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Twin tips or not?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I am going to be in the market for a new pair of skis soon. I am trying to decide whether to get twintips or not. I am OK with tricks -- the biggest trick I can do is a 360, though, I would like to get bigger spins in there. I usually just grab my boards when launching off a jump.

So, should I go with a twintip, or a regular all mountain ski? I would use this ski for everyday use in all conditions (except racing).

Thanks in advance. If you need more information, let me know.

post #2 of 10
You can have your cake and eat it too. See the Karma review in the Gear Review section. Twin tips are for riding and landing switch. If that is the plan, you need a twin. Air 360s and most spins on groomed snow don't matter.

This advice brought to by someone who believes his mission in life is to remain facing forward.
post #3 of 10
you can have a all mountain ski that is a twin tip too ... salomon makes the foil (twin) and the ??? scarmbler . same skis, differnt marketing.

lots of the twins are great all mnt skis, just have a tall tail so you can play switch. no downside
post #4 of 10
Sure there's a downside. It's the spray the rest of us have to put up with from people who can't make up their mind which direction they're going!
post #5 of 10
you can get twin tipped skis that are great for carving.

post #6 of 10
Originally Posted by smithxi
you can get twin tipped skis that are great for carving if you stay away from the link below.

i'm just kidding, there are a few Lines out there with solid all-mountain performance. The thing you're looking for in a twin tip as an indicator as to all-mountain performance is really stiffness. The last few generations of Salomon 1080s have been among the softest skis available- and also often regarded as some of the poorest performing all-mountain skis. Stiffer twin tips are the K2 Public Enemy, Volkl Karma and Mantra (pretty fat for all-mountain use), and Line Prophet 80 (still new, but have been hearing excellent things).
post #7 of 10
k2's have some of the heaviest twin tips on the market, along with dynastar. the prophets you speak of are near six hundred or seven hundred dollars. some of the line models out there are extremely wide and i think they look a bit goofy, but hey, performance is performance. salomon i like, but i also hate, and i can say that i more hate them than like them. my reasons are this. i bought a snowboard from them. a pretty darn expensive snowboard too. probably around $500 at the time. the thing is so stiff, if i try to flex my board it will pull my hip out of its place. the board is great for riding, but sorry salomon i need something more all around than that. if i even try to do grinds, its extremely difficult because my board doesn't flex onto the rail at all. maybe it's different with heavier people, but their stuff is still really stiff. they need a soft model series.
post #8 of 10
Why not a pair of the new Scratch BC, i got a pair of those, and i think you would like them as an all-mountain ski with twins...
post #9 of 10
Bohemian, you already answered the question yourself.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by CarlE
Why not a pair of the new Scratch BC, i got a pair of those, and i think you would like them as an all-mountain ski with twins...
I had a pair, because I planned on moving to the west coast. I was accepted to Harvard, and will be staying on the east coast for the next 4-5 years.

Therefore, the Scratch BC's wouldn't be effective.

I like Line as a jibe ski - I've used them many times. As an all mountain ski - well, the jury is still out.

I think I am going to go with a solid all mountain ski: the Stockli Stormrider XL in 174. I would go with 184, but that would be suicide in east coast trees.

I'll learn 720s instead of 540 :P

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