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Ski that likes to go slowly?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I read in so many reviews "this ski likes to go fast", " most people won't take advantage of the speed of this ski", etc.

I almost never see "this ski loves going slowly", with " and can respond when you accelerate ".

For wont of a better analogy, I want an ultra smooth ride. A Bentley, or top end exec saloon. (Not that I ever drove any of them). Smooth around town, effortlessly quick on the motorway.

Suggestions please? Thanks.
Edited by failtocrushit - 12/31/15 at 10:10am
post #2 of 12
I taught and demoed most things at very slow speeds on Head Titans. They go fast well too.smile.gif
post #3 of 12

You are correct in saying that most reviews assume people will always test the top end of a ski, but fail to mention how the ski will perform on a mellow blue run while the owner is skiing with a kid or their glacially-slow wife. :D  I still want the ski to be fun at slower speeds and lower angle terrain.

 

I read a few reviews of the Elan Amphibio 88 xti that say that it performs well at all speeds and can make turns or varying radii equally well.  Also, I vouch for the Nordica NRGY 90 & 100 as skis that you can cruise around at lower speeds and it will be enjoyable. 

post #4 of 12
This is a great question. I have fun on Line SFB's at slower speeds when the snow is soft. You can play around on the edges and slide more than carve. And you can practice switch and go for 'jibbyness' but not in the park. In general I'd think that you would want a ski with a softer flex that is easy to bend and carve if you want but is easy to break the tails out and make looser turns too. Twin tips make sense. Though I haven't skid many, a fully rockered ski might also fit the bill.
post #5 of 12
Tune is important.
post #6 of 12
you might want to check out the 2016 Salomon X Drive 8.0 ti
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Shawn W Satch View Post

You are correct in saying that most reviews assume people will always test the top end of a ski, but fail to mention how the ski will perform on a mellow blue run while the owner is skiing with a kid or their glacially-slow wife. biggrin.gif   I still want the ski to be fun at slower speeds and lower angle terrain.

Spot on. Thanks for the recommendations.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by ajcolorado View Post

This is a great question. I have fun on Line SFB's at slower speeds when the snow is soft. You can play around on the edges and slide more than carve. And you can practice switch and go for 'jibbyness' but not in the park. In general I'd think that you would want a ski with a softer flex that is easy to bend and carve if you want but is easy to break the tails out and make looser turns too. Twin tips make sense. Though I haven't skid many, a fully rockered ski might also fit the bill.

I love the idea of playing around on park skis, while my family ski. Would I be able to put in a few serious laps at lunch time?
post #9 of 12

The SFB's are all around really fun everywhere on the mountain as long as the snow is a little soft. They are stiff enough with camber underfoot to feel lively.

I'm on the 108's from last year, but this year's 104's might even be better. 

The only thing I miss is stability at high speed on hard snow, but that is not what the Bacons are made for... so I'm keeping an eye out for something playful like the Bacon but that is a little more stable and 'carvey' on hard snow. The Moment PB&J & Blizzard Peacemaker are on my short list of skis to try that might fit this category: all mountain skis that are also fun with the family at slow speeds.

post #10 of 12

Somebody on this forum that reviews a lot of skis frequently mentions that they mostly ski pretty slowly.

 

I'll take a stab in the dark and say maybe @Holiday?

 

In my experience, skis that aren't super damp are more fun at slower speeds.  A poppy, metal-free ski more likely than something with two layers of titanal separated by rubber damping layers.

 

For example, my Nordica Patrons are metal free, and are a lot more fun and energetic at lower speeds than my Line Influence 115s (plenty of metal in those).

post #11 of 12

Any ski responds to the energy you put into it.  Skis, in any manufacture's line, are made softer as they're made shorter / stiffer as they're made longer.  Go too long, get too stiff, and the skis need more energy input into them to respond.  Go just right and the ski responds at any speed.

 

I know the Head line better than others, so here's this--the Head Prestige:

"Style, performance, and timeless design are the key elements of our thoroughbred Prestige. It is a high-end ski thanks to our performance-enhancing Intelligence CHIP technology. With stability, speed, and agility, the Prestige also packs Metal Power Tubes that deliver perfect edge-to-edge power transmission and grip for an ultra responsive and energetic ride."

Sounds like a banker & broker ski.

http://shop.head.com/us/prestige-5.html?___SID=U

 

I'm on the Head Supershape Rally on groomer days, and I really like this ski at all speeds.  I'm 180# on a 170 cm.

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the recommendations. I have to try the Supershapes. Everyone raves about them.
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