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Thread Starter 

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.

post #2 of 15
Have you considered the blizzard x power series? That's the successor to the magnum line

I thought 810 had the ease of magnum but more top end

The 7.6, similar to the rx8, was a pretty versatile ski. But being a bit light and lively, you give up a little at the top end

If they have it, I would test drive the Rossi e84 if you want more life, the e88 if you want more dampness/smoother high end. Even the e80 was pretty good and very nicely priced

Good luck
post #3 of 15

The new Nordica FireArrow 76Ti that is coming next season, that light feel of your 7.6 but much more power and precision.

post #4 of 15
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Thanks for the recommendations!  I should have mentioned that I will be looking primarily at 2014 model year skis.  Would like to buy with end-of-season savings, and shop only has 2014 models in the demo fleet.  Putting in 4 more days up here, though, so can definitely get a feel for some of the demos.  If you have 2014 model recommendations, that would be greatly appreciated.

post #5 of 15

Have you tried any Stockli?

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Not since the 2010 or '11 Stormrider VXL.  I liked that ski quite a bit and actually found i could roll them over to better edge angles than most other skis ... I guess I just knew they would be there for me.  Overall, I just found a few other skis a bit quicker and more fun for me.  A number of the other Stocklis are a little more than I can probably get everything out of ... I am not a power skier.

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Had gotten 2-4 inches overnight each of the last 2 nights, so conditions have refreshed quite a bit at Smugglers' Notch.  Decided to take out a Blizzard Brahma today.  I had demo'd the Bushwacker last year, and loved it in glades and bumps, but did not like it at all on hardpack and scraped off icy sections.  Wondered how much more stability the Brahma would bring, and how much of the fun glade/bump performance it would give up.  Well, after a full day skiing all over the resort, I came away very impressed.  While there is definitely more stability and dampening to this ski than the Bushwacker I tried last year, the versatility of the Brahma is pretty impressive.  Performance in the glades and bumps was still quite good (albeit a little different than the Bushwacker) and the performance on scraped off hardpack, crud, bigger snow piles, etc., was excellent.  Just a great, confidence-building ski that begs you to try more than you otherwise might.

 

I am starting to see the value of a degree of greater stability and dampening than I have been used to skiing.  I definitely don't want a "plank" in my quiver, but the additional confidence coming from the Brahma's stability was enlightening.  Going to ski my Magnum 7.6 again part of tomorrow to compare and contrast the pros/cons of the light/lively feel I've been used to back to back with the Brahma experience from today.  Hope that helps draw some conclusions about the "feel" I really want in my next ski.

post #8 of 15

We will be skiing Smuggs on Friday (3/14 - Pi Day!) if you want to try out a pair of Root 88 demos.  They are a great carving ski due to a high torsional stiffness, yet easy bending stiffness.  Let me know if you are interested.

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Hey Sandwich Tech - when are you going to do a demo day at Cannon?  Ahem, we're right in your backyard, and you list yourselves as Cannon Diehards!  Will your skis work well at Cannon?  :)

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surfdog, they worked great at Cannon yesterday!  We had a few people demo them yesterday and we will be there again tomorrow.  If you are interested in trying them out, just let us know.  Right now we are doing 1-on-1 demos since a full demo day requires a larger demo fleet than we have built at this point.  Hopefully next season...

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I know the real reason you will be there tomorrow - North Country forecast is for 18 to 24 inches tonight and tomorrow.  Have fun "testing" your skis.....

post #12 of 15
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Thanks for the note and the offer.  Another great day of skiing today, with another 1-2 inches last night and an additional 4"+ today.  Tonight and tomorrow they are expecting the biggest dump of their year here at Smugglers!  Good chance of 2 feet or more!  Got to the demo center a little late this afternoon, as people were scooping up the wider skis like it was their last meal!!  I did get one of the last 100+ width skis available in a size that would work for me, so will be tooling around on the Blizzard Peacemaker tomorrow!

 

FWIW, I went back to my Magnum 7.6 today, and took it all over the place here to compare with the Brahma from yesterday.  Still love the light and lively feel and versatility of the 7.6, but definitely noticed the difference in less dampening and absorption, and less ability to blast through crud piles.  Coming around to the thought of sacrificing a little of that light and lively feel for a bit more stability and dampening ... not looking for a plank, but something in the Brahma class (at the most) for flex, stability and dampening would be a good solution.  Prefer sub 80mm width skis in general for the primary skiing I do.

post #13 of 15
I skied a Rossi Pursuit 18 two days on hard pack at Winter Park recently. It was light and precise (metal, aramid, and basalt) and edged like a bear. Really good gs carver. WP had none of our heavy Eastern crud, and the ski was light enough to make me wonder about it's performance there, but it made me happy when the snow was hard; we get hard snow occasionally, here in the East.
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I skied a Rossi Pursuit 18 two days on hard pack at Winter Park recently. It was light and precise (metal, aramid, and basalt) and edged like a bear. Really good gs carver. WP had none of our heavy Eastern crud, and the ski was light enough to make me wonder about it's performance there, but it made me happy when the snow was hard; we get hard snow occasionally, here in the East.

Your penchant for understatement is well-noted!

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