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Walking the floor today, looking at some outstanding new skis, and some refinements on very good skis.  Here is my list of skis that I really want some time on at the demo. Please note I haven't visited each booth.  

 

-Fischer Ranger: revamped titanium underfoot, carbon layup tip and tail. A bit more rocker at the tip, a touch at the tail.  300g lighter than last year's model. Rep says increased lateral stability and perhaps 10% more top end, same huge sweet spot and buttery feel.  

 

-Volkl Kendo: looks to be the only model in the line with camber. Reworked with lighter weight and a new flex pattern.

 

-Kastle FX94: new tip shape, all new sidecuts and widths.  A more substantial re-work than last year's model.  

 

-Elan Amphibio 88 and 84: all new skis, 10% lighter, and according to the rep, much better snowfeel.  Flex is significantly softer than the current version.  Looks to be a worthy all-mountain replacement to the loved 888 and Apex. 

 

-Head Monster 88 Return: enough said. Tiny bit of early rise, fairly stout flex.  Much lighter in weight, still promised to be a leader for stability over any sort of rough snow.  This ski simply looks the business: if it is as good as the old iM88 was in it's day, we have a lot of happy skiers.  Also worth trying: the Monster 98 and 83.  

 

-Head Power Instinct TI Pro: 82mm update to the REV.  16.5m sidecut.  Looks to be a very fun frontside/all-mountain ride.

 

-Stockli Stormrider 95: new update, shaved 300g from the weight of the ski with the addition of tip and tail carbon.  Flex is torsionally stiffer yet, and the old model was no slouch.  Lightest weight 2 sheet titanal ski in production, according to the rep.  

 

-Stockli Laser GS: consumer beer league ski, perforated metal, and now has a slightly softer tip with the additional of carbon and reduction of metal. The old one was one of the best carvers on the planet, the flex pattern on this ski seemed even more dialed for ripping groomers and the occasional venture off-piste. 

 

-Stockli Laser SC-this ski is a hybrid of the GS and SL, slightly softer than the GS, but supposedly an outstanding carver.  14.6m in 170cm.  I skied the old model back in 2010, and was blown away by the versatility and typical Stockli snowfeel. 

 

-Stockli Stormrider Vario: this ski drops 270g off the Stormrider 95, with a thinner layup mostly, and only sightly softer. Will be interesting to see how it compares to the "lift served" version of the Stormrider 95.  

 

-Blizzard Bonafide: again, an update, carbon to reduce swing weight at the tip and tail, should result in a livelier ski, perhaps a bit larger sweet spot for us lightweights.  

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Dawg. What is your initial opinion on the FX85 HP?
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-Head Monster 88 Return: enough said. Tiny bit of early rise, fairly stout flex.  Much lighter in weight, still promised to be a leader for stability over any sort of rough snow.  This ski simply looks the business: if it is as good as the old iM88 was in it's day, we have a lot of happy skiers.  Also worth trying: the Monster 98 and 83.  

 

-Stockli Stormrider 95: new update, shaved 300g from the weight of the ski with the addition of tip and tail carbon.  Flex is torsionally stiffer yet, and the old model was no slouch.  Lightest weight 2 sheet titanal ski in production, according to the rep.  

Looking forward to your impressions on the M88 for sure. Also would love to get feedback on the new cambered RTM's. Are those on your radar any?

 

The SR95 changes sound great; do you know if the SR88 received the same treatment?

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Walking the floor today, looking at some outstanding new skis, and some refinements on very good skis.  Here is my list of skis that I really want some time on at the demo. Please note I haven't visited each booth.  

 

-Fischer Ranger: revamped titanium underfoot, carbon layup tip and tail. A bit more rocker at the tip, a touch at the tail.  300g lighter than last year's model. Rep says increased lateral stability and perhaps 10% more top end, same huge sweet spot and buttery feel.  

 

 

Dawg, can you walk us through the Ranger models in Phil's picture below? Specs and what have you?

 

In terms of the tip shape, at least, the near one looks like it could be the same ski as this year's Ranger 88, with a different topsheet. Yes? If so, does that mean that the new construction is only for the fatter skis in the range? (Or does the relatively short length indicate that that one was a junior ski or something?)

 

On the rest of the skis, pretty sure I can see the arched cross section I mentioned having been told about, in another post. But it's hard to tell at the angle of the photo. If I'm right, it almost looks like it extends into the binding area (most visible, if I'm not imagining it, on the far yellow ski). If so, does that mean that there are special mounting considerations or special binding models that have to go with?

 

Finally, the two black skis, at least, appear to have an absolute ton of tip splay. Optical illusion?

 

Loving the graphics. I was very taken with your write up of this year's Ranger 88, but really don't like the look. (And will own that it matters to me a little.)

 

 

 

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