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Ninth Ward, anybody?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Has anybody ridden any of the Ninth Ward models, specifically the First Blood or THA?
post #2 of 13
I have not. Are they named in memory of New Orleans' ninth ward? First blood sounds tough, urban, edgy. What does THA stand for?
post #3 of 13
FYI, it's Ninthward, not Ninth Ward.
post #4 of 13
FYI, it's FYI not FIY
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
linguistic faux pas aside, i re-offer my initial inquiry:

has anybody ridden a pair?
post #6 of 13
Nope, but the filter paper insert in Freeskier was a nice touch.
post #7 of 13
wondering this too. ninthwards have a reputation but what is the construction like.

190 firstblood looks $$$

190cm
141-115-133 r=30m wood core
post #8 of 13
I did south shore soldier last season at Tahoe and the coaches were all on the 9thwards. They seemed to ski really well...really bomb proof and solid..
post #9 of 13
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Forgive my ignorance, what is South Shore Soldier?

And were these instructors using the Ninthward as a predominant park ski or were they ripping it up all mountain style?

I don't ever go into the park and so far my only experience on a park-styled ski used as an all-mountain ripper was debateable. I had a pair of Armada AR5's that I deemed too noodly and pulled me into the back seat too much after 3 days of riding them in various conditions.

I am still intrigued by many of the more park oriented companie's products, if only to find that perfect every day ripper. However, I'm not fond of the whole "center mount".
post #10 of 13
I hear they have awful service/shipping/delivery practises. Probably go out of business pretty soon, they are really late on deliveries this year, I wouldn't bother, there are better skis out there than anything they make. Unless you can get a killer deal.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
Forgive my ignorance, what is South Shore Soldier?

And were these instructors using the Ninthward as a predominant park ski or were they ripping it up all mountain style?

I don't ever go into the park and so far my only experience on a park-styled ski used as an all-mountain ripper was debateable. I had a pair of Armada AR5's that I deemed too noodly and pulled me into the back seat too much after 3 days of riding them in various conditions.

I am still intrigued by many of the more park oriented companie's products, if only to find that perfect every day ripper. However, I'm not fond of the whole "center mount".
Did some research, apperantly the 9th ward firstbloods are actually pretty good all/big mountain skis. Im sure youve seen http://www.powdermag.com/features/on...ive/ninthward/ this before as it is the second hit on google but if not...
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
Forgive my ignorance, what is South Shore Soldier?

And were these instructors using the Ninthward as a predominant park ski or were they ripping it up all mountain style?

I don't ever go into the park and so far my only experience on a park-styled ski used as an all-mountain ripper was debateable. I had a pair of Armada AR5's that I deemed too noodly and pulled me into the back seat too much after 3 days of riding them in various conditions.

I am still intrigued by many of the more park oriented companie's products, if only to find that perfect every day ripper. However, I'm not fond of the whole "center mount".
the ar5 is a park ski and will ski like that, however many of these "park oriented" companies make some real solid non park skis, for example the armada ant.
post #13 of 13
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^spot on about the AR5. Was a little squirrely for my taste. Bummer is that I demoed a 170 and it was not bad. Turned on a dime (I was able to swish some tight turns on the side of several long groomers at Heavenly last season). That said, it was shaky/jittery/chattery when you opened it up (chocked that up to the length). Went with the 176, because I was looking for something in the 80mm underfoot range as a basic all-mountain ripper.

Sadly, the more I rode it the more squirrelly and back-seaty it felt. Which is why I snatched the 912s off of them (put 'em on some Spats) and am trying to unload 'em.

Still looking for a nice alternative all mountain fun ski with a low-to-mid-'80s waist.

I'm still intrigued by some of the park oriented companies skis, but just don't want to end up on another park feeling ride.



thanks for that link, though!
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