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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm 52, great shape,5'10, 140 lbs.level 7/8 skier. mostly ski the blue groomers fast. looking at the volkl allstar.need
your help on length. willing to consider any other skis.
i just discovered this forum. love all the info.
post #2 of 13

Skinny?

Slimjim, Welcome to Epic great site. One of many good choices for what you described. I'd say 170 but would really recommend you go demo at least 3 pair from different manufacturers. Then you will make a better choice for yourself. I don't know about where you ski? but a lot of areas hav e a demo program where you can ski 3-5 pair a day. Or contact the ski area where you ski and ask when is demo day and a lot of reps will be there from different companies, and that is usually free. Don't rush on purchase if you buy the right ski for you, you'll save $ in the long run. Again Welcome to Epic and have a great winter. Pete
post #3 of 13
What length you buy really comes down to personal preference. If you like making short turns, go with a 160. If medium to long turns are your thing, consider buying a 170. To put this into perspective, I weigh 165 lbs and race/freeski on 160cm slalom skis. When I buy GS boards, I'll be getting something in the 180cm range. Both of these skis are the "right" length for me.

For a short-medium radius ski, look at the Fischer RX8 and Race SC. Good GS style skis include the Elan Ripstick, Atomic SX12, and Nordica Mach 3 Power.
post #4 of 13
Hi SJ,


The Ripstick is a great ski, see this review http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...light=Ripstick




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Target: Expert to intermediate carvers preferring precision and stability in all conditions
Benefit: Advanced sidewall technology for easy initiation while remaining powerful under foot.
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This member has these available: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...236#post599236

Cheers,

Michael
post #5 of 13
I've heard that the Allstar is great. Check out Atomic SX11, SX12, Fischer WC RC, and Salomon Equipe GC. I've been on the SX11 and it rips. I own the shorter turn version of the Fischer WC and it can certainly handle speed and is also good at short turns (if you get the short turn version go for 160 max). I've also tried the Equipe SC (shorter turn version of the GC). I think 165cm should be a good length for you depending on your prefered turn shape and speed (how fast is fast.
post #6 of 13
There are a lot of really great hard snow rippers out there. Depending upon your temperment and turn shape preferences, there are long turners, and short turners, beasts and pussycats.

A few other good choices not mentioned are the Fischer RX series, and the new Nordica Mach 3's

In any demo program, you are likely to find the Volkls and possibly K2's but may be hard pressed to find the all the others so it's good to have a wide list.

SJ
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

how fast is fast?

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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
I've heard that the Allstar is great. Check out Atomic SX11, SX12, Fischer WC RC, and Salomon Equipe GC. I've been on the SX11 and it rips. I own the shorter turn version of the Fischer WC and it can certainly handle speed and is also good at short turns (if you get the short turn version go for 160 max). I've also tried the Equipe SC (shorter turn version of the GC). I think 165cm should be a good length for you depending on your prefered turn shape and speed (how fast is fast.

good question. basically i enjoy short to medium turns
with as much speed as i can get(hopefully with no one around)
you know the rush. It keeps us 50 year olds feeling 20.
thanks for all your replies!
post #8 of 13
The Allstar in the 161 would fit you nicely. Give it try . The 161 has a 13m turn raidus and handles speed nicely. The ski rips and it is stable at very high speeds in turns.
Try to demo a few of these suggestions and see for yourself. I think the Allstar would please your need for thrills.
post #9 of 13
If it's short turns your after, then consider Allstar (hearsay), Fischer WC SC (like mine), RX8 (demoed for a day, better than WC at slower speeds and soft snow, but not as powerful), and Solomon Equipe SC (also deomoed a couple of times, reads your mind to turn). Look at a length of about 160 for the WC SC, and about 165 for the other two. The WC SC will let you go the fastest (no complaints from it at a mile a minute), but is a bit stiff for speeds less than 25 mph. The Equipe will feel great at anything up to about 45 mph, the RX8 splits the difference nicely. The atomic SXs are more of a medium than a short turning skis. The Equipe is the most forgiving, but still a high performer and lightning quick when you give it the right signals.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by slimjim View Post
I'm 52, great shape,5'10, 140 lbs.level 7/8 skier. mostly ski the blue groomers fast. looking at the volkl allstar.need
your help on length. willing to consider any other skis.
i just discovered this forum. love all the info.
general rule with skis, the faster you like to go the longer the length of the ski.
post #11 of 13
When you demo maybe ue an inhill shop tht you can trade out lenghths and see how the differant sizes feel. The next size up is the 168 in the Alllstar . Ghost seems pretty accurte in his recos for lenghth. the slaloms run short by design . the RX-8 is more forgiveing and would run longer. the Allstar would run at 161 for your weight
Barretts suggestion fits you also. I haven't skied them but they are rated hightly
You need to demo to understand how they fit your needs.
post #12 of 13
I haven't tried the Ripstick, but judging by the S12, which I have tried, the Ripstick should also fit the bill. Like the Fischer WC though, it won't be too good at going slow.

You would probably be happy with any of these skis.
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

lots to demo

thanks for all the good advice and suggestions.
hope to check out as many as i can over thanksgiving.
speaking of thanksgiving hope you all have a good one!
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