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Getting new sticks - short list so far, please comment

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I currently ski on older Fischer Rx4's. I like them, but is is time to move up because they lack the stability at speed I am looking for and I need a little more ski under me on hard turns.

5'9", 180# male, athletic (sorry sounds like a personals ad) ski 90% blues, 5% blacks and 5% greens at the end of the day or with the kids. I ski 99% in the Catskills and Berkshires. Moderate speeds are best. I enjoy carving and playing on the varying bumps and terrain on each run. Moguls are out. Very rarely do I go off piste. My last lesson (end of last year) I was on the fence between a level 6 and 7 skier.

What I want: great hold on ice and hard pack, stability at speed
What I don't want: a ski that I have to "drive" all day or something so stiff or advanced that it will detract from learning and punsih me when tired. I guess I am looking for a performance cruiser.

List so far:

Fischer Rx8 (left over)
Head iXRC 800
Elan speedwave 12
Volkl Tigershark 10/12
Dynastar Contact 10

Am I in the right place or are these a bit too much for me?
post #2 of 13
take that short list and demo some of them at the early part of the season and then trim the list down and buy something.
post #3 of 13
Good list but to be honest, the best choice based on your decription is the RX8, that's a great ski and you can't go wrong with it.
post #4 of 13
Fischer AMC series might be worth demoing too if possible. AMC 73 -- similar dimensions and concept to the Dynastar Contact 10, e.g., carving oriented midfat. AMC 76 worth considering as well.
post #5 of 13
I second the RX8!
post #6 of 13
I match your physical description exactly, but I ski more blacks than you. I got a pair of leftover RX8s 2 years ago and I love them. They are a perfect ski for skiing in the east and you will be able to enjoy them and grow into them. They are easy and forgiving skis that will fit your needs.
post #7 of 13
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I currently ski on older Fischer Rx4's. I like them, but is is time to move up because they lack the stability at speed I am looking for and I need a little more ski under me on hard turns.

5'9", 180# male, athletic (sorry sounds like a personals ad) ski 90% blues, 5% blacks and 5% greens at the end of the day or with the kids. I ski 99% in the Catskills and Berkshires. Moderate speeds are best. I enjoy carving and playing on the varying bumps and terrain on each run. Moguls are out. Very rarely do I go off piste. My last lesson (end of last year) I was on the fence between a level 6 and 7 skier.

What I want: great hold on ice and hard pack, stability at speed
What I don't want: a ski that I have to "drive" all day or something so stiff or advanced that it will detract from learning and punsih me when tired. I guess I am looking for a performance cruiser.

List so far:

Fischer Rx8 (left over)
Head iXRC 800
Elan speedwave 12
Volkl Tigershark 10/12
Dynastar Contact 10

Am I in the right place or are these a bit too much for me?
your splitting hairs.

They are all great groomer skis, and the only one I skied that maybe alittle to much for you is the tigershark 12. Been on the contact 10 and Rx8 and should be great for you. Easy going groomers skis as long as you keep the speed/intensity down.

I over powered all but the 12s but I am guessing I am just slightly more aggrsive and more skilled than you.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
I've tried to demo at end of last year - problem always the same = they do not have skis in my desired length, they are poorly tuned/nicked-bad edges, or only one or two skis I want are there - cannot compare side by side.

Trying to demo sounds great, personally I just do not think it works out as planned.
post #9 of 13
I think the RX8 and Speedwave 12 are good.

Haven't got any experience with the others.
post #10 of 13
I am a big Speedwave 12 fan; it rocks for New England type conditions. Cruises right through spring slush and / or a few inches of natural snow, it's a pretty good bump ski if you ever decide to venture into them, and it's perfectly willing to make whatever turn you want... i.e., hard driving or end-of-the-day cruise, it's happy to do both.
post #11 of 13
You can throw a dart at that list and not make a bad choice. Which ever you can get a better deal on, go for it.
post #12 of 13
the 8 is an easier, more versitile ski than the 12. The 12 is great ski, its a bit more advanced though. The 8 has great edge-hold as well.
post #13 of 13
RX8 if you are mostly about carving. The XRC800 is a sweet ski too, enjoys higher speeds than the RX8, as a cross design, better in crud and chop, but a little more demanding overall.
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