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Thread Starter 

Currently right now I use an old pair of all mountain Dynastars.  They have a very narrow underfoot and a traditional camber.   But as I progress they just don’t seem to be cutting it anymore. I want skis that will work well on groomers and hard pack but also can handle the park every now and again.  I am also looking to get something with twin tips. 

 

Here are the facts:

-About 6’2”

-145 lbs

-between intermediate and advanced skier

-ski mostly groomers but like go off trail once in a while

-like to ski fast on runs that allow it.

-like to also work on technique such as turns, carving, and such

-sometimes hit the park jumps and boxes

-I ski in the Sierra Nevada’s in CA

 

Looking for an all mountain ski that does a little bit of everything with most of the following specifications:

-Rocker/camber/rocker (found through research that most all mountains have this profile)

-Medium radius (not too much of a deal breaker though)

-Waist of 85mm or greater

-Twin tip

-Length between 170-180cm

-my budget, without bindings $300-375

 

Here are some the all mountain skis I have been looking at:

-Atomic Panic (leaning towards these)

-Line Prophet 90

-K2 Press

-Atomic Rival

 

Here are some other skis on my list too.  Some sites advertise these as park and pipe only, while others have them as park and pipe as well as all mountains.  Don’t know if these will work for me or not.

-Atomic Infamous

-K2 Sight

-4FRNT Click!

-4FRNT Switchblade

-Head Mojo Mix TT

 

I am just wondering if anyone as any experience of any these skis or others that may be similar or in the category and could help me narrow this list down.  Any help would be great.  Many thanks!

post #2 of 7
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Originally Posted by gwat429 View Post
 

Currently right now I use an old pair of all mountain Dynastars.  They have a very narrow underfoot and a traditional camber.   But as I progress they just don’t seem to be cutting it anymore. I want skis that will work well on groomers and hard pack but also can handle the park every now and again.  I am also looking to get something with twin tips. 

 

Here are the facts:

-About 6’2”

-145 lbs

-between intermediate and advanced skier

-ski mostly groomers but like go off trail once in a while

-like to ski fast on runs that allow it.

-like to also work on technique such as turns, carving, and such

-sometimes hit the park jumps and boxes

-I ski in the Sierra Nevada’s in CA

 

Looking for an all mountain ski that does a little bit of everything with most of the following specifications:

-Rocker/camber/rocker (found through research that most all mountains have this profile)

-Medium radius (not too much of a deal breaker though)

-Waist of 85mm or greater

-Twin tip

-Length between 170-180cm

-my budget, without bindings $300-375

 

Here are some the all mountain skis I have been looking at:

-Atomic Panic (leaning towards these)

-Line Prophet 90

-K2 Press

-Atomic Rival

 

 

I am just wondering if anyone as any experience of any these skis or others that may be similar or in the category and could help me narrow this list down.  Any help would be great.  Many thanks!

In that price range you are looking leftover or used I assume? You have a good list but I will add the Volkl Kink and Salomon Quest 90 to your list. 

post #3 of 7

I've been looking at a similar choice today, I've been skiing for years and hit the occasional jump and tend to ski fast and confidently on any run I go on. I ski in Scotland, which is not quite like the rest of the world because our temperature bounces above and below 0 through the season creating some ices patches at times and rarely much powder to be found, our resorts are smaller than anywhere abroad I've been, France, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria. So I was looking for a twin tip ski, to develop my switch and my jumps, whilst still being able to go anywhere in the mountains with whoever, which can be boarders or straight line skiers. A ski that can do most things on piste whilst being playful and encouraging (and forgiving) on the jumps. I narrowed my search down to;

Atomic Infamous

K2 Sight

Klint Pure

This choice was based on reading lots of reviews and available prices, I've two kids who also needed new boots and skis. I did get 'professionally fitted' for a pair of top Lange boots last year by ellis brigham, walked in with a size 10uk walking boot and walked out with a 27.5 boot, needless to say they destroyed my toes and I couldn't wear them, took them back 4 times and then sold them to friend for the price of a pair of atomic overloads. 

Anyway Ski's

The Klints are for serious speed and serious height, they get great reviews and look awesome, but Klint is out of business and me in Scotland just might not do these justice.

The Atomic Infamous 2014 haven't got riveted tips, but the 2015 edition does, the reviews say they are fantastic in so many ways, but a few people have commented on them delamming. They also said it's fine for such a soft playful ski and for the price they'd just replace next year - but I don't want to replace next year, I wanted to buy something that lasted - so sadly after watching and reading for a couple of weeks I didn't get these.

The K2 Sight is not a symmetrical ski designed just for the park, it's directional so it'll carve better, go faster better and it's stiff and durable. It has good reviews about it's performance in the parks and on the piste, a few reviewers stated they wanted a ski that would bring on their jumps but would also perform well all across the mountain. The K2 Sight doesn't win best of class in any class, but I think this is because it's tailored for a skier like me who can ski, can jump but can't have a range of ski's for specific tasks. It appears to be a solid all rounder with consistent reviews from people who have really enjoyed skiing on it.

Bought today - looking forward to the snow coming

Best wishes all

post #4 of 7

Volkl Bridge.  Sold as a park/twin tip, but very capable all over.  And affordable....relatively.  

 

http://www.skinet.com/ski/galleries/value-skis-2012-13?i=55583029&s=3


Edited by tch - 11/1/14 at 4:28pm
post #5 of 7

He was looking for a ski with camber and the Bridge is full rocker. That said I think he should consider the Bridge, too since its an awesome ski.

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
I was planning on getting last year or previous years' model. Has any tried atomic panic skis 2014?
post #7 of 7
Phil, do you have a Soul Rider blem for him? OP, look for last years Rossi slat as well.
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