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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I think I need to add to my quiver. My Legend 8000’s in a 178 have worked great most of the season. I live in the Midwest which means on-piste, hardpack, icy conditions, shorter runs. I’m 6’2”, 220 lbs. probably a level 7. Here’s my need. I ski a lot with a 4th grader that’s convinced that he needs to go mach 2 all the time. I need a ski with a short turn radius that I can have fun with and yet turn on a dime in my constant quest to chase this character down on the hard Midwest snow conditions. I was thinking something in the 165 – 170 range and I’m leaning towards a system versus a flat mount. Any recommendations ?
post #2 of 18
volkl whatever star
Ive seen some ones popping up now for 300$ with just a handful of days on them.
post #3 of 18
Try an Atomic metron if you want a short turner in the length range you've mentioned (160 - 170).
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
I had a different Atomic previously and found the ski and the Neox were uncomfortably heavy...
post #5 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by pechelman
volkl whatever star
Ive seen some ones popping up now for 300$ with just a handful of days on them.
concur
post #6 of 18

Try the 6 star

I like mine a lot. Not for sale tho.
post #7 of 18
If you like the Dynastar feel, I demoed a Contact ST10 in a 170cm length, on midwestern firm, and it was a lot of fun. Crisp, turned on a dime, fast, and was a joy of a ski. The ST11 is a completely different animal, with a much larger turn radius. For what its worth, I'm a couple inches shorter, although similar in weight and ability.

Although I've never tried it, the Fischer RX8 gets almost universal praise, and sounds like it should also be on the short list.

I also have a 4th grade son, and he tends to point down the hill when the going gets tough. A stint in the junior ski program, at our local SE Indiana hill, was extremely helpful. Got him out of the backseat, out of the fast wedge, and into parallel skiing, with occasional carving. He is having more fun out there, and I feel that he is a safer skier.
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
I tried the 5-star at Steamboat last week with mixed reviews but my legs were trashed. The RX8 is on the list and I'm gonna try and demo it locally before the snow vanishes. Any others ?
post #9 of 18
Fischer AMC 73 or 76. I'd go with the 76. Kind of the "all-mountain" version of the RX8. I gotta get some of these. I just wish I could put some real bindings on it though...:
post #10 of 18
You're on the right track.

Try out the above Dynastar recommendation if you like the 8000 characteristics.

You've already tried 5*; I wouldn't go any stiffer (6*, etc.). I like the Legend skis (demo'd 8000 alot and recently bought 8800) but also own the 6*. The 6* is more work than I often want to exert.

I demo'd last year's Atomic SX B5 this year in east. Fun carver and a bit more forgiving than the 6*.
post #11 of 18
Hit the stairmaster and get the 6*. Youll be glad you did when the 4th grader cant keep up.
post #12 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by dave_in_cinci
If you like the Dynastar feel, I demoed a Contact ST10 in a 170cm length, on midwestern firm, and it was a lot of fun. Crisp, turned on a dime, fast, and was a joy of a ski. The ST11 is a completely different animal, with a much larger turn radius. For what its worth, I'm a couple inches shorter, although similar in weight and ability.

Although I've never tried it, the Fischer RX8 gets almost universal praise, and sounds like it should also be on the short list.

I also have a 4th grade son, and he tends to point down the hill when the going gets tough. A stint in the junior ski program, at our local SE Indiana hill, was extremely helpful. Got him out of the backseat, out of the fast wedge, and into parallel skiing, with occasional carving. He is having more fun out there, and I feel that he is a safer skier.
Perfect North Slopes? We should get together, next season. I think next weekend (March 10) is their last weekend of operation this season.
post #13 of 18
RX-8 for sure. You'll be able to keep up with the kid. That ski is great for short turns on hard snow.
post #14 of 18
I'm 6'1' 185 and ski Mammoth, had a 5 star (175) and found it way soft and unstable at speed. Then went to RX8 (180) and loved it. Had a great system, Tyrolia RX12. Holds on ice great. You can tell I like longer skis, size depends on where you ski plus personal likes.
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
I appreciate all the thoughts. I'm pretty much planning on the RX-8's but still pondering a little. Anybody seen a good sale price on the RX-8's anywhere
post #16 of 18
Theres a bunch on ebay used for about 500, give or take. Seem to hold there value. Make sure you know what bindings they have and don't get demo bindings. One of the bears had them 4sale new at a very good price. Can't remember who. Do some checking so you understand the railflex integrated binding. Many older threads on this.
post #17 of 18
Rossi Zenith Z9 is lightweight compared to the Volkl's and a carving machine.
post #18 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by gregmerz
I appreciate all the thoughts. I'm pretty much planning on the RX-8's but still pondering a little. Anybody seen a good sale price on the RX-8's anywhere


Try ski-depot.com, they have a good deal on them right now. Also try dawgcatching on this forum, he sells them and has good prices.
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