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2016 Steals & Deals Winners:

 

 

Forget Christmas, THIS is the most wonderful time of the year..we get to talk all about the new gear coming out for the upcoming season! We do have a good amount of carry over winners because these products were real winners last year too. Please note that I added "Runner Up's" in each category. 

 

 

 

Frontside <80mm:

 

 

 

Blizzard Cheyenne  $549.95

 
115-78-102mm 15.5M @163CM

 

The Cheyenne got beaten out last season by an ever so slight margin but with last year's winner going up in price allowed the bridesmaid to become the bride. The new top skin makes this great performing ski look rich beyond it's price point. Blizzard brought the flipcore down to 78mm underfoot and by golly it works and works well. Runner Up: Head SuperJoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blizzard Latigo $549.95

 

115-78-102mm 17M@177cm

 

 

Like it's sister the Cheyenne, the Latigo was slightly beat out last season in its freshman year only to stay the course and in it's sophomore year has moved to the head of the class. When someone asks for an all mountain ski that is good in the bumps but does not want a bump ski? The Latigo is the ski. When someone asks for a narrow ski but does not want a purely technical one? The Latigo is the ski. Runner Up: Nordica NRGy80

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Mountain 80-90mm:

 

 

 

Blizzard Black Pearl $599.00

125/88/110mm 17M@166cm

 

We learned our lesson 2 years ago...No one puts Baby in the corner. Longevity, constancy and just a personality that gets better with age. The Black Pearl is still as good as it ever was and a timeless design. There are not too may skis that are as versatile as the Black Pearl, it is a once a decade ski for the ladies.  Runner Up: Volkl Yumi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Armada Invictus 89Ti - $599.00

131/89/121mm 18M@187cm

 

Armada is realizing that their demographics are changing. The skiers that grew up skiing Armada's in the past are now older and spending as much time out of the park as in it but they still want to have fun. The new Armada 89Ti was not only one of my favorite inexpensive skis but also one of my favorite skis in the 88-90mm segment. This is a ski that is not only playful but is still happy charging on the firmer snow. The versatility is as good as any ski in the class. Another huge plus with this ski is that Armada adjusts the dimensions for each length so someone 5'6" will have the same experience and a 5'11" and 6'2" skier. Runner Up: Head Monster 83

 

 

 

All Mountain 90-100mm:

 

 

 

 

 

Head Great Joy $649.00

141/98/124mm 14.3@168cm

 

Yes, another repeat winner. The new Great Joy proves that technology does not have to be expensive, welcome to the age of Graphene. Head takes their newest lightweight technology to one of the most contested categories, the 98/100 segment and blows away the competition by being $50.00 less. Head has found the ever elusive balance of stability and light weight with their Great Joy. Unlike bikes, the more you spend, the less you get, with Head’s new Joy series of skis, less is still LE$$. (Binding not included). Runner Up: Atomic Vantage W Series

 

 

Armada Invictus 95 --$499.00
133-95-123mm 20.5M@195cm

 

When is it a killer deal at $599? When the ski comes in at $499!!!! The Invictus 95 was a kay eye double ll e r value at a super bargain price $499. This is my bargain ski of the year. The Invictus 95 is a just a real nice cruiser that is fun to take in the bumps and trees yet will be fine on the forested and in the park maybe every place on the mountain but in the gates. Did I mention it was a steal of a price? I really like the direction that Armada is going with their all mountain skis. I think they have expanded and are maturing along with their customer base. Runner Up: Atomic Vantage Series

 

 

 

 

Big Mountain >100mm:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volkl 100Eight 699.00

141-108-124mm 19.7M@173CM

 

How do you replace a legendary ski that had the decade long following that Kiku had? Well you better be careful and you better damn well do it right. Well Volkl was up to the challenge and is risking it all with the new 100EightW. This newest generation of Volkl is dean of fantastic and that is high praise from someone who has been critical of their previous generations of skis. These new skis ski fantastic, where previous were Rhonda Rousey tough, the new ones have a few drinks in them, and are letting their hair down and ready to party like it's spring break Daytona Beach style. Runner up: Blizzard Sheeva

 

 

 

K2 Pinnacle 105 $699

137-10-121mm 19M@184cm

 

I like the way K2 is thinking, the Pinnacle 95 and 105 are offered at the same price of $699.00. Why not, they are basically the same construction so why should the 105 be more? Thats like saying a 184cm should be more money than a 177cm. OK, lets get to the attributes. The new Pinnacle 105 is just fun. It begs to ask the question "why does a high performance ski have to be difficult to ski? It doesn't, the new Pinnacle 105 proves that and at a price that is $50-100 less than most skis in the "One Oh Something" category. Runner Up: Volkl 100Eigh

 

 

 

 

 

Boots:

 

 

RS/RX/XT/SX Series 

 

Lange reinvented their image a few years back with the introduction of the blue RS series. No more "Lange Bang", no more pie shaped mold and most importantly, no more "I never fit into a Lange". The RS, RX, XT (walk/hike version) are offered in 97/102mm widths and available in flexes from ranging 80 to 140.  The 102mm SX with an available flex range from 70-120.  This family of Lange boots offers the widest range of flex offerings and width options as any boot on the market. Runner up: Tecnica Mach Series

 

 

 

 

 

Bindings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marker 11.0 TC $159.00

 

Our economy binding carries over for the 2016 season. Marker introduced the M110.0TC last season to fill the gap in performance for lighter adults and stronger kids (that are in an adult lug boots. Marker essentially went to their parts bin brought over the Triple Pivot Toe and the Twin Cam heel, both proven parts that are both over engineered for being just a 11 DIN binding. In the past, both this toe and heel designs have been used up to 14DIN applications.  Even with a price increase to $159.00 it is still a great value. Runner Up: None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look Pivot12/Rossi FKS120 $249.00

 

 

My premium binding is also a carryover for this season. The Look Pivot and Rossignol FKS have the most loyal following of any binding in the industry. Why? Because they work and it's performance you can feel. From their low rotation weight to the short mount distance you can actually feel the difference between these bindings and the other bindings in their price and performance category. New for 2016, on the 14 DIN versions you can spend an additional $30.00 over the $299 price to get a WTR version that will accommodate Walk To Ride soles. Runner up: Tyrolia Attack 13

 

 

 

 

 

Past Winners:

 

2015 Steals $ Deals Winners

 

2014 Steals & Deals Winners

 

2013 Steals & Deals Winners

 

2012 Steals & Deals Winners

post #2 of 18

Every year it seems to get harder and harder to find the steals and deals.  Nice job picking. 

post #3 of 18

Plenty to lick the lips over in that lot Phil. Being a small guy (5' 5" 140 lbs) I demo'ed the latest Volkl Kenja recently and loved its predictability and stability in chopped up powder, coupled with its edge hold on groomers. The Black Pearl and the Armada Invictus look comparable in some ways - would you say either of these two ski similar to the Kenja?

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Fun information. While it's still sweltering here, the pictures of Mammoth with snow today and your report are getting me excited for a fun season. Thanks,
Eric
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Plenty to lick the lips over in that lot Phil. Being a small guy (5' 5" 140 lbs) I demo'ed the latest Volkl Kenja recently and loved its predictability and stability in chopped up powder, coupled with its edge hold on groomers. The Black Pearl and the Armada Invictus look comparable in some ways - would you say either of these two ski similar to the Kenja?

Both are very different than the Kenja. The Volkl is a stronger ski and a bit more demanding. 

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Thanks for mentioning the Nrgy 80.. $499 MAP... really nice ski. And in a nutshell, could you do a mini review on the Monster 83? Curious about the difference between. These and the inspired Power Ti. Haven't skied either. Thanks in advance! smile.gif
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I've a question (forgive me if it's a naive one):

A quick look around the net shows that 100Eight can be had for the same money ($699).
In recent OnTheSnow test it came second in its category (beaten only by the Enforcer, and even managing to get its nose just ahead of the new Bones and the P95).
Looking at the score sheet, surely, it must follow that it's an even better buy than the P105, no?
Especially considering that the P105, according to the same score sheet, didn't do anywhere near as well?

But I know that a score sheet is one thing, and the real world is a whole other thing, therefore...

How does it ski compared to the P105?

It's just that - as it is - it doesn't all add up (at least not to me).
post #8 of 18
You realize that score sheets are just opinions, right? As long as "best" is an opinion, any ski can be "best", or "second", or "trash" for that matter. Has nothing to do with whether you're talking so called score sheets or real world. Phil thinks these particular skis are excellent performers for their price, but anyone is free to have a different opinion.
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Originally Posted by SkiOnSnowflakes View Post

I've a question (forgive me if it's a naive one):

A quick look around the net shows that 100Eight can be had for the same money ($699).
In recent OnTheSnow test it came second in its category (beaten only by the Enforcer, and even managing to get its nose just ahead of the new Bones and the P95).
Looking at the score sheet, surely, it must follow that it's an even better buy than the P105, no?
Especially considering that the P105, according to the same score sheet, didn't do anywhere near as well?

But I know that a score sheet is one thing, and the real world is a whole other thing, therefore...

How does it ski compared to the P105?

It's just that - as it is - it doesn't all add up (at least not to me).

 

Yes, my opinion. Between these two skis, I felt the Pinnacle 105 was a more versatile ski for more people hence the better value. The 100Eight is more of a charger and better off piste. And at 699, the same price came in a close second. But we are also talking 1 and 1A. Neither are wrong choices and for some the 100Eight is a better choice. Quite frankly, I added the "Runner Up" line this year because of the 100Eight. 

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Yes, my opinion. Between these two skis, I felt the Pinnacle 105 was a more versatile ski for more people hence the better value. The 100Eight is more of a charger and better off piste. And at 699, the same price came in a close second. But we are also talking 1 and 1A. Neither are wrong choices and for some the 100Eight is a better choice. Quite frankly, I added the "Runner Up" line this year because of the 100Eight. 

Thanks Phil very much for your reply. I really appreciate it!
I had a feeling the 100Eight was a charger and as such I think that it would suit me.

How does the 100Eight compare to the Mantra?

You may recall that a while ago I saught opinion on the Mantra length. I tested it in 184cm and loved it but was keen to also try it in 191cm (I'm 6', a returning advanced intermediate, and weight 280lb now - at the time I weighed 290lb).

Unfortunately all the 184cm got sold out so I missed out. I did manage to buy the binding that you recommended though! (Tyrolia Peak).

Also, would any of the following newcomers: the Bonafide, the Enforcer, or the Vantage 100 work for a heavy guy like me?
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What's the difference between the 2016 Volkl 100 Eight W and last years' One or One W?

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What's the difference between the 2016 Volkl 100 Eight W and last years' One or One W?

Completely different animals The One and One W are reverse cambered off piste skis which a good amount of taper and the new 100Eight's are replace the Kiku in the line. 

post #13 of 18

Phil,

 

Other than spring tension, are you aware of any significant differences between the pivot/fks12 and the 14?

 

At 53, I'm rocking a solid 7 DIN, so really no need for the 14 if all else is the same.

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Phil,

 

Other than spring tension, are you aware of any significant differences between the pivot/fks12 and the 14?

 

At 53, I'm rocking a solid 7 DIN, so really no need for the 14 if all else is the same.

 

Nope, maybe some color options. 

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  Armada Invictus 89Ti - $599.00

131/89/121mm 18M@187cm

 

Armada is realizing that their demographics are changing. The skiers that grew up skiing Armada's in the past are now older and spending as much time out of the park as in it but they still want to have fun. The new Armada 89Ti was not only one of my favorite inexpensive skis but also one of my favorite skis in the 88-90mm segment. This is a ski that is not only playful but is still happy charging on the firmer snow. The versatility is as good as any ski in the class. Another huge plus with this ski is that Armada adjusts the dimensions for each length so someone 5'6" will have the same experience and a 5'11" and 6'2" skier. Runner Up: Head Monster 83

 

 

 

Good stuff, Phil. I would love to try a pair of these.

post #16 of 18

Phil, at 6'5" 235 lbs 61 year old athletic advanced intermediate, do you think the 182 Fischer Motive will be a good fit? Mostly groomers but like the bumps. Thanx!

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Phil, at 6'5" 235 lbs 61 year old athletic advanced intermediate, do you think the 182 Fischer Motive will be a good fit? Mostly groomers but like the bumps. Thanx!
I'm not Phil, but I do know him biggrin.gif , and I'd say 182 is too short.
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Thanx for the input, but unfortunately the 182 is the longest available :hopmad:

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