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Looking for performance but in a slightly more forgiving ski (70/30 on/off) 5'10 195 lb skiier - Michigan/Colorado/Utah

post #1 of 9
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So time for new skis this year.

 

Me - 42 y/o 5'10 192 plus or minus 8 lbs.

 

Ski about 10-12 days in michigan every year where I live, try to get another 5-10 out west each season.

 

Back in the 80/90's I used to ski 30+ days a year, would have been called very advanced but not an expert skiier.  When I ski off piste I tend to stay away from moguls now, though don't have any issue skiing them.

 

Bought some Head Monster I/M 82's a few years back, no problem skiing them here, out west I felt by day 3-4 that between those and my 130 stiffness boots that I was having to push a bit too hard all the time.  Loved that ski when I was on groomers flying, or in some crud, but found myself wishing for something a bit more forgiving by mid-trip.

 

Plan this year is to get a bit softer flex boot, and a slightly more forgiving ski.  I've had Volkl RTM 81/84 recommended and Kastle MX 83/88 and FX 84 recommended. But was also told that the MX series is pretty demanding.

 

So... open to thoughts on those skis or other recommendations.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 9
Read the current ski gear issue of Ski magazine.

There are a lot of 88mm-95mm waist skis you might want to think about.

Google the ski and read the reviews. That's what I did before I bought my powder ski this past March. I found a 2 year ski new still in the wrapper for $250 shipped. After you decide ona ski hit the shopping icon on google.

Skied them 6 day's late season, had a blast on them.
post #3 of 9

Wow, tons of skis could fit that bill but I assume by your listing of 80-something ski's thats what you are looking for? Not sure of what's new for 15' but certainly a K2 Rictor comes to mind or you could go to the "no brainer, can't lose" Head REV 85 which is a fantastic ski and plenty versatile  Volkl Kendo is another and the list goes on. .   Not sure what kind of ski you are really looking for.  80-85 is what most would call a front side ski but as Dr Evil would say..  "Need the info"  :D

 

That said, as @Max Capacity correctly stated, there are pages full of ski's in this category and all are good ski's.  Its just what flavor you want.  

post #4 of 9
Test the Head REV85 Pro.
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I'm about the same age, weight as you... a bit taller though.  You're a more experienced skier than me.  Anyway, last season I demoed everything I could get my hands on.  I owned a pair of Head Rev 78's and was looking to upgrade.  I really thought I'd like the 85's, but it just didn't happen.  I landed on the Experience 88's at 178 and haven't looked back.  It's a great ski.  Can't wait to get back on them!  It was a popular ski last season and probably for good reason.  I like skis that have a damp feel, which it has.

 

I tried out the volkl rtm series and really didn't like them.  I made one run and promptly returned them.  I really liked the supershape series, but I don't own a quiver and they weren't really what I was looking for.  I skied the Blizzard Brahma at 180 and performance wise it seemed good, but I didn't like the fact that I could feel every bump that I rolled over... 

post #6 of 9
The Brahma is a great ski that rocks in every condition they do rocker different than anyone else. However if you've gone softer with your boots I would try a few others before the Brahma as it is a responsive ski with 2.5 sheets of metal that accepts a little more of an agressive input. I would try the new Nordica NRGY 90 which was my favorite ski of the industry demos against the k2 amp rictor 90. Both are similar skis that have wide shovels and pigtails that are a blast in any condition will hols an edge on the hard pack and gobble up crud. They both have metal which is good to keep the ski honest on hard pack days but not so much that it dampens the ski a ton and sacrifices performance in the soft stuff. K2 amp 90 is ubderrated k2 perforates the titanium while Nordica has a 'torsion bridge' that is widest tip and tail but tapers closer to the binding... Both achieve the same result and are great fun.
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I'm about the same age, weight as you... a bit taller though.  You're a more experienced skier than me.  Anyway, last season I demoed everything I could get my hands on.  I owned a pair of Head Rev 78's and was looking to upgrade.  I really thought I'd like the 85's, but it just didn't happen.  I landed on the Experience 88's at 178 and haven't looked back.  It's a great ski.  Can't wait to get back on them!  It was a popular ski last season and probably for good reason.  I like skis that have a damp feel, which it has.

I tried out the volkl rtm series and really didn't like them.  I made one run and promptly returned them.  I really liked the supershape series, but I don't own a quiver and they weren't really what I was looking for.  I skied the Blizzard Brahma at 180 and performance wise it seemed good, but I didn't like the fact that I could feel every bump that I rolled over... 

Similar experiences with the rtm. Great ski BUT you should be making your usual Volkl turns on hard pack with those. It takes a while to find the sweet spot on those where you can pop into the next turn until then it is frustrating. The mantra and bridge are an absolute frigging blast tho.
post #8 of 9

Volkl RTM 84 and remove your strap and install a booster strap!

post #9 of 9

I, too, felt my 183cm Monster 82's were getting to be too much ski for this 55-year-old, 155-pounder.   So I demo'ed like crazy and settled on Salomon Enduro 850 XT's as my new middle ski.

 

The Volkl RTM 84 is better at carving on piste, the the Enduro is close, and much better off-piste.  It is a 70-30 ski, in my opinion.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/103364/review-2012-salomon-enduro-xt-850

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/102886/demo-day-briefs-50-50-skis-84-to-88mm-wide

 

And I'd buy them again.  You can even get used demos on e-bay.

 

 

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