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post #1 of 18
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Hey I've been reviewing the hell out of this years skis and the major review sites are all over the place in their reviews. I'm an advanced to expert skier who gets in about 25 days in the east and 10 out west. I've always preferred a snappy wood core ski and I'm looking for something that can ski anything on the mountain but really excels in tight spaces in the trees and on the bumps. Have been looking at the Blizzard Bonafide and Brahma, Volkl Mantra, Armada TST and Line Sick Day 95. Any thought or other suggestions would be great.
post #2 of 18
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Originally Posted by StoweJay View Post

Hey I've been reviewing the hell out of this years skis and the major review sites are all over the place in their reviews. I'm an advanced to expert skier who gets in about 25 days in the east and 10 out west. I've always preferred a snappy wood core ski and I'm looking for something that can ski anything on the mountain but really excels in tight spaces in the trees and on the bumps. Have been looking at the Blizzard Bonafide and Brahma, Volkl Mantra, Armada TST and Line Sick Day 95. Any thought or other suggestions would be great.

 

I wouldn't be looking at the Bonafide, Brahma or Mantra for tight spaces, trees and bumps. I don't really have any alternatives to suggest, though (bumps and trees not really my thing). Can't comment on the TST or Sick Day 95, haven't skied them.

post #3 of 18

Hi,

 

Check out the Motive 86 from Fischer.  Ticks all of the boxes for firmer off-piste skiing: relatively soft tip, powerful edge grip, not too aggressive, but not weak, and an expert-level ride.  Great blend of on and off-piste performance. Classic Fischer powerful feel w/o being a plank. 

 

Others I like: Kastle FX84 and FX94.  Lots of fans out east of this skis. Stockli Stormrider 95.  Rossignol E88 and E98.  

 

I do think the Fischer is a great value as well as a great ski though.  

 

The Mantra is really stiff for bumps.  It wouldn't be a ski I would look at for your needs. 

post #4 of 18

See if Skier Shop at Stowe will let you demo the "Vermont" model of the Bomber Stealth All Mountain Ski. A versatile snappy ski that is very well made - hand made for a Vermont company at the Blossom factory in Italy.

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post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by StoweJay View Post

Hey I've been reviewing the hell out of this years skis and the major review sites are all over the place in their reviews. I'm an advanced to expert skier who gets in about 25 days in the east and 10 out west. I've always preferred a snappy wood core ski and I'm looking for something that can ski anything on the mountain but really excels in tight spaces in the trees and on the bumps. Have been looking at the Blizzard Bonafide and Brahma, Volkl Mantra, Armada TST and Line Sick Day 95. Any thought or other suggestions would be great.

snappy wood core ski? The Nordica Hell and Back! Or Dynastar speed cross for something slimmer...

Both are all wood core and no metal...

post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the great replies.  So the Mantra's are off the list and the Fischer and Kastle have been added though at quick glance, they look pretty steep in price.

 

ChrisFromRI, thanks for that note.  Skier Stop is my go to ski shop in Stowe and those boards look sick.  Would love to support the local guys if I can.  Pretty excited to try those things out!

post #7 of 18
Always happy to arrange a demo in here in the 802 if you are interested in indie skis. Pm or contact me through the website... worthskis.com
post #8 of 18
Just got the Rossi E88 and I used them yesterday for the first time (in PA). Awesome ski!
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by dawgcatching View Post
 

Hi,

 

Check out the Motive 86 from Fischer.  Ticks all of the boxes for firmer off-piste skiing: relatively soft tip, powerful edge grip, not too aggressive, but not weak, and an expert-level ride.  Great blend of on and off-piste performance. Classic Fischer powerful feel w/o being a plank. 

 

Others I like: Kastle FX84 and FX94.  Lots of fans out east of this skis. Stockli Stormrider 95.  Rossignol E88 and E98.  

 

I do think the Fischer is a great value as well as a great ski though.  

 

The Mantra is really stiff for bumps.  It wouldn't be a ski I would look at for your needs. 

 

Rossi E98 for bumps dawg? I'm a LOT heavier than you and have a pair of E98's. And while I do like the ski for some uses, bumps are not one of them!

(the little brother E83 does well there)

post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by CHRISfromRI View Post
 

See if Skier Shop at Stowe will let you demo the "Vermont" model of the Bomber Stealth All Mountain Ski. A versatile snappy ski that is very well made - hand made for a Vermont company at the Blossom factory in Italy.

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stupidly priced. retail is 2500 dollars no idea what kinda of deal skiershop would cut you but you could get 3-4 good set of skis and binding for 2500 instead of one questionable ski with no binding.

 

If you want to check out skiershop I would give the steadfast and bushwacker a look, bushwacker is about as snappy as they come. If you want to support a local business take weasel up on his offer and try out some Daily Bread's . 825 for a carbon lay up or 750 for a fiberglass. skis better than the bombers vermont designed and california made.

post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Josh Matta View Post
 

 

 

stupidly priced. retail is 2500 dollars no idea what kinda of deal skiershop would cut you but you could get 3-4 good set of skis and binding for 2500 instead of one questionable ski with no binding.

 

If you want to check out skiershop I would give the steadfast and bushwacker a look, bushwacker is about as snappy as they come. If you want to support a local business take weasel up on his offer and try out some Daily Bread's . 825 for a carbon lay up or 750 for a fiberglass. skis better than the bombers vermont designed and california made.

 

BS Alert! Deals are always available on every ski, as I only recently bought a new unmounted set of this exact Vermont Stealth Bomber ski from Skiershop (through Ebay) for $500. Last season I bought a new unmounted set of Stockli Stormriders for $250 from a Internet dealer. Also, sometimes when you demo a ski from a brick and mortar dealer, when you return them if that set already has a number of days on them they will offer you that demo set for a heavily discounted price. Retail price is almost not even relevant if you have a half a brain and the financial prowess to shop and negotiate...

post #12 of 18
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post #13 of 18

Volkl Bridge!! I heard they changed the bases and are more durable. Truly the best all mountain, snappy ski I've been on.

I own the nordica Hell and Back, amazingly powerful ski that explodes out of a turn. I little much in bumps though. 

 

The bridge has 85% of the power of the H&B but is way more fun and versatile of piste.

post #14 of 18

My Vote goes to the Blizzard Brahma. I Demoed this at Stowe a few weeks back, it's by far the most under-rated ski out there. It's like the Bonafide only much more stable and way quicker. Sure you lose some floation but it's so worth it. Honestly there wasn't even a close second to this ski. It's so fun, I love it.

post #15 of 18
Xtremity, did you also demo the Bushwacker? I bought the Brahmas and am very happy with them, but I wouldn't call them snappy. When I was talking through the different options with Jeff at Skiershop he said that the Bushwacker would be more lively and playful. I don't have first hand experience with the Bushwackers in bumps. I imagine they are a bit softer and springier in the bumps than my Brahmas, which so far have been a killer ski for Stowe this season.
post #16 of 18

Just got a brand new pair of 2013 Cham 97's unopened still in plastic,on ebay for 350....so excited to mount em up....Havent seen that price anywhere..Nothing but rain the last few days,the mountain is just devastated. We have to start all over again and the skiing was phenomenal up to this point. Suppose to get cold again Monday so they can start blowing.

post #17 of 18

hrspear,

 

No I did not test out the Bushwacker's so I can't speak for them. I'm not sure I'd want a more lively ski but you might be built differently than me,  I'm 5'9" 180lbs so  a little flex goes a long way with my body type. How did you like the Brahma's in powder ? The conditions when I demoed were eastcoast ice with some dust piles here and there. let me know.

 

 

higby5, 

 

I wasn't a huge fan of the Cham97 but I think it was mainly due to the conditions though. They definitely need some soft snow and they are heavy as heck so I wouldn't want them for touring. I think they would be a ripping ski in soft pack or even a 6" powder day.With that said, I think I would have gotten them also for 350$ that's a steal...good find.

post #18 of 18
Xtremity
Haven't had them in real powder, nothing over a foot. In 6-8 inches of fresh they are very nice. They are not super floaty, nor would I expect them to be at 88, but they are maneuverable and definitely do have some lift (they bottom out less than my old traditional camber skis which were shorter and narrower, again no surprise). They are really impressve when it gets cut up, just really smooth throught the transitions to the thicker heavier piles.

Great ski.
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