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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I am looking to purchase a new ski. Particularly, something that would do well in firm bumps as well as the ability to hold an edge. I think I would be interested in a light and soft ski. I am an advanced skier. I ski about 50 days a year in the northeast. I am 5'3", 135 pounds. Any help would greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for your feedback.
post #2 of 19

Sorry, but guy or girl? I cannot tell from the handle. At 5'3" most mens...err most unisex skis don't come down short enough. Scott Black Majic's do come down to 157 as an initial option. 

post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick response! I am a small guy.
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
I am currently on Nordica nrgy 90 in a 161 cm length. They just don't seem to perform as well as I would like in the bumps. Thanks again.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by Mason View Post

I am currently on Nordica nrgy 90 in a 161 cm length. They just don't seem to perform as well as I would like in the bumps. Thanks again.

I can see that. So, you want to add this ski along to the NRGy90 I presume? As I mentioned, the Scott Black Majic in the 157 would be a good option, I would also not dismiss a real bump ski like the Hart F17 in a 150 something, it will actually have some shape to it and be a pretty good ski on the hard snow and groomers along with being good in the bumps. Look at the Classic and not the World Cup. 

post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks! I was reading a great review you wrote about The Ski and it had me very interested. Do you think those would fit the bill?
post #7 of 19
Wow, small guy. Your going to want to listen to Phil he sells lots of skis.

I wonder if one of the junior skis something like the Gotama Jr would work for someone your size. I know it's not a bump ski, but we still ski bumps with our Gotama's and Shiro's. The rocker tip and tail help. Volkl's are known for edge hold.

Phil, any thought's on that ?

Just basing my thought on the fact that there are some pretty powerful young boy's out there at the same weight as you. I know my son at 14y/o bought Pocket Rockets (165cm) as a J3 and did well on them when they were training gates on a powder day.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Mason View Post

Thanks! I was reading a great review you wrote about The Ski and it had me very interested. Do you think those would fit the bill?

If you are going to replace the NRGy90's, yes. If you are adding to them, I would look narrower to the Black Majic, a similar shaped ski that will be better on firmer conditions and good in the bumps. 

post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
I am small… But very athletic. Everyone I asked about a junior ski said they were a total different construction and would not be able to keep up with my ability. I have always skied on a length between 160 and 175cm. I demoed the Volkl Bridge and was not crazy about them.
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks again! I am actually looking to replace them. The Ski seems perfect. Your review was awesome and super insightful. What length would you recommend?
post #11 of 19

@Philpug, for reference, I took a few runs with the OP one day last spring. He is a strong bump skier. On the day in question he was on - IIRC - 170cm Steadfasts, and skiing them like it was nothing even though IMO that's kind of a lot of ski for someone 5' 3". 

 

@Mason, I think it would be good to know exactly what you didn't like about the NRGY 90. I happened to try that ski last week - in a 169 - and really liked it in the bumps. Definitely less of an early-engager than something like the Steadfast, fwiw. It skied pretty short. You said you were looking for something "light and soft." I thought that ski WAS light and soft. So I'm a little confused. I actually suspect that maybe the 161 wasn't enough ski for you. 

 

Meanwhile I'm sure the suggestion for The Ski is a good one. Phil said the same thing to me, more or less. Would love to try those myself.

 

@Max Capacity, I really don't see Mason on a Jr. ski. And I cannot believe you actually managed to work those Shiros even into this thread. Sheesh. :rolleyes  Take off the Volkl-colored glasses for a few minutes.

post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks! Great to hear from you. The Nordica just seems to be somewhat of a dud in the bumps if I'm not really working them. I just can't seem to pick out a ski that works for me.
post #13 of 19
Are the skis up for sale? I'm 5'6" and looking to purchase NRGY's 90 or 100 in 161cm.Sorry for high jacking thread. :-)
post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 
Absolutely! Going to be selling them at the end of the season.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

@Philpug, for reference, I took a few runs with the OP one day last spring. He is a strong bump skier. On the day in question he was on - IIRC - 170cm Steadfasts, and skiing them like it was nothing even though IMO that's kind of a lot of ski for someone 5' 3". 



 



@Mason, I think it would be good to know exactly what you didn't like about the NRGY 90. I happened to try that ski last week - in a 169 - and really liked it in the bumps. Definitely less of an early-engager than something like the Steadfast, fwiw. It skied pretty short. You said you were looking for something "light and soft." I thought that ski WAS light and soft. So I'm a little confused. I actually suspect that maybe the 161 wasn't enough ski for you. 



 



Meanwhile I'm sure the suggestion for The Ski is a good one. Phil said the same thing to me, more or less. Would love to try those myself.



 



@Max Capacity, I really don't see Mason on a Jr. ski. And I cannot believe you actually managed to work those Shiros even into this thread. Sheesh. " src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" />  Take off the Volkl-colored glasses for a few minutes.


 




Just pointing out that unless you only ski bumps, there's no real need to buy a bump ski.
post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 
I was just hoping that the next all mountain ski I purchase would be particularly good in the bumps. In the Northeast, it seems there are more than enough bumps to enjoy and are constantly skiing them.
post #17 of 19
Go demo, young man.
post #18 of 19

1. If you try The Ski, I would suggest starting with the 165.

 

2. No, a junior ski is NOT the answer, even if it is a Volkl

 

3. I agree with Q, the NRGy90 is a pretty easy ski to ski on in the bumps

 

4. With that being the case, and the OP bight be a "strong bump skier" he could possibly benefit from some coaching to get better technique. 

 

Before I sent the NRGy's out to trash day, I would start 4, 3, 1, 2.. There are skis that a better in some areas than others but by no means is the Nordica bad in the bumps. If we were talking a Kendo for someone your size, I would say there is a red flag there, but not so much the Nordica. 

post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much for your reply! I think some bump lessons are in order.
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