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Will I like the Legend Sultan 85 (Coming from an 8k)

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Current skis are pair of 178 Legend 8000's.  The ones before they made the tip wider.   I love these skis.  They do everything very well but don't outright excel at anything.  They never surprise you but are always willing to play. Sort of like a 6 year old  Labrador retriever.  The can be skied from anywhere and more or less in anything.  Overall I've been happy with the 178 but it was definitely as short as I'd want to go.

 


That said, they don't have the pop they used to so I'm looking to get something new.   I've found a good price on a pair of 2012 Legend Sultan 85's in a 178 but I'm not sure if I'll be disappointed.  Will the rocker shape make them ski smaller than the 8k 178's?  I've read they are better carvers,  but at the expense of versatility? 

 


Can anyone who has skied both shed some light? 

 

My other plan is to save some money and get the Blizzard Brahmas next season.

FWIW, 35 yrs, 5'10 210lbs east coast skier.  Racing background but not charging as hard on account of 2 young kids and knee injuries.  Still try to ski everywhere.  Groomers, bumps, trees.  


Thanks.

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I loved (and still do) my 8k's which I keep for my least coast quiver (along with some MR's), although I doubt whether I'll use them again.

 

I bought the Sultan's skied then 2 days and sold them. Everything I loved about the ginsu knife that was the 8k was gone.

 

My go-to in that size now is the Kastle MX88, or if wider, Atomic Access.

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I retired my Legend 8000s last spring after about 5 seasons of use on fresh snow days in Vermont and on my annual trip to Colorado in February.  Liked them in most conditions, but never liked their grip on firm groomed trails.  On eastern ice they were just about useless. Replaced them with a pair of Fischer Motive 88s I found on clearance.  These skis are a revelation.  Great hard snow performance, decent in bumps, and wide enough with the tip rocker for fun on powder days and in spring snow.  I doubt I will miss the L8ks.

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BUMP!

 

I never bought the Sultans and have decided that having two pair of skis is better than one.  Sound logic, right?

I have the carving skis covered and am looking for something that would be fun in the spring slush/fresh snow. 

I don't have a ton of money to spend and a pair of 184 Kastle LX92's came up in the local classifieds.  I have read that they aren't for big guys but my hope is that the 184's would be beefy enough. 

 

To recap: 

 

FWIW, 35 yrs, 5'10 210lbs east coast skier.  Racing background but not charging as hard on account of 2 young kids and knee injuries.  Still try to ski everywhere.  Groomers, bumps, trees.  Probably a 60-40 finesse/power skier. 

 

I guess my question is how would the LX-94 compare to the 8k in terms of stiffness and hard snow performance? 

Thanks.

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