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98mm vs 116mm freeride skis

post #1 of 10
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Hi,

 

I'm looking at getting a new pair of skis to compliment my current Rossignol Super 7s.  I'm just getting back into skiing seriously after about 10 years of very casual skiing.  I ski mostly at Whistler and Blackcomb and spend as much of my time in the alpine as possible.  My technique as a skier is awful but I can get down pretty much anything on the mountain.

 

I really like my Super7s, especially when there's a bit of fresh snow or more.  Obviously, they suffer a bit on groomers and harder packed snow.  I was all set to get a pair of Experience 88s as a 2nd pair of skis until I demo'd them.  I just didn't get along with them.  I was catching my edge all the time and it was throwing me high side.  I really like the slarve-y style of skiing that the Super7s allow.  I'm now wondering if I should get something like the 98mm Sin7 to compliment my current skis?

 

Will there be enough differentiation between the two models?

post #2 of 10
E-88's and some coaching.
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

E-88's and some coaching.


What he said ^ if you want to stay with that brand.

 

There are a lot of great skis with a high 80mm waist, it comes down to personal feel on the ski. I like Volkl's, the Kendo is an amazing ski. How do your boots fit ? they are the most important part.

 

I'll be at W/B next week.

post #4 of 10

I'm a Rossi skier and have E88s. Like 'em, don't love 'em. Demoed the E100 this year and LOVED them. Perfect for a frontside charger and a good compliment to the Soul, FWIW.

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I'm a Rossi skier and have E88s. Like 'em, don't love 'em. Demoed the E100 this year and LOVED them. Perfect for a frontside charger and a good compliment to the Soul, FWIW.

 

Interesting.  What made you like the E100s so much more?  I'm shying away from them because they're apparently very stiff.  If I go with Rossi Experience, I might even get the E84s.

 

I'd like to stick with Rossignol.  No particular reason.  I just like the brand.

 

Boots fit well.  They're Scarpa Maestrale RS.  I had them heat formed and fitted when I got them.  I initially had regular Maestrale (not RS) in size 27.5.  Skied them a few times and realized they were too soft and too sloppy.  Traded them in for the RS version in size 27 and I haven't looked back.  Fantastic boots.

post #6 of 10
Wouldn't pick a Mistrale to drive the E100. Nope. RS either.
post #7 of 10

I think I would look about how I felt about the tail on the E88s.  Possibly not an issue for you but if you like slarvey turns then you can really notice getting on a ski with a fuller tail in bumps or breakable crust unless you are sizing down.

post #8 of 10
I'm thinking he likes the slarvey turns because there might not be other options. Could be wrong though. I'm piping in only because the E88, while not my personal favorite ski by any means (not that it matters of course), is still a versatile enough tool that it's one of the most frequently seen L2/3 exam skis in our region.
post #9 of 10

Whistler is having their Spring Snowfest April 8-17 and a number of ski reps usually show up for at least some of the event with free demos outside the Roundhouse.

 

IMO, limiting your ski selection to one brand is well, limiting.

 

At the demo centre where I work, among skiers who don't like metal in their skis, the Rossi Soul 7 was very, very popular, the Sin 7 not so much.

post #10 of 10
OP: Confused why you wear Scarpas for alpine skiing. More generally, agree with markojp; likely that your enjoyment of slarvey style + a very forgiving softer snow ski + flexy AT boots = mechanical problems driving narrower stiffer skis on firmer snow. E88's are reliable skis, big envelope, decent on firm. But also yeah, other fish in the sea besides Rossi.
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