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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I am looking to get new skis this year and am having trouble deciding what I should get.

I am 5'4" 135 lbs. I like to ski in the trees and ski the powder when I can find it. But when there is no good tree skiing or powder to be found I sometimes ski the moguls or the hardpack.

The Skis I was looking at were 2003 Volkl 724 Pro, 2004 Bandit B2, possibly the Atomic Metron M:EX but im not sure of the price of this ski.

As for length I was thinking about 160's. I can get the volkl in 163 and the B2 in 160, and I believe the Atomic comes in a 165.

Any advice would be great. Thanks.
post #2 of 21
All three are great sticks. Much different, but great. The 724 Pro is basically made of Volkl's GS Race construction with a wide waist. Fast and powerful. Good float, but not nearly as much as the M:EX. Stiff. Forget quick turns in the bumps. The B2 is much softer, and easier to ski. Smooth. Not as much speed as the Pro or the M:EX. Edges are not great in hard pack. The M:EX is a very good powder and crud busting ski. Widest of the bunch, thus much better float. Powerful, like the pro. A great western ski. Not the ski for eastern slopes
post #3 of 21
IMO go with the 724...Volkl makes an excellent ski that will last. If you're a strong skier go for mid 160s if you are not so strong lean towards 160.
post #4 of 21
My take on these skis is that you'll have your hands full with all of them at your size. I'd recommend something a little softer, yet still a great all mountain ride such as the Elan M666 or the Dynastar Legend 4800.
post #5 of 21
@ 135 lbs, I'd go for the Elan 555, not that you really need a ski that wide...What do you ski now?
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
Im skiing some old Volkl straight skis.
post #7 of 21
Another worthy ski to consider is the Volkl Supersport 5 Star. It is versitile with a 114 - 68 - 99 sidecut. I have found the ski manuverable in moderate powder, the wide heavier tip does not get beat around in crud, it is an excellent carver on groomed, hardpack and ice, and has a narrow enough waist to ski mogles. Probably in a 161 cm for you.

If you are comming off a straight ski, you will really appreciate what the shape of this ski does for you. With any of the skis you are considering, your skiing technique will change or adapt from the straight skis you are used to. I think you will find the transition pleasant. Consider a lesson to get the most out of a shaped ski and to get a head start on taking advantage of that new shape and turning power.
post #8 of 21
I'm about your size (5'6" 140 lbs). Havent tried the Volkl 724 but I know its a stiff ski. Skied the R:ex too stiff for me, though the M:ex is supposedly a bit softer. Tried the B2, great ski for my weight. Tried the Elan 666, liked it more than the B2, good float, as comfortable on the groomers as it is off piste. Great grip on ice and good at all turn shapes.

I think Coach is right, a softer ski will be more suitable for you. Unless you're the aggro type.
post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
Any other suggestions for a ski that would work well for me?

The store I am going to get boots from said they would give me a package deal is I buy my skis there too. They sell Volkl, Atomic, and Dynastar.

Any one have any comments on the Technica Diablo Fire?
post #10 of 21
Volkl 5 star in 160 should work very well for you, based on your weight and description of preferred skiing terrain. It is agile enough for trees, turns quickly enough for bumps, enough float for soft snow, great grip for east coast ice. Besides, it can cut a mean arc on groomed. I won't know how it compares to the other skis mentioned. Of course, much depends on personal preference.
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
Any comments on the Atomic R:9 or Atomic R:8?
Both these skis are on for good deals at a local shop.
Does anyone know the dimensions of these skis?
post #12 of 21
My 2003 Ski Canada Gear Guide lists the R:9 with 106-72-98 dimensions, with a radius of 19m @ 170. Lengths available are 150, 160, 170 & 180.

The R:8 is 112-72-102, with a radius of 16m @ 170. Lengths available are the same as the R:9.
post #13 of 21
salomon 1080 - in 161s
post #14 of 21
Try the B1's, think you might like it better than the B2's for all mountain. The B2's are a little damp and boring for all mountain.
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 
How would the metron m:11 be?
post #16 of 21
I think at your size and skiing habits the M11 in a 162 would be perfect.

I ski all over the mountain but recently I am getting more into bumps and trees.

I think the wide shape of the Metrons would be strange at first in the bumps if you ski with your feet close together.

I picked up 1080s for all bump days but will be on the M11s everywhere else.
post #17 of 21

late addition to the thread---

just made a late-season purchase, Volkl 724 Pro's in a 163cm, after falling in love during a demo day.

For the record, I'm an assertive experienced female skier, 5'4", 112#-- Have been on Rossi Bandit XX in a 170, after skiing a Volkl Super Carver in a 178--

So the 724's are the shortest ski, with the fattest waist, in my collection. They're super stable at speed [much better than the Bandit XX's]-- and great in untracked spring snow as well as hardpack.

Some forum folks have called them a stiff ski-- I like the Volkl feel, so may experience the ski differently: super smooth, responsive, versatile. I agree w those who say the 724 pro is one of the best midfat all-mtn skis--
post #18 of 21
Elan M666 Fusion in 168cm is your ticket. Volkl power and construction quality with better snow feel, easier turn initiation, and overall more fun.

Maybe Dynastar Legend 8000 in similar size too.
post #19 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by wizard
I'm about your size (5'6" 140 lbs). Havent tried the Volkl 724 but I know its a stiff ski. Skied the R:ex too stiff for me, though the M:ex is supposedly a bit softer. Tried the B2, great ski for my weight. Tried the Elan 666, liked it more than the B2, good float, as comfortable on the groomers as it is off piste. Great grip on ice and good at all turn shapes.

I think Coach is right, a softer ski will be more suitable for you. Unless you're the aggro type.
agreed esp on M666.

at 135 lbs "aggro style" takes the ski only so far. same for me at 160 lbs. I doubt someone at 135 lbs would spend much (if any) time overpowering the M666 at 168cms.
post #20 of 21
at 125lbs 5'5" i considering the 1080 for my bump, powder and tree ski.

What length should i be in? 151 or 161? what would be the benefit.

I already have an rx8 for groomer.

how is the M555 or M666 compared to the 1080
post #21 of 21

If you consider salomon

I's go with the Scream 10 Xtra Hot in 165,
Pocket Rocket in 161 or 1080 in 171.
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