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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Ive just recently returned to the sport after a 20+yr absence. 3xs out so far this year 2 days on the rev pro 85s at Lake Louise and 1 day on some junkers at marmot basin.

I feel great its just like when I was a kid only better. I like the rev pro 85 ok I guess but I like the sound of the sick day 95 also. Unfortunately the sick days are not for rent I was wondering what does epic ski think. Are these skis even comparable. Or can somebody recommend a ski that I should look into.

I'm a bigger guy 250lbs 6'1" but I'm not really fat just thick. I thought the rev 85 were a bit tough to steer in the powder. Probably because im so heavy. So maybe I think the sick days might be a bit easier, but in no way do I want a powder ski. I mostly ski 50% bumps 30% groomed 15% Powder 5%.If somebody could help me narrow my search that would be great thanks in advance.
post #2 of 16
Hey skidboy! Fellow Albertan here. Just browsing thru the forum and caught your post.

Seems like you've got a pretty good ski there for your terrain choices in the Head Rev 85. At your height and more so your weight, I'm not surprised there wasn't much float in the softer stuff.

You'll probably get the same comments from others more adept at advice than me, but if you are looking at a one ski quiver, there are going to be trade offs.

Something longer and and a hair wider is going to give you more soft snow float perhaps. Doesn't seem like that's your main type of skiing though.

Rev 90? Maybe a line supernatural 92? Blizzard Brahma ? Dynastar powertrack 84/89?

Ski cellar in Calgary has quite a selection to demo. Pedal heads in Calgary had a decent selection last season too.
post #3 of 16
Atomic automatic
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by skidboy78 View Post

I'm a bigger guy 250lbs 6'1" ... I thought the rev 85 were a bit tough to steer in the powder. Probably because im so heavy. ...I mostly ski 50% bumps 30% groomed 15% Powder 5%.

Welcome. Yep, a 85 mm ski will sink like a stone beneath you. But OTOH, something too wide will be unwieldy in bumps, and you only weight powder 5%. So not sure an Automatic is the answer. I think the Sick Day or Supernatural are the right track, but might be kind of soft for your weight. Lot of great skis in the 95-100 range these days. I'd think about skis like the new Fischer Motive 95, Rossignol Experience 100, Blizzard Bonafide. If you have the $$, the Stockli Stormrider 95. You'll be able to bend these nicely in the length you'd enjoy, say 180 to 185. They'll be a bit demanding at first, so suggest some lessons asap. But if you get a softer, more forgiving ski, you'll be bending it into a pretzel once you begin to get some days and skills under your belt.

post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post

 I think the Sick Day or Supernatural are the right track, but might be kind of soft for your weight. Lot of great skis in the 95-100 range these days. I'd think about skis like the new Fischer Motive 95, Rossignol Experience 100, Blizzard Bonafide. If you have the $$, the Stockli Stormrider 95. You'll be able to bend these nicely in the length you'd enjoy, say 180 to 185. They'll be a bit demanding at first, so suggest some lessons asap. But if you get a softer, more forgiving ski, you'll be bending it into a pretzel once you begin to get some days and skills under your belt.

FWIW I totally agree with beyond. The Sick Day and Supernatural are great skis but not for someone your weight. A ski that is burly enough will not be an autopilot ski so they may kick your a** to start with because you have to catch up with your learning curve but like he said, lessons will fix that.

post #6 of 16

You don't say whether you own the Rev 85s or are renting / demoing.  Take on board recommendations from the crew here, but also take the time to demo as many skis as you can.  That's the only way to be 100% sure you're going to love the skis you choose, in the conditions you'll be skiing them.

 

Best of luck.

post #7 of 16

Agreed, try to demo. What are you looking for in a ski? Something more aggressive? Powerful? Relaxed?  Better off piste than on?  More fun on groomers?  You probably get to ski light, dry snow, so you won't need something super wide for decent float in new snow.  Probably don't want to be too narrow either. 

 

Pretty much every company makes a good versatile do everything ski between 90-105mm.  Most make more than one.  It depends on whether you are looking for something more aggressive and stiffer (such as the Kastle MX98) or something a bit more relaxed and off-piste oriented (like a 94/104).  Just throwing out Kastle here, as they make a lot of high end skis.  But you could see the same thing with a lot of brands (say Sin 7 vs E100 on Rossi). 

post #8 of 16

Also, I do like the idea of the Bonafide. It seems to be made for a bigger guy like you. Nice, surfy tip.  Also, you would love the Kastle FX104, in a 184. that ski rips in all sorts of conditions.  Also a fan of the Motive 95 from Fischer, seems like one of the best all-around skis on the market today, and as Beyond said, the Stockli Stormrider 100 is a can't miss ski too.  Just does things so well. The NRGy 100 seems pretty solid, I need more time on it: the E100 is a powerhouse; the Dynastar HM series might be too light for your needs.

post #9 of 16

At your size, top OSQ choices include the Kastle MX98 and Rossignol E100.

 

And if you want to save a boatload of money in this same general "zone", see if there are any Line Influence 105s still floating around in a 186.  They were recently going for less than $350.

post #10 of 16

A ski I have always liked in this space is the Dynastar Cham 97 in 184.  It's not so much a pure powder ski, more of a terrific crud buster with a tighter-than-average turning radius, a big planing tip and a flat, tapered, supportive tail.  It's a ski that likes to be driven (which is likely how you ski after coming back from a 20+ year hiatus), it's stiff enough for your size, and it functionally 'lengthens' a little in any type of 3 dimensional snow.  It's probably also available on special somewhere in a store near you.

 

Let us know what you end up with and how it suits you.

 

Best of luck.

post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
Wow, thanks for all the input guys. I have come to the realization that i must go and ski as many skis as possible. Ill rent the remainder of the season, then hunt for the off season deals. I still have pretty good skills im just wayyyy heavier than before which means a bit of getting used to. I have been reading about the stormriders and liking the reviews. Too bad they are the most bucks of the models ive had my eye on.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hey just a little update. I just got home from a trip to R.M.R (revelstoke).
I rented the nordica fire arrow 84 pro 176.
I can tell you that this ski is ultra fast, great ice edge hold and super good carving aspects. Kinda "pops" you out of turns but... it doesn't do bumps very well. I guess I cant expect it to do everything. I was thinking of picking up both the rev pro 85 and the fire arrow 84 pro.

Do you guys think that having them both is 6 of one and a half dozen of the other?
post #13 of 16

Yes probably. If you are looking at purchasing 2 new skis overall now and sounds like you are into how direct the Nordica is then settle on that as your jet fighter ski and go one of the wider options above (sports SUV skis) to extend the performance envelope you can span overall. Sounds like you are more 'feel the ground orientated' so Bonifide you would like I'm guessing which would give that plus some soft snow side-country benefit too. Otherwise maybe even think wider and something like a cheater tries to do everything ski? Something like Soul 7 in 188 maybe, if it isn't too soft feeling for you as an alternative? It won't be as good on non soft snow as the Blizzard would be, but a fun ski overall package wise?


Edited by snala - 1/1/15 at 12:49pm
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by dawgcatching View Post

Also, I do like the idea of the Bonafide. It seems to be made for a bigger guy like you. Nice, surfy tip.  Also, you would love the Kastle FX104, in a 184. that ski rips in all sorts of conditions.  Also a fan of the Motive 95 from Fischer, seems like one of the best all-around skis on the market today, and as Beyond said, the Stockli Stormrider 100 is a can't miss ski too.  Just does things so well. The NRGy 100 seems pretty solid, I need more time on it: the E100 is a powerhouse; the Dynastar HM series might be too light for your needs.

I demoed and bunch of skis latley the Solomon rocker 2 100 in 178 and Rossi super 7 in 180 are my favorite. Gonna get both plus I got a pair of watea 94 186 off kijji for cheap. I'm all set now.
post #15 of 16
New Nordica Enforcer. Available in shops in the US, but I don't know about Canada.
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm big on Nordica. Thanks for the advice. Gonna check it out.
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