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Skis for 6'6" 280# eastern skier who wants to go slower

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

Longtime lurker here. So much great information!
 

Me: 

45 years old

100% Eastern skiing on these (I rent if I travel)

80% groomers, 20% trees/crud

ski ~30 days/year

never raced

well fitted boots w/custom beds

Advanced skier

For the last 5 years I've skied Blizzard Magnum Ti 8.1s in 181cm.  These are probably too short. Most skis are when you're my size. ; )

 

I really like skiing fast, but had a decent crash a couple of years ago where I separated my shoulder and tore a meniscus. Since that I've slowed down quite a bit. So before, when I would usually be the first down the hill among my group, I'd like to focus on slowing things down this winter and improving my technique/skills.

 

So my question is this: What are some options for an all-mountain Eastern ski that might be a little softer, and help me focus on turns/technique rather than speed? And also work for my size? Tough for me at demo days because they don't usually have the longest size of any given model. 

 

Tried Volkl RTM80s and hated them; just didn't feel like they had any snap; very dead feeling.

 

I'm intrigued by Kastle, including the MX88, partly because it comes in a 188. I've also looked at some of the more all-mountain Blizzards like the Brahma. 

 

Thanks in advance for your suggestions,

John

post #2 of 13

Since you seem to be a Blizzy fan, try the "Bones" (Blizzard Bonafide). At your size they will give you the option of going fast or slow w/o feeling like you are on a wimpy noodle type ski. They are extremely easy to ski slow but do not get thrown around when the conditions get dicey (crud , chop, etc....) Have fun!

post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by Clydesdale66 View Post
 

Hi all,

Longtime lurker here. So much great information!
 

Me: 

45 years old

100% Eastern skiing on these (I rent if I travel)

80% groomers, 20% trees/crud

ski ~30 days/year

never raced

well fitted boots w/custom beds

Advanced skier

For the last 5 years I've skied Blizzard Magnum Ti 8.1s in 181cm.  These are probably too short. Most skis are when you're my size. ; )

 

I really like skiing fast, but had a decent crash a couple of years ago where I separated my shoulder and tore a meniscus. Since that I've slowed down quite a bit. So before, when I would usually be the first down the hill among my group, I'd like to focus on slowing things down this winter and improving my technique/skills.

 

So my question is this: What are some options for an all-mountain Eastern ski that might be a little softer, and help me focus on turns/technique rather than speed? And also work for my size? Tough for me at demo days because they don't usually have the longest size of any given model. 

 

Tried Volkl RTM80s and hated them; just didn't feel like they had any snap; very dead feeling.

 

I'm intrigued by Kastle, including the MX88, partly because it comes in a 188. I've also looked at some of the more all-mountain Blizzards like the Brahma. 

 

Thanks in advance for your suggestions,

John


You can not go wrong with a Kastle.  But if you like Blizzard, just from the reading the Brahma may be better in the Northeast. 

 

Good Luck and Ski Safe

post #4 of 13

Here is my $.02, I am oversized like yourself [6'4" and 275]. Something you may wish to consider if you want o slow it down and work on your turns is a Head Prestige. The Prestige is basically a Head Supershape Rally except much stiffer. The Prestige is a Euro model that can be had over here without to much trouble. The ski maxes out at 177 and is 77 wide with lots of side cut  [14.8r]. This ski is remarkably versatile, using the Head "Chip technology" to smooth out the ski over rough snow. The older Head Chip Skis had a tendency to be a dead in rebound, this version is not. Just a thought.

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks folks. Great thoughts so far. I'll look more closely at the Brahmas. Any thoughts on the Volkl Mantra? Fischer Motive 86?

post #6 of 13
Hi I'm a 6'6" 225 lb skier, but not advanced as you. I was on Rossi Experience 83 in 184 until this season. I demoed the Motive 86 last season and really liked it, but felt it was a little short at 182 cm. I also liked the E88 and Elan Amphibio 88 XTi in shorter lengths, so sized up on the latter to 186 cm for this season (if it will ever start here in PA!). Good deals on those right now. Would have tried a Mantra or an E100, but they didn't have those, and the Kendo was always out. Blizzard rep wasn't there to try a Brahma. Demo tents don't cater to Clydes.
post #7 of 13

I'm going to back pedal here on the Bones, after rereading your post and 2nd on the Brahma's.... as you did mention a focus on turning and technique. I went w/ the competition to the Brahma's, the Rossi E88. W/ my size (210 lbs 6ft) the E88s were less work than the Bones and made me focus more on technique similar to what would be expected w/ the Brahmas.

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Uncle-A View Post
 


You can not go wrong with a Kastle.  But if you like Blizzard, just from the reading the Brahma may be better in the Northeast. 

 

Good Luck and Ski Safe


I'll agree to that, can't go wrong with the Kastle MX88. And the 188 is made to order for a person your size. If you want to go Blizzard, ( Brahma or Bonafide) in a 187, just remember that they will ski somewhat shorter because of the rocker. The Kastle has no rocker, just traditional camber.

post #9 of 13

A vote for the Brahma too, they can take the weight and are very grippy.

 

As someone that was permanently in GS skis, I kinda liked it

post #10 of 13

Thoughts from another Clyde (6'4", 245lbs). I like race skis a lot, because they can take the force we can generate. But as an all mountain ski, they are too stiff and the SL's don't do well in deeper snow or mashed potatoes and the GS skis don't turn well at slow speeds, which is where you are trying to go. If the snow is soft, I ski a 100mm wide Ski Logik Chariot. They have a 188 cm length that would be very good. That maybe a bit wide for an icy day, although they are torsionally stiff and hold very well on ice. Probably makes more sense to stay in the upper 80mm wide range to get better hard snow performance. I have skied the Brahma's and I would recommend them. I bought a pair of Kastle MX78's in 184 cm and I like them a  lot. But for me they are more of a hard snow, frontside ski. They are softer than a race ski, which is good, and in between a SL and GS ski for turn radius.The MX 88's would be better as an all mountain ski, but not as quick due to their sidecut. They would be a good choice I think, but with one reservation. They feel a lot like a race ski, and really like speed. You will enjoy them more at speed than going slow, I personally wouldn't have the self control to ski them slow most of the time, you are probably different.

 

For going slow, you should read the reviews on Blister on the 80ish skis from last year. There was one, a Dynastar PowerTrack that was a little softer, better in deeper snow, and less top end. I have heard good reviews on it, so it might be worth a look. I also read the new Vokle Katana is much improved this year. I think Blister reviewed it. You can't go wrong with any of the skis mentioned, these days there a lot of great skis. 

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

Great stuff. Thank you.

post #12 of 13

 Did you get that knee fixed ?

 

Kyle

post #13 of 13

Ohhh ya 

 

BTW - Blizzard brahma at 187 but is in no way a softer ski..

If your looking for a little softer in my experience Kastle FX84's

 

Where are you in the Northeast ?

 

 

Kyle

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