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88-98 East/West Ski

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Title is a little simplified. I have a pair of Fischer WC SCs (160) and Dynastar Speed Course Ti (172) so EC firm carving is covered. This would fall into the catagory of the majority of my ski days.

Now for the skiing that I want to do,but usually can't thanks to low altitude and the Atlantic Ocean. I have a pair of Dynastar Sultan 85s that have an edge dent and plenty of self-repaired core shots. In reality, they don't ski much different than new as the edges are in good shape outside of the dent and a couple of small spots.

Problem is, I don't love them. They're great at charging any sort of junky, cut up snow/slush. Otherwise, they're just okay. Not great at floating in the soft stuff at slower speeds, even by 85mm standards. A bit to stiff on real bumps (tight, steep and big) and trees. They'll hold a carve on groomers to a certain degree but always feel somewhat vague and the tip likes to dig into the snow and slow down. The dampness that makes them great at charging junk makes them a little lifeless elsewhere. Kind of low energy.

So, replace with an 88 or expand the quiver to a 98? At 155#s, I don't see the need to go much higher. Majority of days will be in NY, a few VT and 5-7 at an Alta/Jackson type place. I've demoed 98s that floated me well on Alta powder days and I can just demo on the seldom powder days. Based on what I've said on the Sultan, what would you suggest? I like skiing everything.

For the demo, demo, demo replies - I have and it's not always easy to demo what you want and the conditions you demo in make a huge difference. I was dying to buy a pair of Rocker^2 115s last year but talked myself down knowing they'd get 2 days/season.
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Given that you have hard snow covered and and you want something with more versatility and honestly, an easier going ski than the Sultan....I'd suggest the Head Rev 90. This is a no-metal ski with a light and nimble feel and a wide tip but relatively narrow tail. Flex is about medium within the ~~ 88mm group (Sultan would have been on the stiff side) and the Rev has a lot more sidecut than the Sultan did. This is (IMO) the best of the 88-ers for soft snow and is good on most firm snow until it comes time to take out your carvers. The Rev 90 is also great in up to 6-8" of powder and beyond that you can rent when out west. The wider skis like the 98's are fine when the snow gets deeper than 6" but for something you'd use most often, the 88's are probably the better choice.

 

SJ

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I have the same feelings about the Sultan 85.  Mine are in very good shape, but can't unload them at any reasonable price point.

 

Oh, and listen to SierraJim...he knows what he's talking about.

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something with more versatility and honestly, an easier going ski than the Sultan

 

Yes, no doubt.  Not looking to join the 10 sheets of metal fetish that seems to be going on now (at least not off piste).  Thanks.

 

What about the ever popular bushwacker/brahma series?  Asking since they seem to come up a lot.

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Yes, no doubt.  Not looking to join the 10 sheets of metal fetish that seems to be going on now (at least not off piste).  Thanks.

 

What about the ever popular bushwacker/brahma series?  Asking since they seem to come up a lot.

 

Both great skis although the Bush would probably be the better of the two Blizzis. The Brahma is reasonably stiff and might not be a ton easier than what you have. IAC....the Blizzis are very good choices and the Brahma at least has more grip than the Head but the Rev 90 is better in soft snow than either one. Depends upon what your priorities are.

 

SJ

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I'd suggest the Head Rev 90. 

 One more - what size would you recommend?  I see they have 170, 177 and 184.  Can't see 184.  Sultans are 172 but have absolutely no early rise despite the marketing claim (not when I hold them together at any rate).  Guessing 177 since they probably have a few cm of rocker?

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