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Speedmachine 16.1

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I got a chance to demo some skis today. Volkl All Star, 175cm; the Fischer RX8, 175cm and the Nordica Speedmachine, 178cm. All carved incredibly well and I felt like I was able to make long and short turns with ease. I liked them all but I just loved the Nordica Speedmachine. I thought it was the liveliest and funest ski of the bunch. So, what's the problem?

When I got home, I looked up the Speedmachine 16.1 in the magazines and found that it was often praised but was reviewed as a stiff, experts ski. Thing is, I'm, not an expert. I'm a 25 handicap NASTAR racer, 220lb, and over 50.

My questions are: 1) Have others found the Speedmachine 16.1, easy, fun and lively like I did. 2) How can the reviews differ so much from my experience. I thought this had an incredibly responsive tip that begged to be initiated into whatever shape turn I wanted. Far from being the most demanding ski of the 3, I thought it was the easiest and biggest confidence builder. It did whatever I asked, and I didn't want to take them off.
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Originally Posted by youngsman
I got a chance to demo some skis today. Volkl All Star, 175cm; the Fischer RX8, 175cm and the Nordica Speedmachine, 178cm. All carved incredibly well and I felt like I was able to make long and short turns with ease. I liked them all but I just loved the Nordica Speedmachine. I thought it was the liveliest and funest ski of the bunch. So, what's the problem?

When I got home, I looked up the Speedmachine 16.1 in the magazines and found that it was often praised but was reviewed as a stiff, experts ski. Thing is, I'm, not an expert. I'm a 25 handicap NASTAR racer, 220lb, and over 50.

My questions are: 1) Have others found the Speedmachine 16.1, easy, fun and lively like I did. 2) How can the reviews differ so much from my experience. I thought this had an incredibly responsive tip that begged to be initiated into whatever shape turn I wanted. Far from being the most demanding ski of the 3, I thought it was the easiest and biggest confidence builder. It did whatever I asked, and I didn't want to take them off.
There is no problem. Don't worry about what others say, buy the ski that you liked the best.

BTW: If you have trouble locating one, I have 1 pr left in 178. The epicski promotion code will get you 20% off our currently posted internet price.

SJ
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Don't worry about it; buy what you like. The other reviewers probably just put less value on that solid reasuring feeling than they do on a lighter touchier feeling, and maybe wanted something a little softer for bumps and for lighter skiers.
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