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Salomon X-Drive 80 Ti Skis vs. Head Rev 80s

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

I am a low intermediate skier who is looking to really improve my skills over the next 2 or 3 seasons. I'd like to purchase rather than to keep on renting. While I'd prefer to "buy up" to the next level of skis so I do not outgrow them as I improve, I also don't want to buy something completely outside of my skill range. Hopefully you guys can point me in the right direction. I already have my own boots that I got fitted a couple of season ago.

 

I am looking to buy skis from past seasons to save some money. <$350 ideally.

 

  • Skill level: Low intermediate (I ski blues out west and easy blacks/blues on the East Coast).
  • Terrain: On-piste groomers, mostly east coast but occasionally out west. Icy conditions at times.
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 160-165

 

I'm considering puchasing these two skis and wanted to get a sense of if either one is a terrible idea based on what I outlined above:

 

Salomon X-Drive 80 Ti

Head Rev 80

 

Would like to find a balance between a ski that will keep up as I get better but also don't want to risk unnecessary injury due to getting something too advanced. I am thinking 170ish cm and 75-80ish mm width.

 

Thank you for your advice.

post #2 of 6

Welcome to Epic.  First thing you need to do is read this, http://www.epicski.com/a/ski-boots-the-most-important-piece-of-gear-you-will-own , then go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology.  The check the "Who's Who" to see if there's a bootfitter listed near where you live or near where you normally ski.  Without boots that fit your feet properly buying skis is pretty much a waste of money.  Boots are way more important.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thank you. I edited my original post to mention that I already have boots. I had gone to a well-regarded bootfitter and got a pair that fits great. I have been using them for a couple of years with no issues. Much better than rental boots.

 

Now I'd like to get some skis too, partially to save money in the long run, partially to improve my skiing experience.

post #4 of 6

The Head Rev 80 will work.  If you can demo skis you might try to demo the Head Strong Instinct Ti.  I demoed this last season the Copper Mountain industry demos and was impressed enough to buy it.  I'm 5'7", 150 pounds and have the 170, but I think you might be better off with the 177.  The ski is 83mm underfoot, has some rocker and has a pretty big sweet spot and it is fun to ski.  It won't punish you if your technique isn't at the expert level, but as you get better it will reward you.  The better the input the better it responds.  I own several skis this is my choice if I'm skiing mostly groomers and bumps and don't want to be required to drive the ski 100%.  I wouldn't recommend the Salomon as it requires a higher level of input than the Rev 80 or the Instinct.  It is a good ski but you need to have a higher level of skill than you indicate you have.

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks. I probably won't be able to demo before I buy. The Rev 80s seem to be much less expensive than the Head Strong Instinct Ti (probably because it is this year's model).

 

If I go with skis without bindings (like the Rev 80s), it sounds like bindings (~$100) + mounting (~$50) will run me an extra $150. Does that sound right?

post #6 of 6

Doesn't the Rev 80 come with bindings?  I though it did.

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