So, in the last couple months, I've been trying to find a ski to replace my nordica hell and back, that I've been on for 2 seasons as my 90% of the time ski.
I like my most of the time ski to be solid, hold on bulletproof snow, especially with the quick hit edgeset I like to use off piste on steep off piste runs at squaw and alpine, but be playful and fun in funky snow. tough order....
170lbs, 5 11, level 3 cert:
My skiing has been viewed here, called boring and mellow by our ski equipment gurus (Phil, boring, Dawg mellow), but I ski at moderate speeds, mostly off piste, bumps, steeps and fun places to wander, and maybe even try to make it feel boring and mellow, but fun!
I spent quality time on
the FX 94, the Stormrider 88, fisher Ranger 88, Nordica nrg 100, fisher motive 95, blizzard bonafide, dynastar powertrack 89.
The big winner of this group was the Fischer.
I liked the Ranger quite a bit, and my wife absolutely loves her Koa 88,
but the ski I bought last week was the Motive 95.
I also bought it short, as I was looking for my primarily "on the snow" ski, so I bought the 174. I'm sure I would have loved the 180 too, but the 174 was the only demo available, and the shop had a fixed toe, which put me 1/2 inch back of the line,
the ski felt so good there, and the length of the front of the ski was almost identical to my Hell and Back 177 (which is slightly longer then the 180 bonafide), and having the same length up front, and no negatives to the tail feel, I decided to buy the 174. As I mentioned, I also tend not to ski too fast, and like skis that are solid but easy in big bumps and tight spaces, so I went short.
It is super secure on the firm snow, but also willing to be playful and easy in the soft snow. the tip shape is great, feels nice and substantial, with less taper then some, so even w/ the new school design and early rise, it feels like a substantial tip, which is something I like in skis. Just the right blend of damp/lively, nice flex, solid underfoot, and bends up easy in the shovel.
I figure this is a great 90% ski for tahoe, and may accent it with a 100-105, 180 ish as my soft/new snow, "in the snow" ski.
Nice for Fischer to be getting some well deserved recognition from this latest show, too!