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SX10 vs fischer rx8 vs izor 7:5 or even metron

post #1 of 15
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I am 29 years old 5'10'' 175 pounds and have been skiing since I was 10 about 5-15 times per year. I took about a 5 year hiatus from age 22-27 because of school and am coming into my second year back. I went 4 times last year and hope to increase that number this year and for years to come. East coast, PA, VT, NY mostly. I am a level 6 skier but was probably a 7 at 22 years old. I demoed AMC 73 and 76 last year in 165 and 170 and wasn't really in love with either of them. This will date my previous skiing career but my old setup (not used since I was 22 was K2 TRCs, marker M46s, Nordica grand prix boots). I had some trouble with the transition to shaped skis last year but feel more comfortable this year. From research here and elsewhere I have narrowed it down to the skis in the title. RX6-8, Sx10, metron 10, izor 7:5, and even took a look at the volant platinum just because I can get them cheap and they look GREAT. Depending on the ski I am thinking I should be in the 160-170 range (old TRCs were 195, lol).
Questions:
1. which ski and size sounds best for me?
2. should I get new boots?
3. any other recommendations for ski models?
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by Doctorsti View Post
I am 29 years old 5'10'' 175 pounds and have been skiing since I was 10 about 5-15 times per year. I took about a 5 year hiatus from age 22-27 because of school and am coming into my second year back. I went 4 times last year and hope to increase that number this year and for years to come. East coast, PA, VT, NY mostly. I am a level 6 skier but was probably a 7 at 22 years old. I demoed AMC 73 and 76 last year in 165 and 170 and wasn't really in love with either of them. This will date my previous skiing career but my old setup (not used since I was 22 was K2 TRCs, marker M46s, Nordica grand prix boots). I had some trouble with the transition to shaped skis last year but feel more comfortable this year. From research here and elsewhere I have narrowed it down to the skis in the title. RX6-8, Sx10, metron 10, izor 7:5, and even took a look at the volant platinum just because I can get them cheap and they look GREAT. Depending on the ski I am thinking I should be in the 160-170 range (old TRCs were 195, lol).
Questions:
1. which ski and size sounds best for me?
2. should I get new boots?
3. any other recommendations for ski models?
Doctorsti-welcome to Epic!

I haven't skied all of these models, only the Metron 10 and the RX8. The Metron was fun, but I am personally really fond of the RX8. The Metron is a wider ski at the waist and more of an all-mountain carver. It gives something up on hard snow to gain extra float off-piste, but won't be as good off-piste as a true crud ski (I found it to be a little hooky). The RX8 is very verstaile, and great up to 8" of snow. Best of all, it is very forgiving for the level of potential performance. An intermediate to a low-expert can enjoy this ski, which isn't something that is true of most skis. I used to own the P50 Platinum: it is a great ski, but doesn't have much sidecut compared to a modern ski, and therefore will be skied a bit longer. They weren't all that versatile, but a great GS-feeling hard snow ski. Other skis you may want to check out would be the Elan Speedwave 12, Nordica Mach 3 (an updated, more verstaile Platinum), K2 Apache Crossfire, Volkl Allstar (2006 version). Dynastar's Contact 10 may be very agreeable as well.

Any ski you choose will likely be in the 165-175 range. Go longer for all-mountain performance, and a bit shorter for groomed-snow pop and sportiness. Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions.
post #3 of 15
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Too bad I can't find any RX8 for a leftover price. I can find RX9s all over the place for really cheap but no RX8. They must have been really popular skis. I would be wrong to go with the RX9s right? I will look into the other skis you mention. I really need to get something that is a leftover as my budget is about 300-350. I would only go 400 if I knew they were brand new and were the absolute perfect ski for me right now. Thanks for the welcome too.
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Originally Posted by Doctorsti View Post
Too bad I can't find any RX8 for a leftover price. I can find RX9s all over the place for really cheap but no RX8. They must have been really popular skis. I would be wrong to go with the RX9s right? I will look into the other skis you mention. I really need to get something that is a leftover as my budget is about 300-350. I would only go 400 if I knew they were brand new and were the absolute perfect ski for me right now. Thanks for the welcome too.
Sorry I can't help! I have mine for $729 on sale, but you aren't likely going to find that ski for $400 or under. They are always a hot ski and hard to find the following season. You may want to look at some similiar but discontinued models at that price point-any current model is not likely to be that cheap.
post #5 of 15
From your list, I would go for the RX8 in 170, if you can find it. If you ski fast and can find a Fischer WC SC on sale it would also be good (it's not great at going slow however). Atomic's SX11 (replaced by sx12) is also a great ski, but a slightly longer turn radius than the RX8. RX9 would be good if you make more long turns than short turns.

If your boots fit well, keep using them.
post #6 of 15
Here are some discontinued models that would be worth checking out (I enjoyed skiing all of these when they were in production):

Nordica Speedwave 12
Elan S12 Fusion
Head iXRC 1100 SW (last year's model, cap version)
Blizzard X-Cross 11
Volkl P50 SL (non race-stock)
Atomic SL9
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
I think I have narrowed it down to the RX6 or 8 or atomic sx10. I figure if I get a good deal and I don't like them next year I could sell them off and not lose too much. I really like the price on the RX6 and they seem to get reviews that they are not too much off the rx8. I may be able to get the sx10s for a really crazy price so I may just go with them. I will look into the Elans too thanks.
It's too bad no one has said to get the volant platinums since they look incredible but if memory serves me Volants (at least under old management) were heavy and more of a cadillac ride. Are they still? I would just love to have the gloss black clean looking volants!
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post #9 of 15
The above is a great buy but I would probably recommend it in a 170cm if it's your only ski.
On the other hand the atomic SX10 is a really good ski [there are numerous posts about it in these forums].
What are the dimensions of the Volants?
Volant skis are still a pretty nice ride and if the price is a steal, I don't think you can go wrong. You could always make it your rock ski in the future.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
107/70/90 for 165cm
weight 8lb 10 oz
sidecut radius 16m

these are the platinum that retail for 1200 with the neox 412 bindings.
post #11 of 15
SX-10 ::
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
So I think for the bang for the buck value I am going to get a 07 pair of RX6. I don't believe I will grow out of them in the next two or three years unless I do some heavy duty skiing like 20 times or something. Now I am down to size. Should I get the 165 or 170? I thought for a shorter and greater sidecut ski I should be in the 165 and for a straighter ski or a wide waisted ski I would go longer like 170. Is this correct as I willl likely pick these skis up in the next week or so.
post #13 of 15
Typically you would actually go shorter for wide waisted skis like Metrons. For skiing in the East a 165 cm in RX8 would be a perfect ride. The RX6 is a little softer so 170 cm would be fine.
post #14 of 15
I've posted numerous "positives" about the RX6 and think it is a terrific ski with a nice performance envelope but if skiing primarily on eastern ice and hardpack an SX10 will probably give you better edge hold.
Both are nice skis but this is just IMHO.
PS. I've spent time on both.
post #15 of 15
Check out "tromano's" deal in the gear swap section for a great deal on SX10s. :
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