Hey guys...I'm new to post in this forum but I've been reading it for a few weeks now and love it. I'm in the process of looking for a new set of skis. I'm 5' 9" and 170 lbs, 27 years old. I'm a expert skier (can ski anything on the mountain except for maybe a little tentative on some difficult shoots and steep trees). I tend to stay off-piste (trees, light powdered bumps and steeps).. I live in Chicago currently and get out West a couple times a year. I want to get an all-mountain setup right now b/c I can't justify buying a few different setups until i move out west (should happen someday.) Since I do live in the Midwest though, I have to deal with the hardpack and icy slopes around here so I don't want a ski that's going to chatter a ton and slip-and-slide all over the place when I do go local. I've been looking at the K2 Outlaws, Volkl AC4s and the Rossignol B3s. I've read so-so reviews of the K2s, the AC4s have been getting mostly positive feedback and I haven't heard much of the B3s. I'm probably looking at a length of 170 (AC4) and 174 (K2s) and not sure about the B3s. You guys have any recommendations? Any other skis I should look at. I should really try and demo a pair but I can't b/c there really is nowhere to do so around here.
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12/18/06 at 11:30am