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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
My wife and I have been skiing (on rentals) for last 8 years apprx 10-15days per yr. I rate myself a level 6/7 intermediate and my wife 5/6. Both ski double blues and single blacks. Ski mostly WV but have made it out west several times. We want our own skis and I have found this forum very helpful in my research. We ski groomed runs only and want a ski that can handle crud. Not really interested in deep snow or trees. Here's what I am considering for myself/wife:

Dynastar Skicross 9 / 8
Dynastar Omecarve 9 / Exclusive 8
Dynastar 4800
Fischer RX6 / RX4
Head iC160 / iC Lightning

Any of these any better at handling softpack, hardpack/ice, crud and occasional fresh powder?
Any and all input welcome. Thanks!
post #2 of 22
I would say those are all great candidates. You are going to hear the demo, demo, demo chants as everyone does when asking this question, but the skis on your list are good starting points.

I might suggest adding the Atomix SX:9/C:9 to your list or K2 Omni 5.5, but I'm not sure they are really much different than anything you have there already.
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
I also checked out a gear review in skipress and they have the Fischer S-Move listed as all terrain cross. Haven't been able to find much info on these skis.
post #4 of 22
I think the Fischer S-Move line is a bit lower market than a lot of the other stuff that you were mentioning. If I were you, I'd keep with the RX line for their skis (or perhaps one of the narrower bigstix if you want a bit more of a crud ski)...

-Craig
post #5 of 22
You might be able to find the Dynastar SkiCross 9 at your local Sports Authority. I found a pair for about $145. Another poster in this forum says that you can find them for $99. The manager at the store might also give you a good price for skis and bindings. See the various Sports Authority threads in this forum.

YSAMV (Your Sport's Authority May Vary) and good luck!
post #6 of 22
Damn, $99 for the SkiCross 9 is a great deal!

But I just check the Sports Authority in my area(NYC), and they've packed up all their skis for the season I wish I found this out earlier...
post #7 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by SouthrnSkier
My wife and I have been skiing (on rentals) for last 8 years apprx 10-15days per yr.
Wow! I only know Whistler rental rates and my math might be weak but couldn't you have purchased several pair of skis with the money spent on rentals?
post #8 of 22
Welcome to EpicSki, SouthrnSkier!

Demo, demo, demo is for sure.

Also, this time of year ebay and the web specials can give you some great prices (note that observation is totally contradictory to the advice to demo, demo, demo, but, hey, whatever).
post #9 of 22
Skis is spelled skis not skies. I have seen this over & over on the site!
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldSchool
Wow! I only know Whistler rental rates and my math might be weak but couldn't you have purchased several pair of skis with the money spent on rentals?
Don't remind me
post #11 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomicman
Skis is spelled skis not skies. I have seen this over & over on the site!
& is spelled and.
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Craig W
I think the Fischer S-Move line is a bit lower market than a lot of the other stuff that you were mentioning. If I were you, I'd keep with the RX line for their skis (or perhaps one of the narrower bigstix if you want a bit more of a crud ski)...

-Craig
How do the bigstix drive compared to carvers? Do they require more effort? Slower on edge?
post #13 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomicman
Skis is spelled skis not skies. I have seen this over & over on the site!
Don't you mean "sight"?

I've seen it, too. It is a bit of a weird word for spelling. But, sunny skies are bright, while Atomic skis are a delight. :
post #14 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by SouthrnSkier
Dynastar Skicross 9 / 8
Dynastar Omecarve 9 / Exclusive 8
Dynastar 4800
Fischer RX6 / RX4
Head iC160 / iC Lightning

Any of these any better at handling softpack, hardpack/ice, crud and occasional fresh powder?
Any and all input welcome. Thanks!
Nice list. I'd add Elan S10/S8 to the list.
post #15 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomicman
Skis is spelled skis not skies. I have seen this over & over on the site!
You misspell a lot, A-man! C'mon! Ok, at least you know the sky from the snow unless it's white-out!
post #16 of 22
ski, skis, skiing, skier, skied
(posessive) ski's, skis', skier's

sky, skies, sky's, skies'

And if I spelled anything wrong above, shoot me.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by telerod15
You misspell a lot, A-man! C'mon! Ok, at least you know the sky from the snow unless it's white-out!
On the contrary, my spelling is impeccable, my typing sucks!
post #18 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by ssh
Don't you mean "sight"?

I've seen it, too. It is a bit of a weird word for spelling. But, sunny skies are bright, while Atomic skis are a delight. :
Wonderful!
post #19 of 22
Dynastar SC 9 - Great ski. It will ski well traditionaly if you haven't yet discovered the carved turn. This ski loves speed and in some respects needs it to get the most out of it. Carves medium to long turns. Not really a lot of fun at slow speed.

Dynastar Omecarve 10 (Same ski as the 9 w/ a beefier plate) - GREAT ski for eastern skiing. Great edge hold. Loves speed but also alot of fun on the greens. Designed for short turns but handles longer turn well. Must be on edge. This ski is designed to carve, carve, carve. Doesn't skid well. Ski it traditionally and you will probably be dissapointed. However, if you are transitioning to carved turns, probably a good choice because turn initiation is incredibly easy. Good luck with your decision.
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
What about the K2 Apache X? Checked out the local ski shop and they have K2 Apache X including binding for $570.
post #21 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by SouthrnSkier
How do the bigstix drive compared to carvers? Do they require more effort? Slower on edge?
they're not for intermediates, that is for sure.
post #22 of 22

Stable, crud busting, slop cutters of 2005

My quest this season was to find a very stable, crud busting, slop cutter that could hold an edge on New England hard pack. I also wanted the ski to be as quick and nimble as possible.
I demoed all season. I went to all the free demo days. And did pay demos where you can try as many skis as you want all day long. Here are my results in order of best (these are all great skis for slop and crud):

1.) The Dynastar Legend 4800 - WOW! This ski does it all exceptionally well. My ability level improves on this ski. Very stable, even while plowing through end of day spring slop everywhere. I felt relaxed while plowing through junk. Nice hard pack grip. Exceptionally nimble for a 74 under foot. Skis nice hard or easy. Very fun to ski. One thing, I find that shorter sizes than you'd think work the best. For me 165. The whole ski feels like it is a sweet spot.

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