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Atomic Izor 9.7 Vs. Head i.XRC 800 SRF II

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Ok, this is another continuation from my threads "Buying Skis" and "Choosing Skis." I am so close to my decision I can taste my skis (I know how it sounds, wish I could think of a better metaphor too). It's down to the Izor 9.7s or the Head i.XRC 800s, just because that's what the store has. If you need guidelines just check out what I said about what kind of skier I am in my other threads, it also says what conditions I ski in and where. http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=31850
Thanks!
post #2 of 26
9.7, but I haven't tried either.
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 
1 vote for the Izors, on a side note: I'm also joining a ski race team this year and am really getting serious about my skis and how they perform.
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by JacksonVilla
1 vote for the Izors, on a side note: I'm also joining a ski race team this year and am really getting serious about my skis and how they perform.
Maybe the coach can get you a deal on a 9S
post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by Ghost
Maybe the coach can get you a deal on a 9S
Just because I want to start racing doesn't mean that I want to give up all mountain skis, check the link if you didn't already. It explains what kind of ski I want.
post #6 of 26
The Izor, because you can get the awesome NEox binding on them.

(Hey, it is as good of a reason as any )
post #7 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
The Izor, because you can get the awesome NEox binding on them.

(Hey, it is as good of a reason as any )
Actually, they come with the device 412 bindings.
post #8 of 26
Thread Starter 
Need some more replies (where are all those guys helping me out with the decision from my other threads??). It is 10:00PM where I live now, need them by 5:30PM tomorrow, thanks!
post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by JacksonVilla
Just because I want to start racing doesn't mean that I want to give up all mountain skis, check the link if you didn't already. It explains what kind of ski I want.
With the other threads in mind, you could hope for a deal on a z9 Oversize or a VS Oversize Ti. Spreading the cost over the life of the ski it's not that much more expensive.
Back to reality, I think the Izor 9.7 will deliver more than the 800, but the 800 will be a little more forgiving.
If money is a problem, then maybe consider this http://cgi.ebay.ca/NEW-Head-i-XRC-164cm-w-Tyrolia-FF8-LD-CarvePlate-13_W0QQitemZ8722267233QQcategoryZ62183QQssPageName ZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
post #10 of 26
Thread Starter 
Yes, I was hoping for some sort of miracle deal on the Rossi Z9s, but I don't think it's in the cards. Looks like the Izors will be in my possesion.
post #11 of 26
Thread Starter 
Still looking for a few more opinions.
post #12 of 26
JV,
I skied the Head iXRC 800 all last season and started again on them this year. This is a great groomer ski! I ski in the PNW and we get all types of conditions and these boards really excell on-piste. I have not had any problems with the skis or the Tyrolia SRF I bindings.

They are definitely a quick turning ski and don't take much more than a twitch to change direction. That can be a problem if you're not totally balanced and you put them on edge. They will turn and leave your body behind!

They do well in other types of snow too but only up to 4"-6" of lighter snow otherwise they are too turny and I get tossed around a bit. Any deeper than that and you have to change your skiing style to be more of a 'glue booter'.

I pretty much ski the whole hill, so I can say that the Head XRC 800 ski works well all around the mountain, including the bumps, the trees, any groomed trail and off-piste to a certain extent.

I have not skied the Atomic 9.7's but you probably can't go wrong in choosing either one.

Good luck in your decision,
Alice
post #13 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by gorGomyte
JV,
I skied the Head iXRC 800 all last season and started again on them this year. This is a great groomer ski! I ski in the PNW and we get all types of conditions and these boards really excell on-piste. I have not had any problems with the skis or the Tyrolia SRF I bindings.

They are definitely a quick turning ski and don't take much more than a twitch to change direction. That can be a problem if you're not totally balanced and you put them on edge. They will turn and leave your body behind!

They do well in other types of snow too but only up to 4"-6" of lighter snow otherwise they are too turny and I get tossed around a bit. Any deeper than that and you have to change your skiing style to be more of a 'glue booter'.

I pretty much ski the whole hill, so I can say that the Head XRC 800 ski works well all around the mountain, including the bumps, the trees, any groomed trail and off-piste to a certain extent.

I have not skied the Atomic 9.7's but you probably can't go wrong in choosing either one.

Good luck in your decision,
Alice
Thanks for the advice, they sound great! I'm still not sure on my decision and now I'm adding the Head IM Monster 70s to the mix.
post #14 of 26
JV,

I demoed the Head Monster im75 last season (I know that's a little different that the 70, but still the Monster series). What a solid ski that was. I took it anywhere on the mountain and it blasted through everything without flinching. However, it was not as quick turning as the Head i.XRC 800 or the Rossi B2 that I tried that same day. I liked the B2 better because I like the quick turning, but it definitely had a lower speed limit than the Monster 75's.

They both felt solid underfoot but the Rossi turned easier and smoother, while the Head Monster ski was for all-out gangbusting through anything at high speeds.

Just my .02
Alice
post #15 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks again! Still looking for imput from others! Just an add-on Alice, any other skis you demoed that were good all-around the mountain skis? (please read my skiing level, etc. on the link if you haven't already, thanks! You have been a real help!)
post #16 of 26
JacksonVilla:

I bought the Atomic Izor 9:7s with the 2006 Neox 412 binding and have been on them this year. You can see my review in the ski gear reviews.

I really liked the Izors because they were light, versatile, stable, and lively. They also seemed to have great edgehold, although I have yet to try them on real mid-January type hardback/ice. I also prefer the adjustable nature of the Neox bindings, you can move them front to back in 1/2 cm increments.

Finally, the Izor's dimensions suit me for my all around skiing here in the Northeast.

You've got some nice skis to choose from on your list. I wouldn't go too crazy. My guess is any one would be great.

One final thing about the Atomics. They have the ski-3 guarantee which means you can ski them 3 days and if you don't like them, you get a full credit towards another, different pair of Atomics. Granted, you'd have to get another pair of Atomics if you didn't like the Izors, but it's a nice guarantee and made my purchase easier.

Good luck!
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by Roadking
JacksonVilla:

One final thing about the Atomics. They have the ski-3 guarantee which means you can ski them 3 days and if you don't like them, you get a full credit towards another, different pair of Atomics. Granted, you'd have to get another pair of Atomics if you didn't like the Izors, but it's a nice guarantee and made my purchase easier.

Good luck!
Return them, then you can get some Metrons like you should have in the first place
post #18 of 26
Phil:

I had the Metrons and really liked them. I like the Izors a bit better because of the lighter weight, ease to turn, etc. I'd love to see the Izor's construction applied to a Metron-shaped ski. I think Atomic could be headed that way given the investment made in the Izor-nano technology.
post #19 of 26
Thread Starter 
So out of the Izors, Monsters, and XRCs I should stick with the Atomics? Any other comments for the Monsters or XRCs?
post #20 of 26
Out of those THREE (NOW), I would pick Head i. M72., but I'm just going by reviews I've read.
post #21 of 26
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghost
Out of those THREE (NOW), I would pick Head i. M72., but I'm just going by reviews I've read.
By Monsters, I meant the IM 70s (that's all the store has).
post #22 of 26
I would still take the monster at 70.
post #23 of 26
Thread Starter 
Which would be the fastest (and stablest at high speeds) ski out of the three?
post #24 of 26
From the reviews I've read, Monster i.M 70 SR2, but be careful, this is not the Monster M 5.70 or M 3.70.

EDit: I haven't skied any of them so I'm just reading between the lines on the reviews. They are probably so close in terms of speed-limits that you might as well flip a coin.
post #25 of 26
IMHO you will have to go to 1100 or equivalent if you want stable at speed, but maybe that's just me.
post #26 of 26
Thread Starter 
Just picked up my brand new Izor 9.7s! I'm glad with my choice and as soon as there's snow here, you can expect a full review for those interested.
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