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Thread Starter 
Hello everyone. I have been reading this site for many weeks now and I must say it is a pleasure to be among like minded enthusiasts.Now let me tell you all,who care to read, about myself and my current equipment. I am 45, I am 5/9"and 180lbs ski hard, and ski the blues and blacks at most resorts I visit. I dont know what level that puts me at but I would consider myself an expert skier. I can only manage up to 10 days if I am lucky. I live in Toronto and ski Blue Mountain the largest we have. Have skied Fernie, Le Massif Treamblant. I have skied Xscreams,and now am skiing BanditXX 184 with Marker Demo bindings. Now I keep thinking I need a different ski to ski better. I would like to go out west or ski out east where its steeper and deeper. So here are my possible choices. Dynastar 8000 with the 79mm waist at 176, Elan777 or 666 both at about 176 and Fisher Big Stix 8.0.Or maybe I should use the money for a trip instead. Than you all inadvance who respond, your opinions are most welcome. Marko
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skinut59,
You have to buy the ski for the conditions you will most often encounter, i.e. Blue Mountain type conditions. You can always rent fat skis when you go out west. For our conditions, what you need is something like an Atomic SX11 (if you can carve a turn), Fischer RX8 or maybe WC SC (I don't know your ability, but assuming your able). These skis will give you a little more bite than what you're used to, but aren't that hard to ski. From what I've heard, the Nordica Top Fuel is also a good bet, and might just possibly be not too shabby in the deeper snow as well.

BTW you should try out some skis from the demo hut at Blue Mountain. Just leave your skis there and borrow their's for an hour. It's a good way to get a sampling of some new skis.
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Thread Starter 

Thanks

I have read a few other threads about the Nordica Top Fuel sounds good to me. Gets me more waist under my boots and still seems to maintain good radius overall for good carving. I do like to ski the crud and choped up soft stuff. Here in southern Ontario when powder comes it gets gromed quickly and tracted out fast. Few untracted lines here,so I ski the sides and a few less travelled lines. The Top Fuel sounds like a better option than the Dynastar 8000 as an all round ski . One question, is the Top Fuel a 04/05 season ski or 05/06 season model? Thanks Marko
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You are the exact same dimensions as me. I also skied the Bandit XX's at 184 and in retrospect they were too long for me. I am now on Pocket Rockets in 175 and love them, they have improved my skiing. Keep in mind I am an EASTERN skier.

Alfonse
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Originally Posted by SKINUT59
I have read a few other threads about the Nordica Top Fuel sounds good to me. Gets me more waist under my boots and still seems to maintain good radius overall for good carving. I do like to ski the crud and choped up soft stuff. Here in southern Ontario when powder comes it gets gromed quickly and tracted out fast. Few untracted lines here,so I ski the sides and a few less travelled lines. The Top Fuel sounds like a better option than the Dynastar 8000 as an all round ski . One question, is the Top Fuel a 04/05 season ski or 05/06 season model? Thanks Marko
Top Fuel is a 05/06 model. I got mine in March and loved them. I demoed the Dynastar 8000, I liked them ok, but not nearly as much as the Top Fuels. I'm about the same size and age as you and ski them at 170cm. I know that seems like a big drop when you're coming off 184cm, but I find them extremly stable at speed in 170. They also come in 177cm.
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170 or 176?

Highpeaksdrifter. Hello. You said your Top Fuels are 170. I am 180lbs. 5'9", are you around the same dimentions? I was only thinking of going as short as 176 in whatever pair I buy. But I may be misguided in my choice. I do like to ski the trees and they can be tight in the east,14cm could make it alot smoother. Thanks,Marko.
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Skinut59, I'm 5'8", 185 lbs. and an expert skier. I ski at Whiteface the majority of time. 170cm works very well for me. A Nordica tech I know is bigger then me and a former racer and he skis the same lenght. You can get them in 178cm, but I think you'd like them better at 170cm.
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178 Nordica Hot rod top fuel

If you need a pair in a 178, I have a pair sitting around .
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I don’t know Gator, so I’m not trying to pimp for him, but asking $699 is a great deal (swap forum). Unless you are a ski professional (pro form) you won’t find these cheaper anywhere at the start of the season.



Gator, once these skis are reviewed in the mags you’ll do better to put them on ebay. These are going to be one of the hottest skis on the market this season.
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As I wrote in another reply I am looking for something in the 176 or less range. I realize a deal may be good but a good deal money wise may not be good skiing wise. Besides Gator I am sure you will sell them of quickly.
post #11 of 13
Buy your next ski in 170cm, 176 is to much ski for you. The 170cm will be snappy and fun. That a lesson when you get them. You'll be a happy skier.
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Originally Posted by SKINUT59
As I wrote in another reply I am looking for something in the 176 or less range. I realize a deal may be good but a good deal money wise may not be good skiing wise. Besides Gator I am sure you will sell them of quickly.
UR right and I was only suggesting that they r a good buy for someone. Buying the right ski in the wrong length to save some $ is never a good idea IMO.
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Nordica Hot Rod Top fuel

I am thinking I might be better off to wait until next December or so to sell them .
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