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Advice for an all mountain ski [Stormrider 95 or DPS Cassiar 95 for VT?]

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I'm 71 inches, 190 lbs, skiing mainly northern VT about 70 percent on-piste.  Fairly aggressive, strong skiier who enjoys high-speed GS but also bumps on good days and looking to do more skinning/off-trail skiing in the woods.  Looking for an all-mountain ski with an AT setup.  Presently considering the Stormrider 95 in 183cm but also hearing good things about the DPS Cassiar 95.  Feedback/other suggestions welcome.  Thanks.

 

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Here are my reviews of the Cassiar and the Stormriders along with the other 95mm options. Please read and either your questions will be answered or you will have more. ;)

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Philpug, thanks for the note and the review.  Sounds like a tossup between the two skis.  Re length, what is your height/weight?  I have a pair of Volkl V-Werks 84s in 176 cm, and the guys at the ski shop were suggesting I get the Stormrider 95s in 183 cm.  Any advice you have on AT (non-tech) bindings would also be welcome.  I was looking at the Marker Baron EPF, but worried a bit about weight.  Thanks!

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I am 5'10", 190-195lb. I am a Solly fan so I prefer the Guardian but bindings are all about confidence, if you have confidence in Marker, the Baron is  a fine choice. yes, AT bindings add weight, especially when you are not going up hill. You have to ask yourself do you want to ski around with all that extra weight when you are not going up hill and you have to be honest on how much you will be going up hill. These bindings are also less efficient than their traditional counterparts with in height and moving parts, they loosen up quickly and you loose energy to the ski. 

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Any thought on length for the Stormrider 95?  I am debating 183 vs 174.  Spend a lot of time in bumps and the trees, but all of the reviews suggest I should go longer.  I have skied Volkl V-Werks 84s past two years in 176, so worried I'd find the 183 length to be less maneuverable.  I ski Vermont, so we only get a few "powder" days.  Thanks for all the good advice.

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Any thought on length for the Stormrider 95?  I am debating 183 vs 174.  Spend a lot of time in bumps and the trees, but all of the reviews suggest I should go longer.  I have skied Volkl V-Werks 84s past two years in 176, so worried I'd find the 183 length to be less maneuverable.  I ski Vermont, so we only get a few "powder" days.  Thanks for all the good advice.

Sounds like you are about the same size as me, I would go with the 183. 

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