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what skis should i buy?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I am about 130 pounds and 5' 6" and i am male. I am an advanced skier with former racing experience. What skis should i get if i am looking for a good all mountain ski.
post #2 of 19
I really like the Atomic Snoop Daddy and the Salomon Fury for an all mountain ski. If you want a twin tip, look at the Volkl Karma or the K2 PE.
post #3 of 19
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thanks for your opinion. Is the volkl Bridge the 2008 version of the Karma?
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by skisquaw999 View Post
thanks for your opinion. Is the volkl Bridge the 2008 version of the Karma?
Sort of. It is a little fatter in the waist if I am not mistaken. But other wise it is meant to be a replacement/upgrade from the past Karma. I haven't skied it.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by skisquaw999 View Post
thanks for your opinion. Is the volkl Bridge the 2008 version of the Karma?
The Bridge is quite a bit different than the Karma but to my taste is better in every way as an all mountain choice. The caveat would be that the Bridge is not really a park flex depite the fact that it looks like a twin.

SJ
post #6 of 19
Tell us a little more.

What skis do you ski now? What have you used recently? What did you like and dislike about them?

What kind of terrain do you like to ski? What are your top five runs at Squaw, and why? What two or three runs do you avoid, not because they're beneath or above your ability, but because you don't like them? What runs do you want to ski, but haven't gotten the courage to try yet? Would you rather do off-piste powder or groomed trails? Do you ever like to hit bumps? What about the park?

Are you still growing?

Bare your soul, young grasshopper.
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
ok. All last season i skied on a pair of atomic GS 151 skis that i had from the year before. I dsilike how skinny they are and how short they are. They are great for groomers but dont cut it in the powder and off piste. Some of my favorite runs are hogsback off of Headwall, some runs off of silverado, the funnel, the slot, runs off of olympic lady, and rock garden off of granite chief. I dont like or dislike mogul runs. There are not many runs at squaw that i am afraid of doing except runs that involve jumping huge cliffs. I would rather ski off piste than on groomers, but i still enjoy carving GS turns. I am still growing and occasionally like to hit the park, but not that much. I try to avoid red dog because it is always crowded and at times icy.
post #8 of 19
So, the good news is that at your weight, you'll get a fair amount of float out of a midfat. Probably something in the high 70s to about 90 in the waist, 170ish length. In addition to those already mentioned, I'd think about the Dynastar 8000 or 8800, or Troublemaker for a twin. And maybe the Fischer AMC79 or Kehua. But everyone seems to love the K2 PE, and they're available pretty cheap.
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
Okay. Thanks I will definatley look into all of those skis.
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
what is the difference between the legend 8000 and the legend 8000 FLUID
post #11 of 19
The model titled Legend 8K is a flat ski and you have to buy your binding of choice. The 8K fluid is the same ski but with the proprietary "fluid" binding system installed. The fluid model may ski slightly different due to (a) the underfoot plate and (b) the flatter stance of the fluid plate/binding combo.

Not better one way or t'other..........just a little different.

SJ
post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 
And is there much of a difference between last years model and this years model?
post #13 of 19
2008 is a redesign -- 120/79/103 vs. 116/79/102, which translates to a 19m vs. 20m turn radius. I have skied neither, but the reviews suggest that the new model is easier to ski, but still has its full performance at the top end. So it might be a little more versatile. If it were me, and I could find the 2007 (or 2006) at a significantly better price, I'd do so and use the money I saved for another pair of skis that complemented the 8000s.
post #14 of 19
there is a pair of last years Mantra's, the red and white Samurai sword model, around 170cm, on close-out at Squaw Sport in Tahoe City (ask for Gene at that store or Dennis at the Squaw branch). They are asking $475, and you could make an offer. That's a sweet Squaw ski (say that fast 4 times) and a great price
post #15 of 19
Jim has the 2007 Fischer AMC79 in 170 or 176, with 12-DIN Railflex bindings, for $499 shipped.

And just to make it interesting, he has the 2007 Rossi B-Squad in 174 for $383 shipped. It's a little wide for what you're looking for, but that's a steal for a killer Sierra ski.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post
.....Mantra's.....
Since you are a former racer I would look towards something like the Mantra for sure. Its a ski that dominates in any condition. Another ski to look at is the Salomon Sandstorm. These are two skis that will float in powder, crush crud, and still rip the groomers.
post #17 of 19
You should check out Wagner Custom Skis. www.wagnerskis.com
I have a pair and they are soooooo sweeeeeet!
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
What are your guys's views on the prophet 90 as a ski for me
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 
ok ive narrowed it down to a few skis. all i need to do now is wait for some snow, demo a few pairs, and buy them. thanks for all the help.
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