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Looking to add a fun playful ski to my lineup looking for suggestions!!

post #1 of 6
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I have a really nice collection of skis but looking to add another.  My current collection is:

 

2013 Kastle MX78 in 176

2013 Kastle LX82 in 172

2013 Kastle FX94 in 176

2013 Blizzard Cochise in 177

2012 Line Mr. Pollard's Opus in 178

2013 Atomic Automatic in 179

 

I currently have my Opus up for sale because I prefer the Automatic over it for deep powder.  The ski I am looking to add has to be playful and I want it to have twin tips.  I want it for having a good time on my local small hill in Michigan.  I want in to be able to ride switch.  It can get old around here just doing laps on the small hills so I want to ride switch and hit jumps to make the time on the hill more enjoyable.  I also like riding switch to video my 7 year old.  I am 45 5'6" and weigh 165 lbs.  I have been skiing all my life and would consider myself an expert.  I lived in Aspen for 3 years in my 20's and have skiied out west around 550 days.  

 

The skis I am currently considering I have no chance at demoing and pick them because I like the companies and the skis they produce.  The skis I am currently looking at are:

 

Line Sick Day 95 

Line Chronic

Blizzard Peacemaker

Atomic Punx 

Atomic Infamous

Nordica Soul Rider

 

So if anyone has any experience with these and think they will fit my needs let me know the pros/cons.  If there are skis you would add free feel.

 

Thanks,

 

Chuck

post #2 of 6

Haven't been on the Sick Day but a 95 under foot sounds a little wide for what you are looking at.

Chronic, well I have a love hate relationship with this ski. Its a great inexpensive park rat ski. Its light and poppy. Great on the rails but not so hot on the bigger jumps ie soft as all hell. Any speed expect some tip slapping

Peace Maker definitely not as good as the rest of Blizzards line up. Love some of the line up... Just not this one. No life and energy.

Punx, again fun on the rails and not much more.

Infamous is a fun playful light and poppy ski. It does not hold up to bigger riders very well and is prone to edge pullouts. I happen to like the ski for fun screw around days. not my stick of choice for any speed. Again tips like to wave. 

Soul Rider - Fun ski in mixed snow and softer conditions, not my choice for park laps or easy light and poppy feel, its too dense and no snap. 

 

My input- Check out 

1. Scott TW Jibs

2. Armada Halo 2

3. Armada. El Ray

post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by SVmike View Post
 

Haven't been on the Sick Day but a 95 under foot sounds a little wide for what you are looking at.

Chronic, well I have a love hate relationship with this ski. Its a great inexpensive park rat ski. Its light and poppy. Great on the rails but not so hot on the bigger jumps ie soft as all hell. Any speed expect some tip slapping

Peace Maker definitely not as good as the rest of Blizzards line up. Love some of the line up... Just not this one. No life and energy.

Punx, again fun on the rails and not much more.

Infamous is a fun playful light and poppy ski. It does not hold up to bigger riders very well and is prone to edge pullouts. I happen to like the ski for fun screw around days. not my stick of choice for any speed. Again tips like to wave. 

Soul Rider - Fun ski in mixed snow and softer conditions, not my choice for park laps or easy light and poppy feel, its too dense and no snap. 

 

My input- Check out 

1. Scott TW Jibs

2. Armada Halo 2

3. Armada. El Ray

 

Thanks a bunch for the input.  This is the exact kind of response I was looking for.  The negatives of all the skis you reviewed pretty much takes them off my list.  I will not be riding any rails.  Just need a good switch ski that can handle some speed and be fun doing it.  I'll check out your recommendations.  I am shocked that you said the Peacemaker has no life or energy because the reviews I have read said the opposite.  I am ok with the 95 underfoot because I have a great time on my FX94 here in Michigan and it is the same size underfoot as the Sick Day.

post #4 of 6

I know, the Cochise is one of my favorite skis in the history of skiing. Peacemaker didn't do it for me? If no rails, and speed with switch is a good deal I stand strongly behind my top 2 choices. Don't let the Jib in the Scott scare you off. The ski rips. The Halo 2 is a ripper as well. Its a little lighter in the tips a tales and fun to butter. The TW Jib handles the speed a little better IMHO. Take it as you will. Good luck. 

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Originally Posted by SVmike View Post
 

I know, the Cochise is one of my favorite skis in the history of skiing. Peacemaker didn't do it for me? If no rails, and speed with switch is a good deal I stand strongly behind my top 2 choices. Don't let the Jib in the Scott scare you off. The ski rips. The Halo 2 is a ripper as well. Its a little lighter in the tips a tales and fun to butter. The TW Jib handles the speed a little better IMHO. Take it as you will. Good luck. 

 

I looked up your 3 choices and the El Rey on paper looked the best for what I am looking for but if you say the TW Jib I'll do some more research.

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I forgot to add that the Kastle James XX90 really interests me as well.

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