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One-ski quiver for CO/UT trips?

post #1 of 55
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Based on my stats (5'8"/150lbs, experienced boomerang with 70% groomer/30% off-piste)? Would like to keep the cost within moderate 3 figures if possible.

This is for my emergency (extended) weekend air travels to CO/UT EPIC areas after many failed attempts at extended road trips this season. With no sign of slowing down at work, I'm now starting to panick about utterly wasting EPIC!

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 55
Salomon Q-98, Atomic Theory, or find a Nordica Soul Rider on sale... New graphic next year, so shouldnt be hard. Look for a Head Rock and Roll as well... Old but good.
post #3 of 55

Check out the "Crazy 88's" (PhilPug's) threads.

 

Depending on how and where you like to ski you can go with a more carver oriented ski or one that is easier to pivot and slide. So more info on your skiing style, ability and preferences would be nice.

 

Out west the most common snow conditions I encounter in the advanced and expert terrain are softish moguls, chowder and chalky snow (alpine) plus some groomers.

post #4 of 55

Bonafides work for me. Previously Sidestashes (106) but I decided I wanted something a little turnier.

Seems to me that the decision for a western OSQ comes down to the choice between 98 and 105 (roughly) 

 

Here are some nice OSQ reviews. http://blistergearreview.com/category/gear-reviews/ski-reviews/one-ski-quiver-ski-reviews


Edited by oldgoat - 3/2/15 at 7:57am
post #5 of 55
Thread Starter 
Thanks!

Do I need wide skis for CO/UT? I was thinking more of 80-90mm. Maybe I do. Yes, I'm subscribed to Crazy 88.

I'd like a good 3 way compromise, optimized in the following order.
1. Solid carver/good edgehold
2. Easy on bumps--so that I can develop.
3. Some width underfoot to plow thru afternoon snow.

Something that's like MX88 but softer in the 172cm range with straight camber or 177cm with some tip rocker.
post #6 of 55
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

Salomon Q-98, Atomic Theory, or find a Nordica Soul Rider on sale... New graphic next year, so shouldnt be hard. Look for a Head Rock and Roll as well... Old but good.

+1 on the Rock n Rolls. I had mine out today and they did well in about 6" of heavy (for Utah) pow. And they rail groomers, and are quite decent in the bumps. Having gotten them at the end of last season, the last couple of days are my first extended experience with them. While I have my Gotamas on this trip to back them up, I really wanted to see what they could do in pow.
post #7 of 55
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Oh yeah I've heard some great things about the RnR...
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I guess they didn't sell well for Head. They truly are f-ugly.
post #9 of 55
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The Motörhead band members apparently are avid skiers and approached Head with ski graphic ideas. It's a hard core heavy metal band. They should've called the ski Heavy Metal instead RnR.
post #10 of 55

Well technically according to Lemmy they're a rock 'n' roll band not a heavy metal band....but that might be splitting hairs :)

 

I've got a pair of the Kiss of Death skis.  Personally I think the graphics are fantastic!  And so do my kids.  And kids know fashion.  But I can see how the graphics would be a problem for most people....

post #11 of 55
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Dokken?
post #12 of 55
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Thr round trip airfare to EGE from my work locations is almost $1,000. Darn it.
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Can you demo the new Enforcer? It would do everything you want.
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Dynastar Powertrack 89. 

post #15 of 55
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Originally Posted by ShopGimp View Post

Dynastar Powertrack 89. 
How does the P89 ski in terms of the length...short or really short? What length should I go for?
post #16 of 55
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Can you demo the new Enforcer? It would do everything you want.
Haven't come across enforcers in my home mountain. How do they ski?
post #17 of 55

Rather than try to distill what I and others have said about the Enforcer, http://www.epicski.com/t/131547/preview-review-2016-nordica-enforcer-its-back .  They are currently available but not in large numbers until next season.  Any Nordica dealer who got a prototype probably also got a pre-release package.  All we have left from ours is a 193.

post #18 of 55
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I don't think I've ever skied Nordicas before. Do they ski kind of like Blizzards?
post #19 of 55

Yes, sorta. IMO Nordies are a touch smoother and more neutral feeling, Blizzies are a touch beefier, with more snow feel. But definitely you appreciate they're made in the same factory. 

post #20 of 55
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I demoed the brahma last sat, and I can definitely relate to that comment about blizzies.
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rockin to Dokken?  I used my K2 Rictors in Steamboat and Snowbird this year and taking them to Aspen in April.  And if it snows, I demo Rossi Sins or Souls or Supers. 

post #22 of 55
The new K2 Pinnacle 95 is going to be a travel quiver of one for a lot of skiers as well.
post #23 of 55
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I'm a fan of Rossis after demoing the E88. Would like to demo sins or souls probably next yr when there is snow. I'm biased against k2s.
post #24 of 55
I'm also not a big K2 fan, but the pinnicle is probably the best K2 I've skied in 15 years. Anyone who's pretty sure K2 isn't their thing is doing themselves a disfavor by NOT demoing them if a 95'ish ski is on the wish list. Green Topsheets and Ham... smile.gif
post #25 of 55
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Ok I shall add it to my demo list
post #26 of 55
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How does the P89 ski in terms of the length...short or really short? What length should I go for?

The Powertrack 89 skis pretty darn close to right on. When you bend the ski it really elongates the effective edge. I've only skied on the 179 and I never felt hamstringed by its south of 180cm length (I'm 6', 175lbs). 

 

Mark mentioned the K2's Pinnacle 95. This is the best ski K2 has made….ever. It should be moved to the top of your list. Talk about a ski that skis short! I had a 177cm in my possession, but I had to kick it down to my righthand man. The Pinnacle 95 is one of those rare skis that I'd go to the 190cm length for. I'll be buying either a 179cm Power track or 190-ish Pinnacle 95 in the fall…..I'll look into the flames of the burning west and wait for a decision to come to me. I'll have to decide if I want a ski that is a bit more business minded (Powertrack), or the playful court jester that burns the cheeks with perm-grin. 

post #27 of 55
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I'm a fan of Rossis after demoing the E88. Would like to demo sins or souls probably next yr when there is snow. I'm biased against k2s.

I'm biased against Rossi.

post #28 of 55
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Originally Posted by ShopGimp View Post

The Powertrack 89 skis pretty darn close to right on. When you bend the ski it really elongates the effective edge. I've only skied on the 179 and I never felt hamstringed by its south of 180cm length (I'm 6', 175lbs). 

Mark mentioned the K2's Pinnacle 95. This is the best ski K2 has made….ever. It should be moved to the top of your list. Talk about a ski that skis short! I had a 177cm in my possession, but I had to kick it down to my righthand man. The Pinnacle 95 is one of those rare skis that I'd go to the 190cm length for. I'll be buying either a 179cm Power track or 190-ish Pinnacle 95 in the fall…..I'll look into the flames of the burning west and wait for a decision to come to me. I'll have to decide if I want a ski that is a bit more business minded (Powertrack), or the playful court jester that burns the cheeks with perm-grin. 
P89 seems to be a great choice based on what I have read and heard with one exception. @philpug mentioned that Brahma and P89 are two very similar skis. If that's right in terms of the weight and sluggish turn initiation, I may need to rethink my path here and just settle on the E88...

Would the p89 be a sure for ski that one can buy without a demo (don't see these in my home mts)?
post #29 of 55
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Originally Posted by nochaser View Post

Something that's like MX88 but softer in the 172cm range with straight camber or 177cm with some tip rocker.

 

---> FX94 or FX84 in 176 are very versatile  ---> there are several threads on the FX

 

- Andy

post #30 of 55
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P89 seems to be a great choice based on what I have read and heard with one exception. @philpug mentioned that Brahma and P89 are two very similar skis. If that's right in terms of the weight and sluggish turn initiation, I may need to rethink my path here and just settle on the E88...

Would the p89 be a sure for ski that one can buy without a demo (don't see these in my home mts)?

Honestly, there are few skis out there that think ski like crap. There are skis that I don't particularly enjoy (like the Rossi 7 series), but just about everything is skiable. In my opinion the Powertrack 89 is a stand-out. I haven't' spent enough time on Blizzards to weigh in with any meaningful insight (although I absolutely love the Bonifide), so I don't know how the Brahma compares. Philpug writes a fine ski review and is probably way more in touch with ski sensitivity than I am. I just point the things down hill and go. The Powertrack 89 goes nicely. 

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