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I really need help picking out the right skis [midwest]

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

First of all thanks for reading my post. I have been out of skiing for a few years and I would like to get back into it. So some of this new technology and brands I am not that familiar with. I have been doing some research on my own for the past few months and I am trying to narrow down what ski I would like to go with. I live just north of Chicago, so I pretty much ski the Midwest (don’t laugh). I also go out west for 10 to 15 days of skiing a year. When I am out there I ski mostly bumps, treeline, powder. I am 6’1 and 220lbs (I had to put on my winter coat for the winter). I would consider myself intermediate to advanced based on the circumstances. Below are the skis I have been looking at (no particular order). If you have any other recommendations please give them. Thanks again for everyone’s help, much appreciated.

 

1.      Rossingnol Experience 88

2.      Nordica Steadfast 90

3.      Line Sick Days 95

4.      Ski Logik Rave RL 92

5.      Scott the Ski 91

6.      Hart Only One 95

post #2 of 15

That's a pretty good list, but it is a bit on the wider end of the spectrum for what you will most likely be skiing most often. Frankly, a 95mm wide ski is a good all around compromise if you ski all the time somewhere with good snow and bigger mountains, but it's not wide enough for deeper snow and it's cumbersome on firm snow. This probably means that, for you, it will never be a very good choice. 

 

I'd make 90mm the 'max width' and pay more attention to skis like the Experience 88 and look at some slightly narrower choices also. They will be more fun more often.

post #3 of 15
I kind of have to agree ^. You could may be go like 184cm at your size. I would also tell you to demo the Volkl Kendo. Your #2 is a very good ski too.

What do you have for boots and do they fit great ? After you get the ski you may want a lesson just to improve and learn how to best use the new toys.
post #4 of 15

#2 for more firm snow

#3 as an all around fun ski and works for firm groomers too

 

....and 2nd that on the Kendo, also Blizzard Brahma.

 

Midwest mtns are small right? If so, I'd do 178 in Nordica, 179 sick day, 177 Kendo.

post #5 of 15

I agree with the comment that since most of your skiing will be in the Midwest which means smaller hills with firmer conditions, you should avoid the wider skis.  And I would look for a ski with good grip on icy conditions.  I think the Rossi E88 is a good choice.  Similar skis I would consider are the Head Rev 85 and the Fischer Motive 86.

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for everyone's comments.

post #7 of 15

Head Supershape Rally or Titan in 177

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by gregmerz View Post

Head Supershape Rally or Titan in 177

Not a good choice for a self professed intermediate when a Rev 85pro or Rev 90 would be a much better choice... IMHO of course.smile.gif
post #9 of 15
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Not a good choice for a self professed intermediate when a Rev 85pro or Rev 90 would be a much better choice... IMHO of course.smile.gif

 

Opinions vary.  Living in the Midwest myself, I don't readily recommend 85 or 90 waist width(s) for the hard snow in this part of the country. 

post #10 of 15
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Opinions vary.  Living in the Midwest myself, I don't readily recommend 85 or 90 waist width(s) for the hard snow in this part of the country. 

A supershape isn't going to do someone who doesn't ski tip to tail a whole lot of good.
post #11 of 15
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Opinions vary.  Living in the Midwest myself, I don't readily recommend 85 or 90 waist width(s) for the hard snow in this part of the country. 

Having lived and skied in the midwest, and now ditto in the east, agree that an 85-90 wouldn't be my first - or third - choice for normal conditions, let alone for an intermediate who won't be able to exploit their edges. But he's a big guy, and he also heads west. IMO the trick is to pick a ski that has sufficient float for him out west, but sufficient edge for the midwest, and oh yeah, works in the bumps. And is forgiving. :rolleyes

 

OP: Most of the skis on your list are unrealistic for your home terrain, with the exception of the Steadfast and marginally, the E88. 

 

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A supershape isn't going to do someone who doesn't ski tip to tail a whole lot of good.

Agree also, except that some Heads are more, uh, super-shaped than others. Titan, nope, not a starter for OP. Rally, definitely would work for the midwest, not that radical in sidecut, compared to others in the category, 177 would be long enough. But way too narrow for his western vacations. OTOH, not convinced the REV 85 has enough edge for a guy that size on sheet ice. 

 

So I'd consider skis like the Blizzard 8.5 Ti, Volkl RTM 84, and Fischer Motive 86. Perhaps the Steadfast. All of which he'll be able to bend easily even at low edge angles. My .02...

post #12 of 15

I vote for an upper 70's low 80's ski and then demo for out west if the conditions warrant.  I post this with the caveat that he's looking to improve and will benefit from learning to use a little tail.......  

 

He's going to benefit and enjoy something more narrow on low angle, short runs at home. Going too wide is just overkill for midwest resorts; you gotta maximize your vertical!  Think SR turns. 

 

 

One of the best things I did this season was to go back to a traditional tail (FX94) ski and ski lots of broken and crud with it.  

post #13 of 15
I'm on the Nordica Steadfast, maybe a slightly more advanced skier but similar in build.

It is surprisingly nimble, even at 90 wide. Agree in general with Midwest skiing that you can go too wide. But w/trips out West it would be good to at leats be in the high 80s width.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Once again, thanks for everyone’s responses. What I am having a tough time understanding is, the case for not going over 90mm because of where I live? I have been trying to do as much research as possible. I am probably over killing it with the reviewing I am doing. I come across reviews of skis from 90mm to 105mm from people skiing and living in the Midwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan). Some of the reviews they may be raving about a ski that is 102mm skiing it in Minnesota? Am I missing something here, or is just personal preference.
post #15 of 15

Marley420: I ski in the Midwest now, use to live out West and I am in the same neck of the woods you are. All depends on where your going to do most your skiing, if your going to be doing it on groomers that are snow covered and icy at times I would look not at a wider ski but more narrow with good edge grip, now that's not to say you can't find all mountain ski that you can do both on. I ski the Rossignol E88 mostly in the Midwest but I have taken it out West in some decent powder about 1 1/2-2 feet and it preformed nicely. Now remember I know guys that still ski straight skis in powder and do it well, but that being said the new stuff is less fatiguing is what I am finding out.  For me it's the amount of turns I can get in in 1 run when it comes to the Midwest, If I lived out West I would have at least 2-4 pairs of skis, but heck I am already there! lol

 

Rossignol 88 quick turning on edge and can handle crud, hard packed and powder, decent on ice.

Rossignol 98 Less of a quick turner than the 88 but better "floatation" when it comes to powder skiing. 

Rossignol Avenger 82 great all Mountain Ski and great for ripping up the hill on groomers basically handles everything well, a tad more work in powder. Just tried these

 

Blizzard line of skis are great, and tend to hold up well, as all the ones mentioned above, but if your going to be skiing over 100 or above 90, the ski is going to be less responsive as would some of the more narrow skis that handle hard packed. 

 

http://www.skis.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Skis-Site/default/Page-Show?cid=buying-guide-1-12-2012#TypesOfSkis

 

 

Good Luck  

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