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ski help needed lvl 6/7 big guy RX8 ?,length?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I posted in another thread, but the title was misleading regarding the content...
I am a lvl 6/7 based on the PSIA ratings...
I live/ski in Colorado always...
I am looking to improve to a solid 8...
I am 47, 5' 10" 240lbs...fairly athletic and strong..wieght lifting since 14...
I mainly ski all of the grommed runs...occasional groomed Black, just not good enought to ski the moguls well yet...at least to what I think I should be able to do...
I would say i am 90/10...but as I get better who knows...
I am progressing from the old school skis to the new shaped skis...and from old school skid turn to the new carve turn...
In the few times that I have used the new skiis, whenever I had good form and carved some turns..I like it..much easier to ski than skid turn..
I have demoed some Solomon Scrambler Hot and K2- 5-Com...both around the 165cm length..I liked the K2 much more than the Salomon...that makes me think I won't like a fat ski, or maybe i need to demo a better fat ski...who knows...
Sometimes I just like to cruise, sometimes I like to ski hard...some times average speed sometimes faster...never like I used to as a teen in the 70's..they will kick you off the mountain now for that...

I am looking at the RX6, RX8, K2- Crossfire and Dynastar Contact 9...
I am open to any suggestions...name brand is not important...I ski for fun not style and looks...

I was looking at lengths in the 175cm due to my size...

I also golf and build my own clubs, ski equipment is just like golfing equipment...buying the hotest gear does not mean it will make you better...except if it the right equipment for YOU...

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post #2 of 16
This will help: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=52654

Cheers,

michael
post #3 of 16
At 240 lbs, definitely go for the 175cm.
post #4 of 16
175 in RX8 or better yet, 170 in WC SC. Don't let the WC scare you off; they are not hard or demanding to ski, and you have the weight to bend them.
post #5 of 16
I weight 190+ and ski the 175 RX8's. You would even do well to ski the 180's although they don't make them in 07.
post #6 of 16
i am 230 and ski the RX8 175
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the responses...based on the number of posts the responders have, I had some heavy hitters respond...I will defenitley go with the longer ski...
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by rspacher View Post
...based on the number of posts the responders have, I had some heavy hitters respond...
some of us added to those post counts with a silly thread a while ago where we posted a lot of drivel however.
post #9 of 16
I will say however that the RX8 has been a consistently popular ski on this board for as long as I've been a member. Other skis come and go in terms of popularity (like the Metrons) but the RX8 lives on!

I just got my third pair! (the 165's were just too short.)

They do it all, not great in the bumps, but can handle soft Colorado bumps fine, and do ok in moderately deep powder too.
post #10 of 16
Definitely applies to me. Still waiting to go skiing for the first time. My RX8s look great hanging in my garage. I am sure they will do well when I find the bunny hill.
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post
some of us added to those post counts with a silly thread a while ago where we posted a lot of drivel however.
post #11 of 16
If you like the feel of K2, try the Apache Stryker in a 174cm [K2's tend to run long]. they are a good ski for a level 6/7 and with a 74 mm waist are a preety good all mountain ski for when you start doing 70/30 skiing.
The contact 9 is more biased towards groomer type skiing.
The crossfire is also more of a groomer ski.
The RX6 is made for level 6/7 skiers and will help get you to the next level.
Hope this helps.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses guys...
I am leaning towards the contact 9...
Would the RX8 be too much ski for me...
just asking so I have all of the information when it comes time to buy...
That way i can make a good decision if a really good deal comes along and it is not my first choice but too good to pass up...
it is between the Contact 9, RX6 and RX8...i believe none of these are a bad choice...it will come down to price...
post #13 of 16
I'm 250 and ski the 165. It is just fine for you, and a lot more fun than the 170, which I also own.
post #14 of 16
At 240 i ski a metron b5 at 162,172 rossi zenith 5 and a rossi b3 fatty at 184.But the reason i responded is you really want a ski you can grow into not 1 that fits your lower level needs today but 1 that will help u grow as a skier.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by skidbump View Post
At 240 i ski a metron b5 at 162,172 rossi zenith 5 and a rossi b3 fatty at 184.But the reason i responded is you really want a ski you can grow into not 1 that fits your lower level needs today but 1 that will help u grow as a skier.
The RX8 is a high level ski, and is at the least competitive with the skis you mentioned. What is different is the width. The RX8 is at its best on the hardest snow. it does well in crud and slush, but once the snow gets depp it is not a bad idea to have a wider ski. The wider ski is not necessarily a higher level ski, jsut a ski intended for a differnt purpose.
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
I took the plunge earlier this week and have some 06/07 model year Head Monster im72's comming...I got the 170cm length..

I got a great deal from skiessentials.com...

I went to realskier.com and subscribed to their site and read every review I could find...

I did not even give these skis any consideration until I started reading all of the reviews here and at realskiers.com...

On more than one occasion I was told since i am sking out west all of the time a wider ski would be better ...I thought the im72 would fit that just fine...

I was concerned about getting a ski that would be too much for my ability and all of the indications i got was that the Head's would be very forgiving and still be more than enough ski to grow into for many, many years of sking...

I look forward to trying them out this weekend...

Thanks again for everyones input..this site is a gold mine of info...
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