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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hey guys! I'm new here, obviously, and need a little help choosing a big gun/powder ski. Go easy on the flaming if I left anything out!

For a little backround I'm 5'8" and about 130lbs-trying to gain 10lbs by next year. I'm an advanced/exper skiing, with some race backround, but have developed a love for big mountain terrain. Hucks, straightlines, pow, etc. I mostly ski Solitude, and Alta and Snowbasin on occassion. I currently own some 174 B4's with Naxos for touring, 179 Stiff BRO's for everyday/all mountain, and some Nordica Top Fuels for ripping up the groomers, and when its crustier/ icier. I feel I need one more ski to make my quiver complete. Keep in mind this is not an all out Big Mountain/Charging ski. I was a playful pow ski that I can still get serious with and charge hard.

Now that you know what I'm working with it may be easier for you guys to help me make a decision. I was thinking I want more stability and float out of the ski, but I also don't want it to quick my ass when I just want to fool around and get lazy towards the end of the day. I was thinking I don't need something super stiff because I am a featherweight, but then again I do want stability. Is there even any ski that can blends stability, float, and playfullness all into one?

I was thinking 179/189 Maden' AKs(maybe too long in the 189 but maybe not stable enough in the 179)
186 Dynastar Legend Pros (Not enough float and not playful at all?)
183 Head Supermojos (Most likely not plaayful AT ALL)
188 Armada JP vs. Juliens(Maybe too long and not stable enough? Shitty when the snow get tracked towards the end of the day?)

Wow that was a lot of typing. Let me know if I left any information out that you guys needed.(I believe I covered everything)
Thanks for reading this and thanks in advance for the replies!
post #2 of 22
You don't think the Mojos would be playful? When i first started read your post The Mojo90 was the first ski I thought of. Then again what do i know I think my old stiff Rex is a playful ski
post #3 of 22
Hi, Solitude.

Welcome to Epic.

I like your home ski area. I would bet we might have a friend or two in common.

I think you might really like next year's (06/07) Head Supermojo. This year's Supermojo is a seriously burly ski. I' be willing to bet that ski wouldn't even notice somebody your weight was standing on it. :

NEXT year's model is much different and I would think it might be a good ski for what you're describing. It's the tiniest bit wider than this year's model, it has a twin tip, and it's softened up considerably. I think that makes it a MUCH more enjoyable day-to-day ski.

I've skied both this year's and next year's and while I enjoyed this year's model quite a bit, it is NOT in any sense of the word a ski you can relax on. I outweigh you by 60-70 pounds and I can barely bend that ski.

I don't know that the combination of forgiveness, float, and big-mountain ripability you're looking for even exists. I would normally list a couple of other makes/models you might want to try but you're asking for a pretty specific kind of ski. You also need to know that I have a relationship with Head so I'm not completely objective.

The Legend Pro might be closer than you think. The Volkl Mantra in a 184 (which under normal circumstances would be too long for your weight) might be worth a try.

Good luck in the search.
post #4 of 22
You have 179 Stiff Bro's? and your looking for more ski? TROLLING?:

If you want some real big guns (For your sknny ASS) get some 188 soft Bro's
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
Trolling?:

Anyways, I guess that rules the Supermojos out. The Mojo 105 seems interesting.

So in the running right now are
179/189 Madens
186 Legend Pros
188 Jp vs. juliens
Head Mojo 105

and have any of you ridden Spatulas? They seem interesting, but maybe not the right ski for me.

Thanks guys!
post #6 of 22
130 lbs, and you need more ski than a stiff Bro? Is you sure 'bout dat??

There are lots of burly big skis out there but normally longer and softer would be a better call for your weight. In any case, around SLC it should be no challenge to find a Legend Pro to Demo. Maybe you should strap into one 'O them babies then get back to us.

SJ
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
Oh, no. The BRO is plenty of ski for me, just the right amount. I just want a longer, softer pow ski thats a little more jibbier feeling. Right now I'm liking the sounds of the Madens, JP/J, and Mojo 105s. My fear with the Legend Pros is that they are skinnier than my BROs and may not provide enough playfullness and supreme float.
post #8 of 22

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post #9 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Solitude
Oh, no. The BRO is plenty of ski for me, just the right amount. I just want a longer, softer pow ski thats a little more jibbier feeling. Right now I'm liking the sounds of the Madens, JP/J, and Mojo 105s. My fear with the Legend Pros is that they are skinnier than my BROs and may not provide enough playfullness and supreme float.
OK nowwwww I getit.

I think you are right, the LP is probably anything but playful for your weight. The folks that bought JP/J from me this year were very happy with 'em. I sold some maid'ns too but didn't hear any feedback. Another twin possibility is a 4Frnt VCT if you could find one. Among wider non twins the Sugar Daddy, and Fischer Prohete are soft enough to not beat you up.

SJ
post #10 of 22
I'm not going to break character here so I'll recommend the Volant V2 Chubb. If you can ski a 179 stiff Bro, the Chubb, though not as wide as the Maden' would give someone your size fantastic float, and a very stable platform with a silky sooth ride. If you are an aggressive skier you might handle the 185 (actually a 188 chord length measured), the overall flex is pretty soft, especially due to the soft tails. A great pure powder ski.
post #11 of 22
Stay away from the LP for sure. They'll be a$$-kickers for someone 130 lbs., even if you full throttle it all the time. And they are not playful (at least mine aren't, and I have 50 lbs. on you.) Made'n AK or even a Gotama might fit the bill.

Also, since you are on Bro's already, you may also get some sage advice (and heckling) here: "TGR Forums"
post #12 of 22
Dude, why you wasting time with those mid-fat choices? Go BIG for the REALLY BIG DAYZ!!!! Try something like the K2 Pontoons

(http://www.untracked.com/highlight-176498.html)

Or get a pair of Line Prophete 130's. Maybe go exotic and try the Kingswood...
(http://www.kingswoodskis.com/html/kingswood-skis.html)

You might even want to try the Volkl Sumos or Sanouks. Don't be afraid of the fat side...
post #13 of 22
What MTT said. Should be plenty of ski for your height and weight.

Have 188 superstiff Bros along with the 179s but would go softer next time. And I'm 40 lbs heavier than you. First, eat more!
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PowHog
What MTT said. Should be plenty of ski for your height and weight.

Have 188 superstiff Bros along with the 179s but would go softer next time. And I'm 40 lbs heavier than you. First, eat more!

Trying to gain a good 15 lbs by next winter.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by Solitude
Trying to gain a good 15 lbs by next winter.
Drink more beer!
post #16 of 22
183 Gotama or 185 Nordica Supercharger Blower....
post #17 of 22
Check out next years Line's "Sir Francis Bacon". It 182 version of the elizabeth. 139/110/137 Dimisons with a soft sysmtrecial Flex modeled of a snow board check out http://www.lineskis.com/ they have decent video of the shorter elizabeths in actions and I am thinking the the 10 more Cm would be perfect ski for out here on powder days.
post #18 of 22
Hi Soli,

I'm just curious if you are the guy that my son, Evan, hooked up with for a day - I think last season. We are at Solitude for a few weeks a year. I think he'd be more than willing to talk to you about this. He and his comp buddies are skiing Line now. He's been through a number of skis the past few years and has a good idea about how they ski and how they break!
post #19 of 22
No contest here, for the super deep days the DP Lotus 138. If you are looking for something more conventional or cheaper I love my Jp's though they may be alot soft for you. The only real drawback is that they get a little squirley on hard pack at super high speeds, but they more than make up for in the bc/huck/booters department.
post #20 of 22
DP Lotus 138!!
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by johnson416
DP Lotus 138!!
I only rode them for one run but I thought I must have crashed and now I am dead and this is heaven. Out of this world performance and craftsmanship, customer service is great because you talk to the guy who made your skis, the price is rich but it is well worth it. Think Spatula Version 3. Rips through crud, mash potatoes, death cookies and corn. Get it in pow and holy *hit no tip dive concerns and rips like it is on rails. The only downside is it is not a groomer ski but hey a no reverse side cut reverse camber ski with 138 underfoot makes groomers those annyoing trails between the lifts and pow.
post #22 of 22
The Sanouk should actually be a pretty good ski for you. I has the stiffness to charge when you wanna do that, but it still has a really soft nose when you wanna make small turns in the deep, deep powder among the trees...
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