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post #1 of 18
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Hello all--I need some help in selecting some skis.

I used to ski about 20 days a year from age 5-21 but have only been out on average two days a year for the last 10 years and have not skied in 3 years. Only skied shaped skis a couple times.

I'm moving to Zurich in a month, however, and am getting back into it.

I am 6' 6", 205 lbs. I used to be a level 8 skier, but now probably closer to a 7 but would like to get back closer to level 8, but will never really be overly aggressive on the toughest runs like the old days.

I just recently got a new pair of boots and got a custom footbed and I'm excited how comfortable they are.

So now I need some skis. Used to ski straight edge 198cm and have been told I should go with 180-185cm shaped skis. I prefer the shorter skis as I'm not exactly built like a tree trunk and would prefer skis that I don't need to overpower, but I want something stable for relatively high speed carving.

Also, I'm on a budget and will not be able to get anything from the 2006 season and am OK with used skis.

Skis I have been counseled on are the following:

2004 Atomic SX:9 Blue
2005 Atomic SX-9 Orange
2005 Atomic SX:10 Blue
2002 Salomon Crossmax 10 Pilot

Also have a buddy who told me to take a look at the Rossignol Bandit X or XX or potentially the B1.

Please help me out as, at best, I will have one day to demo before I move...Thanks in advance.

Oz
post #2 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ozzy911
So now I need some skis. Used to ski straight edge 198cm and have been told I should go with 180-185cm shaped skis. I prefer the shorter skis as I'm not exactly built like a tree trunk and would prefer skis that I don't need to overpower, but I want something stable for relatively high speed carving.

Also, I'm on a budget and will not be able to get anything from the 2006 season and am OK with used skis.

Skis I have been counseled on are the following:

2004 Atomic SX:9 Blue
2005 Atomic SX-9 Orange
2005 Atomic SX:10 Blue
2002 Salomon Crossmax 10 Pilot

Also have a buddy who told me to take a look at the Rossignol Bandit X or XX or potentially the B1.

Please help me out as, at best, I will have one day to demo before I move...Thanks in advance.

Oz
Hi Oz,

I'm your size and have a few suggestions. The Atomic SX:9 & 10 are not particularly versatile and require some skill and attention without delivery as much performance, so I would not put these at the top of any list. The crossmax is a good ski but a little soft for your size.

I would consider the Dynastar Skicross 9 or 10. There are many available at great prices. They deliver great performance in a wide range of conditions and are not overly demanding to use;

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-2004-DYNASTAR-Skicross-9-All-Mountain-Skis-Size-178_W0QQitemZ8731387134QQcategoryZ26349QQrdZ1QQcmd ZViewItem

They do require look or Rossignol bindings. The 10 needs the Look Pivot or Rossignol Axial, the 9 takes those bindings and the Look Nova and Rossignol Axium.

The Head Monster 70 is another very good ski.

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Head-2005-Monster-i-M-70-RF2-Skis-177cm-w-sld11-bnd_W0QQitemZ8729069901QQcategoryZ62183QQssPageNam eZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

These and the Dynastar are wider than the Atomic SX and perform very well on all snow conditions.

Enjoy Europe,

Barrettscv
post #3 of 18
Agree on the SX -- they are one trick ponies and demanding. They can be frustrating to ski unless you're a perfectionist, and they are not versatile.

Atomic metrons are versatile and worth checking out. Very many good reviews on this forum. For my east coast packed-powder biased skiing, I have been real happy with the Fischer RX-8. It's an awesome carver, but has done fine in powder and mixed conditions too. It has awesome grip on ice, which is important to me.

Other skis on my short list were the Volkl "star" series. They have various models that will suit your skiing needs.

Craig
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the help. Dynastar vs. Head vs Metrons...

If I go Metrons, which model should I go with? Will the M:10s be enough for me or should I go with something different?

How would these compare with the Dynastar and Head suggested above?

Again, I'm on a budget (would love to go skis and bindings under $350) and am happy buying skis in good shape off EBAY.

Thanks again in advance for the help.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 

Could get a good deal on used 2005 Dynastar SkiCross 9 178s

What do you all think? Are the 178s too short?
post #6 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ozzy911
What do you all think? Are the 178s too short?
On hardpack the size would be OK. Easy to turn, quick edge-to-edge.

Crud should be OK too; but don't expect much float in deeper snow,

Cheers,

Barrettscv
post #7 of 18
If you want the Ski Cross 9's, I think you'll be hard pressed to beat this deal.
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by Coach13
If you want the Ski Cross 9's, I think you'll be hard pressed to beat this deal.
And that ski has the universal plate... always a money saver.

Cheers,

Barrettscv

P.S. Coach, my son & I really enjoyed our new Fischers (RX-8 & WC RC).

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=32523&highlight=Barrettscv+Fische r

Thanks again for your tip & guidance!
post #9 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by barrettscv
P.S. Coach, my son & I really enjoyed our new Fischers (RX-8 & WC RC).

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=32523&highlight=Barrettscv+Fische r

Thanks again for your tip & guidance!
Glad to help!
post #10 of 18

Hey Coach! Sorry to hijack

Quote:
Originally Posted by Coach13
If you want the Ski Cross 9's, I think you'll be hard pressed to beat this deal.
Coach, I'm 6 foot, 175 lbs. 2nd year improving skier feeling the need to spend a little to get a lot more NOW rather than later - currently on beginner k2 escape 2500 - all front side blue/green for at least another full season - am I crazy to grab these in a moment of weakness?
post #11 of 18
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 

Any significant differences in the 2003 and 2004 Skicross 9s (Yllw/blk 03 vs. blue04)

Thanks for all the help!
post #13 of 18
"Any significant differences in the 2003 and 2004 Skicross 9s (Yllw/blk 03 vs. blue04)"

Yes, the '03 has a 106-66-94mm sidecut & the '04 has the 110-69-98mm sidecut. The newer ski will be more versatile in soft snow.

Cheers

Barrettscv
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 

Just got offered this exact setup (all new) in 178 for $310...See link

Should I jump on this?

http://cgi.ebay.com/DYNASTAR-Skicross-9-NEW-04-05-Model-Size-170cm-bindings_W0QQitemZ8712896946QQcategoryZ26349QQssPa geNameZWD1VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I will likely be at DIN setting of around 7-8...Any issues with the Look P10s(assuming no) or should I go to the p12s? Will run up against budget with the p12s.

Any thoughts before I pull the trigger?

Only other thought is that I can get this exact setup (all new) for $379...Older ski, more expensive, less forgiving (ya?), but reviewed very well...

http://cgi.ebay.com/SALOMON-CROSSMAX-10-DOWNHILL-SKIS-LENGTH-180-NEW_W0QQitemZ8738814746QQcategoryZ21246QQssPageNam eZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Thanks again for all the help.
post #15 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ozzy911
Should I jump on this?

http://cgi.ebay.com/DYNASTAR-Skicross-9-NEW-04-05-Model-Size-170cm-bindings_W0QQitemZ8712896946QQcategoryZ26349QQssPa geNameZWD1VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I will likely be at DIN setting of around 7-8...Any issues with the Look P10s(assuming no) or should I go to the p12s? Will run up against budget with the p12s.

Any thoughts before I pull the trigger?
.
This is a good value. the P10 set at 8 will perform very well.

You might save a $100 or so if you source the ski & binding separately, for example;

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8738473018&rd=1&sspage name=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1

http://cgi.ebay.com/ski-bindings-LOOK-PIVOT-10-LIFTER-BLU-SIL-p10-NEW-2005_W0QQitemZ8738734655QQcategoryZ21238QQrdZ1QQcm dZViewItem

or use this binding and save another $85 or so...

http://cgi.ebay.com/2005-Look-Nova-10-Lifter-All-Mountain-Ski-Bindings-NEW_W0QQitemZ8738596834QQcategoryZ21238QQrdZ1QQcmd ZViewItem

Cheers,

Barrettscv
post #16 of 18
Ozzy I tried to send you a PM but apparently you can't receive them?

When are you actually moving over? You might be interested in the Expats in Zurich yahoo group if you haven't already found it.

The one thing I would say, knowing the local resorts a bit, is make sure whatever ski you get has good ice hold. You may or may not find powder (including piles on the piste) but you can guarantee to have to handle ice

eng
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks, I should be set up for PMs now.

Thanks for the tip and appreciate any additional thoughts. Take care.
post #18 of 18
Ozzy, you have a PM
eng
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