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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I am looking for some help purchasing new skis.

1. 6' 185lb male

2. Advanced skier (will ski anything but not a fan of bumps).  I like various size turns and speeds but on blacks I like to rip most of all.

3. Live in MI so apart from 1-2 trips east or west I'm stuck on midwest hills 

4. I ski 10-25 days per year

 

I am looking for an all mountain ski with a bias toward groomers and hard stuff as that is 85-90% of what I ski.  Below is a list of skis that I have come up with as preliminary list based my my wants and needs. To clarify as well I have not skied any of these and will probably not have much of an opportunity to demo them.

 

1. Blizzard Brahma

2. Volkl Kendo

3. Line Prophet 90

4. Elan 88xti

5.Volkl RTM 84

 

I currently am on a set of Elan Magfire 14 (magma)  in 168 that I picked up on craigslist for $100 to buy some time till I decide.

I am open to any other ski suggestions as well.  

post #2 of 16

I have the Elan 88xti and think it is a rippin ski for piste or even off piste that is really firm.  About another month and you should be able to get a smokin deal on them like I did last season.  And buy the 179 length.

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Is the 179 a bit long?
post #4 of 16
What's your budget?
post #5 of 16

The Elan website using "ski selector" recommends 186cm for a 6 foot (183mc) and the ski description notes 0 to -10cm as selector.  Current year has a 178cm

 

I'm 5-9 and ski 172 which some say could be longer, I don't mind a bit shorter but then I may also be compensating ;)

post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
$600ish, but really have no "budget" I'm not willing to pay a few hundred more for just a bit more performance at this point. I really am willing to spend whatever as long as I can get exactly what I NEED and WANT
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
I don't mind going 179 I just figured I'd go shorter since they would be wider?
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
I should note I would like something that I can ski when I have my kids with me (ages 4, 6, 8, and 10)
post #9 of 16
Stockli Laser SX 170s - a killer on groomer. Bar none.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the recommendation but I'd like to stay in the 88mm wide area
post #11 of 16
Kastle MX88s..I have never skied on them personally but there are a number of repeated positive reviews on them year after year and a legion of loyal followers on the this forum.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by luke21079 View Post

Thanks for the recommendation but I'd like to stay in the 88mm wide area

 

 

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Originally Posted by nochaser View Post

Kastle MX88s..I have never skied on them personally but there are a number of repeated positive reviews on them year after year and a legion of loyal followers on the this forum.

I have the MX 88 in 178 and am 5-10 175 and love them , so stable and hold on hard snow so well. Spend the money they are worth it.

post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm not opposed to the mx88 and in fact if I could find them for a descent price I would jump on them. However that is a big IF. So far it seems hard to find them for any less than $800-$1000.
post #14 of 16
I'm 6' 1' and 220 lbs. owned the mx88 178 and now own the elan 88 xti 186. For my size the elan was just better - just as damp, silly fast speed limit, felt more forgiving, shorter turn radius than the 188 mx88 which I is much more of a locked in larger GS ski. You could ski the elan like a shorter slalom ski but also like a bigger GS ski. Very flexible in turn shape. Silky smooth. I have zero regrets about the switch. No knocking the mx88... Great ski - just the sizing issue - if the mx88 were made in a 184 with a radius of 19-20 - it would be a coin toss. Either way - good stuff.
post #15 of 16
There was a few guys selling their MX88's on the forum not too long ago. You may wanna do a quick search if interested or start a WTB thread...
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
Of all the skis on my list I think the mx88 would be toward the bottom just based on how is have to pay to get them.
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