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Looking for a ski in the 85-90mm waist range.

post #1 of 17
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I ski in NH for the most part, about 50-60 days per year. I have a number of race skis that I use most days, and some 2014 Volkl Mantras (in a 177) that I break out after big(ish) snowstorms. I don't really have anything to bridge the gap between the race skis and the Mantras. I want something to use in the trees and bumps, and the occasional park run. The Mantras just get a little too squirrely for me on the hard pack, since I'm so used to the race skis. I'm just under 5'10", I weigh about 190 pounds, I have a racing background, and I have spent a lot of time in the woods and bumps. I was thinking something like the Blizzard Brahma or the Volkl Kendo might fit the bill, or maybe a Nordica Firearrow 84. Anyone have experience with these skis? Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :)

post #2 of 17
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Thanks for not answering me.

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Sarcasm aside, sorry that this got missed, I know it has been a busy time for some with trade shows and such. The FA84 is on the stiff side and more on piste bias verses being fun in the eastern trees that you mentioned. The Brahma is a great option for sure and would be at the top of my suggestion list. The Kendo is going to ski like a small Mantra and could be overlap. The one ski i would throw in that could split the difference between your race skis and the Mantra would be the Dynastar PowerTrack 89, with the early rise and tail taper would be a fun option. 

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I'll have to check out the Brahmas and the PowerTrack 89's when I get the chance. Are both of these going to be a bit more playful and forgiving than the Mantras?

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Either the Brahma or the Kendo would have been a couple of my suggestions. The Kendo will ski a bit more characteristically like your race skis. The Brahma is the little brother to the Blizzard Bonifide and would be a slight bit more forgiving in mash potato type snow then the Kendo. Head has the Rev 85 if you can still find it because the 2015-2016 line has moved to the Monster series skis so that ski will not longer be available.

post #6 of 17

Yes, although I think the Dynastar more so than the Brahma. And what park run are you thinking of? Switch riding is not something either of those skis do well...

post #7 of 17
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I don't do much switch riding. I just like to go in and send it over some of the jumps.

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by east coast ice View Post
 

I'll have to check out the Brahmas and the PowerTrack 89's when I get the chance. Are both of these going to be a bit more playful and forgiving than the Mantras?

Yes, the 14 Mantra is a very unforgiving ski. 

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Yes, the 14 Mantra is a very unforgiving ski. 

It's funny you say that, because the first time I skied them this year, I was thinking "Wow, these don't beat me up in the bumps nearly as much as the race skis." A couple of days later, when the snow wasn't quite as soft, I did notice that they weren't so easy in the tighter spots.

post #10 of 17
Dynastar Powertrack 89 is a very fun ski.
post #11 of 17
What are your Mantra's tuned at ? Do you do your own tunes ? A buddy skis his 2013 Mantra everyday at Okemo. We do our own tunes, I think he's at .5 and 3.

I, love my Kendo's, I also have 09 Gotama's and 2011 Shiro's. All my skis are at 1 and 3.
post #12 of 17
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Sometimes I tune my skis myself, sometimes I don't. My race skis are at 1 and 3. I had the Mantras tuned when I bought them, and I have only used them after big snowstorms (so like three times), so I haven't tuned them yet. I don't know what the shop did, but I'll tune them at 1 and 3 when they need it.

post #13 of 17

I ski in New England and own a similar quiver as you. I have a slalom and GS race ski, and i own a Ski Logik Charriot.  For something in between I am considering the Kaslte mx83 or 88, the Brahma, the Kastle fx94, a Stockli laser, and the Firearrow. I have demo'd the Brahma and really liked it. It is more playful than a race ski, but still carves well. I am a bit bigger than you at 6'4", 245 lbs. Right now I am leaning towards the mx 83 as the best choice for an all around ski. I do use my Charriots in the trees and bumps and they do pretty well. Sometimes I wish for a narrower, quicker ski in tight trees.

post #14 of 17

Mantra for ice and crud. Bridge for all else if you like surfy, quick versatile. I have a 187 with Jester Schzios if interested.

post #15 of 17

PM me.

post #16 of 17
Head Rev 85 Pro or the Brahma. Looking for a similar ski and those are that I've narrowed them down to.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by voghan View Post

Head Rev 85 Pro or the Brahma. Looking for a similar ski and those are that I've narrowed them down to.


Keep the Dynastar Powerrtrack 89 in mind before you pull the trigger. Got great reviews and a huge sweet spot. Love mine at 186 (6'5", 230)

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