Friends, I will not bore any of you again with the long version of my tale of woe and poor judgment for buying a pair of '03 Volkl 6* in 175 as my transition ski from old school to new school. After reading about guys in the 225lb range having a hard time with these steel rails I kind of figured out why the quad muscules supporting this 49 yo 160lb frame went into spasm every time I went up the chair. I figured out too late that these are not your father's Volkls - like the ones I used to ski. Demoed the Fischer RX9 in 170cm last year. Coming off the Volkls I think anythong would have felt great, and they did. I planned to get the RX8's for a bit of more turny but began hearing about last year Elan s12 Fusions and then this year's Magfire 10's. The s12's seem to be a blend of the two Fischers - more lively than the 9's but less turny than the 8's. I have searched but have seen little about the Magfire 10's, except for Dawg's reference to early positive feedback. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has personal experience with this model, particularly compared to the s12's. Moneywise, I have seen the s12's for around $400, and the Magfires for a less than $200 more. Both are within my budget. I just want to get the right ones this time. The 12's I have seen are available only in 160's. I assume that the Magfires would be available in a mid 160's size. I am an aggressive (8 level) skier but want something less Teutonic and more fun than 6*. I want to be able to walk at the end of the day. Bloody shins are a no-go anymore as well. My wife is a level 3 or so and I need something that I can ski slowly and carefully (God forbid she should learn my bad habits). I am in Maine - the place where a dusting of snow on the windshield constitues a powder day. Hardpack and hard bumps mostly. Speed is less of an issue. Basically, I would like a ski that I can ski confidently so I can push my comfort zone and get into more steep and bumpy. I found that I was avoiding those very opportunites with the Volkls and skied easier trails or with trepidation. Loss of confidence is definitely a bad situation to be in. I want something solid and reliable underfoot that I am not fighting. With the Volkls, there were two agendas. I need a one agenda ski. So whatdaya think - the 12's in 160 or Mags in the same or a bit longer? If speed is not an issue, am I sacrificing anything by going as short as 160 - if 160 in this ski is short. Thanks as always.
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12/18/05 at 6:17pm