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what skis do i want? [last purchase 15 years ago, northeast, 6'4", Volkl RTM?]

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I have not bought skis in over 15 years and a lot has changed!  i can ski steep tree glades and chutes, but spend 95% of my time on eastern hard pack/crud.  i want a ski that doesn't demand i ski hard, but helps me for the 4-8 double diamond mogul runs I'll hit when i go.

I am 6'4, 220lbs and think i need a 176cm-180cm ski, so hopefully i have that right?

I'm told Volkl rtm77 may be good, but see rtm 81, rtm 84 and all the other brands?  I'm lost!

i'd consider prior year models as i dont want to spend more than $400.  how do i make a decision?

post #2 of 10
Hit up a demo day and try everything! Skis have changed a lot since you last bought a pair.

I've learned from this forum to try before you buy. Every year there is a "hot" must have ski that everyone will proclaim the best ski eve made. And it'll be great for some folks, not so for others.

Besides, demo days are fun!
post #3 of 10
At your size and weight you need to be on a ski longer than 180 no matter what you buy.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

very much appreciate the advice and will find a demo day to do just that.

I'll try different models and different lengths.

post #5 of 10

There is not much sense in going to a demo day if your budget is $400. New Volkl RTM's with bindings will consume the better part of $1000, and, while there are less expensive new skis, there is nothing in that price range. You are not that much bigger than me, and, I think a hard snow carver in about be fine for your needs in the east. Epic has a used gear forum where skis with bindings  are sold, so, you might want to check out that forum. Also, check out the prior posts in the gear section for skis for eastern skiers or for bigger guys, there is a lot of great discussion available to help you on your selection. There are just so many options, but, again, your price point is pretty low. 

post #6 of 10

Step 1: Get a membership to Realskiers.com and look over their reviews that cover skis from 2000 to present day.

Step 2: Make a (long) short list of skis that are under 75 mm in width and have full camber - no rocker

Step 3: Narrow that long list down by turn radius - decision time (13 m good for slower speeds and tighter turns, 18+ m good for higher speeds and wider turns and moguls).

Step 4: find one of those many skis on sale, preferably a new ski still in plastic and with bindings, but a model from a few years back.

Get the longest  length that ski comes in.

You're welcome.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

thank you SO much.

some of this stuff is completely new to me and I'll research it in addition to looking for something from past years to meet my budget.

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

At your size and weight you need to be on a ski longer than 180 no matter what you buy.


Not true.  A narrow-ish ski made for the "95% of my time on eastern hard pack/crud" the OP will be on probably isn't even made in a 180.  I demo'ed the Head Supershape Rally and loved them so much I bought a pair.  The size they make for the biggest, strongest skier on the mountain is 177, which would probably be right for the OP, "6'4, 220lbs, double black diamond moguls."

 

In any case, Lost, demo.  Find the skis that put the biggest smile on your face while you're skiing on the snow you'll be on the most.  Do put the Rally on your demo list, but if something else works even better for you, great.  $400?  Unlikely that anything good can be found for that price unless it might be two generations out of date.  Most of what you'll find at that price are too low level for your skiing.  On line I found a set of Supershape Rally 177cm with very good bindings for $675.  You'll find equally good skis from other makers at a similar price.

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

I'm truly indebted for all of this great feedback.

The budget was based on an assumption I'd be buying used.

I will definitely find a demo day and test a bunch of skis this season.

Maybe I'll pick up a $100 pair online in the meantime that fit some of this feedback and then look to invest more after demoing new skis.

Assuming it's then helpful to others, I'll post the results of this soothers can share the benefit of this outcome too.  Thanks again to all.

post #10 of 10

Lost ... I'm a 6'-1 skier and ~250lbs.  I ski mostly in the west on softer snow ... but occasionally east coast boiler plate ice too.  I ski pretty much the same ski and these work fine for me  ...  Dynastar Mythic Riders in a 178 lgth and mounted with PX12 bindings. 

 

These skis are brutes ... but thru crud, hold a great edge on ice, are very stable at speed - yadayadayada.

 

E-bay has these all the time at great pricing ... check 'em out.

 

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