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Help me narrow down my list of skis to try/buy (95-105mm)

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I’m looking to get into a new ski, well, just because lol. 

 

My current quiver:

Dynastar Legend Pro Riders (old school before they softened them up, so 2007/08ish?) as an early/late season rock ski.

2012/13 Blizzard Cochise 185 for an everyday driver

2012/13 Moment Bibby Pro 186 for deep days

 

I love all of them particularly the Bibby Pros, however, I’m looking to replace the Cochise with something a more narrow waisted (95-105mm) and a bit more playful.  I’d still like something that’s still pretty damp though for crud and chopped up snow.  Since I have my Bibby’s, I don’t need a ski that needs to be amazing in 4+” of snow.

 

A little about me:

5’11” 185lbs, Athletic advanced/expert skier in Colorado

I ski aggressively, love fast speeds, and enjoy small drops and getting a little air from time to time.  I primarily ski steeps and trees, but will throw in quite a few mogul runs too.  High speed groomer runs are fun too at the end of the day or when the rest of the terrain is bulletproof.  I don’t really ski switch, so a directional ski is completely fine.

 

I’ve compiled a list of skis based on my skiing style, but every time I do some more reading, my list continues to grow.  Here’s what I’ve come up with.  Help me narrow it down :)

 

2013/14 Volk Mantra – from what I understand, when pushed, can be an awesome ski in nearly any conditions

ON3P Wren 102 – since it’s new, I likely won’t get any feedback on it yet unforu

Line Supernatural 100 – reading about the 108 excited me, so I’m curious if the 100 will share similar characteristics

Blizzard Peacemaker – playful, yet it sounds like they're still pretty damp

Blizzard Bondafide – If I love my Cochises, why wouldn’t I love these, right? I guess I want more playfulness, so these may come off

Moment PB&J – I’ve read it’s a narrower Bibby Pro, which I have an unhealthy obsession with mine

Kastle MX98 – I have a feeling this would be my top ski, I’m just not sure I want to drop the money on them

Nordica Soul Rider – I can’t remember why this is here, but I must have read something good on it lol

Rossi Experience 100 – I’ve read they’re not as damp as the Mantra due to softer shovels, so this one may come off

 

Help stop my head from spinning! Thoughts?

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Originally Posted by thaar View Post
 

I’m looking to get into a new ski, well, just because lol. 

 

My current quiver:

Dynastar Legend Pro Riders (old school before they softened them up, so 2007/08ish?) as an early/late season rock ski.

2012/13 Blizzard Cochise 185 for an everyday driver

2012/13 Moment Bibby Pro 186 for deep days

 

I love all of them particularly the Bibby Pros, however, I’m looking to replace the Cochise with something a more narrow waisted (95-105mm) and a bit more playful.  I’d still like something that’s still pretty damp though for crud and chopped up snow.  Since I have my Bibby’s, I don’t need a ski that needs to be amazing in 4+” of snow.

 

A little about me:

5’11” 185lbs, Athletic advanced/expert skier in Colorado

I ski aggressively, love fast speeds, and enjoy small drops and getting a little air from time to time.  I primarily ski steeps and trees, but will throw in quite a few mogul runs too.  High speed groomer runs are fun too at the end of the day or when the rest of the terrain is bulletproof.  I don’t really ski switch, so a directional ski is completely fine.

 

I’ve compiled a list of skis based on my skiing style, but every time I do some more reading, my list continues to grow.  Here’s what I’ve come up with.  Help me narrow it down :)

 

2013/14 Volk Mantra – from what I understand, when pushed, can be an awesome ski in nearly any conditions

ON3P Wren 102 – since it’s new, I likely won’t get any feedback on it yet unforu

Line Supernatural 100 – reading about the 108 excited me, so I’m curious if the 100 will share similar characteristics

Blizzard Peacemaker – playful, yet it sounds like they're still pretty damp

Blizzard Bondafide – If I love my Cochises, why wouldn’t I love these, right? I guess I want more playfulness, so these may come off

Moment PB&J – I’ve read it’s a narrower Bibby Pro, which I have an unhealthy obsession with mine

Kastle MX98 – I have a feeling this would be my top ski, I’m just not sure I want to drop the money on them

Nordica Soul Rider – I can’t remember why this is here, but I must have read something good on it lol

Rossi Experience 100 – I’ve read they’re not as damp as the Mantra due to softer shovels, so this one may come off

 

Help stop my head from spinning! Thoughts?

 

2013/14 Volk Mantra – from what I understand, when pushed, can be an awesome ski in nearly any conditions-Stiff, hard snow biased but you don't need hard snow. 

ON3P Wren 102 – since it’s new, I likely won’t get any feedback on it yet unforu-​Don't know it

Line Supernatural 100 – reading about the 108 excited me, so I’m curious if the 100 will share similar characteristics-Great ski, very well the best ski Line has ever produced. Go for it. 

Blizzard Peacemaker – playful, yet it sounds like they're still pretty damp-From what it sounds like you like, you will overpower this ski. 

Blizzard Bondafide – If I love my Cochises, why wouldn’t I love these, right? I guess I want more playfulness, so these may come off-Great option, it is a better version on the Cochise you are looking to replace for wha you want it for. 

Moment PB&J – I’ve read it’s a narrower Bibby Pro, which I have an unhealthy obsession with mine-Don't know it.

Kastle MX98 – I have a feeling this would be my top ski, I’m just not sure I want to drop the money on them-This ski is like divorce- why is it so expensive? because its worth it. 

Nordica Soul Rider – I can’t remember why this is here, but I must have read something good on it lol-Great fun playful ski but not what you are looking for. 

Rossi Experience 100 – I’ve read they’re not as damp as the Mantra due to softer shovels, so this one may come off-A poor mans FX98, and a good choice, sizing is a bit off, you will need to go to the 182. 

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Originally Posted by thaar View Post
 

I’m looking to replace the Cochise with something a more narrow waisted (95-105mm) and a bit more playful.  I’d still like something that’s still pretty damp though for crud and chopped up snow.  Since I have my Bibby’s, I don’t need a ski that needs to be amazing in 4+” of snow.

 

A little about me:

5’11” 185lbs, Athletic advanced/expert skier in Colorado

I ski aggressively, love fast speeds, and enjoy small drops and getting a little air from time to time.  I primarily ski steeps and trees, but will throw in quite a few mogul runs too.  High speed groomer runs are fun too at the end of the day or when the rest of the terrain is bulletproof.  I don’t really ski switch, so a directional ski is completely fine.

 

Salomon Q-Lab 104 (183).   

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Thread Starter 

Lewy, you're not helping! LOL.  I'll add that one to my list as well.  Thanks! :)

 

Phil, can you comment on the differences between the Line Supernatural 100 and the Blizzard Bonafide?  Maybe throw in your 2 cents on the QLab as well?  Thanks for your input!

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