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Hey Guys...Its time again for me to buy...and its been awhile!

post #1 of 20
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(90/10) 90% groomed runs, 10% off trail.

Advanced/EZ expert

Male
5'10/165lb
30years old
15skiing
Aggressiveness (one a one to ten.....I'd say a 7)

Hi there. I really appreciate you taking some time to point me in the right direction. I skied a good bit between 1988-2002 then took a few years off. I was a strong skier and could handlethe bumps/steeps/ice. I generally like longer sweeping turns. I was comfortable keeping my boots close and could balance 50/50 through pretty high speed turns. I'm in the mid-atlantic and have yet to go out west though that's going to change soon.

I thought I wouldnt buy another ski after i got my Olin DTSL's set up in the mid/late 90's.

So I just booked a trip to Squaw. I'm headed out there in march and am quickly realizing that the technology has changed. I'd rather not drop more than a few hundred on new ski's but I feel like its time to make a change.

I'm not opposed to buying used or last year skis and am seriously considering the Dynastar 4800s (about 200 bucks on ebay). I want a ski that has some stability at speed. I need something that performs on icy groomed slopes. It must also be able to handle the very occasional(o.k. rare) powder day.

My real concern with the 4800 is the width. Is 75mm too wide for GS style turns?

I've also found the Dynastar Speed Course 66 pretty cheap online (175 on ebay)


Can you reccomend any other skis that would work well?


Thanks again!
post #2 of 20
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I'd also appreciate some advice on what size. I'm considering anything between 170-180 but im leaning more to the higher end of the range.
post #3 of 20
75mm is not too wide, you can even hit 80mm with an 8000.
post #4 of 20
Price will be the sticky point. For stability at speed, I would definitely recommend the Dynastar 8000 over the 4800, but it is rarely discounted as much. The Volkl all-star is a good choice along with the AC4 but I have never seen those inexpensive. In fact all the ski lines have some good models that would work but I don't know of any that are around $200-$300, right now. Maybe in the Spring. Good Luck.
post #5 of 20
I've seen 8000's with px-12 bindings on them go for the low $400s on e-bay recently.

I ski 8000's as my everyday ski in a 178. I'm the same height as you but 20lbs heavier. The 8000 is a fantastic ski. A couple of years old design now, but still class leading ski IMHO.

I was in the same boat as you, east coaster with some forays into the west (fernie & rockies for me). I settled on the 8000 as a great all-round ski that would be more than capable in most conditions I owuld find on both coasts. Then of course I stayed here too long and have started to build a quiver... Elan GSX's for the ice and hardpack, and depending on how much pow I see in Fernie in two weeks maybe a fattie to go with it. Oi vey...
post #6 of 20
Second the recommendation for the 8000 over the 4800 if that's the type of ski you decide you want. I'm east coast, a little heavier, and more biased towards off trail than you. If I was in the market for skis it would be at or near the top of my list. In your case though, you seem to be more groomer focused, so maybe you're looking at the wrong type of ski?

You might also consider demoing while you are in Squaw, rather than rushing out and buying something that you might not be happy with in a year or two.
post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 
o/\0

thanks for all the responses.

Thoughts on the 2005 Dynastar speed 66? It was highly rated a couple years ago. There is a guy near me selling them new for 154.99 on ebay. Will the 66mm waist too narrow for powder?
post #8 of 20
The Speed Course 66 is a 'consumer' GS ski. A very good one IMO, user friendly and very fast. But it's definitely not a powder ski. If you're looking for some kind of versatility, in the Dynastar range, see the 8000 indeed (over the 4800) or, in the '05 range, a SkiCross 10. It's sligthly wider (69 mm), and, though it's strongly groomer oriented, will perform honestly in some moderate pow and be great in crud. (I own it in 186 cm and love it).
post #9 of 20
Like philippeR says the Course 66 is a great groomer ripper. It's not a 90/10 ski but more like a 98/2 ski where the 2 is your little run off the hill to the chalet...

Then again for that price it would be hard to get a better grommer ripper/east coast ski.

You can still ski crud and pow with it, but it certainly isn't the best tool in the tool box for those conditions. Actually sliding down ON the tool box might work better
post #10 of 20
On second thougth, what you need may be a rossi z9, or z5 oversize. But at 200$ in january, it may be a challenge...
Buy the course 66 and rent for your day of pow skiing...
post #11 of 20
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http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Dynastar-Ski...QQcmdZViewItem


New Skicross 9 with look bindings......220 includes shipping.

Are the 10's that much better?
post #12 of 20
If you are going to ski in the east ..... where do you do most of your skiing?

Buying a ski for that occasional trip out west to have the right gear for powder is a bit extreme IMHO. For ice and control on steeper stuff (here in the east), a ski that has a shorter radius and quicker edge to edge is more practical.
post #13 of 20
If you can get the 4800's for 200 bucks, go for them. They'll do most of what you need. Just keep the edges sharp and put the lifter type bindings on them for leverage on the groomers.
post #14 of 20
Thanks to the new FIS rules there are lots of GS race skis going for a song on ebay. That's what I would buy if I was looking to buy. Not the best for off-piste, but you can rent for those times. Buy what you will use most.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by southbalto View Post
http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Dynastar-Ski...QQcmdZViewItem


New Skicross 9 with look bindings......220 includes shipping.

Are the 10's that much better?
No, and the 10 requires a much more expensive binding.
post #16 of 20
Thread Starter 
I'm begining to narrow it down. I've found used dynastar skicross 10's on ebay for about 230-300 (including shipping). Thats an option. I'm also looking at this Dynamic VR27:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Dynamic-VR27-Rac...QQcmdZViewItem

I've got a set of Rossignol FKS bindings on my old DTSLs. Would they work on the VR27? Oh and if you all have any comments on the VR please speak up.

Thanks Again!
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by southbalto View Post
I'm begining to narrow it down. I've found used dynastar skicross 10's on ebay for about 230-300 (including shipping). Thats an option. I'm also looking at this Dynamic VR27:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Dynamic-VR27-Rac...QQcmdZViewItem

I've got a set of Rossignol FKS bindings on my old DTSLs. Would they work on the VR27? Oh and if you all have any comments on the VR please speak up.

Thanks Again!
If your really on a budget, sell the FKS bindings for about $125 and finance your new gear.
post #18 of 20
Any M:EX's around?
post #19 of 20
Thread Starter 
http://cgi.ebay.com/Dynastar-Intuiti...QQcmdZViewItem

Is this ski targeted to beginners/intermediates?
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