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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Just trying to help a buddy out... your thoughts and recommendations are welcome!

The skier:
Age:40
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 250 lbs
Previous skiing experience: former highly advanced skier (big mountain, no problems in bumps, small jumps of less than 10 ft) - hasn't skied for a long time (never on shaped skis) but is looking to introduce his kids to the sport.

Areas to be skied: all mountain (British Columbia), but will spend some time on groomers (with family) but wants to be able to tackle the trees and off piste.

Looking for gear that will allow for him to ease back in to the sport but will provide a high degree of performance due to a natural athletic ability that will mean fast recovery of past skills.

Currently considering Head Mojo 90 in 186 or 193. Too much ski? Too little? Other recommendations? Price point is critical at this stage because he's outfitting the entire family.

Bear wisdom welcomed!
post #2 of 25
Thread Starter 
Just a bump for the mid-day crowd...
post #3 of 25
Your friend is my size, I also made the transition to shaped skis about 5 years ago. I would start with a more narrow midfat and not a twintip.

Consider this: http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-2006-07-Nord...QQcmdZViewItem
post #4 of 25
Try to geta deal on one of theolder Legend Pro's. I saw a pair of last years style 194's for sale for $450 and I bet you could find them cheaper. He should probably look at the 186 size too. I like the older "retro" ones of two years ago becasue they were still made in the race room as opposed to in a large factory. New ones are still great though!

He's a big guy, solid skiier and would probably be more in ture with the straighter cut of some of the big mountain skis out there. Maybe a Blizzard Titan? or a Stockli XL or Scot Shmitt?
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions. Any others would be welcome. Will forward the link to him, although the shipping is restricted to USA and we're Western Canada.
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by Alberto View Post
Thanks for the suggestions. Any others would be welcome. Will forward the link to him, although the shipping is restricted to USA and we're Western Canada.
A few more;

http://cgi.ebay.com/NORDICA-HOT-ROD-...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/Fischer-AMC-79-S...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/HEAD-monster-82-...QQcmdZViewItem
post #7 of 25
I picked up some (new) 2005 Atomic M:EXs in a 185, including 412 Neox bindings on e-bay for $400 not to long ago. This is a ski for a heavier skier and has a 84mm waist and not a real sever sidecut. It is a good all-round ski and handles hardpack, crud and bumps. I don't think e-bay has them in that length any more, but if you look around you may find some. It's the best deal I could think of for a big guy ski. Look for "new" 2005 or 2006. You can find many reviews on line for this ski.
post #8 of 25
Wow, those are not deals, they're steals at this time of year!. Nice shopping.

I agree with the above. If you want to spend lots more money, consider the Volkl Mantra, Atomic Snoop Daddy, the Mojo 90 is also in this category.
post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 
He was actually considering the Mojo 90 (considered almost an "instructor's ski" up here because of how versatile it is. Cirquerider, any ideas as to length - the 193? Thanks again to all of you.
post #10 of 25
You said he had been out of skiing for a while and you mentioned trees. The 180 to 185 length is going to be the sweet spot IMO. 190+ for twin tipped skis only. All of the skis listed are fairly burly, and your friend won't likely over power them. A shorter ski will be more versatile and easier to initiate turns, especially for someone coming back to the sport. The only advantage of a longer length is stability at high speeds. To appreciate what this means, follow MTT at Alpine Meadows at 50+ MPH all day.

IMO, the deal pointed out on the Nordica Afterburner is the best of the bunch.
post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks! I have skied the Afterburner and loved it, but the shipping is listed as only to USA. As always, the advice on this board is great. Thanks barrettscv for doing such fine shopping!
post #12 of 25
What about demo'ing for the first part of the year so YOU will have the best refrence for how YOU ski? Isn't the extra cost worth finding the most comfortable ski for you that you'll probablly be sking for several years? We here on the forum can only guess.
post #13 of 25
Here is a good deal on Mojo 90s in 193 (smaller sizes are a little more $$):

http://www.levelninesports.com/head-...cm-p-1006.html
post #14 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys - with regard to demoing, that's my personal practice, although this fellow will be using a smaller resort that has limited options for rental and literally no ski shop for demos. With the anticipated frequency of skiing that he and his family will do, some of the skis suggested by others are less cost up front than the rentals would be for the season. Some fine shoppers out there!
post #15 of 25
This one has a $28.75 shipping cost to Canada. I would consider it as a quiver ski for firmer days and keep looking for a powder ski. At at price under $300, you will get a lot more out of a 78 mm width ski combined with a real wide powder plank. I actually own a pair of these, and have skied the Mach 3, Nitrous and Afterburner. All are very nice front side skis with capability for off-piste. Combined with a real wide plank (100+) its ideal.

Hot Rod Nitrous
post #16 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks eh!
post #17 of 25
The 194 LP mentioned already would be good.

A 191 Mantra might be a better transitioning back into the sport ski for him. Mantra is not quite as demanding as the LP.

(I have both and for tree skiing I prefer the 191 Mantra to the 194 LP.)

edit: With the cost concern, another ski to look for is a 192 Elan M777. There were some for ~$300.
post #18 of 25
Wow awesome deals on those skis. Another pair of the afterburners is up if anyone still wanted / missed out.
post #19 of 25
Thread Starter 
Yeah, they are some awesome deals. Trying to get my friend to pull the trigger. Tromano - any info about the skis that you have available?
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by Alberto View Post
Yeah, they are some awesome deals. Trying to get my friend to pull the trigger. Tromano - any info about the skis that you have available?
Not my skis. I was talking about this listing on ebay. The one barrett posted earlier was sold.

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-2006-07-Nord...QQcmdZViewItem
post #21 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for clarifying.
post #22 of 25
I'm similar in the size-weight category and found ski stiffness to be a key. Some ski construction is simply stiffer than others, and being the beefcake I am ... I need stiff.

Mithas recommended the Legend and Mud the Atomic M:EX, which both are good. I ski the Head Monster IM 77, 181 length which works very well for me .. very versatile. Either these and/or the Monster 82 or 88 would be other options to consider ... and are always being sold on e-Bay.
post #23 of 25
The Stockli Stormrider series should be looked at and they can be skiied on the short side.
post #24 of 25
I'm not as big 6'0" 215#. I purchased the 186 Nordica Afterburners from Sierra Jim. Haven't tried them out yet. They seem a logical choice for someone your size. The price is reasonable.
post #25 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info everyone. My friend wound up purchasing a pair of Nordicas that Barrettscv linked up on the site (special thanks!). For the price, it will give him a really good ski for less than what rentals would have cost him over the season and he can still demo. All suggestions were really helpful and appreciated! BTW, Johnnys Zoo, you will love the Afterburners (I demoed them last season) - great ski.
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