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post #31 of 52

FYI:  I'm 5.9" 175 lbs and have the MX78 in 178 -> it is no chore at all at places like Blue Mountain, or Chicopee.

 

The RTM 80 is cap construction.

The RTM 81 a sandwich construction.

You might want to research opinions between the 80 & 81

 

When I was at the Toronto ski show a few weeks ago and chatting the guy in the Elan booth, he was very big on the Amphibio 82XTi for an Ontario all-around ski, FWIW

 

- Andy

post #32 of 52
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Originally Posted by canuckpatroller View Post
 

Alright...I really do appreciate everyone's advice and suggestions! I never thought I'd be soooooo confused.  

 

I hit another shop today that also sells Volkl.  Evo.com has this Volkl on sale (even with shipping to Canada it's about $300 cheaper than I can get it here)

 

https://www.evo.com/outlet/ski-packages/volkl-rtm-80-skis-ipt-wide-ride-120-bindings-2013.aspx

 

The guy at the store said the RTM 80,81, and 84 would be great skis.

 

Thoughts?

 

As for trees, I have come to learn that my definition of trees is NOT the same as most people, so lets assume no trees.  When I go to Sugarloaf, I will attempt part of Brackett Basin for maybe an hour.  Otherwise, I don't do trees.  I apologize for the confusion!

 

Lastly, I will be getting new bindings, it seems most new skis at the level I am looking at all come as a "system" so rest assured there.

 

One other thing, the two posts above mention 0.5/4, what does that mean?

 

Thank you again to everyone!

 

~Andrew

Being confused is a normal step in the process when you ask for help on this site because there is a lot of grey when you ask opinion (except for mine!)...:D

 

The volkl RTM 80, 81 and 84 are differents: they are not built thye same way. For example, the rtm 81 has sidewall while the 80 is cap...

 

I've owned the rtm 81 and it is a ski with terrific edge hold but I don't like the full rocker on them, I prefer skis with camber and if you're planning to ski mostly on pists, so should you... Also, I didn't like them so much in bumps, flex was nice but the way they are built made the edges to always want to bite...

I aready said it, you would have more fun with my speed cross...:D

post #33 of 52

Mogsie, what about an FX84 as an all-around Ontario ski ?

Problem is, I don't even know where to buy new Kastle in Ontario.

I bought my FX94 from a dealer out in Whistler.

post #34 of 52
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Originally Posted by ARL67 View Post
 

FYI:  I'm 5.9" 175 lbs and have the MX78 in 178 -> it is no chore at all at places like Blue Mountain, or Chicopee.

 

The RTM 80 is cap construction.

The RTM 81 a sandwich construction.

You might want to research opinions between the 80 & 81

 

When I was at the Toronto ski show a few weeks ago and chatting the guy in the Elan booth, he was very big on the Amphibio 82XTi for an Ontario all-around ski, FWIW

 

- Andy

Could be a nice one too! The one thing I don't like with Elan skis is that their system binding don't allow you to move the position of the binding ( more foward or back); you're stuck with one position like the ones on Nordica skis...

post #35 of 52
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Mogsie, what about an FX84 as an all-around Ontario ski ?

Sure thing! Really nice skis too! Fun carvers with decent edge hold and good in bumps and new snow

post #36 of 52
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Originally Posted by ARL67 View Post
 

Mogsie, what about an FX84 as an all-around Ontario ski ?

Problem is, I don't even know where to buy new Kastle in Ontario.

I bought my FX94 from a dealer out in Whistler.

If you come ski in Quebec, I could give you some adresses and you could come try them at Tremblant!

post #37 of 52
Thread Starter 

Ok, I think I have it narrowed down.  One more store to hit up on Saturday then I need to decide.

 

As a reminder:

 

220 lbs, 5'11", Advanced, 31 yrs. exp. Front side, groomed, ice, ski patrol

Currently on 165 Volant Machete Truth

 

Head Rally or Rev 85
 

K2 Bolt or Rictor 82
 

Volkl RTM 81
 

Elan Amphibio 82/88 XTI.

 

Any last words from the most helpful people I have ever encountered on the internet? :)

 

~Andrew

post #38 of 52
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Originally Posted by canuckpatroller View Post
 

Any last words from the most helpful people I have ever encountered on the internet? :)

 

~Andrew

 

Don't forget to have fun. You can do that on any ski. This is not a mission-critical decision. Choose one and after you ski it a few times, it will feel just right for you.

post #39 of 52

What is your budget?

post #40 of 52
Thread Starter 
Budget with tax is about $800. With some of the eh deals the csp has, all the above skis are in my budget.
post #41 of 52

Last words?

 

Yep:  Never forget to stop and enjoy the view.
 

post #42 of 52

I patrol a small hill most of the time, sort of like Chicopee only a little steeper and usually icier, I also ski Chicopee when I visit Guelph.  I also ski Blue Mountain, Mt. St. Louis/Moonstone, and Horseshoe from time to time, so I know what conditions you are talking about.  Most of the time I'm on my Fischer WC SCs.  From your list I say get the Kästle MX78.  Don't forget to look for a CSP pro deal.  Also if you can find one a used V

 

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Originally Posted by canuckpatroller View Post
 

Ok, I think I have it narrowed down.  One more store to hit up on Saturday then I need to decide.

 

As a reminder:

 

220 lbs, 5'11", Advanced, 31 yrs. exp. Front side, groomed, ice, ski patrol

Currently on 165 Volant Machete Truth

 

Head Rally or Rev 85
 

K2 Bolt or Rictor 82
 

Volkl RTM 81
 

Elan Amphibio 82/88 XTI.

 

Any last words from the most helpful people I have ever encountered on the internet? :)

 

~Andrew


Out of those, I say go with the Elan.  82. 

Having spent a fair bit of time at the hills you will be skiing on, I say you would be better off with Kästle RX12 or LX72.  You should be able to buy them with a CSP pro deal.

post #43 of 52
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Originally Posted by canuckpatroller View Post
 

Ok, I think I have it narrowed down.  One more store to hit up on Saturday then I need to decide.

 

As a reminder:

 

220 lbs, 5'11", Advanced, 31 yrs. exp. Front side, groomed, ice, ski patrol

Currently on 165 Volant Machete Truth

 

Head Rally or Rev 85
 

K2 Bolt or Rictor 82
 

Volkl RTM 81
 

Elan Amphibio 82/88 XTI.

 

Any last words from the most helpful people I have ever encountered on the internet? :)

 

~Andrew

I don't think you could go wrong with the Elan Amphibio. The 82 will do you fine but if the 88 is in your budget, I would go for it. 

post #44 of 52

I have the Rictors ( rictor.. 2013 model, not the rictor m2, not sure what the difference is..).. I like em..good in the crud, just needed a good edge tune for the ice but they work well for me.  pretty predictable easy ski..  like that the binding are on rails.. I can move them around..  previous year models still in the shrink wrap at some places with bindings can be had for half your budget..  i'll send ya a pm.. get two different skis that way..

post #45 of 52
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Originally Posted by canuckpatroller View Post
 

Ok, I think I have it narrowed down.  One more store to hit up on Saturday then I need to decide.

 

As a reminder:

 

220 lbs, 5'11", Advanced, 31 yrs. exp. Front side, groomed, ice, ski patrol

Currently on 165 Volant Machete Truth

 

Head Rally or Rev 85
 

K2 Bolt or Rictor 82
 

Volkl RTM 81
 

Elan Amphibio 82/88 XTI.

 

Any last words from the most helpful people I have ever encountered on the internet? :)

 

~Andrew


From that list, I'd go Rally or Amphibio 82.

post #46 of 52
Thread Starter 

Ok...so for anyone still reading/willing to read, I have removed the Volkl's and the Rally's from the list.  We are down to the:

 

K2 Amp Rictor 82 XTI

 

Elan Amphibio 82/88

 

Head Rev 85

 

I am pretty sure I have removed the Volkl from the list...some awesome reviews, but some pretty bad reviews as well.

 

I am leaning towards the RIctor's at this point, mainly due to price point.

 

Thank you again for all your advice!!  If anyone has any last words, speak now :)

 

Thanks again.

 

~Andrew

post #47 of 52

Remind me, is demo'ing any of them off the table?

post #48 of 52
Thread Starter 
Yes, unfortunately in my circumstance, I can't demo. I need them before the season starts.
post #49 of 52
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Originally Posted by canuckpatroller View Post
 

Ok...so for anyone still reading/willing to read, I have removed the Volkl's and the Rally's from the list.  We are down to the:

 

K2 Amp Rictor 82 XTI

 

Elan Amphibio 82/88

 

Head Rev 85

 

I am pretty sure I have removed the Volkl from the list...some awesome reviews, but some pretty bad reviews as well.

 

I am leaning towards the RIctor's at this point, mainly due to price point.

 

Thank you again for all your advice!!  If anyone has any last words, speak now :)

 

Thanks again.

 

~Andre

 

Amphibio (82 or 88)

Stop writing posts and go buy them before it's too late!;)

post #50 of 52
Thread Starter 
And.......................................................................

It's done. A nice new pair of Elan Amphibio 88XTI in 178cm are on their way :-)

I truly appreciate everyone's time and advice in this thread.

Thanks!!

~Andrew
post #51 of 52

Enjoy skiing on them!

post #52 of 52
Good choice!
As the amphibio has a right and left ski, a trick I did with mine was to switch side when I went in trees and bumps and the snow coverage was not too good...
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