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post #61 of 71
Excellent - thanks SJ. Sounds like I found my ski. Now what's all this business about AT and FT bindings? Why stray from the Neox line?
post #62 of 71
Originally Posted by Dekaner View Post
Excellent - thanks SJ. Sounds like I found my ski. Now what's all this business about AT and FT bindings? Why stray from the Neox line?
I don't have an opinion on AT biders b/c I just don't use 'em. Why stray from a Neox? well....weight for one thing. I put LOOK Pivot demos on the two demo skis for the store and often use a LOOK demo binding on my personal skis too. In fact I were to buy a Snoop for myself, I'd probably put one of my little stock of Pivot demos on it. (I like the for-aft tuning capabilities)

post #63 of 71
Originally Posted by t1henderson View Post
Has anyone tried using the older TmEx
as an alpine downhill ski?

I've been told it's the same as the Rex
except the metal skin is thinner.
I have the TM:x mounted with Fritchis for AT, and ski the R:ex inbounds. The TM:x is a bit softer, lighter, but similar handling. They are terrific skis, but will be hard to find- they were discontinued a year ago.
post #64 of 71
Well on December 29th i went skiing at Fernie...Finaly got fed up with skis I had (Rossinol Cut Ls have no idea how old they are). So i went to Ski West in Calgary with no intention of buying new skis just wanted to see what was out there. But the sales men talked me into buying the snoops (mostly because he was a engineer in training like me just doing this side job for fun). Anywho long story short best thing i have ever used.

Got a 50cm powder day the following weekend at Fernie and they worked like a dream. But the only problem i'm haveing with them is getting ski wax to stick to the base. I applied some KUU Mach green to them after properly prepping the bases...but when it came time to scape the excess wax off, the wax chiped off leaving exposed parts of the base (kinda like a honey comb patern). Is it because the snoops have a black and white base. The wax seems to only stick to the white parts. Is there a specific type of wax i should be using? Any sujestions would be appreciated, i've gotta Panorama Trip lined up for the end of Jannuary, i would like to be gliding smooth and leaving my freinds in the dust for it.
post #65 of 71
I've been reading this thread for a while and finally got the chance to take out my Snoops.

Since I'm new to this forum, a little bit about me: Male, 38, 5' 4", 135 lbs. Skied Salomon EXP 198 (193 can't remember) for 3 years, moved to Salomon X-Scream Series 169 for 5 years, then to Snoop Daddy 163 current. I've skied for 30 years. I patrol at Snow Valley in So. Cal. for the past 10 years. I ski Mammoth between 10-30 days depending in the year and take one out of state trip per year for 4-5 days. I also ski Mt. Baldy when it's open as well as Bear Mountain. I'm comfortable in all situations of terrain, weather and snow conditions. I have basic mountaineering and avalanche knowledge.

Here's my take on the Snoop Daddy. First, they're very light. My set up is the Snoop Daddy 163 with Salomon 912ti bindings. My X-Scream set up is 169 with 912pe bindings, and my EXP set up is 198 (193) with 912 demo bindings. Second, the graphics are pretty cool. Some don't like them, but I like the simplicity.

Here's the real deal: These skis rip. They are light, agile, and eager. They are not nervous at speed. They don't deflect easily, and the edge hold is remarkably good. They are very quick edge to edge for a wider ski, and they hold a power carve or dance down the fall line with the same calm assertivness.

It took me only two runs to realize that the X-Screams may have seen their last ski day. This is no means a simple statement. After 5 years of the X-Scream the only fault that I could find in them was that they didn't enjoy really bad crud and deep powder, but the did the job. The Screams have taken me on almost every run at Mammoth and everywhere else I've skied in good and terrible conditions and have been brilliant. By the end of the second run, I was 100% confident with the ability of the Snoop, and in reality, felt that much more comfortable on them. It felt like the level of performance was taken up another level. I was amazed.

Much light and more agile than the EXP, although, I would agree that size as something to do with it. Snoops had better rebound and were easier to point and shoot. Edge hold was simliar.

Lighter than the Scream. Far less deflection and better float. Seem more alive than the Scream but had the same calmness. Same level of eagerness, but less nervous than the Scream. Same level of composeur as the Scream. Edge grip marginally better under poor conditions, similar under good conditions. Not as quick edge to edge for short turns as the Scream but will do them, hold long power turns slightly better than the Scream.
I can't wait to get many more days / years out of them. If you're considering the Snoop, do yourself a favor, and give them a try. I think you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised.
post #66 of 71

....were fun 4me in trees...

Glad I saw your shop's pricing on these SJ!,
What a fun ski in northern NewEngland trees & overall backcountry....

post #67 of 71
Hi guys, wanted to ask your recommendation on the Snoop Daddy's size, I'm  6"2 , about 200lb, advanced skier, ski in Squaw / Tahoe mostly. Like to ski bumps at least few time a day. Can't decide what size i should go with. Any suggestions?

post #68 of 71
Sorry, can't do a private reply yet.
post #69 of 71
 wow- resurrecting an old thread. I have the Snoops and I think that they are the most versatile ski I have ever been on. Fantastic for most everything- my everyday ski unless the snow is really deep now that I have a pair of Coombas, or if I am touring (still have the TMx for that, although if I had touring bindings on the Snoops that would be perfect!). HOWEVER, most of what is on this thread (and what I have to say, too) is based on the older pre 2008 version. The new model , which is reputed to be just as good (better??) are somewhat different, with a wider waist (94 I think) and if I am not mistaken a moderate twin tip. I can't give you a size recommendation as I am so different from your size (129lbs, 5'8) and am on the 163's, but could have easily gone up a size. That said, on such a short ski they never feel unstable, so I suspect there is a good amount of latitude. Maybe around 183 for you?
post #70 of 71

Snoop Daddy 2009 vintage 176:

47, 6-0, 235, totally shot left knee, skiing for +25 years but nowhere nearly as aggressive or technical as I once was...have been skiing my Solomon Super Mountains for what, 9 years, 188's.  Loved the ski when the legs where stronger, but over the past few years it has seemed the ski has gotten too big for me.  So I shopped and tried a few: Side Stash in 188...might be a great deep snow board for the linebacker, steel thigh expert, but it was way too much for me, no fun.  Tried the Montra, nice cruiser but no love for me under the rope.  Tried a few other new boards, like the Watea but never got the conditions to pace it.  Then I tried these little wimpy twin tip Grommet boards and couldn't beleive it...I skied terrain I haven't skied in years.  Tight trees, technical lift lines, mixed crud on the traverse to some powder, and the cruise to the lift at mach snell...and I was sold.  So I bought the 2008-2009 version of the Drop it likes it hot and am in love with skiing again.  So, for you dudes who don't have steel legs anymore, or have a bad wheel, or can't hike UP the mountain anymore- and look down the lift line with a longing look like a babe in a bikini, knowing in the day you just peeled of your shirt and stood there and THEY came over; and you want to tear that life line a new ass...try these out and relive the glory days.  Speed: well, is 45 mph good for you?  They go there with no trouble, just some odd sensation on the tip- one. you can't see it because they are so short, but mostly due to the softness.  No chatter, smooth carves out of speed, good edging...keep turning them.  Weird feeling on he run out, but who cares.  They are light, and quick, and you can smush turn any vertical powder stash and get around the tress by looking at your line, again.  I ski at Stevens Pass in WA a lot, and it's a tight place, not a Big Mountain charger, but they did me right at Blackcomb too.  I climbed Spanky's and did the backside for the first time in +10 years I bet, and once I got my wind, sacked up and clipped in, the first few sketchy turns where solid in broken curd and the snoops kept me upright, through the rocks and into the powder, shin to knee deep and they floated and mushed great, easy to turn, finished out the bumps with easy slow quick pops and stops; I was stoked.  Bombed the cruisers yesterday at Stevens, not a problem to cruise 45mph.  Bottom line is my confidence in the board allowed me to go for it, so maybe this board, which might be hard to find now as the rebuilt the 2010 version, could help you find that confidence again and make skiing a passion once more.  I firmly believe us old dudes have a totally different experience than the reviewers on the new boards so I don't buy into that anymore, because that's not who I am anymore.  But the grey hair dude climbing Spankys ladder was me, and that was epic.  I hope you find your epic moment again brothers/sisters.  Peace. 

- Todd Hanson, Lake Stevens, WA.

post #71 of 71

Also 47 and have had the knee issues as well.  I skied Breck and Vail this past week.  Bailed off into knee deep pow in Sun Down bowl at Vail with 64mm waist Atomics.  After taking what seemed like a lifetime to get to the bottom, I decided it was time for a change and rented a pair of Volkl Bridge which are 95mm and rockered at both ends.  I skied them for 3 days and have not had that much fun skiing in years.  Although I'm not a powder skier yet, I'm on my way thanks to the new technology.  Oh, and these Volkls rocked in the trees as well, very quick from edge to edge.  I just wish there was another option on the graphics.  There was some chatter at "mach snell" on groomers when bending the ski but solid when straightlining.  The 2011 models are the only ones with rockers and no camber. Like whackedmytoe, I'm excited about skiing again and will be buying a pair of Volkls.  

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