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Recommendation: Firearrow 84 EDT or Pro Size 76, 184

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Thread Starter 

48 Male, 5'8, 220lb hopefully 210 soon.  Expert Skier my whole life.   Had 3 back surgeries, but still going strong.   Mostly skiing Colorado Summit county.   Have some Kastle FX104 184 for day with some snow.... Also some Volkl Gotama 186 and some High Society wide skis (125 waist, 186 length)  which I almost never use unless there is >12" snow.

 

Looking for some new front-side skis.

 

I have Nordica Hot Rod Jet Fuel 178 currently.  Previously had an earlier Hot Rod Jet Fuel 184, but after back surgery, they were kind of heavy and maybe a little long.  I wasn't quite as strong as I used to be.

 

I really like the Nordicas a lot.

 

I was thinking either Nordica Firearrow 84 EDT or Pro in a 176 or 184 size.   I've seen the 84 EDT at a really good price for 184, but that may be too long for me.

Not sure if Blizzard has an equivalent ski.   Definitely want something with Titanium, 84-88 waist

.

 

Any suggestions?  Anyone skied the EDT 184? 

 

Jeff

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Well, if you are holding out for a ski built with actual titanium you are going to be waiting for a while. The 'Ti' that manufacturers always reference is 'Titanal' which is an alloy of aluminum... but whatever, ski with metal, got it.

 

I would say that at 5'8" and having already owned the Jet Fuel, I'd say you kind of know what the right choice is... it's not the 184cm. 

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Given your history with the HR Jet Fuel 178 vs 184, definitely go with the 176 EDT (not sure about the Pro - haven't skied it, only the EDT).

The EDT really skis long - my 176s have more running surface/edge than many skis in the mid-180s. Even at  your weight/size, don't be tempted by the discount on the EDT 184s. 

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Well, if you are holding out for a ski built with actual titanium you are going to be waiting for a while. The 'Ti' that manufacturers always reference is 'Titanal' which is an alloy of aluminum... but whatever, ski with metal, got it.

I would say that at 5'8" and having already owned the Jet Fuel, I'd say you kind of know what the right choice is... it's not the 184cm. 

176 is spot on... the 84 EDT is a big boys ski. Only a couple areas in N.A? That I'd even think about longer, but there are plenty of great GS skis for that.
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I agree that the 176 is the right length for you.  I'm a big FA 84EDT fan and spent two days skiing the 176 at Bridger Bowl two years ago after demoing the 168 and loving it.  I'm 5'7", 150 pounds, upper end of advanced I guess.  I had no trouble with the 176 but it was more work for me than the 168 so I bought the 168.  It is a fabulous ski.  I skied the Pro once and didn't get the same adrenaline rush as I get with the EDT.  I've also demoed the GT 84, alleged replacement for the FA 84EDT, and was not impressed.  There should be plenty of good deals on the 176 since the Fire Arrows are all discontinued beginning with next season.  

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Thread Starter 

ok.. thanks guys... 176 is it.   I kind of thought the 184 was a little too much.   Maybe if I was 25 again....

 

I do love charging almost race skis so really looking forward to these.

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I'm skiing on the FA 84 EDT currently in 176.  I'm 5'10 and around 165.  I really really like the ski.  As an east coast

skier, I'm mostly on hard snow, sometimes broken crud and occasionally, some new snow, but rarely anything over a few inches.  For

those skiers who can put the ski on edge and really step on it, well, it is just super.  I have read reviews saying the ski needs lots of speed, and obviously, speed helps the skier develop pressure, but I have also enjoyed just making big carvey turns on not so steep runs.  I do think that the ski really rewards skiers who can aggressively bend the ski.

 

But, here's another idea.  I spent a few days at Whistler in March.  I demoed the Nordica Fire Arrow 80 TI in a 180.  I really liked it.  Remember, they had a really good year and I think it snowed every day we were there.  So it's kinda tough to say how good it'd be on really hard

snow, but I can say it comfortably handled everything we skied.  The thing is, in softer snow, broken up snow, slop etc. this ski was much more forgiving then my EDT.  I think, if you encountered some really hard, eastern like snow, you could still work it pretty well, but if I was living Colorado, I think the Ti might be a better ski for the typical conditions.

 

Just an observation.

 

If you go ahead with the EDT, I'm sure you'll love it.

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Anyone know how the FireArrow Pro compares?  I've seen some really good deals on the firearrow pro.  I'm assuming the pro is going to be very similar to my Hot Rod Jet Fuel.   If I went with that, 176 or 184?  I'd lean towards 184 because of my weight.  176 just seems short to me.

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It won't give you the adrenaline rush the EDT will.

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