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Help me chose my first ski (Adv. Intermediate) from Bramha/Steadfast/P90/Kendo

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First with the basics.

 

1. Where in the world are you skiing?
- In Midwest mainly, with one week long trip every year to UT/CO. Snowing is random. This year, plenty of fresh snow while last couple of years ... pretty much 90% Artificial snow
2.What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)
- Want to master moguls and trees since there is nothing else difficult in Indiana. Even Blackdiamons are like blues in UT/CO.
- Learning jumps so park'n'pipe

3.How many days a year do you ski?
- About 15 days
4.How advanced are you as a skier?
 - Adv. Intermediate, Level 7 I think.
5.What's your height and weight?
- 6'1, 195 lbs.

 

So my main focus is going to be mastering moguls/tress and advance in park and then also usuall All-Mountain thing. I have plans to find a good bootfitter soon and get the right shoe, so thats taken care, plan wise.So coming to my only ski that I am going to buy for next couple of years........ I think I am narrowing down towards. (175-180L, 85-90W)


- Bramha (Demo'ed this at PCMR and absolutely loved it. But then this is only ski I have tried out other than garbage rental)
- Nordica Steadfast
- Elan Prophet 90
- Volk Kendo
- Blizzard Magnum 8.5 Ti 
(????, getting a good deal on this)
- Rossignol E88

- K2 Recoil (Getting them very cheap, like $150 brand new)
- Any version of Dynastar Sultan 85? Not sure on this but saw lots of praise for this one.

 

Please consider the fact that I absolutely cant demo any of these here. I need to wait till Dec and head west to Demo again. But by that time prices would have gone up.

 

Would you guys offer any recommendation along this line... the skis which are similar to the ones I mentioned above?
- I am ok buying an old used ski for an year or two and then advance to more expensive.
- I am finding an amazing deal on Brand new 2014 Blizzard 8.5 with bindings. So considering it.


Edited by Jay Kavathe - 2/12/14 at 7:35am
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No such ski as Elan Prophet 90, presumably you meant Line Prophet 90.  None of the skis on your list are really park and pipe skis, but if all you are doing in the park is jumps and landing switch that's no big deal.  If you're landing switch, twin tips are a really good idea.  I think the only ski on your list that's a twin tip is the P90 but I'm not sure about the Kendo or Brahma.  The Steadfast is my daily driver and I demoed the P90 the year I bought the Steadfasts.  To me, the P90s felt like trying to ski 2x4's, just dead, maybe it was a bad tune.  The Steadfasts were and still are lively and very responsive.  They have a slightly turned up tail but I rarely ski switch and never land jumps switch.  The Steadfast is not a ski that takes kindly to improper input, particularly when it comes to fore/aft balance.  I do OK in the bumps with it but it not considered a very good bump ski because it is on the stiff side.  When it comes to groomers it can be a lot of fun as it holds an edge extremely well, at least where I ski.  I've never skied it but I know several people who ski the Blizzard Magnum 8.5ti and really like it.

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No such ski as Elan Prophet 90, presumably you meant Line Prophet 90.  None of the skis on your list are really park and pipe skis, but if all you are doing in the park is jumps and landing switch that's no big deal.  If you're landing switch, twin tips are a really good idea.  I think the only ski on your list that's a twin tip is the P90 but I'm not sure about the Kendo or Brahma.  The Steadfast is my daily driver and I demoed the P90 the year I bought the Steadfasts.  To me, the P90s felt like trying to ski 2x4's, just dead, maybe it was a bad tune.  The Steadfasts were and still are lively and very responsive.  They have a slightly turned up tail but I rarely ski switch and never land jumps switch.  The Steadfast is not a ski that takes kindly to improper input, particularly when it comes to fore/aft balance.  I do OK in the bumps with it but it not considered a very good bump ski because it is on the stiff side.  When it comes to groomers it can be a lot of fun as it holds an edge extremely well, at least where I ski.  I've never skied it but I know several people who ski the Blizzard Magnum 8.5ti and really like it.

 

Thanks for your input. Yeah, you are right. I meant Line P90. Dunno what were I thinking while writing Elan. Anyways....

 

And lets not deviate towards Park and Pipe. I should have been more clear. I am looking to do basic jumps and switches. Nothing extraordinary here. Most importantly, I dont want to sacrifice ski performance just to get twin tip. 

 

From your words, I am getting a feel that despite being light, Steadfast might not be best choice for Moguls. Am I reading you correctly?

I am pretty much looking for an All-rounder ski with more focus on moguls since I struggle with moguls most being Adv. Intermediate. 

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Bump!

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On your list, I think the best one for bumps is the Blizzard 8.5, but I don't know how it compares to the Brahma.  The Head Rev 90 is also a good candidate.

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post
 

On your list, I think the best one for bumps is the Blizzard 8.5, but I don't know how it compares to the Brahma.  The Head Rev 90 is also a good candidate.

 

Thats interesting to know. In fact the reason I had Blizzard 8.5 Ti on there was purely because of the deal I was getting. I was thinking that its an expert level ski and might not be good in bumps for me.

 

I will definitely check about Rev 90 though.

 

Edit : Just found a good deal on K2 Recoil. Seeing good reviews for an all mountain ski. Please let me know if you have used this ski.


Edited by Jay Kavathe - 2/12/14 at 7:35am
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Only once in my life have I been on K2 skis, Rictor 90XTI last year at Snow Basin and I found nothing about it that would make me want to own it.  I gave it two longs runs and it just didn't impress me, but it was better than another ski I tried that I wanted to dump within 100 yards of getting off the lift on the first run.  I headed straight for the demo tent to get rid of those.  The K2s at least lasted 2 runs.

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