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post #31 of 45
You wrote, I would think the 179 might be work since it is the longest ski in the line and a 172 would be better but again I want to add speed to my GS style. Just want the old Volkl feel in a higher speed but old man easy.

I'm sticking to my 172 for you, statement.

Your not 6'4" 230+lbs.
post #32 of 45
You could do maybe do 179 in the Ca for some added stability, but I would stick with 172 in the Ti as it is plenty stable and will NOT chatter on you at speed if you are truly carving.

I am 5'6"/160 lbs./level 8 skiing mostly ungroomed and am happy on the 165cm. I was really torn between the 165 and 172, but went with 165cm based on some posts by philpug on blizzard sizing. I feel that length & stiffness combo makes it a very versatile ski for me in just about everything except over 8" untracked.
post #33 of 45
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity View Post

You wrote, I would think the 179 might be work since it is the longest ski in the line and a 172 would be better but again I want to add speed to my GS style. Just want the old Volkl feel in a higher speed but old man easy.

I'm sticking to my 172 for you, statement.

Your not 6'4" 230+lbs.

I think the 172 is right for me.
post #34 of 45
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Originally Posted by Helmut Skidmark View Post

You could do maybe do 179 in the Ca for some added stability, but I would stick with 172 in the Ti as it is plenty stable and will NOT chatter on you at speed if you are truly carving.

I am 5'6"/160 lbs./level 8 skiing mostly ungroomed and am happy on the 165cm. I was really torn between the 165 and 172, but went with 165cm based on some posts by philpug on blizzard sizing. I feel that length & stiffness combo makes it a very versatile ski for me in just about everything except over 8" untracked.

I think the CA will be to soft torisonally for eastern ice.
post #35 of 45
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Originally Posted by Helmut Skidmark View Post

You could do maybe do 179 in the Ca for some added stability, but I would stick with 172 in the Ti as it is plenty stable and will NOT chatter on you at speed if you are truly carving.

I am 5'6"/160 lbs./level 8 skiing mostly ungroomed and am happy on the 165cm. I was really torn between the 165 and 172, but went with 165cm based on some posts by philpug on blizzard sizing. I feel that length & stiffness combo makes it a very versatile ski for me in just about everything except over 8" untracked.

I think the CA will be to soft torisonally for eastern ice.

You are skiing on a hill with 38 feet of vertical LOL. ;) The CA with any type of tune will hold fine for you plus, don't you have like 20 other pair of Volkls for eastern ice? 


Edited by Philpug - 10/21/14 at 6:23pm
post #36 of 45
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I am in! I am absolutely open to learning more and I have a week of lessons every day scheduled at Sunday River coming up.

 

PM me when you are up here, just in case I can get away.

post #37 of 45
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I am now on the 50 ft hill so I am thinking I need the stiffnes of the TI
post #38 of 45
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I am in! I am absolutely open to learning more and I have a week of lessons every day scheduled at Sunday River coming up.

PM me when you are up here, just in case I can get away.
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You mean move away so you're not there when I arrive right
post #39 of 45
Have not skied the Blizzards, but the Volkl RTM 81, just blew me away. You can rail that ski! I pretty much ski everything (70 days/year), especially bumps and off-piste, both East and West and this ski is impressive in most conditions. I have not skied it in powder however, but it's not meant to be a "powder ski" anyway.
post #40 of 45

I'm certainly no advice giver especially among those here on Epic, but fwiw to the OP.

From what you describe in your own posts might I ask why your looking in the allmountains and not the true carvers? I know the term is just a word and to be taken with a grain of salt as they are still frontside bias skis but from your description of driving hard and super fast down the hardpack it just seems more like a True carver is what you want. You mention Volkl and Blizzard so why not Volkl "Code" series or the blizzard "G-power" or Power800" ? As well as a number of the other brands skis from their "true carving" lines. Not necessarily the race lines (even those would be options too) but at least closer in that direction vs the usually wider and often rockered all mountains even though frontside bias.  Just seems from what you describe about being the "flash" of the groomers that would better suit your desires no? I would assume should offer you better high speed carving, edge hold, stability, no? unless I am confused what your looking to do.

post #41 of 45
I have only been skiing a few years. Last year I took a group lesson at Steamboat and they placed me with level 6 skiers, whatever that means. Anyhow, just letting you know that before I give my advice so you can take it into consideration.

I'm also about 180 pounds and 5'9" tall.

Anyhow, you may recall that I got my hands on the Blizzard Magnum 8.0 Ti skis 2 years ago because I was able to get them cheap in a pro deal through working at REI.

Long story short, I had dreams of these being amazing...but once I skied them I realized almost immediately that they weren't for me...I could not get them to flex in the turn...for me they were 2 very pretty, unbendable long sticks attached to my feet...I turned by swinging them side to side, it was pathetic.

Now I make it a point to look for medium flex skis.

I have heard good things about the Volkl RTM skis and I've got my eye on them as well. (not the 84's)
post #42 of 45
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I'm also about 180 pounds and 5'9" tall.

Anyhow, you may recall that I got my hands on the Blizzard Magnum 8.0 Ti skis 2 years ago because I was able to get them cheap in a pro deal through working at REI.

Long story short, I had dreams of these being amazing...but once I skied them I realized almost immediately that they weren't for me...I could not get them to flex in the turn...for me they were 2 very pretty, unbendable long sticks attached to my feet...I turned by swinging them side to side, it was pathetic.

Now I make it a point to look for medium flex skis.
 

 

I'm a bit taller and lighter than you, and I felt the same (2 years ago) about the 172 8.0 Ti.  I enjoyed them during a demo...for awhile.  Then they wore me out and bending them was difficult.  I enjoyed the 170 RTM 84 more for sure.  I also find the 180 Brahmas more easygoing than the 8.0.  Could be in my head but I don't think so.

post #43 of 45
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I have only been skiing a few years. Last year I took a group lesson at Steamboat and they placed me with level 6 skiers, whatever that means. Anyhow, just letting you know that before I give my advice so you can take it into consideration.

I'm also about 180 pounds and 5'9" tall.

Anyhow, you may recall that I got my hands on the Blizzard Magnum 8.0 Ti skis 2 years ago because I was able to get them cheap in a pro deal through working at REI.

Long story short, I had dreams of these being amazing...but once I skied them I realized almost immediately that they weren't for me...I could not get them to flex in the turn...for me they were 2 very pretty, unbendable long sticks attached to my feet...I turned by swinging them side to side, it was pathetic.

Now I make it a point to look for medium flex skis.

I have heard good things about the Volkl RTM skis and I've got my eye on them as well. (not the 84's)

 

If you are concerned with stiffness and looking at the RTMs Keep in mind that the RTM 81 and 84 are both rated very stiff and have sidewalls.  The waists below those are rated more flexible (medium to stiff) and are cap construction.

post #44 of 45
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Originally Posted by lstarry View Post

Have not skied the Blizzards, but the Volkl RTM 81, just blew me away. You can rail that ski! I pretty much ski everything (70 days/year), especially bumps and off-piste, both East and West and this ski is impressive in most conditions. I have not skied it in powder however, but it's not meant to be a "powder ski" anyway.

^^^^^^This.  Hi, levy1, my experience of the RTM 81 was identical.  Had me popping off bumps. (I don't usually do that much.)

post #45 of 45
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Originally Posted by ski otter View Post
 

^^^^^^This.  Hi, levy1, my experience of the RTM 81 was identical.  Had me popping off bumps. (I don't usually do that much.)

I am digging my RTM 81's as well.  Very fun ski that does just about any turn shape well.  And as noted performs well in the bumps.

 

Rick G

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