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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

I am 6'3'' 300 pounds... I used to be very good, but stopped going for about 10 years. I have gone about five times this year and would say I am intermediate to almost advanced. I would anticipate that another 5 trips and I would be pretty strong. I have zero interest in glade skiing, not particularly in love with the steeps and really like to cruise. I would like something I can use now, but will still be happy with once I get my legs back. Any suggestions?

post #2 of 26

I am 6'4" and 245. I suggest trying the Blizzard Brahma (88mm) ski. If you want something wider (West coast versus East) then the Blizzard Bonefide (100mm). The Brahma comes in 188cm length and that would be for you. I am getting some used Kastle MX78 skis in 184cm which are more of a traditionally cambered all mountain ski. I like that they are just a tad short for me so  they will be quicker in the trees. The Brahama is cambered and rockered and less demanding. I am a East Coast guy, so if you are West Coast, I will let others advise. No matter what you get, get the longest length, unless it is over 195 cm. Do not listen to lighter guys suggesting shorter lengths. Weight needs lots of edge length to hold on hard surfaces.

 

BTW, my standard ski is a race ski which holds well for a big guy.

post #3 of 26

I am 6"4, 245 and ski on Fischer Motive 95's and the Kastle MX 88.  The MX 88 is probably the best all mountain ski around and I highly recommend it. The Fischer is also a great ski.  Have not skied the Brahma or the Bones, but have heard good things about them too.  You might want to read some of the reviews on dawgcathcing.com as they profile a large array of skis, although most of the testers are shorter and not as well filled out as we are! :rolleyes

post #4 of 26
Line Prophet 90s?
Love mine....6', 240. Good all around, but if no trees fhere might be a better on piste option.

Got a chance to demo the brahma other day...its similar, but I liked prophets more (or was more familiar) Rode the bushwhacker 2 years ago which was basically brahma wo metal...too soft. Brahmas were nice addition. Worth a ride
post #5 of 26

For myself, I was choosing between the Kastle MX 78,83,88 series. East Coast and trees, I went with the 78's. If West Coast, go with the 88's. The 88's are really well liked on the East Coast as well, but I have wider skis, so I wanted something to fill the gap between a race ski and  a 100mm wide ski. 

 

Just for kicks I took my slalom race ski into some double black glades and some other mogul fields and they were quick turning, but so torsionally rigid they would catch an edge when I didn't want them to. For me for what I want the ski for, steep moguled glades, the narrower ski works better. 

 

The MX88's are described as a more forgiving ski and easier to ski, but really powerful. I am not sure what powerful actually means, but I assume it means you can load it up and it won't turn into a noodle. That's just what a Clyde wants.

 

BigLibo,

 

What's your take on MX78 vs 88??  I see you have both.

post #6 of 26

JoeB603 - Welcome to the site!

post #7 of 26
Thread Starter 

Thanks Dude. 

 

It is funny looking at all of these skis. When I stopped skiing in the early 2000's the shape skis were just coming out. Some of these things are crazy looking. 

 

I am an east coast guy that will probably spend 90% of his time on groomed blues and easier blacks. I went to Okemo last weekend and had a blast. I truly have no interest in going through the trees! 

 

Thanks for the help guys. 

post #8 of 26

I would recommend the Volkl RTM84.  

post #9 of 26
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I would recommend the Volkl RTM84.  

Why? The OP should know.
post #10 of 26
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Why? The OP should know.

Sorry, I was in a hurry.  I am a bigger guy that usually skis an Atomic Redster GS.  But when I was out west this year I rented the Volkl RTM84.  I used them in a wide variety of conditions from ice to hard pack to crud, etc.  They performed fabulously and were a fun ski.

post #11 of 26

I'm 5'9" and 260, also back after being out for a long time, but below your skill level. When I tried the RTM 80, it was a huge confidence boost. Whoa, so this is what it's like to be on skis that are actually stable and engaged!

 

On ice, I liked the added stiffness of the RTM84, but not the width. I bought the RTM 80 176 (demo was 170) on a good sale, but still want to try the RTM 81.

post #12 of 26

We are very similar size (6'2", 275+). I have been skiing the 14/15 Volkl Mantras 184 (full rocker) this season after demoing nearly several of the ~100mm skis. I found the Mantras to be the most solid through a variety of conditions. I also liked the Bonafide quite a bit. 

 

Skied both the 15/16 Nordica Enforcer and the 15/16 Volkl Kendo this past weekend as well. The Enforcer felt like too much ski for me at 185, but I consider myself a true intermediate. Others I spoke to at the demo were saying how much they liked it. The Kendo was really nice, very similar to the Mantra as I expected, but significantly quicker edge to edge.

 

In my experience, the 14/15 Mantras have been at their best in soft conditions and in any new snow. On hard pack they are fantastic on runs where I have a lot of confidence and can really press into them and set the edge aggressively.

post #13 of 26

At 6'4" 240lbs I second Brahma but at 300 lbs I think you'd also like its bigger brother Bonafide. I ever never go to trees and moguls and love going fast on blues and blacks with longer arc turns. Brahmas gave me what I was looking for 100%. Demo both if you can. Shops are running end of year sales, you'll find good prices nowadays for any brand/model.

post #14 of 26
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:dunnoBigLibo,

 

What's your take on MX78 vs 88??  I see you have both.

post #15 of 26
Thread Starter 

Aren't those crazy wide skis for powder? Isnt that more of a west coast thing? 

 

I am probably way behind the times, but are those fatties good for all mountain cruising on the east coast groomers? 

post #16 of 26
Are you speaking about every ski mentioned or a particular post?
post #17 of 26
Thread Starter 

The Bonafides mostly. 

post #18 of 26
98 is a good all mountain width. You're a big boy, so it's not going to provide the same float it would to someone who is 150 pounds. I'd stay in the 90's for groomer skiing for you, and I like my own skis narrower than most here. I'm not your size, so no recommendations. Just saying 98 not ridiculous.
post #19 of 26
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The MX 78 is strictly a carver for guys our size. The MX 88 gives you a bit more versatility. I ski the 78's in a 178 primarily on harder groomers and in bumps and the 88's in 188 on groomers and shallow powder. Hope that helps
post #20 of 26
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The MX 78 is strictly a carver for guys our size. The MX 88 gives you a bit more versatility. I ski the 78's in a 178 primarily on harder groomers and in bumps and the 88's in 188 on groomers and shallow powder. Hope that helps

 

 

Which ski would you take  into glades that aren't icy, but don't have any new snow either. I bought a MX78 in 184cm and hope to use them on days when my 100mm wide ski doesn't have any new snow or soft snow which makes it fun. I am hoping for the ski will be quick for steep moguls and moguled glades with tight trees. I am talking about Bracket Basin if you are familiar with Sugarloaf in Maine.

 

Give it to me straight, I can handle the "Truth"

post #21 of 26
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Which ski would you take  into glades that aren't icy, but don't have any new snow either. I bought a MX78 in 184cm and hope to use them on days when my 100mm wide ski doesn't have any new snow or soft snow which makes it fun. I am hoping for the ski will be quick for steep moguls and moguled glades with tight trees. I am talking about Bracket Basin if you are familiar with Sugarloaf in Maine.

Give it to me straight, I can handle the "Truth"

I would think the 78's should be very good for those types of conditions since you won't need any float
post #22 of 26
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At 6'4" 240lbs I second Brahma but at 300 lbs I think you'd also like its bigger brother Bonafide. I ever never go to trees and moguls and love going fast on blues and blacks with longer arc turns. Brahmas gave me what I was looking for 100%. Demo both if you can. Shops are running end of year sales, you'll find good prices nowadays for any brand/model.


At 6'5" and 235 I agree 100% with the Brahma as an East Coast buster at 187 and two metal layers. Another great ski I discovered late last season is the Dynaster Powertrack 89. Very playful under my 235 pounds with enough tip rocker for all conditions... holds a great edge as well. Not sure about the 89 ti version introduced for 2016.

post #23 of 26
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At 6'5" and 235 I agree 100% with the Brahma as an East Coast buster at 187 and two metal layers. Another great ski I discovered late last season is the Dynaster Powertrack 89. Very playful under my 235 pounds with enough tip rocker for all conditions... holds a great edge as well. Not sure about the 89 ti version introduced for 2016.

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post #24 of 26

Hum... At 300 pounds, you are way heavier than most of the people who suggested you skis... So there is no warranty that what works for them would work for you even if you go a size up...

Like the Brahma for example, I used to ski the 187 cm and like it a lot but then went for the 180 since I do a lot of bumps and tight trees. The 187 was perfect for me on groomed but the 180 is still nice too as there is not an enormous differrence between them... See my point?

 

So I would recommend you (in order):

 

1. you could go with skis made for serious skiers like the Rossignol Hero Master ( I own the 180 cm and they are a lot of ski for me) the 185 could be nice for you... Yes, they are made for experts but I have found that for heavy guy, it is easier to master those skis since we can bent them more easily...but they are not very versatile...

 

2. You could go with skis like the Armada Declivity that are supposed to have their flex adjust accordingly to their lenght. I flexed the 176 and thought that I would like it in 184 but when I "tied" to flex the 184, I realized that it was a very different ski! It felt way too much stiff for me!

 

3. Maybe the Nordica Fire Arrow 84 EDT in 184 cm could be nice. Bige nice carving machine!

 

4. The Mantra could be nice too but I think you would have been best served with the 2014 version...

post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by sgarnett View Post
 

I'm 5'9" and 260, also back after being out for a long time, but below your skill level. When I tried the RTM 80, it was a huge confidence boost. Whoa, so this is what it's like to be on skis that are actually stable and engaged!

 

On ice, I liked the added stiffness of the RTM84, but not the width. I bought the RTM 80 176 (demo was 170) on a good sale, but still want to try the RTM 81.

 

The rtm 81 have wicked edge grip!!! I bought a 176 cm and the edge grip was fabulous even if I would have prefered a longer lenght! But then I skied a Blizzard R-Power and (even better) a Radical Master 21 and then I really had a revelation about what edge hold can be!!! I got rid of the rtm since I don't like skis with no camber...

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Which ski would you take  into glades that aren't icy, but don't have any new snow either. I bought a MX78 in 184cm and hope to use them on days when my 100mm wide ski doesn't have any new snow or soft snow which makes it fun. I am hoping for the ski will be quick for steep moguls and moguled glades with tight trees. I am talking about Bracket Basin if you are familiar with Sugarloaf in Maine.

 

Give it to me straight, I can handle the "Truth"

I liked my mx78 on steep icy slopes but not sure they will be nice in 184 for really thight trees...But hey! You will be able to give us your opinion in a couple of weeks!

post #26 of 26

Well not much snow yet in the East but I did get out on my MX78's last week at Bretton Woods. I had them ground by SkiMD in Framingham to get rid of hookiness they had when I bought them used at the end of last season. Success on the grind, no more hookiness. My data, 6'4" expert, 245 lbs on 184 cm MX78's. The skis are about 3 years old. I found them to be quick turning, with tips that pulled you into the turn and then carved a really nice arc. They were very predictable and stable. They almost egged me on, saying "come on, lets go faster, we aren't even breaking a sweat yet"  Due to the limited conditions, I didn't want to let them rip and find myself going over a bad spot and messing up the new grind. I am proud to report the bottoms are still pristine. I had them on pretty hard snow up top and soft snow at the bottom. Felt good in both conditions. They felt pretty damp on the hard snow but I did get bounced around a bit. They are light skis, which is good for their quickness, but compared to my FIS legal GS ski, they aren't quite in the same bull dozer class. I did get thrown in the back seat a little over a bump I wasn't ready for. I was in the middle of a turn and I put some serious pressure on the tails mid-turn and was very very impressed with how the ski just stayed on the same steady arc under the weight shift and finished the turn. I really like the tails on these skis. I think these skis will do well in the trees with firm conditions. They seem to be a nice middle ground between a slalom ski and a GS ski. Kind of like the best characteristics of both. Since I am usually on race skis, the MX78's feel softer, which is what I was looking for. Again, not too soft for someone my size, just about right. The light weight tip is noticable and helps some in soft snow. About the only negative is for someone my size they don't have any float to speak of, and they are not great in heavy, spring like snow. Snow that grabs your skis gets a hold of these pretty well with me on them. My 101mm Ski Logiks are needed to keep me on top of that kind of snow. As long as the snow is typical winter density, I think these skis will work really well. I like the length a lot at 184 cm. I tried a pair of RX 12's in 178cm and they were noticeably too short. My advice to any big guy looking at Kastles is to buy the 183-188 lengths and not the 178 length. They have light quick tips and ski well in their longer lengths. (I haven't skied many Kastle's, but I feel I have a pretty good sense of the brand). 

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