|Originally posted by MRGfan:
A friend just asked me to recommend some skis to him. I gave him the demo a bunch until you find one you like speel which he seemed to like. Last pair of new skis I bought was my Atomic Betacarve's. I like them but their not a great all mtn ski I don't think. I do love Volkl's and suggested he look at their line, but whats a good rozy, or k2. I know this is such a blank question and the best way for him to get what he likes is to demo but I'm just looking at ideas to help him know what he should demo.
Appreciate the help.
buying skiis is such a personal thing, it really depends on lots of variables, not least of which is skiing ability, AGGRESSION level, aspirations, terrain, skiiers height, weight and fitness.
For example the Rossi Bandit XX (I own a pair and love them) are not for every skier, they are heavy and despite what Rossi says the VAS (the vibration dampening) is not the best. They feel great to me but I am 5'10" and weigh 120kg/18 stone/265 pounds and am reasonably fit/young.
My best friend is really tall but weighs less than 200lbs and loves the Salomon pilots. I could never ski on these as I am just too heavy (I have tried believe me and it was not pretty).
But we both love the K2's and in the range you are talking I agree that the Axis is a great all round ski. I have taken this years model into powder, crud, cord, ice and bumps and in general it has held up really well. I always wear them when i teach (I am only new to this game so I am sure there are more expert opinions than mine in this space) and they are a lot more easy at slow speeds that my bandits. (Bandits love to turn and they dont really like to go very slow, that said, they could not be considered a really fast ski either)
My general observations on the Atomics are that they are a good ski but they try to be too "All-mountain" and somehow lose out. I like the R11 but feel that the R10 is probably a better purchase option as it is definatly more forgiving but I would only really seriously consider buying the crossmax (green) or the big fat(daddy series) skis from them or their pure Carve skis. I think in the all mountain catagory that Rossi and K2 have them well and truly beat. I wish I knew more about Volkls and Elans as I hear only really good things about them. A friend has the Elan M12 and really loves them in a very sick way.
In general I avoid Head skis unless in the really fat monster catagory. I personally think that they ski like tennis rackets but there is probably a reason for this.
Also I know somone on Scott's this year (they recently bought the Blizzard factory apparently) and he really loves them (but he is sponsored by them so go figure).
So there is my 2 cents (canadian ones too). No doubt I will have offended a bunch of purists but these are my opinions based on doing a bit of skiing, a little teaching and some work in a few shops here and there.
I hope your friend finds something they like. I still think the only way to find out is to get out there and give them all a go!