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A final ski for my quiver...

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Reading all the ski reviews here has been very educational and interesting! I want to get some opinions on which ski to add to my quiver this year. I am a 5'11'', 200 pound, 37 year old advanced skier. I'll ski about 40-50 days this year, mostly in the East. My current skis: Rossi Bandit XX and Atomic Metron 11. I avoid bumps but wouldn't mind getting better in them. When I ski I like to ski all day. I prefer short/medium turns. I'm looking for light slalom skis for groomed conditions (mornings) that I could also use at other times when my legs are getting tired. Top speed isn't that important to me, but quickness/agility is. My best guesses would include: Dynastar Contact 9, Fischer RX8, Elan Ripstick. Any thoughts? Thanks!
post #2 of 13
You current list is excellent, add the Head Supershape.

I'm 215 Lbs and I enjoy the RX8 in a 175cm for what you describe and would recommend it fully. It's quick, stable, and easy to use. The Supershape is great on ice, versatile enough for soft snow & is super agile according to users, consider a 170cm size in this model.

Cheers,

Michael
post #3 of 13
190lb 6'1" here, and love the RX-8 in 180cm for athletic carving on hard snow. However, I wouldn't say it's the ski to go to if you're getting tired! I also have a pair of Elan M666, and they are my all-mountain go to skis. I would jump on these if I wanted some relaxing cruiser runs at the end of the day.
post #4 of 13
Rx8
post #5 of 13
Never say "final" when it comes to a quiver...NEVER!!!!!!!!!
post #6 of 13
RX8's are the shiznit
post #7 of 13
Do you mean "final" for this year?
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
Never say "final" when it comes to a quiver...NEVER!!!!!!!!!
True, true.

One question Mr. G (and I'm serious about this), if you already have Metron 11s, why do you want another hypercarver? Yes, I know the RX8 is narrower in the waist et all, but they are both short radius (RX8 14m, M11 15m) turn skis which excell on groomers and have great edge grip on ice and so on.

If this is the "final" ski in your quiver, why get something with such similar, and yet narrower applications.:

Oh, and I don't belive for a minute your done building your quiver, once you start using the term quiver, you are doomed.
post #9 of 13
Yea!. If I were rounding out a quiver, I'd add something like the snoop daddy or sugar daddy.

I had the M B:5, and P50's, so I rounded out my quiver with the teledaddy(aka sugar daddy but softer) and the karma.


And I agree with Phil and VA! You ain't done if you're callin it a quiver!
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
Yea!. If I were rounding out a quiver, I'd add something like the snoop daddy or sugar daddy.

I had the M B:5, and P50's, so I rounded out my quiver with the teledaddy(aka sugar daddy but softer) and the karma.


And I agree with Phil and VA! You ain't done if you're callin it a quiver!
TC, with that quiver, you ought to move someplace with......mountains.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
TC, with that quiver, you ought to move someplace with......mountains.
I don't have plans of "moving" someplace else, but I have plans of traveling a lot more and using them to their potential

I guess more than anything I thought I'd make a point of expanding the ski quiver horizons!
If you're gonna do it, make it count!
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestions...

I did demo a few skis last winter...the Metron 11s seemed to be able to do a lot, and they are great turners. I took them to Lake Louise in early April and they were good for some fresh powder as well. (My first trip out west...loved it. I've also tried skiing in South Korea-bizzare!) They are a do-it-all ski for me. Most of my skiing is done in Vermont. I just want to add a ski that can do some things a bit better than the Metrons can...isn't that why we have more than 1 pair of skis? For example, the Ripsticks I tried felt light and quick under my feet. They seemed to make me more agile. I love the Metrons but I don't get that same feeling from them. I think adding this kind of ski will be more useful than adding a wider-waist ski, which I think doesn't fit the weather/terrain of Vermont-at least not the terrain I'm usually on. I'll definitely demo the RX8 and any other lighter skis mentioned here.
post #13 of 13
I think your model selection is pretty good. You have something on the expert end with the RX-8 and something a half notch down with the Contact 9. I have not skied the Ripper so I can't comment on it. The only other ski that immediately comes to mind is the Volkl Racetiger RC. It is a lightning quick turner and more more forgiving than some Volkl models.

SJ
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