Originally Posted by walriss
I was looking for a replacement to my Volkl P50 Platinums, and was looking to go shorter in length and looking to get a ski with a liking to make shorter turns but still able to crank out longer turns on hardpack, I really wasn't looking to go towards a race ski. I wanted an all-day ski, not something I need to be on top of all day. The RX8 seemed like it would be that ski. A little sticker shock however. I really didn't want to pay 800+ bucks for new skis and haven't seen any used. I can get a deal on Volkls, Atomics or Dynastars, but as Murphy's law would have it, I like the ski I can't or at least haven't found any deals.
Yes, the RX8 is much more of a "1-quiver" ski if you want an all-mountain capable ride that holds like glue on ice and is very stable. One of our most popular skis (along with the Fischer RX9, Elan S12 and 666, and K2 Apache Recon). I wouldn't take the RX8 too lightly though-it still needs some skill and energy to stay on top of. It is definitely a high performance and very rewarding ski.
I used to own the P50 Platinum, and the RX8 is a much turnier ski, with a snappy slalom feel (vs. the long-turn, GS feel of the P50). The RX8 is much more fun IMO, and a better tool for a skilled skier, although it doesn't like to skid like the P50.
What length do you need? Sorry to turn this into an ad, but I just so happen to have a pair of 2005 flat RX8's in 170cm if you are interested, as well as a pair of RX8's from last season in 170cm with Railflex (both pair are new, the only difference is the graphics between last season and this one). We are asking $450 for the new pair w/binding from 2004, and $400 for flat pair of 2005's (I can get a railflex binding on there if you want). I can probably get you another length as well. Let me know if you are interested!