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Head iM70's or 75's, 177's or 184's or others?

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Hello all, this place is a phenomenal resource. I've searched through mountains of threads trying to determine which ski might be best for me. I've narrowed it down to a couple. I'm not a gear expert so hopefully those here who have skiied lots of skis can help me. Sorry for the lengthy thread but hopefully the info will help in determining the right ski. I'm looking to pick up some leftovers or lovingly cared for used ski's.

I'm a strong intermediate skier. I do a little local club racing once a week. It's more of an excuse to get out of the house and have a few cold ones, but the racing is fun too. Nothing too hard core, kind of a short easy GS course. For racing I use my Volkl GC P60', 177's or 178's can't remember at the moment.

But I'm not looking for another racing ski, I'm searching for that Holy Grail of all mountain ski's.

I'm a big guy 6feet, 220lbs. Add the boots, clothing etc, probably 230 by the time I click in the bindings.

I like to ski hard and fast when I'm out with the boys, big GS type turns. I'm not a mogul guy, nor do I really like the trees. Could be due to my lack of super quick turning skills.

The ski's I'm looking for I also want to use when skiing with my wife and daughter at a more relaxed pace, so I'm trying to avoid super stiff speed demons type ski's that are a bear to ski slow.

I ski 99% of the time out east, blue & black cruisers with some steeps and speed. If I'm lucky maybe one trip out West per year. So not much powder where I ski, groomers in the morning that get chewed up by noon.

I'm replacing an old pair of Atomic BetaRide 10.20's at 180cm. Good at speed, not so good at slower paces, very heavy with the plates and adjustable rental bindings on them. Funny how it's not just me getting wider, but the skis are too. These were considered free rides, 105-68-95 in their day, those dimensions look more like todays recreational speed ski.

I've been focusing on the Head iM 70's or 75's for their versatility and reports of stability at speed across various surfaces.

I'm leaning towards the iM70's due to my 99% ski time in the East, thinkin' the iM75's would be a good fit out West.

I'm also leaning towards the 184's due to my height and weight and having the extra board there for when the speed dial gets cranked up.

The other ski's I'm considering are Volkl 724 EXP's or Elan M666 (Elan's seem very hard to come by) or some K2 5500's, but concernced about their strength for my weight or maybe even some older Dynastar SkiCross 9's or 10's.

Any thoughts and opinions would be appreciated, thanks.

BTW I accidently posted this question in the Gear Review forum instead of in this Gear Discussion forum, so please reply here in this forum.
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I would eliminate the K2 5500. It's a great intermediate ski, but don't think it's a good ski for your level as described.

Between the iM70 and the iM75, I would probably suggest the iM75. It's a little burlier and more stable at speed. In fact, many people in the 190-200 weight ski it at 170, so you could probably ski it at either the 177 or the 184 length (stability won't be a problem, and the 177 might be the better choice for East). Make sure you demo it with the Railflex in the +15 position.
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I am not sure if you have been able to try the Fischer RX9 you might find it a nice ski to ride and you can go the 177 and not loose much it is adpated from their GS ski but does turn quite nice
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Monster 72

The 75 is agreat ski and definitely can find some deals on it. I would demo the head monster 72. Great cruiser(all mountain cruiser ski of the year on Peter Kelty's Tech support for skiers) and will rip when you want it and cruise with the family very nicely. I found with the 75 which I loved! the turn ititiation was a bear at slow speeds. The 72 does it with ease and is more High performance than the 70. Monster 72 is now my all the time ski in PP/powder conditions. The 72's will handle the deep stuff to. Good 1 ski quiver for the east as it loves to carve,not overly demanding will respond nicely when you want to tear it up and will not punish you for relaxing!

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The Monster 75 is a heavier ski than the current 77 or 72. The 72 is quite forgiving and can be skied at low or high speeds. It is a great one ski choice for a skier who wants a high-performance ski but still wants to be able to ski with the kids and relax from time to time. I haven't skied it in deep snow yet, but everywhere else, it is smooth, stable, forgiving, quite quick, and comfortable in about every turn radius. Probably one of the top skis (if not THE best) on the market for a do-it-all board for those who want a high-intermediate to low-level expert do-it-all board. I found it similiar to the Legend 4800, but with a little livelier feel. Same blend of ease-of-use and do-anything high performance. If Head could only produce one ski, this would be the model, as this is a top chioce for 70-80% of the skiers on the hill.

The Monster 75 was a stiffer, more powerful ski. People either loved or hated them, depending on whether they liked such a heavy, stable ski. Great performer though.

The Monster 77 is more similiar to the 72 than the 75 in feel, but a little heavier construction than the 72. It feels even more stable, and is a bit better in crud. It doesn't get deflected whatsoever. Yet, it feels quicker than the 75. I really like that model as well-it will blast through anything. I was skiing it in 170 (I usually ski all mountain skis in 175) and found it to be the better length for myself. The 177 just felt like more ski than I was utilizing. My co-worker goes between the 77 and 72 in a 163 (he is 5 foot 7, 165lbs, 69 years old) and rips on both.
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I just finished a series of test runs on several mid-priced skis including some that you mentioned. I am a dealer and was comparing several skis that I carry along with a few that I'm considering. The conditions were very hard groomed man made with piles of scraped off sugar and some guppies of new blowing from the guns. This was very similar to typical eastern conditions.

Standouts for edge grip and stability included......... Atomic Izor 9.7, Nordica SUV 12, Head i.XRC 800.

A touch below the first group but outstanding values......Fischer AMC 73, RX 6, K2 Omni 5.5, Dynastar 3800.

Very easy going, but somewhat lacking in grip..........Head IM 70, K2 Apache X, Elan Mag 10.

At this time, I don't carry Head or Elan but after this test I'm considering Head.

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