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First new skis in 15 years [Colorado]

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In 1999, I purchased some K2 Mod 7/8 skis (174 cm), and I have used them ever since. They've been great: rock solid and good for everything short of serious powder. Now I'm ready to replace them. I have a few questions -- any help and suggestions are much appreciated. Here's my info:

 

Where do I ski? 
Colorado. Most frequent ski area is Copper Mountain. Also: Vail, Telluride, Steamboat, WP, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breck, A-Basin. 

 

Terrain:

Ski everything from back bowls to groomers. Plenty of moguls, but no park & pipe or race course. I do ski the trees with my kids. I like to feel stable when plowing through powder and crud. 

 

How many days a year do you ski?
12-15 days

 

Skill level
Intermediate/Advanced 

 

Height / weight / age 
Height: 67" (170 cm) / Weight: 195 lbs. / age: 49 years

 

What kind of skis am I looking for? 
All Mountain

 

Situation

I've demoed a few skis this year, and so far my favorite is the Rossignol Sin 7 skis. I rented a pair for the day at Copper Mountain last weekend and they were great. The tech at the ski shop recommended the 164 cm size and they seemed fine. After a few runs I was having a blast, and I did great on a long bump run. They seemed plenty fast, they turned easily and they were lighter than my old K2 skis. 

 

I stopped by one of the local ski shops this evening. They were out of Sin 7 skis in any size at this location, but one of the other stores has a 172 cm pair that I can get. The tech at this store said he would recommend the 172 size over the 164 size for me anyway, especially since the ski surface is shorter on non-powder surfaces because of the big rockers at the front and back. 

 

Question 1:

So what do you think? Which size is more appropriate and why? 

 

Question 2: 

The Soul 7 skis are more than half a pound lighter than the Sin 7 skis. What do you think: is it worth the extra money? They're also a bit fatter at the waist and I wonder how much different that will make in performance. 

 

Question 3: 

Any recommendation on bindings? 

 

Question 4:

Any other models of skis that I should be trying out before I buy the Rossignols? I kept my last skis for 15 years and they are still in decent shape. I'll probably keep this next set for quite a while. 

 

Thanks for any and all help!

post #2 of 4
Since you liked the Sin 7's, you'll probably love the Soul 7's. They are the spork of the ski world, a go anywhere do anything multi tool. Go with the longer length since, as you correctly observe, the true edge length is much shorter due to the rocker. The lightness is due to the honeycomb constructed tips that look cool and reduce tip flap.

Don't wait 15 years before trying something else, however. The ski innovations are coming faster than ever, Hulk.
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Originally Posted by Hulk View Post
 

Terrain:

Ski everything from back bowls to groomers. Plenty of moguls, but no park & pipe or race course. I do ski the trees with my kids. I like to feel stable when plowing through powder and crud. 

 

Situation

I've demoed a few skis this year, and so far my favorite is the Rossignol Sin 7 skis. I rented a pair for the day at Copper Mountain last weekend and they were great. The tech at the ski shop recommended the 164 cm size and they seemed fine.

 

Question 1:

So what do you think? Which size is more appropriate and why? 

 

Question 2: 

The Soul 7 skis are more than half a pound lighter than the Sin 7 skis. What do you think: is it worth the extra money? They're also a bit fatter at the waist and I wonder how much different that will make in performance. 

 

Question 3: 

Any recommendation on bindings? 

 

Question 4:

Any other models of skis that I should be trying out before I buy the Rossignols? I kept my last skis for 15 years and they are still in decent shape. I'll probably keep this next set for quite a while. 

 

Thanks for any and all help!

 

Question 1: The 172 is the far better choice.

 

Question 2: The Soul 7 is a nice ski but there is no magic there. While the extra width is nice when the snow is deeper than a foot, it won't have any real value the rest of the time. The wider ski will feel more cumbersome some of the time like in bumps. IMO, the extra width/extra cost of the Soul 7 is unnecessary.

 

Question 3: Bindings are a personal choice. I would suggest a binding that will max out at 12-13 on the DIN scale rather than one that maxes out at 10. This is not b/c you need the higher DIN range but b/c the 10 DIN bindings are a little too cheap-plasticky (technical term) for my tastes. Look/Rossi PX12/Axial12 or possibly a Head/Tyrolia Attack13 are good values @ $199 before any sales. Salomon STH2-13 is another good choice.

 

Question 4: No need for more demos. While there are over a dozen great skis in that width range, I think you have found a winner. When you ski something and it fits your needs well, that's a pretty good time to settle down and buy it. The savings on the Sin over the Soul will probably halfway pay for the bindings.

 

SJ

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advice. I ordered the 172 cm Sin 7 skis. 

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