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Need some new ski advice please

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I'm 5'9", 185, pretty athletic, maybe level 7 by psia scale. JONG by the TGR scale. I want to go to Utah this year and I don't think my 165cm RX8s are going to cut it for powder.

How hard would it be to learn powder skiing on a pair of 190 Völkl Explosivs?

Other skis I was considering are:

183 Gotama
177 or 184 Mantra
186 Atua
178 or 185 Rossi Bandit B4
183 Sugar Daddy

The used Explosivs can be had a lot cheaper than any of these, but if they are a bad choice, which of the above should I consider seriously? Are there any better choices that I'm missing? I won't have a chance to demo anything, and I really can't wait to buy until I get out there, because I really can't afford to pay full price, and even if I could find a demo here in NY I don't think skiing them on ice is going to tell me much. Rentals really aren't an option for the length of time I plan on spending out there. I'm looking for something that's going to be pretty versatile out there, but I'm pretty sure whatever I get is going to be absolutely useless back here, so all-around versatility isn't too much of a concern. Thanks in advance for any input.

Doug.
post #2 of 8
Hey Doug,
I don't know anything about gear, but I'm sure the gear freaks here will have some advice.
FWIW, I fit your description almost exactly (maybe a couple of pounds less before the Tday feast) and I have the RX8s. I used them in Utah the past 2 seasons and they were fine. Then I was skiing at Snowbird with one of the bears when they got a dump. I was loaned a set of powder skis (not sure which model) and it made a world of difference. I wouldn't have known until I tried them though. The difference has me thinking about investing in a used set, even though I will only get to ski ~ 10 days this year, 4 of them out west.

Check E-bay for some used skis that someone here recommends.
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Originally Posted by northeasterner View Post
Hey Doug,
I don't know anything about gear, but I'm sure the gear freaks here will have some advice.
FWIW, I fit your description almost exactly (maybe a couple of pounds less before the Tday feast) and I have the RX8s. I used them in Utah the past 2 seasons and they were fine. Then I was skiing at Snowbird with one of the bears when they got a dump. I was loaned a set of powder skis (not sure which model) and it made a world of difference. I wouldn't have known until I tried them though. The difference has me thinking about investing in a used set, even though I will only get to ski ~ 10 days this year, 4 of them out west.

Check E-bay for some used skis that someone here recommends.
the pair you got was some 183 Volkl Gotama while I cussed out my 183 Sugar Daddies. NOrtheastern is someone I would describe as level 7-8 and he took quite well to the gotama. Its very easy to ski. a pocket rocket that doenst break down or totally suck at speed.

IMO avoid the sugar daddy its not the easiest ski to ski at you weight the tail is way stiff

IN order for what you should get.

1.183 Gotama
2.Rossi B100 184cm or B4 185(almost the same ski)
3.Salomon Gun 181? got to check that size. not on you list but another great choice


all those skis above a great skis to learn powder on, ski crud ok, and wont leave you hanging on a groomer. IN fact if you canlearn to go fast and arc they will be much better than your fisher at speed on a groomer.

dont shy away from these skis although they wont be as nice on a groomer for you. but still managable, the performance in powder will be a ton better than whats listed above though

1.181 Atomic Thug
2.182 Line Sir Francios Bacon
post #4 of 8
I second BushwackerinPA's vote on the 183 Gotama.

HB
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
I pretty much figured the goat was the best choice, but it's impossible to find cheap. I take it since you don't seem to think the mantra is a good choice that the explosiv probably isn't either, huh? i've seen a ton of the ones with the ugly graphics go for under $300 on ebay. guess i'll just have to cut back on the food budget.
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Originally Posted by epl View Post
I pretty much figured the goat was the best choice, but it's impossible to find cheap. I take it since you don't seem to think the mantra is a good choice that the explosiv probably isn't either, huh? i've seen a ton of the ones with the ugly graphics go for under $300 on ebay. guess i'll just have to cut back on the food budget.
A explosive in a 180 wouldnt be the worst choice, but the Mantra or Gotama would be better. Gotama is again easier to ski than the mantra in powder. The reason why the gotama is not cheaper because its arguable the best.

Another great choice is the 187 Bluehouse district, these can be had brand new on TGR right now for about 300 shipped. Its a lighter more lively gotama from a indie company here in SLC.
post #7 of 8
190?!?
post #8 of 8
Charge the explosiv. Learn on the explosiv,?? good luck. How do you learn to powder ski? That is a question that is much too unfortunate to answer. Stick with the 185-180 range, 100+ underfoot, it don't matter the brand if you have never skied pow before.
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