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post #31 of 45

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Steve....trust me here....ditch the forged irons, get on ebay pick up a set of callaway x14 pro's. Forged feel with forgiveness. Be careful of shaft selection, some of em are fitted with rifle 6.0 or 6.5 which are mighty stiff for mere mortals. You can also purchase on www.callawaygolfpreowned.com if you are afraid of ebay. Cost just a bit more, but not much. You'll be 5 shots better immediately.

Do it.
post #32 of 45
Forged irons? Would you like some Olin Mark IV's, rear entry boots and a Jack Kramer racket to round out your equipment selection? Just kidding, I admire your tenacity. I pulled out my old Staff irons and an early metal wood a few years ago and realized how much technology has helped make the golf game more fun - skiing too.
post #33 of 45
Thread Starter 
Well, they aren't that kind of forged. Taylor Made 320s. I love them. Like butter. Just like my guitar, though, they're better'n I am.

PS Get back to skiing. I'm worse than 97% of the golfers out there.
post #34 of 45
Great review, Steve. It's good information on three of the four skis I want to demo.

Have you skied the Dynastar Legend 8000? How does it compare to the B5, HRTF, and AC4?

I'm on the Volkl Explosiv - which I love - but want something that is more lively and easier to swing in the bumps, and that holds better as the snow gets scraped off and icy. I'm leaning towards the HRTF (based solely on reviews: I have yet to demo it). However, I have skied the Legend 8000, and liked it. I'll demo them both, but I would be interested in your thoughts on the comparison between the 8000 and the HRTF.
post #35 of 45
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Colossus178, I skied the Legend 8000 last year (review here). The 8000 is a light-and-lively ski, but has a surprising dampness. A really nice overall ski, IMO, but doesn't have the single stand-out area as do the b5 (short radius carving plus versatility) or the HRTF (technique versatility, smoothness). Of all of them, the AC4 was my least favorite, FWIW.

What did you think of the 8000? I think it's probably livelier than the HRTF. The b5 is lively in a different ("Atomic") way.
post #36 of 45
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Also, you might want to consider the HR Nitrous in addition to the Top Fuel (same shape, no metal). Or even go narrower with the Eliminator.
post #37 of 45
Hybrids..they are the mid-fats of golf clubs. I love my Nike CPR's.
post #38 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by ssh
Also, you might want to consider the HR Nitrous in addition to the Top Fuel (same shape, no metal). Or even go narrower with the Eliminator.
I think I want to stick with the wider skis. It may be a misconception, or a product of bad technique, but it seems like, at my weight, it helps to have that little bit of extra width under me when the snow gets crappy.

I've read positive reviews of the Nitrous in here, and would demo it, but the only demo shop in town Banff that has Nordica skis only has the Top Fuel in 178s. The only demos they have of the Nitrous are 170s, which I think is too short for me.
post #39 of 45
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They probably are too short at 170, and I can see how the wider would be better. My thinking would be if you like the Top Fuel, though, you may want to consider the Nitrous as a solid option for you (it'll be more forgiving and probably even better in the soft snow/crud as a result).

Are you going to be at the ESA this year? Might be an opportunity to try them there...
post #40 of 45
Unless a miracle happens, I will be missing ESA this year.
post #41 of 45
Thread Starter 
Bummer... I was hoping to have a steak with you, again!

Well, hopefully the comments help, anyway.
post #42 of 45
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Originally Posted by ssh
(My other 2005/06 reviews are here.)

My own equipment (04/05 season): Tecnica Icon Race XT17 boots, 165cm Fischer RX8 Railflex II and 162cm Atomic Metron m:b5 skis, Goode and Leki poles, Marker helmet and goggles.
Steve, what model year are your RX8s and how have they changed over the past few years, specifically vs. the 2003-04 FTi models?
post #43 of 45
I own an 03/04 pair, and an 04/05 pair, and have skied this year's model as well. Basically these all three models are the same, except for the graphics.

The 03/04 does have a blank riser plate though, and my 04/05 came flat.
post #44 of 45
I know they're great on hardpack, but how would they perform in the occasional powder?
post #45 of 45
Thread Starter 
northeasterner, they are the same ski as the 03/04. They perform very well in all snow conditions, including typical Colorado powder (I skied them in up to about 18" or 24"), and cut-up. They are narrower, of course, so you'll ski more in the snow than on the snow (as you might with a wider ski).

But, they are lively and also smooth. A great ski for any kind of conditions, but I think especially well-suited to folks who ski largely in the East with excursions to the West.
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