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New ski purchase is driving me insane.

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

I just want an all mountain ski for my skill level but at this point I'm on information overload. You are my last resort.

Stats

5'8

169lbs

40yrs old

Expert and very aggressive in all terrain, except power.

East Coast mainly, with a couple trips out west.

Current skis, Dynastar Sultan 80 165... I know please save to comments about these hahah. Although, I do like them but a little heavy and short.

Average budget.

 

If you are my skill level,just give your favorite skis a shout out. This will help me greatly..

 

Thanks!!!!!!

post #2 of 25
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Originally Posted by talleneast View Post
 

I just want an all mountain ski for my skill level but at this point I'm on information overload. You are my last resort.

Stats

5'8

169lbs

40yrs old

Expert and very aggressive in all terrain, except power.

East Coast mainly, with a couple trips out west.

Current skis, Dynastar Sultan 80 165... I know please save to comments about these hahah. Although, I do like them but a little heavy and short.

Average budget.

 

If you are my skill level,just give your favorite skis a shout out. This will help me greatly..

 

Thanks!!!!!!


Hey, talleneast, welcome to Epic!

 

You've come to the wrong place to avoid information overload! If the thread heats up, you'll get plenty.  

 

Do you have a waist preference? Are you looking for an all-mountain, one ski quiver? Do you have strong carving skills and are looking for a ski to support that? Bumps and trees?  Something on the stiff side, or a bit more finesse?  Turn radius (sl-like or gs-like or . . .)?  

 

A little more information might help to narrow the field.

post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply. Yes, the definition of insanity ......doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result during ski shopping!!!

 

 

I would like to step up waist to 90 plus, yes, all mountain and do have good carving skills with SL being a preference vs GS. I ski trees,moguls and like to go fast on groomers. I feel my whole life I have skied a stiff ski and don't really know what a lesser stiffness performs like. Like I said earlier, I'm very aggressive and rarely ski slow or at moderate speeds. Will a softer ski handle my habits?

I am not partial to any one manufacture.

Thanks again

post #4 of 25

Paging @mtcyclist, @Philpug, @Whiteroom, and, say, @beyond, for starters.

post #5 of 25

Most all-mountain skis that would support your agressive style and terrain wishes (Blizzard Brahma, Salomon X-Drive 8.8) have quite a long radius.

 

I would suggest the Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS on account of their ability to handle high speeds and agressive skiing very nicely, but the waist width might not be what you are looking for...

 

Perhaps the 'old' Völkl Kendo (i.e. 2015, 2014 or 2013 model), but they're the same story as th X-Drive 8.8 and the Brahma I guess...

post #6 of 25

Head Supershape Rally 170 cm and rent out west when there's a powder day.  You like to carve and you like SL skis and you live in the East so you will be much happier at 76 mm than 90+.

post #7 of 25
+1 for the Head Rally. A great eastern ski. Similar is the Fischer Progressor F19. Or go for an all mountain ski with a width between 80 and 90. Like a Rossi E88, Fischer Motive 86, etc.
post #8 of 25

In the 90s range, if you're going that way, you might at least demo the 2017 Nordica Enforcer 93.  It's available to buy now, so I assume there'll be demos available this spring (if there's skiing this spring — no guarantees there).

post #9 of 25

IMO, if your looking for a ski for mainly eastern skiing, you want something in a sub 80 waist. 

post #10 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone,this is helping.I'll keep you posted on what I buy and report.
post #11 of 25

Nordica Enforcer 93.

 

Volkl Kendo, check out http://www.skiessentials.com/outlet/clearance-skis.html

 

You should be able to find what you want there.

 

Google the ski you want for reviews.

post #12 of 25
Thread Starter 

Actually the Kendo is one of my picks that my local shop has. It would be nice to buy from them. Thanks

post #13 of 25

Yup......Kendo.  It is basically a softer wider GS ski.  Tons of fun. I may spend 95% on a slalom ski, but if I could only have one ski it would be the Kendo, or something similar in dimensions and construction.  It truly handles any of the conditions that are experienced here in New England.  Pete

post #14 of 25

Head Rally is a great hard snow ski.  Shorter turn radius but stable at speed and in longer turns but not the best for powder or crud.  I have a wider ski that I use for those conditions but due to length and construction are not as good on hard snow.

 

If you ski most of the time in the east my advice is to get a ski that is optimal for that and rent a different, wider ski for the west or those rare powder days or buy a second pair when you can afford it.  One ski quiver is somewhat of a myth because there are always trade offs.

 

Bill

post #15 of 25
Just got a pair of last year's Rally's, and brought out to Vail on this trip. I'm 165 lbs and got 177cm length. The snow because of the freeze thaw that is occurring now with the conditions is a bit crusty off the groomed. I'm sure there are better choices for this type of condition but the Rally is functional and fun off piste but really shines on groomers and bumps.

I have 170 cm Magnums and I think I actually like the Rally more even on the groomed and for sure the bumps. Maybe it's the slightly larger turning radius on the Rally I like more which is a preference thing.

But IMHO lots to like with the Rally , very versatile and easy to ski and tons of fun.
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity View Post
 

Nordica Enforcer 93.

 

Volkl Kendo, check out http://www.skiessentials.com/outlet/clearance-skis.html

 

You should be able to find what you want there.

 

Google the ski you want for reviews.


Go for one of their ski/binding combos and you'll have one less decision to make. 

post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post

Just got a pair of last year's Rally's, and brought out to Vail on this trip. I'm 165 lbs and got 177cm length. The snow because of the freeze thaw that is occurring now with the conditions is a bit crusty off the groomed. I'm sure there are better choices for this type of condition but the Rally is functional and fun off piste but really shines on groomers and bumps.

I have 170 cm Magnums and I think I actually like the Rally more even on the groomed and for sure the bumps. Maybe it's the slightly larger turning radius on the Rally I like more which is a preference thing.

But IMHO lots to like with the Rally , very versatile and easy to ski and tons of fun.


Couldn't agree more.  Always have a smile of my face skiing mine.  I also ski the 177s and love them for hard or groomed snow.  Gave up bumps for old age and injuries.

post #18 of 25

I just demo'd the Kicker POTUS Saturday.  Pretty sweet ride for east coast cruising, great for hardpack, cord, and chopped up crud, etc..

post #19 of 25

If you're looking for a 90mm+ ski with a groomer bias that will handle speed--Volkl Mantra. If you want something soft enough to ski bumps and handle powder when you find it, Blizzard Bonafide. There are plenty of other choices of course, but I only comment on skis I know personally. If you search you should be able to find a thread in the last couple of years comparing the various 95 ish skis. 

post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by talleneast View Post

Thanks everyone,this is helping.I'll keep you posted on what I buy and report.


Wonder what happened. FWIW, at your size (I'm lighter too) you will not like a 90+ skis for trees and bumps that you can also carve fast on groomers. Just ain't happening.

 

Personally, if I could own one ski for the east, it would be something like a Titan, MX78 or FX84 (some still around), or a Blizzard S8. If you held a gun to my head and said it would have to be over 90 mm for all those heavy snow dumps we get :rolleyes, scream on groomers and still be happy in bumps, I'd go for a Stockil 95, Kastle FX94 (also still some around), or I'd shout, "Look, a UFO," and stick a Brahma under your feet before you could complain it's not 90 mm. If you want, OTOH, more time in the trees and bumps than screaming, The Ski for sure. 

post #21 of 25

Mantras are great skis and 2 of my sons ski them out west but it is an entirely different ski from the Rally.  I personally love the Mantra but would not want to ski it as a hard snow ski in the east.  I gave up trying to find the mythical 1 ski for everything and have 2 and would have at least 1 more pair if I were younger and skied west more than I do.

 

Bill

post #22 of 25
Thread Starter 

Update!!!!

Purchased a pair of 172 Salomon 8.8fs x-drives after reading this review and others http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2014-2015-salomon-x-drive-8-8-fs

This ski seems like it fits my skiing and as most mentioned its under 90 waist. Thanks for the recommendations. I leave for Park City tomorrow to try them out. If your thinking "why would he trial a new ski on his only western ski trip?", I'm thinking the same thing..hahah Hope they work. I'll report back with results.

Thanks again

post #23 of 25

Good review from blister, I have not had a very high opinion of Salomon's mid-fats of late.

 

I find this interesting, " (Or if you ever wished the Kendo was just a bit more substantial, the X-Drive 8.8 probably ought to be your next ski.)"

 

Let us know how they are on the firmer snow if you get to try them on that.

 

Hope you have a great trip.

post #24 of 25

demo

post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by hirustler View Post
 

Head Supershape Rally 170 cm and rent out west when there's a powder day.  You like to carve and you like SL skis and you live in the East so you will be much happier at 76 mm than 90+.


Great idea.  Rent powder skis on the rare powder days.

 

I moved my bindings on my Rallies two notches forward of the factory marks, and I like how these ski perform much better.  Better tip bite, better all around including high speeds.  I haven't yet had the opportunity to try them in any soft stuff.  With bindings on rails, move them, find your best spot, if you don't like the result, move them back.  20 seconds.  No problem.  I like the Rallies tuned with 0.7° bottom bevel feathered to 1° near the tip & tail, and 3° sides.  From the factory they were cupped and needed a bottom flattening (great job by Alpine Pro in Blackcomb).  After than, and moved the bindings forward---great fun!

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