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Alpine or AT skis?

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I'm going to set up some randonee skis with fritschi Diamir bindings. The current ski choices are 188 Fischer Alltrax Freeride or 188 Fischer Hitrax Tour. Both are 1999 skis with the same sidecut 105-70-95. The freeride is a good all mountain expert alpine ski, probably like a Rossi bandit X or a Salomon X-scream series. While the Hitrax is described as
"HiTrax Tour Lite—Profile: 105/70/95; Weight per 100cm: 31; Price: $400
While Fischer lagged behind with its ski offerings in the last few years, the HiTrax Tour Lite is new and different. Coming from a company known for its traditionalism, the HiTrax has a remarkably "new school" design. Its big sidecut will carve in softer snows, even at higher speeds, and its soft flex (and big dimensions) will float over most anything. On the downside, that same soft flex is less than happy in hard conditions, and those big dimensions are disappointingly sluggish edge to edge, but for powder hounding, mountain cruising, or for those who want a more forgiving ski, the HiTrax is right on."
(quote from http://www.couloirmag.com/Gear/revie...ig_dec99.html)

So I'm wondering Alpine ski or AT ski? I'll be using scarpa Denalis boots and Fritschi Diamir bindings. Casual/occasional use in Washington Cascades. Mainly spring/early summer use. I coach ski racing so I'm a pretty strong skier but not like a ski movie guy or full time race coach or Demo team member.
Or maybe there is a much better ski for me? something a few years newer/better?
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As I read it, the operative words in your post are: Scarpa Denali, casual/occasional, and Cascades. I'd lean to the Alltrax Freerides for the best match for your boots, conditions, and intended use. A little extra weight under foot will reward you on the downhill, and with all the driving power of the Denali I'm afraid the Hitrax would be overwhelmed. The Alltrax is probably a great choice, and only if you were going bc as a regular passion would I suggest something with a little more waist and float/bust power. If you feel like splurging you might consider the Atomic REX, besides all its other brilliant attributes for bc it also behaves like a race ski if pushed hard.
Have fun out there.
post #3 of 5
I’ve struggled w/ the same decision, and over the years I’ve ended up exclusively with alpine skis - Dynastar ATV, Fischer Freeride 68, Atomic 9.22 - although mainly b/c I got a ridiculous deal each time. AT-specific skis are lighter, but tend not to ski quite as well, although both gaps are closing. Note that the Freeride 68 is available at closeout deals in many places, but then again you probably want a wider ski where you are. The 9.22 might be a good choice, plus it is quite light for an alpine ski. The softer tele version is called the TM22. I also second the suggestion for the REX (or last yr’s 10EX) for the conditions you’re likely to encounter. I’ve also been looking at the Volkl Mountain and Outback for my wife. (Note that the Rossi Bandit series are kind of heavy, although otherwise a good choice.) And if you’re interested in a ski that long, RC’s deal sounds pretty good!
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Personally i only ski alpine skiis. I have a pair of Volkl G41's and a pair of Big Stix 106 both mounted with freerides. While they are heavy, i pretty much just tour for turns and dont really care about that. To me, light == breakable, and i tend to break stuff. So i save weight in other areas, thermofit liners for instance.

But again, it comes to personal preference. I like big stiff fat skiis. Not exactly part of the AT niche.
post #5 of 5
I say go with alpine skis.I have a very light setup of fristchi titanal II and rossi bandit x that works fine for normal(spanish) conditions.If you are lucky and ski mostly deep power go with the Atomic R:EX.
For a do-it-all i've heard excellent things about Salomon's teneighty 2003 (80cm waist,carves the groomed very well).
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