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One Ski for "not-in-shape" freerider

post #1 of 13
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I am going for skiing holidays of <= 2 weeks a year, so usually my legs are not in top shape.
I am skiing off-pistes mostely, in non ideal conditions - anything from broken avalanche debries, medium powder (not much deep pow found these days), icy steeps, but I am not going to bumps.
Still want to ski all day and am looking for 1-ski that is easy on legs/knees with good shock absorption.
I am 173cm (5'8), 73kg (~150lb)

Any recommendations on brand, model and corresponding length, please.

Thanks in advance,
Paul
post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 
Any advice on this, please?
post #3 of 13
paulk, I think that the lack of response is due mainly to the nature of your question. As a C grade golfer I could equally ask the question what golf clubs will give me a single figure handicap. If you want to ski all day I suggest that you need to work on fitness and technique. There is no magic ski out there for you.
post #4 of 13
Fat is back. There are many skis that are in the 80mm's waist that will suit you fine. My suggestion is not buy but rent/demo for the trip.
post #5 of 13
Like Phil said, Demo. Try these: 165cm Head Monster 78, 165cm Dynastar 8000, 163cm Atomic Nomad Blackeye

Michael
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
OK, let me re-formulate the question:
I am looking for skis that are smooth and dampening 'irregularities of the surface', but grip well when it's needed on steep ice (e.g. in coloires). I don't need GS speeds and performance though.

Was thinking going relatively wide for powder - 88, and in particular,

K2 Outlaw 174cm, or Head iM88 175cm

any thoughts?
Paul
post #7 of 13
K2 OL = Smooth, soft, easy..............lacks grip
Head = Smooth, stiff, grippy............not easy

Solly Fury (08), Atomic Snoop Daddy = Reasonable combination of all.

SJ
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
K2 OL = Smooth, soft, easy..............lacks grip
Head = Smooth, stiff, grippy............not easy

Solly Fury (08), Atomic Snoop Daddy = Reasonable combination of all.

SJ
I think in that 88mm category that the Dynastar Mythic Rider is a darn nice all-around ski. It's a little more "user-friendly" than the iM88, I think.

Of course, I'd go with the Head iM88, but that's just me.
post #9 of 13
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I think in that 88mm category that the Dynastar Mythic Rider is a darn nice all-around ski. It's a little more "user-friendly" than the iM88, I think.
I agree.............."a little"

The MR is (narrowly) my personal choice in that width range but I generally don't suggest it to folks that are looking for "easy" to the extent the OP may be.

SJ
post #10 of 13
Why not look at an easy going twintip, perhaps the K2 Public Enemy - such a ski would be relatively soft, offer a reasonably wide platform to balance on, very easy to skid and can hopld an edge, very light, nimble, and very inexpensive. At your weight try the 174, you could probably even get by with the 169 if you dont ski seriously deep powder.

You can easily find one for under the price of vacation demo rental at a resort.
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One Ski for "not-in-shape" freerider
If you are not in very good shape, I think you find it a lot less tiresome to buy and ski on two skis at the same time. Well actually you vary the pressure with more on one then the other and repeat as necessary.
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If you are not in very good shape, I think you find it a lot less tiresome to buy and ski on two skis at the same time. Well actually you vary the pressure with more on one then the other and repeat as necessary.
I disagree. One ski will get him in shape that much faster. He should ski with it on his right foot in the morning, and then after lunch switch over the left foot.

Make sure you buy the right ski!!!
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http://bp3.blogger.com/_UOC3TT81i8k/...+cener.net.jpg
should work nicely placed in front of a plasma TV with a TGR or MSP flick playing.

Just demo or if you really want to buy some skis I second the PE notion. If you really want to make a difference, use the time spent researching this question and do some wall sits. That my friend, will make much more difference than the ski - even if you do it for two weeks before you go.
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