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Searching for a gear guru [replacing 2006 Head i.xcr]

post #1 of 12
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Hello!
It's time to refresh my gear, but I am incredibly specific. I am currently skiing on a pair of head i.xrc from 2006 that are about to die frown.gif. I have been reluctant to replace them for the last 4 or 5 seasons because I love them so much, but I need a backup because I am expecting them to explode and lose a tip with every turn these days.
I have always been impressed by these skis. I like a short ski (I'm 5'6" and I ski on 154) with a tight radius that's rigid and heavy. The wood core of this ski has toughed it so well through the years and is just as exciting a ride as the first day I used them. The edges are going and the core is exposed in places but there is still so much pep in these skis it makes me dread shopping for a replacement. I want a ski that will be just as fun and resilient but where to start? It seems the technology has changed quite a bit since I bought these and I would like the input of people who know the skis I have, the way the equipment has evolved and what is on the market now that would be similar. Anyone have some advice for me?
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Hello!
It's time to refresh my gear, but I am incredibly specific. I am currently skiing on a pair of head i.xrc from 2006 that are about to die frown.gif. I have been reluctant to replace them for the last 4 or 5 seasons because I love them so much, but I need a backup because I am expecting them to explode and lose a tip with every turn these days.
I have always been impressed by these skis. I like a short ski (I'm 5'6" and I ski on 154) with a tight radius that's rigid and heavy. The wood core of this ski has toughed it so well through the years and is just as exciting a ride as the first day I used them. The edges are going and the core is exposed in places but there is still so much pep in these skis it makes me dread shopping for a replacement. I want a ski that will be just as fun and resilient but where to start? It seems the technology has changed quite a bit since I bought these and I would like the input of people who know the skis I have, the way the equipment has evolved and what is on the market now that would be similar. Anyone have some advice for me?

 

Hi kateo7, welcome to Epicski!

 

We have an article about posing questions like this here: http://www.epicski.com/a/five-key-questions-when-buying-new-skis

 

People are likely to be able to help you better if you can supply the answers to those five key questions here.

 

Also, if you don't mind, I'll add a little info to your title so that people can understand what you're looking for.

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
A-ha !
Well I live in Montreal,Quebec, Canada so I'm skiing mostly in the laurentians and eastern townships.
I tend to vary widely in my terrain however it all tends to be in the hard packed vicinity. I love to muck around in the woods and find whatever sparse loose snow I can, even if it is only found off run sometimes. But as it is in Quebec, no matter what you do or where you go over the course of a run you will be at some point skiing on hard packed groomed terrain at various inclines.
Depending on snow fall I usually try to ski at least 20 days a season. The last few years have brought no snow and lots of rain so I haven't skiied much in the last two years.
I would consider myself quite advanced. I raced for 7 years, coached by an uncle who coaches the highest level of coaches. My family is a ski family so I've become quite comfortable on skis. I'm almost more stable on my skis then in my running shoes everyday. smile.gif
I am 5'6" and weigh 130lbs
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A-ha !
Well I live in Montreal,Quebec, Canada so I'm skiing mostly in the laurentians and eastern townships.
I tend to vary widely in my terrain however it all tends to be in the hard packed vicinity. I love to muck around in the woods and find whatever sparse loose snow I can, even if it is only found off run sometimes. But as it is in Quebec, no matter what you do or where you go over the course of a run you will be at some point skiing on hard packed groomed terrain at various inclines.
Depending on snow fall I usually try to ski at least 20 days a season. The last few years have brought no snow and lots of rain so I haven't skiied much in the last two years.
I would consider myself quite advanced. I raced for 7 years, coached by an uncle who coaches the highest level of coaches. My family is a ski family so I've become quite comfortable on skis. I'm almost more stable on my skis then in my running shoes everyday. smile.gif
I am 5'6" and weigh 130lbs


Seems like I heard there was a ton of snow in Québec en fin du saison. March, perhaps, or April. My friends were making me jealous (right @qcanoe?)

post #5 of 12
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I wouldnt say a ton.. There was some late snowfall. The hill I usually go to didn't have a great season. There were some days but nothing super special.
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I wouldnt say a ton.. There was some late snowfall. The hill I usually go to didn't have a great season. There were some days but nothing super special.


Where do ski then, normally?

post #7 of 12
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Bromont usually. For easy proximity and decent price on an "almost all the time" pass.
I used to ski at tremblant which was also where I learned to race but the prices have gotten outrageous and it has become quite a bit more commercial and like a big resort than the way is was. I still go to play on my old favourite runs when and opportunity is convenient. With work I don't have a lot of free time so it's hard to get out to the hill sometimes frown.gif. Oh the days of 60 days a season and the most important responsibility being your GPA are long gone. Adulting doesnt have many snow days
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Bromont usually. For easy proximity and decent price on an "almost all the time" pass.
I used to ski at tremblant which was also where I learned to race but the prices have gotten outrageous and it has become quite a bit more commercial and like a big resort than the way is was. I still go to play on my old favourite runs when and opportunity is convenient. With work I don't have a lot of free time so it's hard to get out to the hill sometimes frown.gif. Oh the days of 60 days a season and the most important responsibility being your GPA are long gone. Adulting doesnt have many snow days

 

Yes, true. Sad.

 

I've never skied over the border. Maybe this season. I have friends who want to do February at Le Massif or Mont Ste. Anne.

 

Good luck with the ski search!

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Le massif is my favourite. Highly recommended !!
Thank you smile.gif
post #10 of 12

What number/colour iXRC?  

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
Orange. i.xrc. there is no number. I believe it was the first year they had the model.
post #12 of 12
Aha. I ask because the first 1100/1200s, the sandwich layups (marked SW) and the black ones (1400, mostly with chip) all three had a different feel from ^that^, and there was also an intermediate 800-level that one wouldn't expect to keep for 10 years, but stranger things have been heard of on this board.
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