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Just purchased a place in Colorado so I'm not going to be stuck with my 1 ski quiver. Currently have 2013 Bonafides that I love. I'm a heavier guy (5'11", 230) but ski a bit shorter ski. Have always preferred the nimbleness of a shorter ski. Tried Volkl Mantras but they were a bit too stiff for me, then tried the Bonafides and loved them. Ski a bunch of groomers with the family. Only time I don't love them is in deeper snow when I seem to really catch the tips on turns from the tips submarining on me.

Will be looking for something to give me more float in powder when we get a decent 6"+ day, good float to handle my weight, and not too stiff.

What should be on my short list?
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Well, this question has been asked a bunch. Even recently, so a bit of search function use will turn up the usual suspects with respect to general design preferences and specific skis. That said, two things:

 

1) Do not confuse length with nimbleness - or lack of it. Within the bounds of reason, a longer powder oriented ski can be way more nimble in powder than a non-powder oriented ski. 

 

2) Since you asked - my usual suggestions would be Praxis Protests (187 or 192) or Praxis Powderboards (190). (note that I am a Praxis fan- so I recommend those a lot :D )

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Originally Posted by jpaschal01 View Post

Just purchased a place in Colorado so I'm not going to be stuck with my 1 ski quiver. Currently have 2013 Bonafides that I love. I'm a heavier guy (5'11", 230) but ski a bit shorter ski. Have always preferred the nimbleness of a shorter ski. Tried Volkl Mantras but they were a bit too stiff for me, then tried the Bonafides and loved them. Ski a bunch of groomers with the family. Only time I don't love them is in deeper snow when I seem to really catch the tips on turns from the tips submarining on me.

Will be looking for something to give me more float in powder when we get a decent 6"+ day, good float to handle my weight, and not too stiff.

What should be on my short list?

 

A Volkl One or Two definitely fits your description of good float and not too stiff.  Whatever you get, don't go too short, as you'll still suffer from the same tips diving issue.

post #4 of 6

At 230lbs you do want some float.  The Praxis are a great suggestion, as would be skis more in the 124+ underfoot range.

These in the 191 would be a smart move: https://shop.on3pskis.com/collections/powder/products/cease-desist

Last few seasons I was 15 lbs lighter than you (lost a bunch of weight this year) and my powder ski of choice for resort skiing was the Atomic Automatic at 117 underfoot. and the 193 length.  My point being, I am 5'10" and a long ski is the right call for powder if you are a heavy guy.  Don't buy to short.

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Originally Posted by spindrift View Post

Well, this question has been asked a bunch. Even recently, so a bit of search function use will turn up the usual suspects with respect to general design preferences and specific skis. That said, two things:

 

1) Do not confuse length with nimbleness - or lack of it. Within the bounds of reason, a longer powder oriented ski can be way more nimble in powder than a non-powder oriented ski. 

 

2) Since you asked - my usual suggestions would be Praxis Protests (187 or 192) or Praxis Powderboards (190). (note that I am a Praxis fan- so I recommend those a lot :D )


I did do a search but didn't find what I was looking for. Maybe I'm not techie enough!

I didn't do Protests or Powderboards, but your suggestion got me looking at Praxis skis. I wasn't very familiar with them so I did a bunch of research and then asked them for their suggestion based upon the things I was looking for. Gave them a bit more info than I included above. Keith suggested the RX based upon my requirements. Did more research and decided to pull the trigger. Signed up as a first time customer and got 15% off the preseason sale price. Then got a email tonight from Keith letting me know that since the skis weren't in stock yet, they would let me pick from their custom top and base options. That is awesome customer service! Now I can't wait for the first mountain trip...Thanksgiving can't come fast enough!
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Nice!  Please post some comments when you've skied them some. I'd be curious to hear your impressions. My favorite skis ever are the Protests and Powderboards - but the RX has a loyal following as well. Which is pretty obvious from some of the comments over at TGR. 

 

For my .02, it never hurts getting suggestions from the guy who designed the skis and may end up building them as well...and whose skis have routinely been on FWT podiums (despite a marketing and team budget that rounds off to about zero).

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