Apropos of the thread on R:ex and on women's fat skis (not fat women's skis ) , and in light of my ongoing search for new skis, I sent the following query to betaracer (no reply yet- he is probably busy). I am posting it here with the hopes of some expert input from the rest of the Bears. Anyone know anything about this AT and tele version of the R:ex, and whether it can be used by someone light in weight in an alpine setup?
|I demo'ed the R:ex last week (168 cm)and liked it alot (somewhat to my surprise, because I thought it would be "too much ski" for me- I am 5'8", but only 125 lbs (kind of a marathon runner's build), level 8 skier) I like to ski the back bowls at Vail, hike-to terrain at Breck, etc, and am currently on 4 year old Volant Ti Power carves, which I still like, but am interested in something fatter that would still give me all-mountain versatility.
Someone suggested that I also think about the TM:ex, as it is essentially the same ski, but just slightly softer. Others said it is exactly the same ski(??). I cannot tell from the Atomic brochure too much about it- does it have the same basic construction (what is Beta-4/ AFT chassis vs Beta technology; what difference does a Texalium 100 vs 200 topsheet make?) I know that people mount Daimars on the TM:ex, but can you mount a conventional downhill binding? Does the tech need to do anything different (I assume that the markings for mounting points are not the same)?
What do you think? Should I just go with the R:ex, or pursue this (an added incentive- I found the TM:ex on sale for about $360, about $100. less than the Rex)?"