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post #31 of 53
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I was looking for 184's. 

 

...Aaaaaaand i just ordered the 184's from Corbett's! Big thanks @GTski for the link. Got the 184's and the Attack 13 bindings. The nice lady i was speaking with convinced me i'd be happier with the 184's, mentioning her boyfriend skis the 184's and he loves them. Maybe I was subconsciously competing with her boyfriend. We make weird decisions sometimes.

 

Big thanks  for all the help and insight. It's gonna be a long 7 months, but maybe i'll start pre-season training a little earlier!

 

GR


​Nice, we're both happy :)  Did you get the Attack 13s from Corbett's as well?  I only saw them listed with 110m brakes on their website, which I thought was a bit wide for this ski.

post #32 of 53
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Happy indeed - here's to some great turns (or straightlines - go 184!!) for both of us.

 

Yup, ordered the bindings from them too. I actually ordered by phone, and the lady confirmed the brakes were too wide and that they'd replace them with proper-sized brakes free of charge.

post #33 of 53
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Happy indeed - here's to some great turns (or straightlines - go 184!!) for both of us.

 

Yup, ordered the bindings from them too. I actually ordered by phone, and the lady confirmed the brakes were too wide and that they'd replace them with proper-sized brakes free of charge.


Awesome ... just called them up and they said they have them in 95mm width.  Ordered.  My turn to thank you :).

Sales guy was super nice ... said don't trust the website to list everything ... they have tons od stuff, especially when it comes to bindings.  They also sell a lot on eBay under the name ASOGEAR, but prices there are higher.

 

I'll look for you at Whistler next ski season .... I know what your skis look like ;)

post #34 of 53
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Nice! Yeah, i'd seen that Asogear ebay page, prices were same as ours...but in USD :(

 

Likewise, and if this season was anything to go by, we'll probably be the only two on the hill with these skis!

post #35 of 53
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Originally Posted by ARL67 View Post

Also check out the Fischer Motive 86.
There is a review at Blister Gear with comparisons to the Brahma and PT89 and X-Drive 8.8.
There are full reviews of each of those skis at Blister.

Good luck in the hunt ! ~ Andy

Hey Andy, realizing i never direclty responded to you - i did check out Blistergear and thanks for the feedback!

post #36 of 53

Congrats on the purchase !

Corbett's is a great shop & great staff.  I visit there every 3 weeks or so to see what's up.  Thumbs Up

It's always tempted to buy something when there, especially now at end of season.

I am a sucker for buying stuff when it's on super sale .... must resist ! 

 

~ Andy

post #37 of 53
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Thanks! Oh yeah, Corbett's is definitlely gonna be on my radar now. I agree, every crazy-on-sale item is like finding a tiny powder stash....must resist, put credit card away...

post #38 of 53
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Just to close the loop, they arrived a couple of weeks ago, nice and freshly Glad-wrapped, should be a great "goldilocks ski"   ;)

 

post #39 of 53

Nice!  Mine came in also, was sad to move them down to the basement where they won't be seen again until November :(.

I'll wait until then to take the plastic wrap off.  Have you decided on a binding mounting position yet?  I've seen quite a few people suggesting +.5 or more.  I might do +.5 because apparently that is where Head moved it for 2016/17 on these skis.  I don't normally play with my mounting position.

post #40 of 53
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Nice - congrats! Yeah, likewise, it's gonna be a long wait til November, but just gonna focus my impatinence on building the strength up til then, turn these toothpick legs into, uhh, slightly sturdier toothpicks ;)

 

Heh, i have no idea re: mounting position. Moreover I'm considering buying new boots too - i've had my Lange Freerides for 10 years and the toe pieces are getting pretty thin - so i won't mount the bindings anyway until i decide on boots.

 

But i'm definintley a traditionalist and don't ski switch or anything, so i'd be hesitant to mount any farther head than recommended. But if Head themselves recommend 0.5 forward, i guess that's what I'd do.

 

 Anyway, at least we've got a full 6-7 months to go full "OCD" and discuss mounting options ad nauseum :P

post #41 of 53
.5 forward... at least.
post #42 of 53
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.5 forward... at least.


What's the meaning ?.....

post #43 of 53
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Originally Posted by GrandRoyal View Post
 

Just to close the loop, they arrived a couple of weeks ago, nice and freshly Glad-wrapped, should be a great "goldilocks ski"   ;)

 


Congrats Grand Royal ! BTW , what's the fat ski (left of the Monster)

post #44 of 53
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What's the meaning ?.....

I'll leave it to you. No time or desire to get into it with you.
post #45 of 53
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Congrats Grand Royal ! BTW , what's the fat ski (left of the Monster)

Thanks! 2014/15 Line Mr. Pollard's Opus, 185cm and heaps of fun in the deep stuff. 

post #46 of 53
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Update on my Monster 88's: they are indeed awesome. Two days at Whistler over the past week, very good early season conditions. Some chopped up powder, some bumps, some high speed groomers. The 88's are as burly and fast as I dare go, but still feel light enough easy enought to turn, thanks to the decent sidecut — exactly the GS/crud buster/“mach schnell” stick i was seeking. They basically feel like a lighter, more forgiving but still super-stable version of my old Volkl G4’s.

 

Also very happy with the 184 length so far. Still very easy to turn, so long as you stay on top of them and ski aggressively, which I try to do. I also ended up mounting them at the centerline - had read lots of folks preferring a more forward mount, but I figured I'm not a jibber and more old-school, and I wanted these for their high-speed stabiilty rather than maneuverability, so why not mount them as those racing-focused Austrians recommend. Great times so far, looking forward to breaking them in further :)

post #47 of 53
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Update on my Monster 88's: they are indeed awesome. Two days at Whistler over the past week, very good early season conditions. Some chopped up powder, some bumps, some high speed groomers. The 88's are as burly and fast as I dare go, but still feel light enough easy enought to turn, thanks to the decent sidecut — exactly the GS/crud buster/“mach schnell” stick i was seeking. They basically feel like a lighter, more forgiving but still super-stable version of my old Volkl G4’s.

Also very happy with the 184 length so far. Still very easy to turn, so long as you stay on top of them and ski aggressively, which I try to do. I also ended up mounting them at the centerline - had read lots of folks preferring a more forward mount, but I figured I'm not a jibber and more old-school, and I wanted these for their high-speed stabiilty rather than maneuverability, so why not mount them as those racing-focused Austrians recommend. Great times so far, looking forward to breaking them in further smile.gif

Great sticks but you are either an animal or you weigh 300!
post #48 of 53
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Great sticks but you are either an animal or you weigh 300!

haha, i'm definitely not an animal - just a weekend warrior, have some height at 6'2, but only 180 lbs.

 

Honestly i just like the feel of a longer ski that i know I can't possibly overcome, and one that will reward solid, er - "wannabe-racer" technique. i like going really fast but at the same time I get freaked out a little when I do, and so i feel like a more solid plank below me is a bit more of a safety net.

 

I also figure I've got other skis for the days where more maneuverability is required.

 

The elephant in the room is, of course, I could very well be equally happy on a 177 -- i mean its only 7 cm's. Who knows, with such a small difference, perhaps it's all in the mind!

post #49 of 53
You're a heck of a skier If You Can Dance on that one eighty four. I really wanted to get that ski but I just thought it was too burly for me and I've got you buy 10 pounds. I wound up getting the Kastle mx88 to replace my Kendo but I have not skied it yet.
post #50 of 53
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kind of you to say so, but keep in mind I’m also just over half your age at 37. Also, how tall are you?  if I’m not mistaken, that has more bearing than weight.

 

MX88 supposed to be a fantastic ski - have a feeling you’re going to love ‘em. I have not yet had the chance to try any Kastles, myself, though I came across an absolutely screaming deal on some FX 94’s last season, but balked at buying them without a demo.

post #51 of 53

Grand: I was out on my Monster 88's. They are a lot of ski... more than I's hoped for.  They GS really well and will be great in the looser off-piste... but I bet they will be a handful in the dense stuff.

post #52 of 53
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Grand: I was out on my Monster 88's. They are a lot of ski... more than I's hoped for.  They GS really well and will be great in the looser off-piste... but I bet they will be a handful in the dense stuff.

I don't doubt it. GS and looser off-piste is pretty much what I bought them for. For the deeper days or where I might be playing in the trees, I've got my line Opuses, which are Considerably wider but also more playfulI. I should also point out I'm fortunate to call Whistler my home mountain - lots of wide open spaces here to let the monsters run.
post #53 of 53
I loved my Monster 88's this last Australian winter. They were easy, natural, fun and confidence inspiring in conditions from wind-scoured boilerplate to boot-deep slush. I'm hardly the target demographic for them though, 54yo, 5'9", 260lb and a very ordinary intermediate. Still they seem to work for me in 170cm. I'll be taking them to Sun Peaks and Whistler this northern winter.
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