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Mid 90's to 100+/- Skis You Recommend to Demo Most Often

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Wondering what those of you who work in ski shops are finding in 2015 as the skis that, once demo'd, find the most ubiquitous positive comments.  Starting to look for mid-90's to 100 width ski as "wider" ski in 2-pair Eastern quiver.  In talking to others, I quickly found 2 more folks on the hunt for seemingly the exact same thing.  While I usually spend more time doing demos, the 2 folks I have been talking to do not.  That got me thinking that, inevitably, there are certain skis you can send people out on anywhere from upper intermediate to lighter expert, not knowing a great deal about their likes/dislikes, and have a pretty good idea that they will end up with a favorable impression of the skis.  Which skis in this width range do you most quickly select to have your customers demo based on experience with other customers?  I realize there is no "one ski fits all" ski, but which ones probably come pretty close in your experience? 

 

BTW, folks in question (myself included) range from 165-180 lbs., upper intermediate to Level 8, and ski primarily Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

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And your height is .....
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My height is 5'10" and I am 166lbs.  The other folks looking are about 5'8", 170lbs. and just under 6', 180lbs.

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Nordica NRGy 90 and 100- finesse based ski, great for the adventurous 'advanced' skier or a smooth technical skier.

 

Blizzard Kabookie, Bonafide, Peacemaker- a bit more 'beef' than the Nordi skis, Kabookie shines for lighter skiers, Bonafide... I'm sure you are aware of it, peacemaker is a fun twintip

 

Rossignol Sin7 and Soul7- super easy going skis that perform well, huge performance envelope. 

 

K2 Shreditor 102- all around ripper of a ski.

 

Head Collective- combination of width and tight radius/ soft flex is kind of unique.

 

Faction Prodigy- ripper of an all-mountain twin. light weight but surprisingly powerful

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Nordica NRGy 90 and 100- finesse based ski, great for the adventurous 'advanced' skier or a smooth technical skier.

 

Blizzard Kabookie, Bonafide, Peacemaker- a bit more 'beef' than the Nordi skis, Kabookie shines for lighter skiers, Bonafide... I'm sure you are aware of it, peacemaker is a fun twintip

 

Rossignol Sin7 and Soul7- super easy going skis that perform well, huge performance envelope. 

 

K2 Shreditor 102- all around ripper of a ski.

 

Head Collective- combination of width and tight radius/ soft flex is kind of unique.

 

Faction Prodigy- ripper of an all-mountain twin. light weight but surprisingly powerful


Thanks for the suggestions!  I will pass them on.  For me, NRGy will be on my demo list ... seems like people love them or don't gel with them ... interesting dichotomy.

 

I will put Kabookie on my list as well ... Bonafide was a bit more ski than I want, and Peacemaker didn't do much for me on the one day I tried it.

 

Sin7 and Soul 7 ... Seems like there are much more positive comments about Soul 7, but need to figure out if I want that much width, especially in bumps.

 

Don't know any places I go where Faction demo would be an option.  Had not considered Shreditor 102 or Collective ... how would you rank them compared to some of the others you recommended?  If I can narrow my own personal list down to 2-3 skis and pick from them after demo-ing, I am much better off ... otherwise, I suffer from analysis paralysis.

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 and Peacemaker didn't do much for me on the one day I tried it.

 

Where were they mounted?

They feel like a completely different ski (for the better ) at +2.  I know couple demo stores even set them up this way.

 

Peacemakers are great all around, playful enough but really lay trenches when skied aggressively.

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Where were they mounted?

They feel like a completely different ski (for the better ) at +2.  I know couple demo stores even set them up this way.

 

Peacemakers are great all around, playful enough but really lay trenches when skied aggressively.


I did not think to ask specifically, but I have done enough with this shop that they most likely would have told me if they had modified the mount position.  I would assume they were mounted on the line, rather than forward at all.

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Yeah, I bought a pair of 186 peacemakers this year and mounted them with schizo bindings (the ones you can adjust the mount location). I had heard a lot of suggestions to mount at +2, but I was not sure, so I started out at the factory mount.  I skied 2 days like that and they were pretty good laying down gs turns, but felt awkward with short radius turns and in bumps. I was coming from old fully cambered 176 gotamas, which I loved, so at first I thought it might be the length.  

 

I moved the mount up to +2 at lunch on my 3rd day and they felt like a completely different ski.  They felt much more poised in the bumps, and really allowed you to pivot well and shmear when you wanted to. Moving the forward really allows you to release the tail and they feel much more neutral. They still rail, but they feel so much more instinctual and easy in the trees and bumps now. They are my dailies for VT and I love them now.  I am not sure what your issues were with them when you first demoed, but if they are similar to how I felt initially, I would give them another try if you have the chance.  I am not sure, but I think with demo bindings they can move you up to +2 for you. 

 

Overall I would say they are a good ski if you like the idea of something playful like the s7 or line sfb, but want something not as soft, better on the hardpack, and for more  aggressive skiers.

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