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Time for new skis! Opinions on vantage 100cTi, Vantage Ritual, Soul 7

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I am looking to purchase new skis this season as mine have been more than well used, worn out, and outgrown. I ski 5-6 days out west (Utah/ Colorado) per year and also travel north to Jay Peak and other VT resorts as well. I would love some suggestions about the skis mentioned above as well as comparisons from anyone who has been lucky enough to ride the Vantage 100 cTi this season or has skied either the Vantage ritual or Soul 7. I ski 10-12 days per year, but am looking to increase that number in the next couple of years and am 6'-2", 180lbs. Definitely looking for more of an all-mountain focussed ski vs. a ski geared more towards off-piste skiing.

 

Hope to hear from some folks soon,

Thanks!

post #2 of 6

If you are looking for allmountain more than just soft snow, drop the Soul 7. I've skied both the Soul 7 and the Ritual on hard pack and in powder and I like the Ritual much better. In deeper lighter powder, the Soul 7 might just win it, but in/on anything else, the Ritual takes the win hands down. Edge hold, stability, speed... 

 

I Haven't skied the new Vantage series yet. But I do recommend the 2015 Fischer Ranger 106. Skis much like the Ritual, but it's not a twin tip. There is also the 96 version, also a very nice ski which would do whatever you need them to. 

post #3 of 6
Thd ritual's a nice, powerful all mountain ski. Great edge grip. The Vantage is a bit lighter/more playful feeling... also a nice ski, especislly for a guy who is tall and thin like yourself. I agree with dropping the Soul 7 from your wish list.
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I haven't skied the Vantage 100c Ti.  But I own 182 Rituals, which I love. Here in Colo I use em as soft snow all mountain skis; an inch+ of fresh, and I'm on them.  In soft conditions, they are great on bumps and everywhere else both on and off piste.  On corduroy any day, they rock, carve wonderfully.  

 

But compared to a narrower carver, they give up something on groomers, and on hardpack - and on typical old snow New England conditions.  For that I'd want something like an 88 Crimson Ti, etc., etc.  More of a frontside-biased all mountain ski.    

 

At your weight and height, I'd recommend the 190 Rituals, at least for Colo.  

 

The Soul 7s have an odd flap feel on hardpack, even though they will gs charge.  They carve groomers well, but not as well as the Rituals.  In powder and powder bumps, I'd like them as much as the Rituals - both incredible though different.  The Souls have an edge in nimbleness/playfulness, slightly; but the Rituals have a big edge in crust/chop or any stiffer conditions.  For me, both are versatile soft snow skis - no compromise in those conditions.  

 

I'd look for something else, however, for typical non-soft VT conditions.  Off in the trees with some fresh is about the only VT condition I could see using the Soul 7s, besides powder days.  And forget about em on any sort of refreeze.  


Edited by ski otter - 7/27/15 at 12:56pm
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SO I have crosse the soul 7 off of my list, but does anyone know if there are any significant differences between the 2014 ritual and 2015 ritual besides just the design?

post #6 of 6
Just the top sheet changed.
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