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Volkl Mantra vs Rossignol Experience 98 vs Blizzard Bonafide vs Kastle MX88 vs Armada TST vs Icelantic Nomad RKR

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I have been skiing for the past 7 years and I decided I should get a new upgrade on skis. I had a decent pair of Volkl skis (can't remember the mode), but which I liked a lot, but I wanted something more advanced. I am 17 years old, 5'8'', and 180 lbs, more of a muscle, bulky figure. I ski in the New England Area/Pennsylvania and I am an all-mountain skier. I can ski on double black diamonds and my level of skiing would be between an advanced skier and an expert. I ski pretty aggressively. I have been researching skis for quite a while and I have been stuck on a few pairs. I like a more versatile ski that can see on nearly all terrain. Here are the skis that I sought an interest into:

 

Volkl Mantra

Rossignol Experience 98 

Blizzard Bonafide

Kastle MX88

Armada TST

Icelantic Nomad RKR

 

What ski out of the following would you recommend? If you have any experience, good or bad, let me know. If you recommend any other skis that you know are better, tell me. I'd appreciate it. I would like to have a new set for the next skiing season. Thanks.

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I am new to the site and very happy to see that you guys are taking your time to advice the newcomers to the sport and forum.

 

I need an advice to which ski to buy as this question is killing me. Quick info about myself, 49 yrs 5"10, 175lb very athletic, ex fighter pilot. I got the ski bug 8 years ago and I am hooked. I ski about 2 weeks per year (job and family issues) and like mostly groomed and going fast. Gear price not an issue but I do not think more expensive is necessarily better. That being said, my current ski is Blizzard Supersonic 174cm. Went to Taos this week and talking to the guys from Boot Doctor I realized that my ski does not suit me. I demoed Experience 98 on groomed hard snow and was not impressed. Than I got the Volkl Vwerks 176 and I was convinced that I found my match. Perfect ski for me until it started snowing and I realized it puts some stress on my knees. My friend suggested to try a wider ski as it was included in the price. I got the Bonafide 173 and boy that was a wakening. I was floating over the bumps, no stress on my knees and was very happy, never thought that I would be on a ski that looks like a slipper. Next day the runs were groomed and I was eager to see how it performs. Excellent is my word, I was able to go as fast as fast as I could and be very in control. I think the volkl felt better on groomed but overall I would take the Bonafide any day.

 

Here is my dilemma now that I read more about Bonafide and I realized the type of ski I like (boy was I wrong with the Supersonic, that ski does not like to go straight and it is like a goat in the tree, always wanting to go left or right) should I go longer to 180 and what about Kastle MX88 and Stockli. Would be nice to demo all these skis but it might not be realistic. In a few words, I want the best ski for me.

 

Thanks for your advice, never thought I will be so hooked on this sport I should have retired from instead of starting it.

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VRS, would suggest checking out our Gear Review and Gear Review Forum sections. Or do a search for the skis on your list. There have a been excellent reviews and discussions of all except maybe the Nomad. WHat I'll say right now is that your list has some vastly different skis with vastly different missions. Maybe it would help to prioritize what you like in a ski, where you plan to ski, and then go look at the reviews.

 

lukez, it sounds as if you've already found your choice. At your size, you could go either 173 or 180, former will be more maneuverable in tight places and bumps, latter will be better at serious speed or in open soft snow. The Stockli (assume you mean the Stormrider 95) and the MX 88 are also really nice skis, but I think maybe a bit unnecessary at twice the price of the Bones for skiing two weeks a year. 

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