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This is not a "Ski Review", merely a data report and a question...

  

I just spent a week (6 ski days) in JH: 2 days of heavy liquid cement, 1 day of 2-3 inches of snow over ice (frozen cement), 1 day of about 10 inches of snow, the next day with that same snow semi-scraped away and clumped up, and last day with snow evolving into liquid cement again.

 

I (5'9" 150#) started the week with the skis I own: 173 Blizzard Bushwackers.  I got these last year, among other reasons, because I like the fact that I can control them in tight spaces.  But, on the big steeps at JH, with bumps and heavy snow, I felt like I was getting kicked around on the BWs.  I could stay on them, but it took a huge energy input.  

 

At the demo place, I explained the issue and they suggested that I try skis that are wider and/or damper.  They suggested three skis: Blizzard Bonafide, Volkl Mantra, and Rossi Sin 7.  I rejected the BB because I thought it would overpower me, and also the Mantra, based on the mixed reviews here on Epic.  So I checked out the Sin 7 (in 172), which I've demo'ed before but not in these conditions.

 

At first, I thought I liked the Rossi -- it is both damper and wider, and I rode over the bumps, piles, etc. with less effort.  But after a day on these, I admitted to myself that they weren't optimal -- I couldn't really control them on stops and turns.  It was almost like they were over-waxed -- I couldn't dig in when / as quickly as I needed to.

 

So I went back to the demo place and described my problems (limited to skiing of course).  I thought I might just not be used to the extra width of the Rossi compared to my BWs.  But the guy there said he didn't think width was the issue and suggested I try the Nordica N-rgy 100 (in 169).  I asked him about the N-rgy 90, but he felt strongly that I should first try the 100. Well, these were really nice skis!  I had a full day on them: they were stable, reassuring, confidence-building.  They felt like a full cambered "bomber" ski on steeps, but with enough early rise to be unaffected by crud.  Although stable, they did not ski "heavy".

 

I liked them so much, I'm tempted to see if there are any end-of-season sales on these.  Short of that, my question -- to those of you in the know --  is: what else is out there like the N-rgy 100 (in the 90-100 range) that I might want to demo next season?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 6


Give the Rossi E100 a try. IMO it was made for the conditions you were in. That's what I bought mine for and they didn't disappoint. Nothing but smiles going thru that junk. And of course on "nice" snow they are even better.I think they are Rossi's sleeper ski of the year.

post #3 of 6

You should demo the Fischer Motive 95, Fischer Ranger 98.  

 

The E100 is a powerhouse, and can crush the crud but you have got to be on them, that tail doesn't want to easily break out if you get into the heavy wet stuff.  Just my $0.02 worth though.

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 The E100 is a powerhouse, and can crush the crud but you have got to be on them, that tail doesn't want to easily break out if you get into the heavy wet stuff.  Just my $0.02 worth though.

 

 

This comment sounds right for the E98's that I skied last year. They took no prisoners. The E100 skies just as strong when it is needed or wanted, but I found them almost as easy to ski as my Soul 7's, and I didn't find the tail to be a problem with them.

 

Each to his own, Demo, Demo, Demo.

post #5 of 6

IMO you should have demoed the Mantra.

 

I wonder if the 172 was a bit long for you at your weight ?

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Guys -- thanks!  After spending so much time in the global warming wars (see Politics and Hot Topics section), this is refreshing!

 

I think the lesson for me is that I miss having a bit of dampening and stability.  I'll add the ones you recommended to my demo list for next season.

 

Max -- I will also try the Mantra, as you suggested.  Interesting postscript on that topic: at mid-week, I let my 14-year-old daughter try a demo. Her seasonal rental, which we brought with us, was Head's "The Show" (79 waist, 172 length).  She picked out a woman's ski mainly by the graphics:  Volkl Aura.  No input from me (I don't know womens' skis).  She absolutely loved it for the conditions at JH.  So, just last night, out of curiosity, I looked it up -- it's the female version of the Mantra.  Even recognizing the fact that she's a better skier than I, this reinforces the idea that I should give the Mantra a try.  

 

Also, you asked whether the 172 was too long.  I assume you'e referring to the R Sin 7.  Well, the next size down for that ski is 164, which sounds way too short.  But I take your point: my BW is 173, and it sometimes seems a bit too long (I wish it were 170).  The next size shorter for the BW (and for the Brahma, Bonafide, etc.) is 168, which sound borderline too short.  On the other hand, the NRGY 100, which I liked, was 169, so....

 

Anyway, thanks again to all.

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