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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone,

I was hoping I could get some direction on a ski that would best fit my needs. I haven't been into this sport for about 3 years and the last skis I ever skied were my Dynastar Vertical Assaults (190). I demoed a pair of Atomic shape ski's before I took my leave from the sport and I loved them compared to my old-school straight ski's. Anyway I'm 5'9, 31 years old and weigh approx 175-180 and I would consider myself to be somewhere in between an intermediate - intermediate/advanced skier. I live in the Northeast and ski mostly packed terrain/moguls/and some tree skiing but the majority I would say is packed terrain/groomers. My choices for ski's based on what I've read and some help from my local ski shop are the Metron M9 and more recently the M10 (164). I want to make sure I get an all-mountain ski I can live with for some years. Any help would be appreciated and I think being a little older my skiing may be slightly less aggressive then it used to be. I really enjoy carving down the hills, but with my old ski's making turns was too much like work and i'm hoping to have more fun on a shape ski.

Thanks Guys!
post #2 of 12
Please consider - and demo if you can - the Elan S12 Fusion and the Head iXRC1100 Super Railflex.
post #3 of 12
There are plenty of solid choices, but before you buy a ski, I would suggest taking a lesson or two, just to get some new carving technique under your belt. If you were already carving before on straight skis, you should get the hang of it without any problem, but it's definitely worth it, even if its just for an hour or two.

Go to a decent shop and get a decent performance demo (not rental - you'll enjoy it much more if you get a good ski) for the lesson, and then ask your instructor for some ski recommendations at the end.

Getting back to the original request, it is a little hard to make recommendations for someone who hasn't really been skiing on shaped skis, but some good starting points:
Head C160i or C280i
Atomic Izor 9:7 or 7:5 or SX:10
Fischer RX6 or RX8
Rossignol Z5 or Z9
Volkl 5 or 4 star

I'm sure others will have their own suggestions, but those are all good skis that won't kick your ass when you're getting used to new technique, but still be solid while you improve.
post #4 of 12
I would suggest if you are gonna try the M10, try the 171. I personaly like a little more ski under me in the bumps. You have the size where the 171 might be a good choice.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CanuckInstructor
There are plenty of solid choices, but before you buy a ski, I would suggest taking a lesson or two, just to get some new carving technique under your belt. If you were already carving before on straight skis, you should get the hang of it without any problem, but it's definitely worth it, even if its just for an hour or two.

Go to a decent shop and get a decent performance demo (not rental - you'll enjoy it much more if you get a good ski) for the lesson, and then ask your instructor for some ski recommendations at the end.

Getting back to the original request, it is a little hard to make recommendations for someone who hasn't really been skiing on shaped skis, but some good starting points:
Head C160i or C280i
Atomic Izor 9:7 or 7:5 or SX:10
Fischer RX6 or RX8
Rossignol Z5 or Z9
Volkl 5 or 4 star

I'm sure others will have their own suggestions, but those are all good skis that won't kick your ass when you're getting used to new technique, but still be solid while you improve.
Interesting that you chose the SX:10 because a friend of mine said that also. Its not quite as fat as the M10 but has just about the same amount of arc...just narrower when I compared them at the ski shop. The guys at the ski all seem to think the M10 is the ski to go with but we rarely see powder out here in the east so my main concern is the ability to carve well and still go off piste occasionally. The guys at the store recommended a 160 in the SX10 and a 157 in the M10...any thoughts???

Thanks.
post #6 of 12
At 5'9 and 175, I would definitely suggest getting the SX10 in a 170. 160 would simply be too short. It would be skiable, and maybe easier when you're first getting used to skiing shaped skis, but you'd definitely find it lacking later on. You'd be better served by the 170.

You should see if you can get a demo from that shop. It'll probably be aroudn $30, but they should take it off the final price of the skis if you purchased them there. Demo it, then get a lesson on modern carving technique.
post #7 of 12
RX8 and 170 cm, or if you really dig short turns maybe 165cm.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CanuckInstructor
At 5'9 and 175, I would definitely suggest getting the SX10 in a 170. 160 would simply be too short. It would be skiable, and maybe easier when you're first getting used to skiing shaped skis, but you'd definitely find it lacking later on. You'd be better served by the 170.

You should see if you can get a demo from that shop. It'll probably be aroudn $30, but they should take it off the final price of the skis if you purchased them there. Demo it, then get a lesson on modern carving technique.
After talking to more people they have said the same about the length...170 not 160. So I will probably do the 170 SX10 with the NEOX 412 binding. I got a deal from a ski shop that said he would do the 2005 SX10 and the Neox 412 or SX614 for $475 out-the-door. Is that a good deal? It seems like a great deal to me.

I also have been learning that the M10 metron is a little too fat for the new england hard pack and ice and won't carve nearly as good as the SX10. Does anyoe know of any changes to the 2006 SX10 from '05 other than the graphics?

Getting really excited to skiing again! Can't wait!
post #9 of 12
The SX:10s are the same as last year, just a different topsheet as you stated. Measurements are the same, etc.

The SX line is very carving and hardpack oriented. While the Metrons are certainly good on the hardpack, they can't really compete with a ski that is pretty much solely designed for hardpack.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CanuckInstructor
The SX:10s are the same as last year, just a different topsheet as you stated. Measurements are the same, etc.

The SX line is very carving and hardpack oriented. While the Metrons are certainly good on the hardpack, they can't really compete with a ski that is pretty much solely designed for hardpack.
So if we boil it down to the M10 and SX10 which is the better ski for New England ski conditions?
post #11 of 12
My pick for New England conditions would be the SX:10 over the M:10.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Just pulled the trigger today on the SX10 w/neox 412. I scooped them up for $375 total (BRAND NEW). Is that a steal or what. Anyway I now have to make the boot decision and I've narrowed it down to the Nordica Speedmachine 8 or 10...not too much difference really...any opinions.
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