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Help me pick a ski! [for upstate NY, to replace Head skis from 2004]

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I have a dilema.

 

Today I own Head Monster M75 with the chip from about 2004. They have served me well for many years, but I've found that I like to make quick agile turns and they are better suited for carving. I've also found them not as stable as I'd like(Maybe I should sharpen my edges occasionally)

 

I ski in upstate new york, smaller mountains where it's way more fun to be able to make lots of turns rather than bomb down the hill. I consider myself an intermediate-Advanced skiier. I only go 6-7 times a year

 

Last season I Demod a Head iSpeed Supershape and LOVED it. But it was too short(163 vs my 170 m75s), still I loved the agility, espec through the woods.

 

these are my questions:

 

The iSpeeds felt incredibly solid underfoot, and I could feel the ski reach the end of it's turn and when I needed to go into my next one, I dont get that feeling with my monsters. what causes this? is it just my skis not being sharpened as often as the demos? 

 

What other skis should I consider? the iSpeeds are nice, but they may be a bit expensive, and maybe too much ski for me.

 

Do I really need new skis or would butting more maintenance into mine make the difference?

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I'm sure others with more experience than me will chime in, but here's my take:  if you haven't maintained your skis, a fresh good tune will do wonders.  BUT...the new developments in skis I find are nothing short of amazing.  I buy new skis maybe every 6-8 years, and when I do I find them easier to turn, capable of higher speeds, and overall make my skiing better.  Last year I bought a pair of Fisher Motive 95s based on review people posted here on the forum.  My last pair were Fishers and I loved them so I figured it was a safe bet.  My main intent was to get something wider for deeper snow and crud (I usually ski on the edges of the trails around here in the Poconos).  The surprise was how well they performed in every condition, except for very hard hardpack.   Even in icey bumps they worked great.

 

So if you can afford new skis, get them, but try to demo first to see what you like, and then buy exactly the size your tried.  Sometimes that next size up or down will feel quite different.

And don't be afraid to downsize the length to gain turn quickness.  The speed capabilities of new technology is amazing.  You liked what you tried, right? Don;t get hung up on the thought that they can;t be right because they are shorter than what you think you should be skiing on.

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