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Recommend me new skis - please

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Thread Starter 
Greetings, new member here. I've been reading reviews and threads for a couple of days now, but I could use some specific recommedations. It's been several years since I bought new gear. Currently skiing on circa 2000 Dynastars 190's with Marker Racing bindings.

I'm 43, 200lbs, 6ft and ski mostly Killington and Okemo in Vermont and some smaller CT areas with my kids. I've been sking forever and would classify myself as and Advance to Expert skier capable of handling most terrain. I can get a little sloppy in steep bump runs, but that's mostly because my legs get tired. (I'm working on that!).

I like to ski on the edge of a trail carving mostly short radius turns, but I also like to air it out with some large-radius speed runs on occassion. Almost bought a pair of Metron 11's last week, but figured I should do some research before I jump in.

I'm thinking bout something around 170-175cm in length. I like a stiff, lively tail. Something versitle which is good in short-radius turns, but can hold an edge in VT and not chatter at high speeds. (Is this possible?). AS a reference point, I borrowed a friends older 168 x-screams last season and tore them up. First time on shorter - shaped skis, I loved them!

Sorry for the long post, Thanks for any suggestions.
UJ
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Originally Posted by UConnjack
I'm 43, 200lbs, 6ft and ski mostly Killington and Okemo in Vermont and some smaller CT areas with my kids. I've been sking forever and would classify myself as and Advance to Expert skier capable of handling most terrain. IUJ


Hi IUJ and Welcome!

I am the same size & age as you and just came back from Vermont. I can recommend the Fischer RX-8 in a 175cm. i provided the following review;

My specs: 5’ 11", 215lbs. male, 40th season skiing, former USSA & High School 7-day-a-week competitor in New Hampshire. I use a modern carving technique and I like ice as much as I like soft snow. (maybe a little more…)


Ski:
Fischer 175cm RX-8
Comments. This is a great ski with multiple personalities. I enjoyed the edge to edge quickness and the slalom like turn shapes that are very accessible. The ski is very cooperative at all speeds. At 175cm, it will give you long turns with superb stability and then throw down a series of rapid shorties like it was a 165cm Atomic SL:11. At one point I followed a couple of local skiers on racing slalom skies and I was able to duplicate there pencil-line tracks with no problem.



One surprise was the use of both carving and soft edge technique; the ski will accommodate either type of turn and seemed to have no preference. I could skid or carve a turn with equal effort.

The ski is not tiring or demanding. A great ski for the experienced users looking for a great on-piste ride. My son found the ski very stable in the soft natural snow at Killington. He was using it as a crud-buster with no problem. A great ski for all East-Coast conditions.

Hope that helps,

Michael
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Michael, Thanks for the reply. I'm up to the big K next week and will try to demo those.

Any other suggestions? Thanx

UJ
post #4 of 9
I will add my two cents if you are building a Demo list.: The Head iXRC 1200 Sw. The 1200 loves to carve and will not be as wanting to carve all the time as the RX8. Demoed the 1100SW(last years 1200Sw) back to back with the RX8. Found the head extremely adept at small to gs radius turns and more stable. RX8 had a very good snow feel and carved beautifully but you felt every variation in the surface. like barrettscv said you can relax on this ski. You can on the 1100 aswell but not as much. It is a sportscar that wants to be driven but will not punish for laziness. The Head is a speed demon with sandwich construction/ Head intelligence so it is super stable. Some find it extremely demanding but i have not found that as advanced intermediate. I believe Head makes a great ski for Heavier skiers I am 5'10 @190 and they are not as demanding as some say they are . This is my tool of choice at the ice capital of the east Cannon Mt. or at the pp conditions at Stowe/ Mt Snow.(Just moved backed to CT from NH)Demo both if you can the RX8 is a very popular ski and a deal will be hard to find. The 1100Sw/1200SW are sleeper skis and deals are a plenty! The Head 1400 Chip is a great ski as well for all around Carving in /powder/crud /hard snow/ice
Have both

Cheers
post #5 of 9
A 175cm Head i.SuperShape would probably be a good fit.
post #6 of 9
The others have hit all the ones I would suggest other than the B5 which you may like better than the M:11.
post #7 of 9
Add the Dynastar Contact 10 to your list.

SJ
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Rx8
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
This is truly a cool site. Thanx for the input so far. I read a short review on the Nordica Hot Rod's in Ski magazine.
These also seem like a "hot" ski. Do they fit the bill? Am I looking for an All Mountain type ski?

Sorry, I'm way behind on my terminology.
BTW, my existing skis are Dynastar Outland 4x4's. I like these skis but at 190cm, there a bit long and heavy for an old timer!

UJ
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