Originally Posted by waxman
if it's the perfect ski, buy it, simple. with all the rave reviews here and elsewhere why would you seek something else? sorry i don't get it.
I wish it was as simple, but I don't have the funds to pay top dollar for a pair of skis. The cheapest I've seen them is $600 and I just don't have that much cash to drop. I'm more in the market for something used or leftover from last year.
Basically the skis that I'm seeing good deals on are the Machete Sin, the Atomic R:EX, and the Volkl G4. A couple others that I think I could get a decent deal on if I can find some are the K2 Axis XP and the Elan 777.
I did get to try a few skis last weekend. The caveat is that these skis are supposed to be for powder and crud. I saw plenty of crud, but no powder:
Volkl Karma (177): Very easy turn initiation yet I could tell at the end of a run they took a lot of energy to ski, very damp. Needed speed to arc through crud, otherwise it seemed like they couldn't make up their mind. Decent edge grip on hardpack.
Elan 777 (176): Carved amazing arcs through crud and hardpack. Amazing edge grip for a ski that wide. Tail was a bit stiff. I could handle it no problem, but I didn't get a chance to see how it treated me on steeps.
Fischer Big Stix 8.0 (170): very light, too soft for me, got hung up in crud, extremely quick, would be great bumps for a moderate width ski if snow wasn't going to be wet and heavy
K2 Apache Recon (174): carved smooth arcs, fairly quick, no rebound energy. This would be the narrowest ski I'd consider because I'm looking for decent (not great) powder performance.
I haven't tried anything else in the ~80mm range other than the Legend 8000. I skied that in a 165. Too short for me, but I could tell it had that blend of stability and energy that other Dynastars have, and they had great edge grip and carving ability for a moderate-width ski. I currently ski on a pair of Dynastar Ski Cross 66's. What I like about them is that they're stable enough for me, have excellent edge grip, good crud-busting ability for a narrower ski, and they have a ton of rebound energy on medium size turns.
I'm 5'7", 150 lbs. Like to ski fast, medium to large turns when I can, but that's not an option sometimes in some chutes and trees, which I do enjoy. These skis will be almost exclusively for off-piste stuff in northern vermont and out west (wherever there's enough snow to warrant using them).