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Skis and Binding for East Coast Intermediate

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I'm 5'11 and 175lbs.

 

Moved to USA East Coast last season, really enjoyed skiing the moguls and trees.

 

Can rip down black diamond groomers just fine. Single black trees are fine, single black moguls can be hard, double blacks I am pretty slow. Like to go fast down groomers, but found it unsettling on my shitty season rentals when the conditions got all chopped and bumpy.

 

Want a ski that is good in the trees in packed conditions and on (New England icy) bumps and moguls etc etc, then after that ones that are good on icy groomers, then as a third most important factor float in the powder in the trees, got stuck a few times in the flatter sections last season..

 

Going to get a good pair of boots professionally fitted so don't worry about that.

post #2 of 17
Welcome to EpicSki. How many pairs are you planning to buy? I ask because you're described three different skis.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 

Only one. I understand that there is no perfect do it all ski, but that's why I listed what I would like in order of preference. For example the float in powder doesn't have to be great, just enough for those occasional days. I would even go far as to say that condition is just a bonus all else being equal.

post #4 of 17

Well, I'm liking the Kästle FX84s for most of what you're looking for — a phenomenal ski, replaced this year by the FX85.  It carves, holds on hard snow, is terrain-compliant (bumps, etc.), and loves trees.

 

The trouble is that you won't likely find a demo (though you'll find the FX85, in both plain and HP versions, this season).

The advantage is that you should be able to find a pair cheap.  (I should put that in quotes: "cheap," because Kästle isn't, as a rule.)

 

I'm going to get dinged for making this suggestion, though.  Wait for people like @Philpug or @Whiteroom, who do this kind of thing for a living, to chime in.

post #5 of 17
You might also want to look for a demo of the Head Strong Instinct Ti, which is new this year. I've skied it on hardpack at Copper Mountain and it was fine, but that doesn't mean it will do well on East Coast ice, hence the recommendation to demo.
post #6 of 17

For creating a demo list (highly recommended), you might look for rankings at, for instance, OnTheSnow (http://www.epicski.com/t/142487/2015-16-onthesnow-ski-test-buyers-guide-is-live -- some of their testers are in-house here), Realskier (www.realskier.com), TGR, Ski Magazine, Skiing, and Powder.  You're looking for an all-mountain East ski.  If your budget is limited, Realskier has reviews of skis that are years old, skis you may be able to pick up on the cheap.

 

Demo days have already been scheduled; you can ask in the regional thread for information on demo days where you ski.  We'll be happy to help you out!  Good luck.

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

To be honest I was hoping to get a good deal before the season starts rather than paying full price after demoing. I'm going to drop more cash on the boots.

post #8 of 17

Blizzard Latigo might fit the bill for you.  Narrow under foot, so good for the groomers and ice, but with a design, rocker and flex, that make them very very versatile.

 

(Full disclosure, I'm hoping and assuming this is all true, because I read it here and bought a pair for ne

post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

I think I'm going to go for Volkl Kink 179, with Atomic FFG 12 Bindings 90mm. Any reason this is a bad combo?

post #10 of 17

The Blizzard Brahma might be another ski to consider.  Wide enough for some stability in trees and softer snow conditions, but narrow and torsionally stiff enough to hold an edge on icy conditions.  Rossi Experience 88 could be another to consider.  

 

The Volkl Kink could work for you, but likely won't be as stable in variable conditions and also won't perform as well on firm or icy groomers.

post #11 of 17
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I think I'm going to go for Volkl Kink 179, with Atomic FFG 12 Bindings 90mm. Any reason this is a bad combo?


The Kink's a nice ski — my son likes his.  Not sure about its edge-hold on ice, but otherwise I'd say it was a go.  Can't advise on bindings, though.  Sorry.

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by skiessentials View Post
 

The Blizzard Brahma might be another ski to consider.  Wide enough for some stability in trees and softer snow conditions, but narrow and torsionally stiff enough to hold an edge on icy conditions.  Rossi Experience 88 could be another to consider.  

 

The Volkl Kink could work for you, but likely won't be as stable in variable conditions and also won't perform as well on firm or icy groomers.

I like the 88 but it's too expensive. I was thinking about the 80, but that might be too narrow and stiff for trees.

post #13 of 17
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I like the 88 but it's too expensive. I was thinking about the 80, but that might be too narrow and stiff for trees.

I wouldn't go all the way down to the 80, but an Experience 84 would likely work pretty well for you too.  The construction on the Experience series changes dramatically depending on which width.  The 84 is still a pretty solid ski.

post #14 of 17

Some very good condition used E88's are out there.  Ebay, demos from shops, etc.  There are some amazing deals for lightly used skis if you're open minded about going that route. Just a thought.

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post
 

Some very good condition used E88's are out there.  Ebay, demos from shops, etc.  There are some amazing deals for lightly used skis if you're open minded about going that route. Just a thought.

 

A good thought.  Here's just one location, Powder 7: http://www.powder7.com/Mens-Mixed-Snow-East-Skis

 

The longest Powder 7 has is 172.  Not sure that would work for you.

 

The really economical thing about demos is that they come with bindings (which can add $150 - $200 or more to the price of a new ski).

post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies guys.

 

I went with the Blizzard Bushwacker 173s and Marker Griffon Bindings from SkiEssentials. They gave me a nice deal, good guys.

 

Now snow please ;)

post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by BritishDan View Post
 

Thanks for all the replies guys.

 

I went with the Blizzard Bushwacker 173s and Marker Griffon Bindings from SkiEssentials. They gave me a nice deal, good guys.

 

Now snow please ;)

 

Thanks for the shout out Dan!  We second the request for snow... now... please...

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