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intermediate ski purchase question

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi – Looking for some information about options for an upcoming ski purchase. My stats: level 7 (per this website’s skill level chart), male, 33, 5’10, 183lbs, fit, ski mainly mid-Atlantic with several forays a year outside this area. I’d be very happy just advancing to level 8 in 2006-7. I’ve got two trips coming up (Aug & Sep) and I don’t feel like putting more money into rentals (been skiing in the 160cm’s). From various sources I’m being directed towards the list at bottom. I would appreciate any comments about these or other skis of possible interest based on my profile and short-term objectives. $500 is probably my maximum price with bindings since I’m looking at this as a one- or two-year pair of skis before passing on within the family. I’d also appreciate comments about a desirable length or length range. Thanks a lot in advance for any help!

THE LIST:

These were recommended by a dealer I trust (up to a point) because he thought they were better for eastern terrain:

2006 Atomic SX:9 (166cm)
2007 Atomic SX:9 (170cm)
2007 Atomic 9.18 (length TBA)

He also suggested the 2006 M:9 instead of the IZOR 9:7. I thought the IZOR would be ideal but he kept pushing the M:9 as more stable/solid.
post #2 of 15
I've got the SX:9, and I love it. I ski in the east and it's perfect for the groomed blacks that I hit. (I'm a level 7-8)

I also use it for league races.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot for the info. What length did you choose in relation to your height?
post #4 of 15
The M9 was called the "least liked model in the Metron line" at Realskiers.com. A friend of mine who is about your size and ability level tried them and also didn't like them. He was coming off a pair of Atomic 9:18's that he had outgrown. I know that there is a bunch of them (M9's) floating around for sale on the internet for cheap money, so that probably tells you something. The Izor got a much better review at Realskiers, as did the SX 9. They called the Izor 9.7 fun, versatile, and lively. The SX line is more of a groomer oriented ski. I've demoed most of the Metron and SX lineup, but I have never skied the Izors. I would hesitate to recommend a ski to you that I have never tried, but most of the people I know of that have really liked them. I think you can find some reviews on this forum if you use the search option.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Mac. That helps narrow it down!
post #6 of 15
Any reason why you are only considering one brand?
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
No, that was just a list which came about after initial discussions with some people and a few dealers. I'd actually like to find out about options other than Atomic too.
post #8 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by dcmgooge
I'd actually like to find out about options other than Atomic too.
Consider the Fischer RX6 or RX8, both are great skis. The RX6 provides great performance without demanding full-time effort and skill, and is ideal for level 6-8. The RX8 is a little more demanding, but can easily carve very tight turns and is very stable at speed. The RX8 is more of a level 7-9+ ski.

Both will carve very well in eastern ice, while managing boot-top deep snow with no problem.

Cheers,

Michael
post #9 of 15
If you are not limited to the choices that you listed above, then the Fischer RX6 would be a good bet as well as the Head XRC 800. Elan is also making some user friendly high performance skis at that level. Nordica, which is mostly made by Elan, is also putting out some very good, if not slightly more demanding skis in that category. Those would be my brands of choice if I were shopping for new skis.
post #10 of 15
Or the Head iM 72, Dynastar Skicross 9 [a few years old but a nice ski with many good deals out there],Elan Magfire 10[ a bit like the Metron line but higher performing than the Metron 9].
post #11 of 15
Yeah, I'm 5'6" and weigh 150. I went with the 158 in the SX9. I would not have went with a ski that short had I not demoed it because that was the only length available. It seemed to fit me really well. I had been skiing a C9 in a 160.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the information. Very helpful!
post #13 of 15
Where will you be skiing in Aug/Sep?

What kind of terrain is your favorite? What kind of conditions do you seek out? What kind do you avoid? What's your favorite turn shape? What part(s) of your skiing do you most want to improve?

Most/all of the skis above will work for you depending on answers to these kinds of questions. I'd be happy to give you my thoughts after I learn a bit more about your skiing.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi - In answer to your questions:

--- Where will you be skiing in Aug/Sep?

Possibly Zermatt for three days in early August, and then about 10 days in Chile either late August or early September. If the latter doesn't work out, then Mt. Hood, depending on when they close for whatever work they do.

--- What kind of terrain is your favorite? What kind of conditions do you seek out? What kind do you avoid? What's your favorite turn shape? What part(s) of your skiing do you most want to improve?

Terrain: given my intermediate level, I'm very happy sticking to groomed runs, improving turning technique, confidence and speed. In terms of difficulty, taking A-Basin as a guide, I'm okay with all the blues and the easier single black diamond runs (on the east side, below the East Wall). When I say "okay" I mean that I can get down them in control but not necessarily gracefully or quickly. That would generally answer the area of improvement question also. Longer term I'd like to do more than what I describe here, but moving up from level 7 to 8 (or 9) would be a fine objective for the next year or so. Most skiing during the 2006-07 will happen in WV/VA/PA, with a few trips to New England or out West.

Feel free to ask more questions if I'm not giving you the info you're looking for. Thanks.

PS: Is it possible for me to change my userid name, or if not, to delete this id and start again while using the same email address?
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