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Purchasing New Skis. (NE Conditions)

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I recently got a pair of new skis for xmas, and need to exchange them for a different pair because they are a powder proficient designed ski. I live in NJ and ski mostly NJ/PA and sometimes in Vermont, so its mostly hard pac and crud conditions. I also have been skiing for most my life, so I would consider myself in the Intermediate to Intermediate advanced level, and im about 5'6 170. I am just looking on some recommendations on which skis to purchase. I will probably look at 2014 models in order to save some money, but if there are 2015 pairs that are worth the value ill take a look at them.


Some of the ones ive been looking at (all 2014 Models):


K2 AMP Rictor 82XTI

K2 AMP Rictor 90XTI

Blizzard Magnum 8.5 TI

Rosginol Experience 88


Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated.



post #2 of 11

Aflot,  good to hear you got a nice Christmas present.  The skis you are looking at seem more in line with your needs.  Some questions: how many days do you ski?  Do you really get off the groomed... or just wish you did?  Are you more of a skid/smear/playful type or working towards more carving?  Do you want to try jibbing/parking at all or are you glued to the ground?  Do you want a ski that will respond easily to play (and maybe give up some top end) or one that will ask you drive it more surely but be a little less forgiving?  Do you like big arcs or are you a quick-turn dancer?


Answers to those questions -- and others -- will narrow down specific flavors of east-coast oriented skis.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply, ill try to answer your questions as best as I can. Id say ill try to hit the mountain at least 15-20 days this season. I have been slowly increasing over the past 3 years or so. I've been on every trail, so id say im predominately on groomed to start the day but ill hit every trail no matter what it is like moguls and such. I have hit the parks before, usaally after hitting most of the trails on the mountain. I'm no serious park goer but i enjoy getting some air and hitting the easier jibs. I lean more to quick turns, and would really like a ski that responds well to that. I enjoy going fast, but wouldnt mind giving up some top end for flexibility.


Hope this helps!

post #4 of 11

I'd choose the 90 Rictor over the 82, you get more versatility and very little loss of quick edge to edge change.


I owned the Rictor 80 and frankly will not go back to narrow after trying the Rictor 90, no reason to, don't give up anything really. I tried the 170 Rictor and went pretty darn fast with it, stable enough, didn't try the 177, guessing it's better for bigger turns at speed and shorter length is more versatile.


Also consider the Line Supernatural 92, good ski, versatile, stable, plows through crud, makes quick turns.

post #5 of 11
It's early days yet for me legwise, but just got done my first day on the 82xti in a 170. First impressions. They really like to turn. So much so that I'm thinking a 177 would have been better. (But they were a killer deal and not available at the longer length.) Not as quick edge to edge as my Recons, because the front shovel is wider. But really BITE into the turn. Since I have wider skis, there was no need for me to choose a 90 for versatility, and frankly, depending on where you ski, if it's always ice, the wider ski will not offer you anything except extra weight, it's not going to add quickness. If you must have only one pair and sometimes go out west, then sure, get the wider ski. But the shovel on these things is big. At the moment I find the ski exhausting because of its desire to be ON. I may change my mind as the season gets going, but I will probably return to my Outlaws for a while so I can get a longer day in while my legs are getting stronger. Yes, it turns easy, but really was wanting less turning more cruising today. So, thinking the longer length would have been better. (Still getting used to the impact of rocker on lengths.) The old Outlaws are 167, these are 170, but they are really the same length and the rocker makes them feel short.
post #6 of 11

So... reading over your answers, I'm thinking you might want a fairly easy-going, but still-good-on-hardpack ski, not a carver.  You have a pretty good starting list and you might also look at the Head Rev 85, Volkl Bridge (perhaps a bit wider than you need, but not an issue if you're not aiming for a carving ski), Line Prophet 90, Blizzard Bushwacker, Fischer Motive 86.

post #7 of 11

IMO "versatile" doesn't equal a 88-90 mm moderate flexing soft snow ski that you'll use mostly on mid-Atlantic ice or hardpack. So yep, you could get a nice ski for that elusive powder and soft chop you'll see once in a while and otherwise practice power slides on the glazed refrozen manmade on groomers you'll see most every day.


Alternatively, would suggest what they call an "all mountain" design in the high 70's to mid 80's width, solid grip, but forgiving enough in front to deal with bumps for a lighter skier. The Rictor 82, for sure, also check out the Blizzard Latigo or last year's 8.0 CA, Atomic Blackeye Ti, Salomon X-Drive 8.3 Ti, and Volkl RTM 81.

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Out of your list, I really like the Magnum 8.5 Ti: high performance all mountain carver that can do anything!

The Brahma are also very nice: more user friendly and playful but a notch less high performance...

post #9 of 11

If you are "exchanging" them, I would guess you will be limited to what the shop has in stock.  Where were they bought?  Were the bindings mounted?  If so, you are going to have problems returning them for anything close to full credit.

post #10 of 11

Is there any chance you could demo a couple of skis before making a decision?  I read you as someone who will not miss the hard-snow precision of the skis Beyond suggested and will want the versatility and playfulness of the ones I suggested.  

BUT....we're just guessing over the internet.  If you tried even a few skis and reported what you liked/didn't like, then we'd be a lot more tuned into what makes you happy.

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We're talking about mostly skiing Camelback, Blue mt. and Mountain Creek for most of your ski days????  (NJ/PA)   Weekends or Weekdays?  


Do you want one ski that'll make the majority of your ski days more enjoyable, or do you want a ski that will open up a lot of terrain on the few days you get to larger, New England resorts?  

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