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My 1st post. Need ski instuctor help on Skis choice?!

post #1 of 8
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After spending 3 days on this forum and reading many post and reviews, I wanted to ask someones opinion (preferably ski intstructor or pro skier) on a gear choice?

Here is a little about me. I am 27 year old male, 6"-6'1 in height, 185lbs, mid-built. I have been skiing since I was 7 years old in Russia where I was born. My father was a pro skier and put me on skis early on. So I grew up skiing on a local ski team and then we moved to US when I was 12, and since then I skied re-recreationaly, 10-20 days per year. I have been to Pocono's PA, upstate NY at Hunter, Killington Vermont, Lake Tahoe Nevada (my favorite). When I moved to US, my father was managing Russian Olympic Skiing team, so we got Racing skis for free. Since I was 12 until only 3 years ago I skied on straight racing skis by Volkl and Mizuno at 195-205cm. So I am used to skiing old school style not the new style carving with shape skis.

Then 2 years ago I decided to update to modern shaped skis. Without making any research I went to local pre-season shop sale and got a good deal on Blizzard Firebird X05 skis 177cm, $260 with Marker binding. They are great looking skis, made very well, ski very forgiving, and carve fairly easy. The salesman advised me to get these skis for the money since I do not ski that much. I think they just tried to move these skis since not a lot of people know of these and that they are not a hot seller like Atomics or Volkls are. After skiing on them few times last season I realized that these are not enough skis for me. After doing some research on skipressworld.com I found that these skis are in Carver sport category. They are beginner to intermediate ski in the same group with Fischer RX4.
I knew Fischer RX8-9 would be better ski for me when I bought Blizzards but did not want to spend the money then. I consider my self 7-8 level skier out of 10. I like to take short to mid turns and ski mostly upstate NY. Next year I will try to make it to Vail CO. After reading all the reviews on skis on this forum. I know that RX8 extremely popular here and a lot of people love these skis on this forum. I looked through a lot of skis on line and graphics wise, performance, and reviews wise, I would consider getting Fischer or Volkl skis. Here are the skis I picked out 2006 (I like the graphics on them better then 2007 and price would be cheaper) Fischer RX8 165-170cm, 2006 Volkl All-Star or 5 Star 168cm or Volkl AC4 168cm. What do you guys think?

My gear includes:
2005 Tecnica Diablo boots
Blizzard X05 177cm skis
Goode Carbon poles
Uvex Ultrasonic Pro goggles
Nevica shell bibs and Descente insolated jacket
post #2 of 8
Well, since you have the Uvex Ultrasonic Pro goggles, I would probably go with the Allstars.

Welcome to the board. I am sure you will get lots of feedback on these skis, generally speaking, they are all good choices.
post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by Mike Aswell View Post
Well, since you have the Uvex Ultrasonic Pro goggles, I would probably go with the Allstars.
Don't the Nevica bibs cancel out the Uvex goggles?:
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
I see you guys got jokes.. lol.. Thats ok.. I can take one.. Nevika bibs are still the best looking black shell bibs I have seen in rescent years at ski shops, quality and feel wise. As far as Uvex googles, I just bought them on Uvex website few weeks ago as a close out sale for $40, they were $130, last years model, smaller and better fit then my Bole 10 years old goggles that my father bought for me years ago.. I thought it was a bargain, colors were a bit wild bright yellow snake skin like frame and orange/yellow mirror lenses..
post #5 of 8
All those choices are good I would also suggest the AC3 from Volkl. Or better yet the Atomic M11B5 that I happen to be selling.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
My first choice would be 2005/2006 Fischer RX-8 165 or 175cm used in great condition with Railflex2 bindings, I love the reviews and graphics on them the best. Thank you for the suggestion
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by dlomonosov View Post
I see you guys got jokes.. lol.. Thats ok.. I can take one..
That's always good! It makes the banter on this board much more enjoyable when it's light hearted.

If your set on the RX8's used, you might consider posting a wanted post in the classifieds here, someone may have a pair their looking to unload.

Good luck!
post #8 of 8
Actually, Phil's Metrons would be a really good choice, as well, especially if all those years of skiing race skis has you enjoying riding the edge. Those M11B5s arc it up very well!
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