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Head REV 85 Pro as DD east Coast Ski

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hello all:

 

I'm considering buying a new pair of skis this year, but I'm a bit unsure if I should wait another year or if I should go ahead and pull the trigger. A little about me:

 

*I'm 36

*I live in NYC, so generally ski Catskills with a few trips to VT and hopefully an annual trip out west.

*I'm a confident intermediate, I can tackle blacks, but I need to "think" about it a lot while going down.

*I'm not big into moguls. I like skiing in the trees when I can. I generally stick to groomed runs, but I'm interested in more tree skiing.

* 6' 185Lb

*I started skiing back in 92 or so. I was in the Navy for a bit and then college so I didn't ski much during that time. I've been getting back into it more recently in the past three years.

*This year I have 7 ski days and it looks like I will have 10 by the end of the year, maybe 11. I think most years will look like 10-15 ski days, depending on vacations and such.

 

I already own boots; I bought them last year.

 

This year I've demo'd the K2 Rictor 82's at Okemo and mostly liked them. I also tried a more narrow Rossignal that had an asymmetrical nose, I didn't like that ski much. It was pretty amazing to carve it, but otherwise it was very rigid and seemed more focused on speed and technique then anything. The last ski I was on was a Kastle 84, and that was different for me, I ended up getting used to it, but I also felt like it was punishing me if I did anything wrong.

 

The lengths started at about 168 and went up to 176. Based on what I've liked so far, I've been leaning towards a ski that does these things:

 

*doesn't beat me up too badly if I don't ski perfect technique,

*that I can grow into as I improve

*That I can take out west and will be ok in non-powder days

*Can ski in most situations east coast, including powder days.

 

Mainly, I just enjoy having a good time. I'm not a terribly aggressive skier. I'm content waiting another year to find the right skis, but I'm spending a lot on rentals right now, so I'd like to consider it especially if I can get a good buy.

 

Based on the above, I've read some good reviews on the head rev 85 pro, and the price is right:

 

 

http://www.snowinn.com/ski-store/head-rev-85-pro-sw-13-14/97669/p?utm_source=google_products&utm_medium=merchant&id_producte=399731&country=us&gclid=CIKAuqjl-bwCFe1QOgod91EAmA

 

There is also:

 

http://www.snowinn.com/ski-store/head-rev-85-pro-sw-pr-pro---pr-11-wide-13-14/97635/p?utm_source=google_products&utm_medium=merchant&id_producte=399613&country=us&gclid=COnikJzp-bwCFcZZ7Aod5wkA9g

 

The difference being the binding? Is it worth it?

 

I've also read a lot about the rev 90s, but then I would have to buy the bindings:

 

http://www.skinet.com/ski/gear/head-rev-90-2014 (I don't see many for sale right now)

 

This year I really really wanted to demo these:

 

http://store.christysports.com/catalog/ski_shop/ski/all-mens-skis/nordica-steadfast-ski-mens?gclid=CPvWxqDq-bwCFUcV7AodCxIA7g

 

Some of the reviews I read described me pretty well, flexible ski, can handle a lot of different kinds of terrain, intermediate friendly but expert / advanced can get a lot out of it. However I couldn't find anyplace that carried them where I went skiing this year.

 

Thank you for any input you all may provide me.


Edited by jamesglenn - 3/4/14 at 1:49pm
post #2 of 12

A ski with a width in the mid-80s is a good DD for the east.  Nimble enough for the tighter eastern terrain but wide enough for decent performance when there is some fresh snow.  Never skied the Rev85, but the reviews are generally very good and seem to match your criteria.  Other skis in that category include the Rossi E88 and Fischer Motive 86.  Demoing is always a good thing.

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the feedback.

 

We're supposed to go to Smuggler's towards the end of March, I might demo some skis there that match my criteria stated earlier. Any suggestions on what I might want to check out? As mentioned earlier, I'd like to try to get skis at the end of this season.

post #4 of 12

Every manufacturer makes a mid-80s waisted ski, so there are no shortage of options in this category.  The Rev85 and Experience88 are two of the most well reviewed.  My favorite (so far...) is the K2 Rictor 90; perhaps a bit wider than what you're looking for, but a few millimeters isn't noticeable unless you have really sensitive feet.

 

I've been demoing recently as well -- I will say all of these skis "feel" wildly different and I didn't necessarily agree with the traits the reviews claim (i.e., the reviews claim that the Experience88 is a super nimble ski...  I found it to be about as nimble as a battleship.  Maybe it was me, maybe it was the tune, whatever).

post #5 of 12
IMO a DD for back here should be biased toward firm snow and bumps. The REV85 would work decently, but it's a touch more aimed at softer snow; call it a western all mountain. I'd say to try something like the Fischer Motive 86 or the Blizzard 8.5 Ti or the Salomon XT 850. Little more frontside bias without losing versatility.
post #6 of 12
Yeah, 85 is quite overkill if you mostly stick to groomers. Even my 80 looks kinda ridiculous on typical eastern hardpack days.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by jzmtl View Post

Yeah, 85 is quite overkill if you mostly stick to groomers. Even my 80 looks kinda ridiculous on typical eastern hardpack days.

I strongly  disagree!  I ski a pair of 88 mm waisted skis (Dynastar Legend Mythic Riders), day in and day out in the East.  To me, 85 to 90 mm is the ideal width for an all around ski in the East, and they do not look ridiculous or out of place. 

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Pacobillie View Post

I strongly  disagree!  I ski a pair of 88 mm waisted skis (Dynastar Legend Mythic Riders), day in and day out in the East.  To me, 85 to 90 mm is the ideal width for an all around ski in the East, and they do not look ridiculous or out of place. 

My groomer DD is 67, so we have different preference. But OP should demo different skis to see which he likes.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Pacobillie View Post
 

I strongly  disagree!  I ski a pair of 88 mm waisted skis (Dynastar Legend Mythic Riders), day in and day out in the East.  To me, 85 to 90 mm is the ideal width for an all around ski in the East, and they do not look ridiculous or out of place. 

I do not dispute that a 67 mm waisted ski is a better groomer ski.  My point is that an 88 mm waisted ski is a better eastern all around ski.  The OP says that he also skis in trees and contemplates a yearly trip out west, which a 67 mm waisted ski will be very ill suited for.

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by jamesglenn View Post

Thank you for the feedback.

We're supposed to go to Smuggler's towards the end of March, I might demo some skis there that match my criteria stated earlier. Any suggestions on what I might want to check out? As mentioned earlier, I'd like to try to get skis at the end of this season.

Demo inventories tend to get VERY thin by the end of March in NE. On the upside, if you find something you like, you might be able to cut a good deal on it. On the downside, they might not have sizes or models you're interested in, or may have shut down demo operations altogether. I've encountered this on more than one occasion. (Not talking about Smuggs specifically.)
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Pacobillie View Post

I do not dispute that a 67 mm waisted ski is a better groomer ski.  My point is that an 88 mm waisted ski is a better eastern all around ski.  The OP says that he also skis in trees and contemplates a yearly trip out west, which a 67 mm waisted ski will be very ill suited for.

I'm not recommending 67 mm skis, they are definitely not for everyone. Was thinking more along the line of rev 80 instead of 85. For once a year western trip, I'd just rent skis.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

Yeah

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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post


Demo inventories tend to get VERY thin by the end of March in NE. On the upside, if you find something you like, you might be able to cut a good deal on it. On the downside, they might not have sizes or models you're interested in, or may have shut down demo operations altogether. I've encountered this on more than one occasion. (Not talking about Smuggs specifically.)

 

This is a problem. This was even a problem at some places in late February.

 

With respect to some of the other comments, I definitely want to stick in the mid 80 range. I tried skis a bit narrow and it's just not my thing. I haven't tried anything wider than an 88 though, so I can't comment on that.

 

I'm mostly looking for a ski that I can have a good time on and grow into, something that is fun and not too punishing - that's why I've been leaning towards the head rev 85 pro because most commentators and reviewers seem to be aligned on that one. But I reluctant to buy a ski without demoing it first, selling out is becoming an issue.

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