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Thread Starter 

Need help choosing a ski for my wife. Intermediate/Advanced but not aggressive. Typically on groomed, but gets dragged (by me) into trees and powder. Looking for carver primarily, but dont want to need to swap out if we get a dumping. 

 

Think i have narrowed to either:

 

Rossi Temptation 84

 

or

 

Dynastar Glory 84. 

 

Seem like similar skis, and I may be nitpicking. Anyone familiar with them and have any advice?

post #2 of 9
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Originally Posted by gregfman View Post
 

Need help choosing a ski for my wife. Intermediate/Advanced but not aggressive. Typically on groomed, but gets dragged (by me) into trees and powder. Looking for carver primarily, but dont want to need to swap out if we get a dumping. 

 

Think i have narrowed to either:

 

Rossi Temptation 84

 

or

 

Dynastar Glory 84. 

 

Seem like similar skis, and I may be nitpicking. Anyone familiar with them and have any advice?


Welcome to EpicSki!  You are correct that the Temptation and Glory are pretty similar.  I've been on both for a few runs at a Demo Day.  Knew beforehand that I generally like Rossi skis.  What skis has she been on so far?  Would also help to know what region you ski most often.  A choice for VT would be quite different than CO.

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for responding! 

 

Good question - We typically are in Utah and Colorado. The groomers are a little softer and easier to hold.

 

We have typically gone and rented demo skis for her when we travel, and I unfortunately have not kept track of exact models. The motivation is coming from this past season when we rented demo skis, and they did not have any available (despite our reservation.) I don't to be in that situation again!

 

Since you are a fan of Rossis, what do you see as the performance difference between rossi and Dynastar? Did you find one of the skis to be softer or more flexible?

 

I have also thought of the Volkl Yumi, but it has a longer turning radius, and I think that would benefit her if she were more aggressive in the fall line. That said, she tends to go across it (especially if steep) so I focused on shorter radius skis. 

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Completely understand having a problem renting demo skis.  That's why I bought  the Rossi Attraxion 8 back in 2010 even though at 75 underfoot it was a bit narrow for trips out west.  I was an adventurous intermediate at that point, and having my own skis even for days with 4-5 inches of fresh snow on groomers was nice.  I'm petite, so finding demo skis that were short enough was difficult back then, especially during late season.

 

For what it's worth, I don't like Volkl skis in general.  Too stiff I guess.  Now that I'm a solid advanced skier (Level 8 of 9), I can bend Volkl skis but would never buy one because it's not worth the extra work.  I've demo'd the Chiara, Yumi, and Kenja on short Mid-Atlantic slopes.  That said, I know plenty of women who love either the Yumi or Kenja.  They tend to weigh more than I do or are 4+ inches taller.

 

Haven't been on the Glory 84 long enough to tell much of a difference from the Temptation 84, which I checked out the season before.  When I demo in the Mid-Atlantic, I only take a couple short groomer runs (2-3 min) before switching out skis.  Only reason I didn't buy a Temptation to replace the Attraxion 8 was that I decided to get a ski in the Head Joy line instead.

 

For CO and UT, you may want to consider going a little wider since she does go off-piste.  My all-mountain skis are Black Pearls, 88 underfoot.  Don't hold as well on frozen groomers (late season early morning at Alta), but I was skiing the BPs in 6-8 inches of fresh powder before I had much experience with powder days.  Now that I've improved my skiing, I can ski the BPs in 12-14 inches of fresh just fine.  Although I usually rent something around 100 underfoot like the DPS Nina 99 or Nordica Wild Belle.  The surprise during my last late season trip was the Atomic Vantage 90W.  Holds really well on hardpack (for UT) groomers.

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by gregfman View Post
 

Thanks for responding! 

 

Good question - We typically are in Utah and Colorado. The groomers are a little softer and easier to hold.

 

We have typically gone and rented demo skis for her when we travel, and I unfortunately have not kept track of exact models. The motivation is coming from this past season when we rented demo skis, and they did not have any available (despite our reservation.) I don't to be in that situation again!

 

Since you are a fan of Rossis, what do you see as the performance difference between rossi and Dynastar? Did you find one of the skis to be softer or more flexible?

 

I have also thought of the Volkl Yumi, but it has a longer turning radius, and I think that would benefit her if she were more aggressive in the fall line. That said, she tends to go across it (especially if steep) so I focused on shorter radius skis. 


If you don't mind me asking, when was the last time your wife had a lesson?  Group or private?

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input. I don't know last time Meg had a lesson, but it's not critical to her. She just enjoys going out and skiing what she's comfortable with.

So you remember if one or the other was more flexible?
post #7 of 9

I have a hunch these are essentially the same ski, with different topsheets. Rossi and Dynastar have the same parent company, produce one racing series with two topsheets, and share a lot of other basic designs and materials. IME Dynastar, when it diverges in the wider models, tends to make somewhat or seriously stiffer skis, and can be more experimental with design parameters like rocker. If there's any doubt in your mind, go with the Temptation 84. It's a good ski. Incidentally, you're making a good call to stick to smaller radii. Easier to control on steep or firm surfaces, which for someone like your wife will trump powder or trees. 

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Between those two skis she'll be better off on the Glory if she's skiing groomers and the occasional trees.  

Ironically they are made under the same umbrella, but the Temptation is a little tighter turn radius and a little stiffer, not quite as friendly off piste.

The Glory is still good on groomers but is more nimble and versatile off piste.

Another ski you may consider is the Volk Yumi.

 

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Originally Posted by gregfman View Post
 

Need help choosing a ski for my wife. Intermediate/Advanced but not aggressive. Typically on groomed, but gets dragged (by me) into trees and powder. Looking for carver primarily, but dont want to need to swap out if we get a dumping. 

 

Think i have narrowed to either:

 

Rossi Temptation 84

 

or

 

Dynastar Glory 84. 

 

Seem like similar skis, and I may be nitpicking. Anyone familiar with them and have any advice?

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advice. Interestingly, the Glory is rated as a stiffer ski than the Temptation (although only by a small margin.) Sounds like its one of those where theres really not a wrong answer.I think the deciding factor will be which is easier to bend, and if all else is equal, price. 

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