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East Coast skiier looking for all around ski

post #1 of 9
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I'm looking for a ski that might not exist, but if I can get help from anyone its you guys(and gals) on this board.

I ski almost exclusively on the east coast, so I see a lot of groomers, 5-15 "powder" days a year, and I want a ski that will let me ski switch and maybe some bumps every once and a while.

I am 6'5" tall (The tallest skiier I know), 200 lb, and I would consider myself an advanced skiier.

Ive been looking really closely at the Volkl Karmas in 177 and 185, and more recently the Volkl Mantra in 177. I saw that Freeskier magazine noted the Mantra might be a good ski here in the east, so I put it into consideration. Any other recommendations regarding other skis would also be welcome, those are just two that caught my eye after reading the threads on this board.

Just for reference right now I ski an Atomic Metron 8 in 175, and while it carves well and is a fun ski, I wanted something a little more versatile when we do get those powder days, but that I can still rail on in the groomers. Suggestions?
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Originally Posted by EastCoaster View Post
I'm looking for a ski that might not exist, but if I can get help from anyone its you guys(and gals) on this board.

I ski almost exclusively on the east coast, so I see a lot of groomers, 5-15 "powder" days a year, and I want a ski that will let me ski switch and maybe some bumps every once and a while.

I am 6'5" tall (The tallest skiier I know), 200 lb, and I would consider myself an advanced skiier.

Ive been looking really closely at the Volkl Karmas in 177 and 185, and more recently the Volkl Mantra in 177. I saw that Freeskier magazine noted the Mantra might be a good ski here in the east, so I put it into consideration. Any other recommendations regarding other skis would also be welcome, those are just two that caught my eye after reading the threads on this board.

Just for reference right now I ski an Atomic Metron 8 in 175, and while it carves well and is a fun ski, I wanted something a little more versatile when we do get those powder days, but that I can still rail on in the groomers. Suggestions?
Even those skis in a 177 do not sound like enough ski. I would say a ski with a waist int eh low 80's and about a 185. The M:EX is a ski that comes to mind. The same with the Sweet Daddy. Two skis from the Atomic line.
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177/185 Karmas

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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
Even those skis in a 177 do not sound like enough ski. I would say a ski with a waist int eh low 80's and about a 185. The M:EX is a ski that comes to mind. The same with the Sweet Daddy. Two skis from the Atomic line.
I would agree with Phil on this. I am an East Coast native as well and probably see similar conditions as you do throughout the season. I was skiing on the older 1st run Spaceframe 1080's in a 181 (which was just about right, but I wanted something a little wider and shorter....so I went with the Karma in a 177). I demo'd em last season and really liked them so I pulled the trigger. I'm about 5'10, 175. Anyways, with your size, I see no reason for you not to be on the 185's (but that is personal preference). Mind you, the Karmas in a 185 are probably more like a 182 or so due to their measurements (I've been told numerous times Volkl twins run smaller than others). Demo them both and see which one works best for each condition. It is a fairly expensive set-up that you will want to get correct and not feel like you should have pulled the trigger on something shorter/longer. Best of luck.
post #4 of 9
I don't think the Volkl Mantra is the best choice for what you want in an Eastern ski. It will be bad in Eastern bumps and is not really designed to be skied switch. It is not a true twin tip.

How important is being able to ski switch to you? Will you be spending time in the park with these?

It sounds like the Karma may be better for your needs but you should demo them to be sure.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
I dont plan on being in the park all day every day, but I will probably spend a couple hours a week there in addition to skiing switch some on the hill.

Im leaning pretty heavily towards the Karma in a 177 or 185 at this point.
post #6 of 9
Get the 185 Karma, it will suit all the needs you stated.

I'm 6'3" 225# and have a 185cm, I wouldn't dream of skiing the 177cm.
post #7 of 9
You should just PM Whiteroom and buy his.

Great ski though, one of my faves. I don't think the Mantra would suck either. It has a pretty soft tip and enough twin to ride switch. Just probably not enough to be landing switch, but I didn't getthe impression you are doing huge 540's or anything.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Karmas

Ok Im pulling the trigger on the 05/06 Karmas in 185. Any recommendations for bindings? I was thinking pretty seriously about the Tyrolia Railflex, because of what I have heard about being able to change the position from park --> mountain right there on the hill. Anybody have experience with the Railflex, or recommend another binding?
post #9 of 9
Since you are apparently me 3 years ago, I will say please protect my body and get at least the 14 din railflex if you go that version but ideally get something else even though you won't be able to adjust it...

...your future shoulder thanks you
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