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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I am 6'2, 180lbs and I am 22 yrs old. I am a 8 on the ski rating scale. I like to ski fast and can handle any condition very well except powder (its rare to get a powder day were I am). I live in Atlantic Canada, a region that has no big hills (largest hill has 853 vert). I plan on going out west at least once a year. I mainly ski groomed runs and in the woods. I allready have a pair of Salomon 1080's (80 waist) for the woods. I recently put a downpayment on a pair of 06-07 Head worldcup i.supershape size 165. I have not been able to demo skis as there are few opportunites. I have no buget limit. I am looking for a pair of skiercross or expert all mountain skis to compliment the supershapes.
I currently ski on 02-03 Head i.GS RD size 170

I have been considering the following skis:
06-07 Head i.XRC 1200
06-07 Head i.XRC 1400
06-07 Salomon Crossmax V12
06-07 Elan Speedwave 14

I am open for any other suitable ski recommendations.
I need to make a decision within the next week, so I can put in my order with my local shop.
post #2 of 14
Fischer RX9 in a 170cm or Volkl Allstar in a 175cm

Two high-speed sweepers and wide enough for western on-piste conditions.

Cheers

Michael
post #3 of 14
you should bump the SuperShape size to 170cm. I'm 155 lbs on the 170cm and it can handle any hardpack, softpack, boot-top-depth new or crud that I have thrown at it and it handles pow well too.

I'm not sure what the SuperShape "can't do" that you're seeking in this other pair of skis. FWIW I would ski the SuperShape 99% of my days if I regularly skied on a small, hardpack mountain on the Eastern half of North America.

share your thinking!
post #4 of 14
Go wiiiider (gawd, i am starting to sound like Highway Star:), get into the 70's man. Volkl AC3, Metron M10/M11, Nordica Hot Rods, ect. A 75 +/- waisted ski will do everything a upper 60's waisted will do, but be better when the snow softens, crusts up or gets heavy at the end of the day.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by uncle crud
you should bump the SuperShape size to 170cm. I'm 155 lbs on the 170cm and it can handle any hardpack, softpack, boot-top-depth new or crud that I have thrown at it and it handles pow well too.

I'm not sure what the SuperShape "can't do" that you're seeking in this other pair of skis. FWIW I would ski the SuperShape 99% of my days if I regularly skied on a small, hardpack mountain on the Eastern half of North America.

share your thinking!
What is the radius of the 170cm?
I just looked at the Head product advisor, and according to the answers I submitted it sugested the following:
1. i.XRC 1400 in size 177cm
2. i.XRC 1200 in size 184cm
3. i.Supershape in size 175cm
Would these sizes be correct, or should I ignore them.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by uncle crud
you should bump the SuperShape size to 170cm. I'm 155 lbs on the 170cm and it can handle any hardpack, softpack, boot-top-depth new or crud that I have thrown at it and it handles pow well too.

I'm not sure what the SuperShape "can't do" that you're seeking in this other pair of skis. FWIW I would ski the SuperShape 99% of my days if I regularly skied on a small, hardpack mountain on the Eastern half of North America.

share your thinking!
The reason I am getting the i.supershapes in size 165cm is that they will be replacing my Atomic 9:16 SL racestock skis in size 155cm. I was able to demo them but they only had the 160cm. I plan on using them for short, quick slalom turns.
post #7 of 14
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post #8 of 14
Hi MC,

I agree that the Supershapes are versatile, but I can also understand why you want something more GS in turn shape. Making short turns on long western runs can be monotonous and fatiguing.

I go back to my original recommendation, Fischer RX9 or Volkl Allstar. These provide unlimited high speed stability and are wider underfoot, providing more float than the Supershape in soft snow.

Cheers,

Michael

Cheers.
post #9 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by barrettscv
Fischer RX9 in a 170cm or Volkl Allstar in a 175cm

Two high-speed sweepers and wide enough for western on-piste conditions.

Cheers

Michael
Two good choices, though the Allstar might have a little too much overlap with the Super shape. For longer turns try maybe atomic SXB5 (assuming you have no interest in going slow), or Fischer WC RC or the Fischer GS racing ski. I Can't advise you for out west.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
I am looking for a ski that is stable at high speeds (I like to carve long GS almost SG turns) but one that is not as demanding as my Head i.GS RD. I am not quite sure on the length I should be looking at. I did go to another shop to see what they had for demos, I picked up a pair of Atomic SX:B5 in size 174cm, so I will give them a try on the weekend. I was looking at the metrons and they could be another option. Which metron should I be looking at and what size.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by mchase83
I am looking for a ski that is stable at high speeds (I like to carve long GS almost SG turns) but one that is not as demanding as my Head i.GS RD. I am not quite sure on the length I should be looking at. I did go to another shop to see what they had for demos, I picked up a pair of Atomic SX:B5 in size 174cm, so I will give them a try on the weekend. I was looking at the metrons and they could be another option. Which metron should I be looking at and what size.
HEAD IM88. 186 cm. Seriouly dude, you would not belive the 60 to 75+ degree edge angle GS carves you can make on these, in almost any type of odd snow - PP, soft PP, mixed ice and soft snow, light crud, corn, etc, etc. They have a 22m sidecut, which I would consider tight GS, there are many gs skis and freeskiing skis in the 25 to 30m range. 89mm waist. So you can hit a high edge angle without booting out in choppy snow, even with a no lift binding. GS race construction and feel, with a medium, round flex. Not to mention they totally kill it for all around tricky skiing - trees, rocky lines, technical airs, etc.
post #12 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Highway Star
HEAD IM88. 186 cm. Seriouly dude, you would not belive the 60 to 75+ degree edge angle GS carves you can make on these, in almost any type of odd snow - PP, soft PP, mixed ice and soft snow, light crud, corn, etc, etc. They have a 22m sidecut, which I would consider tight GS, there are many gs skis and freeskiing skis in the 25 to 30m range. 89mm waist. So you can hit a high edge angle without booting out in choppy snow, even with a no lift binding. GS race construction and feel, with a medium, round flex. Not to mention they totally kill it for all around tricky skiing - trees, rocky lines, technical airs, etc.
I've been using the im88's exclusively in the east and a week at Jackson Hole since February--it's like Highway star say-they are unbelievably versatile (I don''t know how the get such a chubby ski to turn so easily and retain such stiffness)--obviously great in soft stuff--but a real treat on Groomers too. Soft Bumps are no problem--hard, tightly packed, deep troughed east coast bumps are--well-it's not the best tool for those conditions (but what is??)). But also-for such a turny ski it really side-slips/shmears/short-swings nicely.

However, unlike highway star-I'm plugging the 175 cm (19m turn Radius)--But Then, I'm almost never in the top 3% of skiers on the hill on any given day more like top 10-15%: !)

Liam
post #13 of 14
I'm 185lb, 6'1". (top .1% of skiers, give or take...)

If you ski agressively, get the 186. My 160 lb housemate has the 175's.
post #14 of 14
Head XRC 1400 in the 177. Especially when you can get them from Dawgcatching for $479. I'd buy them again even if I had to pay full price (I have last years' XRC 1100 Chip, same ski minus the Liquidmetal). I demoed the Supershapes, but I give the XRC's a slight edge as an all mountain ski.
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