Looking for something to replace my Blizzard Magnum 7.6 skis. I really love the feel and capability of the 7.6, but want something just a bit more stable when pushing it hard. Trying to replicate the light and fun all-around feel as much as possible.
I tried the 2014 i.Supershape Magnum - Very capable ski, but I didn't really gel with the feel. Not quite as light and fun feeling as the 7.6. I am assuming that the feel of the Rally would be similar, albeit a little wider. Is that a fair assumption?
I also tried 2 of the 2014 Amp Rictor XTi series, the 90 and 82. Both, again, nice skis, but the 90 felt a little "heavy" to me and required a little extra patience at turn initiation. The 82, OTOH, felt like a fun ski for me. Not quite as light as the 7.6, but definitely a little more stability and seemed to be quite compliant at different speeds and different turn shapes. Unfortunately, no ungroomed or bumps to try it on the day/location I demo'd it.
I plan to demo the Magnum 8.0 CA, hoping that is a good solution, as a few folks have recommended that to me. Just wondering what else folks would recommend for my demo list.
5'10", 166 lbs., 51 y.o., Lower Level 8 skier, entirely East coast (VT and Mid-Atlantic). My 4 favorite skis in this category over the years have been the Fischer RX Fire 8, Hart Phoenix, Kastle MX78 (although different in feel), and the Blizzard Magnum 7.6, if that helps.
Thanks for any recommendations. Skiing in Smugglers' Notch this week, so could demo immediately if they carry it.