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help rx9, K2 enemy, sx10????

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I'm getting a new pair of skis and I'd like a little advice (i'm FINALLY moving from straight skis) I would like a versitile ski that can do it all... fast groomed, crud, bumps, jumps everything... I am 6' 180lbs and an advanced skier on straight 190cm skis. Would the rx9 be a good choice at 160 (the shortness may aid in the bumps) or I've read that the K2 Enemy 173cm can do it all (but this ski is a few years older), what about the atomic sx10 any advice would be very welcomed. *price is an issue... everyone raves about the RX8 but it is pricey... the rx9 has come down in price... i'm assuming a supply & demand issue. Thanks-Kez

if you mention the K2 enemy, recomend a good binding for it as well
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I'm getting a new pair of skis and I'd like a little advice (i'm FINALLY moving from straight skis) I would like a versitile ski that can do it all... fast groomed, crud, bumps, jumps everything... I am 6' 180lbs and an advanced skier on straight 190cm skis. Would the rx9 be a good choice at 160 (the shortness may aid in the bumps) or I've read that the K2 Enemy 173cm can do it all (but this ski is a few years older), what about the atomic sx10 any advice would be very welcomed. *price is an issue... everyone raves about the RX8 but it is pricey... the rx9 has come down in price... i'm assuming a supply & demand issue. Thanks-Kez

if you mention the K2 enemy, recomend a good binding for it as well
Everyone here has their favorites here but I think the Fischer RX-9 is a great ski. I wouldn't go shorter than 170cm though, given your weight and height. The RX-9 is designed with a GS type sidecut. I don't believe that there is any real benefit to going a short as 160cm. I'm about your weight and height and have the Fischer RX-9 @ 170cm. You could also go 175cm though the 170cm works great for me.
post #3 of 14
RX8 for smaller turns or smaller hills, RX9 for longer turns and larger mountains, WC SC or RC for the same only faster, something completely different for big mountain off-piste skiing.

Tell us where you ski and how.
post #4 of 14
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my skiing

i ski in the east mostly... hunter mt. NY and killington VT I used to ski bumps, bumps, jumps and ballet (i still have my hart ballet skis!) Now that I 'm alittle older, I ski some bumps, some jumps and some fast cruising and some relaxing cruising.

I used to ski dynastar omesofts, olin mark IV comp, and olin Mark III S (my favorites) I now have those head F3's that got rave reviews for bumps and all mt. in about 2000, they are good , but not "exciting good "
post #5 of 14
Perhaps it's my bias showing, but if you already have something for bumps get some Atomic SX12s for everything else groomed. If you insist on making short turns, try the Fisher WC SC in 165 or 170.
post #6 of 14
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Lazy

thanks for the advice Ghost, but these days i just want to take one pair of skis to the mountain and hope it handles everything the Mt. has to offer. yes you may call me lazy! the F3's are about 6 years old and I'm looking for one lively do it all ski.
post #7 of 14
I'm extrapolating a bit, but I think you should try the Salomon Equipe GC. It should be soft enough for bumps with a turn radius that's not too long and not too short. FWIW I went to the WC SC for my first modern sidecut ski, and notice that it's a little too short-turn oriented for a do it all ski if you like that locked in feel in a pure-arced long-radius high speed carve (though it handles speed fine).
post #8 of 14
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foam core rumor

I've heard that foam cores "wear-out" any truth to that?... I plan to to keep my next pair for about 6-7 years... is wood core a safer bet?
post #9 of 14
I didn't like theSX10s in bumps. If you ski alot of bumps, the K2s might be a good choice. Try something around 170ish.
post #10 of 14
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I didn't like theSX10s in bumps. If you ski alot of bumps, the K2s might be a good choice. Try something around 170ish.
I might have to respectfully disagree. The sx10's present no problems what-so-ever in bumps and I don't consider myself a great bump skier.
OTOH the K2's might indeed be easier and the 170 range sounds about right.
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I've heard that foam cores "wear-out" any truth to that?... I plan to to keep my next pair for about 6-7 years... is wood core a safer bet?
There is foam and there is foam so to speak, injected or milled. Then there are composite wood/foam cores, other types of composites sometimes combined with wood. There are also foam cores that have special names that manufacturers claim to be other than foam though chemical engineers will say otherwise. And then there is wood. The best of foam and various composite cores seem comparable to wood. Injected foam cores are not.

The best way to count the useful life of the ski is in days skied rather than years. This is because, if a injected foam ski and a wood core ski see only a couple of days use each season they both will likely last the 6-7 years you are looking for (though the technology may become dated).

Regardless of the core material, there are other variables that can affect the useful life of a pair of skis. If you mainly bash moguls or huck cliffs the useful life of your skis will be shorter than skis primarily used on groomed runs or in soft snow, regardless of the core.

Having said all of this, as a general rule of thumb, a quality wood core ski or its equivalent should be good for up to around 100 days or so if used mainly in groomed or soft snow conditions. A cheap foam core ski will often start to noticeably degrade in groomed hard snow conditions after 20 days or so though it may continue to be okay in soft snow conditions, longer.
post #12 of 14
Get a K2 Public Enemy 179. $225 http://www.rei.com/product/741125. They have some good deals on bindings also. It's a wood core all mountain twin tip with a fairly restrained sidecut. Do a search here, you'll find that people like its bump performance, think it's decent in the park if a little dead-feeling and a pretty good carver.
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I used to ski dynastar omesofts, olin mark IV comp, and olin Mark III S (my favorites) I now have those head F3's that got rave reviews for bumps and all mt. in about 2000, they are good , but not "exciting good "
Olin Mark III S's, My favorite as well from the "remember when" days.. Broke 2 pair of them in 3 years but had fun doing it. That was a great soft ski..
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I've heard that foam cores "wear-out" any truth to that?... I plan to to keep my next pair for about 6-7 years... is wood core a safer bet?

This is against the rules here. : If you do want PE's I may be selling mine. PM me.
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