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long time racer converting to freeskier

post #1 of 13
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well I've finally burnt out. I'm done with racing and it feels great lol.

Anyways I'm looking for a pair of all mountain/powder skiis. I still have plenty of contacts at most ski companies so price really isn't an issue.

It's important to me for the ski to really be able to do a lot.
I would say being able to rip gs turns and go snorkel powder skiing are equally as important.

I've heard that volkl mantras are a great all around ski, but I'm open to other possibilities.

Thanks for any input that you can offer!
post #2 of 13
Check out the Stockli Stormrider DP. It is a pretty robust ride - more like a shorter SG ski.
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Where do you ski? How much do you weigh? What skis did you like racing on? .... details please
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Where do you ski? How much do you weigh? What skis did you like racing on? .... details please

Yeah yeah. I ski pretty much everywhere. I just got home from telluride last night and before there it was vail and then steamboat. I'll be getting to utah later in march hopefully. I've been to europe, SA, new zealand, all that jazz. I've done the extreme stuff, cliffs, blah blah blah, but I really just like hitting a fresh steep powder line and just 'relaxing' and enjoying myself. With that said, I still do like skiing nice groomers and hitting up the park every so often.

I weight about 210 and am 5'11. I'm on volkl right now, before that it was dynstar then rosi. I've used their perspective world cup skiis for a majority of my skiing career so I'm used to very stiff skis. I use a lange WC boot right now with (I think) a 165 flex rating.

As for what I liked, well I'm not really sure. The three I listed are all great skiis and they ski in their own fashion brilliantly. I can't really say which I liked best, but I think, well I know I performed in competition best on volkl.

Am I missing anything!?
post #5 of 13
Everyone is going to ask you how much you weigh, how you ski, where you ski, what charateristics you like, etc. to really help you out.

That said, I think the Mantra is a decent ski (I own the 184), however, there are a many skis out there which are superior. The Mantra has a speed limit when it comes to big turns in deeper pow and it is a bit on the soft and light weight side. Given your race background and that you want something that can really rip a GS turn, you should really look at the Dynastar Legend Pro. It is a more sustantial ski and less forgiving than the Mantra, but the Mantra can't compare. When you have the LPs on edge on hardpack they perform much like my Nordica Doberman GSRs and in pow they simply have no speed limit. I've got them in both the 186 and 194 and have demoed the 176...all of them are incredible. I posted my impressions of some fat skis here:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=61915

Also, you should also do a search over on the TGR forum...much more of a hardcore freeride forum than this one. Trust me on this...search the forum be for posting.
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I weight about 210 and am 5'11. I'm on volkl right now, before that it was dynstar then rosi. I've used their perspective world cup skiis for a majority of my skiing career so I'm used to very stiff skis. I use a lange WC boot right now with (I think) a 165 flex rating.
Definitely forget the Mantra...you'll over power it. The LP would be a great choice, also the Head Mojo 103 (if you can find it) or Rossi B Squad...if you want something not quite as demanding the Fischer Watea 101. If you want something fatter then check out Dynastar XXL or Nordica Blower.
post #8 of 13
Try the Nordica's Hot Rod Jet Fuel - I bought them for exactly the reason to be like GS on groomed and real good in off-piste as well.
post #9 of 13
Watea 101
PM Gear Bros (now made by AK skis-top notch)
Dynastar Legends

are a few I'd look into if I were you!
post #10 of 13
Gotamas.
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post #12 of 13

Superstar...

I would have thought that someone with SO much experience of all that extreme skiing, contacts in the industry, chasima, blah blah ... wouldn't need to be checking advice on the internet hidden behind a PC...

Just my 2c's...

redline
post #13 of 13
100-ish waists...

Gotama, (kinda soft compared to the others below, go long.)
Hellcat, (the Jet Fuel's big brother... wood/metal/20ish radius. Hot amongst this year's patrolers.)
Squad, (Many Big Mountain rider's only ski.)
Watea, (same as above.)

Are you really looking for a one-ski quiver? If so, the above could suffice. Everybody else's suggestions fit too.

If you are willing to build a quiver, start with a Kuro and keep your GS sticks for the groomers, maybe add a Hot Rod(ish) ski for arcing crud.

My dream quiver = Kuro, Hellcat, any GS race stock.

current quiver = gotama (efforless in soft snow, but I've outgrown it.), Jet Fuel (tanks on speed skates. I use it to run with university GS racers here in Japan on my weekends and nights when the snow sucks. We enjoy arcing together. I doubt it would suffice in the course, but it keeps up in the open. The coach is jealous, anyway.)

Also, sounds like you are comfortable on anything. Just choose one. You really can't go wrong unless you go too soft or too narrow for a one-ski quiver, imo.

(5'9" 175, x-ifsa BM chucker, childhood gs'er who never lost the passion for arcing race skis.)
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