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Salomon Hot, Volkl All-Star, Goode 68, Nodica Doberman GSR

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On Mar. 1, at Bristol Mountain, NY, I demoed several pairs of skis as part of the Get in Gear course offered by PSIA-E. The goal was to ski contrasting skis to your own equipment, and to each other. I am 6'2" 275 lbs.. My own skis that day were Fischer RX-8's at 165 cm. (It snowed a lot that night so the next day I took my test on AMC76's, at 176 cm.)

I was preparing for the Level 2 skiing exam the following day, so for the most part I was skiing very controlled, slow, short to medium radius dynamic parallel turns. The snow was pretty firm, and one of my goals was to compare edge hold.

I first skied the Salomon Scrambler Hot, 168. I chose it because I had recently researched, but had not purchased, because of reports of poor edge hold. I found the ski to be very user friendly, with much better edge hold on ice than I had expected. It also damped out the vibrations very well. I think this ski was a lot beter than its write-ups. Part of that may have been an excellent tune. The demo center, according to the supervisor, tunes all of their skis to 1 degree base, 2 degrees edge.

I next skied the Volkl All-Star, 166. It performed well, and is somewhat damper, not by much, than my RX-8's, and not quite as lively. It did everything I asked it to do very well. It was a very well conceived ski, but nothing stood out about it.

Third ski was the Goode 68, 168. I tried it because I had never seen one in person before. I could not get the ski to grip at all, but everyone else in the group who skied it had a defferent response, so it may have been either my weight or technique. I did not enjoy skiing this ski, and felt very much at risk coming down a blue run.

The fourth, and last ski I tried was the Nordica Doberman GSR, 181. I chose this ski because it was big and stiff, and a great contrast to the other skis. I was not disappointed. My first run I tried my usual slow, easygoing turns, and thought my legs were going to wear out. It was like a weightifting session. The second run I let the skis go fast and they were delightful if I did fast long radius turns.

During this course I also skied the dynastar rentals, in 160. They were pretty good for such soft skis, especially considering I had rental boots on while I skied the rental skis.

For anyone considering the Get in Gear course, Bristol was an excellent place for the event, because we got to use skis from the demo center. Many Thanks to Bristol Mountain, Steve Howie, the Ski School Director, and Doug Daniels, the course conductor.
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Third ski was the Goode 68, 168. I tried it because I had never seen one in person before. I could not get the ski to grip at all, but everyone else in the group who skied it had a defferent response, so it may have been either my weight or technique. I did not enjoy skiing this ski, and felt very much at risk coming down a blue run.
I do agree about the goode ski feeling odd while skiing. Because I tried the 74 model and it felt like there was no ski under me. However after some time, I got used to it. In my opinion the goode skis are great when you get the bigger fatter ones since like in the 95 or 116 for max float and manuervability.
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I tried the 74 too. It was one of the best skis I've ever been on. TONS of grip, a really great carver. Just don't try to twist out the tails once on edge -- you'll just hurt your knees.
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