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Latigo as a hard snow ski for this quiver?

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Me: 45 years old, 5'11", 173 lbs, advanced, fairly clean turns on the groomed, capable powder skier, steep ungroomed and trees become challenging. Mostly NH and Maine.

Some background: I bought the 180 Brahma last summer based on a very fun spring demo. During my first 15 days or so, while driving them fairly well, I developed an awareness of their stiffness that I grew to dislike. They did not treat tired legs kindly. I grew to find them more work than my previous all mountain ski, a fully cambered 170 Kendo.

Based on my revised opinion I bought a 180 Bushwacker, untested, because there was a lot to like about the Brahma but it was the stiffness that was annoying me. I absolutely love the Bushwackers. As an all mountain east coast ski, for me, it's killing it.

So, my powder ski is a 180 Soul 7, also loving it. Amazing ski for me. Total fun.

I'm after the 3 ski quiver. Does anyone think the Latigo would be a good compliment for this setup? I'm thinking some would say overlap with the Bushwackers, but it's thinner, with a lot more metal, and I would get it shorter. Maybe even 170. I like the idea that it's said to be versatile and capable in bumps, because that is needed some days. I have not demoed it.

Edit: and I see autocorrect has made Latigo into Latino and I can't seem to edit the title. That's pretty fantastic. Thanks autocorrect.
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From what you say, I'd try and demo the Latigo and see what you think first.  You might like it better than the Bushwacker and you might not, and there is a fair bit of overlap.  Latigo will probably be  bit better in bumps, on groomers, and skied out hard pack trees and Bushwacker will be slightly better with any fresh.  On paper it seems like you need a carver to round out your quiver, and as capable as the Latigo is on groomers, it is probably not what I would call a dedicated carver.  FWIW...I own and love the Latigo and think the Brahma is a great ski also.  When I demoed the Bushwacker I felt it was not enough ski and I did not like the Soul for the same reason...I didn't care for it in anything other than untracked.

 

That said, the Latigo is slightly easier going than the Brahma, although at 5' 5" 160 I can't find a speed limit on it.

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Me: 45 years old, 5'11", 173 lbs, advanced, fairly clean turns on the groomed, capable powder skier, steep ungroomed and trees become challenging. Mostly NH and Maine.

Some background: I bought the 180 Brahma last summer based on a very fun spring demo. During my first 15 days or so, while driving them fairly well, I developed an awareness of their stiffness that I grew to dislike. They did not treat tired legs kindly. I grew to find them more work than my previous all mountain ski, a fully cambered 170 Kendo.

Based on my revised opinion I bought a 180 Bushwacker, untested, because there was a lot to like about the Brahma but it was the stiffness that was annoying me. I absolutely love the Bushwackers. As an all mountain east coast ski, for me, it's killing it.

So, my powder ski is a 180 Soul 7, also loving it. Amazing ski for me. Total fun.

I'm after the 3 ski quiver. Does anyone think the Latigo would be a good compliment for this setup? I'm thinking some would say overlap with the Bushwackers, but it's thinner, with a lot more metal, and I would get it shorter. Maybe even 170. I like the idea that it's said to be versatile and capable in bumps, because that is needed some days. I have not demoed it.

Edit: and I see autocorrect has made Latigo into Latino and I can't seem to edit the title. That's pretty fantastic. Thanks autocorrect.

 

Too much overlap. What you don't have is a ski for firm groomers - very commonly what you are limited to here, especially in the first third of the season before natural snow has enabled non-snowmaking terrain to open. And if you're going to have a ski for firm groomers, you might as well have one optimized for them, which the Latigo is not. Go for something like a Head Magnum @ 170cm.

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Too much overlap. What you don't have is a ski for firm groomers - very commonly what you are limited to here, especially in the first third of the season before natural snow has enabled non-snowmaking terrain to open. And if you're going to have a ski for firm groomers, you might as well have one optimized for them, which the Latigo is not. Go for something like a Head Magnum @ 170cm.

I'll give the Magnums a try if I can find them on demo this spring. I tried the Rally last year but I think I had a bad tune, because the edge hold was not great. It was perfectly skiable, just not the hard snow experience I was after. I'll give those another demo too, if I can.
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

Too much overlap. What you don't have is a ski for firm groomers - very commonly what you are limited to here, especially in the first third of the season before natural snow has enabled non-snowmaking terrain to open. And if you're going to have a ski for firm groomers, you might as well have one optimized for them, which the Latigo is not. Go for something like a Head Magnum @ 170cm.

I'll give the Magnums a try if I can find them on demo this spring. I tried the Rally last year but I think I had a bad tune, because the edge hold was not great. It was perfectly skiable, just not the hard snow experience I was after. I'll give those another demo too, if I can.

 

Anything in that 70mm-ish range would be good to try. Blizzard 800s, for example, or the Rossi Hero ST. You will find something.

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I have 2 friends that own the Blizzard 800S and are about your weight and they really like it... If the Blizzard demo fleat is back in the shop' i should demo them today for a couple of runs...

 

Even at 210, I too finished to dislike a little the Brahma stiffness and lack of dampness...I like them a lot but since I ski bumps most of my day, the Brahma is not my first choice anymore...

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