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05/06 Scott Aztec Pro

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hi all -- I am looking for any insights/advice on this ski. I have searched the forums and there is some info, though not much.

I typically buy year old models to save $$. Last year I was skiing 175 stockli stormrider ATs that were destroyed by southwest airlines...so now I have some cash to spend on new boards. I loved the stocklis but some times found them to be overly stiff/stubborn.

I have a very attractive offer on the 05/06 Scott Aztec Pro in a 175 and wondered if anyone out there has any thoughts to share. I am a 5'7" 160 lb aggressive skier. I spend time pretty much everywhere on the mountain -- on and off piste, steeps, bumps, park, etc. Its definitely important to me that they perform on piste, but I don't really want a pure race/carving ski.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Mike
post #2 of 16
Where do you ski? Of all the different types of skiing you list, which is your favorite? And what's the attractive offer on the Scotts, so that people can chime in with alternatives in a similar price range?
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
I know people ask about a magic do-everything ski all the time, but it's pretty tough to say where I spend a majority of my time or what I like best. I spend a majority of time off piste when possible, but I do ski some on the east coast, where on piste (read: groomed ice) can some times be your only option. I also enjoy the park and have occasionally been to known to attempt to land switch which is why the quasi-twin tipped Aztec Pro caught my attention. When on piste, I prefer to make quicker, shorter radius turns which is where the stormrider AT struggled last year.

The price, new without bindings is $250.

Thanks again,

Mike
post #4 of 16
So I still have no idea what places you ski at -- there's a big difference between, say, Jay and Sundown -- or what proportion is on the ice coast, or where you go when you're not on the ice coast.

That said, it's clear that you are probably skiing too much different stuff to be happy with a single ski. So it sounds like you actually need a quiver... and the money to buy one. Which is a quandary.

Your best bet is probably to try to pick up a couple of pairs of lightly used skis that are a couple of seasons old -- a pair of skinny carvers for ice and groomers and a pair of 80-90mm wide twins for off-piste and park. I don't have many real good suggestions for the former, but for the latter, you should be able to find some used K2 Public Enemies or the like reasonably easily. My suggestion is to monitor Craigslist and eBay, post a want-to-buy thread in the relevant forum here and on http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/, and keep an open mind.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm actually looking for feedback specifically on the Scott Aztec Pro from anyone who skis it because I thought it would be a good compromise. But thank you again.
post #6 of 16
It's been reviewed on this board.

Here's some reviews from other places.

They sound pretty soft. I suspect that anyone who's mostly happy with Stockli's is not going to be happy with these -- you'll probably want a happy medium.

Also, that's not a terribly attractive offer, since Overstock.com has them for $200.
post #7 of 16
How long do things stay on Overstock.com? Is it till they sell out? Do they normally only have 1 pair of skis at a time?
post #8 of 16
The Astrochimp review linked by Alpinedad is perfectly in line with what I've heard / read in France (where the Aztec Pro is quite popular) : excellent ski, but on the soft side.
See http://www.skipass.com/tests06/index.php?ProductId=738
and http://www.au-vieux-campeur.fr/gp/as...p?codprd=72522
if you read french.
post #9 of 16
Mike, I've skiied them in the very restricted arena of an indoor ski dome in the UK.

While I wait for the laughter to subside I'm pleased to say they were unexpectedly good on snow that, I presume, they weren't designed for - hardpacked and flat.

If they perform well on that stuff, they'll be good on piste (compared to other all mountain skis) and I'm told they work pretty well in deeper stuff too.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by marc gledhill View Post
Mike, I've skiied them in the very restricted arena of an indoor ski dome in the UK.

While I wait for the laughter to subside I'm pleased to say they were unexpectedly good on snow that, I presume, they weren't designed for - hardpacked and flat.

If they perform well on that stuff, they'll be good on piste (compared to other all mountain skis) and I'm told they work pretty well in deeper stuff too.
Marc, I've found these intriguing due to the combination of width and sidecut. How would you compare them to the other skis with which you're familiar?
post #11 of 16
Steve, I wasn't aware of the skis' dimensions as there was no indication on the topsheet I could see. But if it has a large sidecut, then it could explain it's groomer capability. I tried out the Aztecs at a recent demo day at the dome.

I usually ski there (say twice a month) on last years Dynamic VR23 SL (read Atomic SL9+) which I keep in pretty good tune. That last fact, probably more than anything, means that nothing else at the test seemed as good for groomed runs. The credit card can sleep easy again.

I tried out the Head Supershape, Fischer RX8, Atomic ST12 (yeah I know it's a girls ski), Head WC SL, Head XRC 1200i and K2 Outlaw.

So that's roughly two slalom skis, two skiercross, two wideish skis and whatever the Supershapes meant to be (slalom carver??).

However for speed of turn initiation and grip I'd have to put the Aztecs up nearer the skiercross duo, which is way ahead of the Outlaw and even beat the Supershape (which I didn't get on with at all). They ski as easy as B2's or Recons, initiate as just as easy, but have a bit more pop and look to have decent width underfoot for deeper snow. However if there is a big sidecut there, they may make you concentrate a bit more in deep snow.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the insights, everyone. Singel -- I did see them for $200 on overstock.com, but I have heard some horror stories about that site and had concerns about exactly what I'd be getting (i.e. blems, lowest quality stock, etc)...
post #13 of 16
According to the Scott site:

118/78/108 with a 14m radius in 175.

I thought they were wider.

The Rosa and Mission are pretty interesting. Wider, but still a shorter radius.
post #14 of 16
I thought they were wider too. Explains their performance a little better though.
post #15 of 16
Dumb question:

How can the AZtek be considered a soft ski with two layers of titanal? Does titanal layer thickness vary from mfg to mfg? If so, then it's a meaningless piece of info!
post #16 of 16
Titinal is usually for torsional stiffness, not longitudinal flex. Although, of course, it does effect both.
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