I ski and the characteristics I was looking for, after lots of questions on both sides and talking about various options we kept coming back to the Bushwacker and Brahma.  I had been thinking that 173 was the length because I wanted to maximize maneuverability, but Jeff was confident that 180 was the way to go.  They had the skis mounted and ready to go within an hour so I could enjoy them on Turkey day in 6" of fresh.

 

It was a great experience and I got a very fair deal, I'm sure I could have done better in 2 months IF the skis were still in stock, but I got a price that I was comfortable paying and I've been out enjoying my new skis rather than muddling through on my old sticks.

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did you go with the Bushwarcker or the Brahma?

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I good luck dealing with Mike at Skiershop.  He's an alright dude. 

@Whiteroom 

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Went with the 180 Brahmas.

 

I am very happy with them, though we need more snow to really put them through their paces.  They blasted through the cut up snow that we had on Thanksgiving Day.  Handled plenty well in the soft bumps that built up.  They also did well on medium sized firmer bumps subsequent days.  Finally on Friday and Saturday when conditions were mostly firm man made snow (freshly groomed - skied off) they held and carved very well.  I never went fast enough without them on edge to get the tips flapping.  They were happy carving along on edge at some decent GS speeds.  They definitely ski a lot shorter than 180 and I could get them around quickly when I wanted them.  But don't let anyone tell you they are quick edge-to-edge...they do alright for what they are, but when compared to a carver or race-carver with a waste around 70 or less they are certainly not quick.  Note, these are the widest skis I have ever skied, I did not expect them to be quick edge-to-edge, and that is not what I was looking for from them, but I have seen people talk about skis in this range being quick edge-to-edge...I will assume that they are making that assessment relative to skis of similar width.

 

I was looking for a ski that would be at home in the bumps and Stowe trees (not first tracks), and that would also hold a good edge when the snow was firm and be fun to ski in less ideal conditions.  I'll post a review once I have a chance to get them into those conditions a few times, but so far they feel like they will fit the bill.

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