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What do you do if you can't find the skis you want to demo?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
So I want to demo skis, but can't find any of the ones I'm interested in... At the top of my list right now, in no particular order:

Volkl Bridge
Head Mojo 90
Fischer Watea 94 (or 84, maybe?)
Atomic Snoop Daddy


The only pair I've been able to demo so far are the K2 PE's.

I started calling shops and ski areas in the Seattle area (called Stevens, Crystal, Sturtevants and Evo so far) and no one has any of those 4 to demo. So, what do I do next? Demo something else, which isn't really on my list, and use my thoughts there to help me decide what I want to do? Or just pick a pair and go with it?

Any thoughts?
post #2 of 16
Pick the pair your heart tells you to pick, and dont look back.or tr and Find friends with them.
post #3 of 16
Do all the research you can and then pick the ones that you think will fit the bill. If the ski fits the general catagory you want and if you are willing to get used to the differences in that particular ski, go for it. Not everyone can or will demo first and many of us are happy with our choices. Actually buying a new ski is like a long term demo.
post #4 of 16
As I've adviced before, if all else fails pick what Bode's on. Currently he's on Head.

Seriously, if I can't demo I do my research and if I still can't make up my mind I go with the brand I've been the happiest with.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the feedback... That's pretty much what I'd been thinking.

I was really looking forward to demo'ing 'cause I'd been on the same pair of skis for 8 years now, and was hoping to try some different things to see what I liked. I've skied the same pair of skis for so long now, I'm not really sure I know what I actually like, I just know what I think I like, make sense?

Well, I still might take a day and demo some stuff that isn't as high on my list but is more available, like the apache outlaw and solly fury.
post #6 of 16
Besides research (info on construction, manufacturer's hype and technobable, reviews here and at realskiers.com), I would demo a number of skis from the same manufacturers that bracket the skis and extrapolate. How do skis of the same type (purpose, terrain, and target skier) compare between brands? How do skis with the same brand compare between different types?
post #7 of 16
If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with...
post #8 of 16
If your current ski is 8 years old, you are probably going to love whatever you pick unless it is something way out of your league or not designed for what you are skiing...
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by MEfree30 View Post
If your current ski is 8 years old, you are probably going to love whatever you pick unless it is something way out of your league or not designed for what you are skiing...
Fair point. Even though there were things I didn't like about the PE's, they were definitely more fun than my current skis (Rossi Bandit X's).
post #10 of 16

Deja Vu

Dude I just went through the exact same choice selection, with similar problems. I demoed the Watea 84s and also the PEs, but after seeing how they were vs. what I was looking for, and went with a mountain of recommendations for the Head Mojo 90s and bought a pair last night, which I haven't been able to ski but have been trying like hell. I read reviews till I wanted to die trying to make up my mind. I loved the PE but couldn't see spending the $ if the topsheet was going to get trashed quickly. The watea felt rock solid and smashed anything in its way, but I was looking more for an agile twin. The mojo is supposed to float better and be every bit as nimble as the PE so we'll see. I will hopefully have them in my hands friday for a bday trip this weekend so I will let you know when I come back the verdict between the three in my opinion. What's your height/weight?
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
Awesome, let me know what you think of the mojo's, definitely.

I'm 6', 195lbs, probably a level 8+, ski primarily in the PNW.
post #12 of 16
Jaobrien6-

I noticed on your PE review that you don't really care about groomer performance and try to ski mostly softer snow days...with this in mind, you could think about going wider unless you ski moguls a lot or prefer to ski in the snow rather than on top of it.

I have been having issues finding the demos that I want, but a ski that I liked in tree powder was the Dynastar Big Trouble. Very nimble but not turny or unstable in moderate 4-12'' pow. Although it held a nice edge on the groomers, it did feel wide and a bit bulky to me, but that may be because it is the widest ski that I have been on.
post #13 of 16
I've noticed that the shops near me only have the most popular lengths (usually at the long end) in their demo fleet. Those who want to demo a shorter version of a ski are out of luck unless they go to one of the shops up near the ski area.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by MEfree30 View Post
I noticed on your PE review that you don't really care about groomer performance and try to ski mostly softer snow days...with this in mind, you could think about going wider unless you ski moguls a lot or prefer to ski in the snow rather than on top of it.
Yeah, I'd thought about this, and maybe that's the right answer for me, but I can't find anything wider to demo, either (gotama would probably be at the top of my list from reviews I've read, but there were a couple others I would have considered too). Since I can't find anything that wide to demo, I'd probably like to stick to something a little more midfat-ish, like 90ish. Maybe that's the wrong approach, but without being able to demo and see how they feel, I'm just not comfortable going 100+.

I think right now I'm leaning towards pulling the trigger on the Watea 94. Haven't read a bad review yet, and sounds just like the type of ski I want.
post #15 of 16
Demo what you can and then research and post questions here.

I'm going through the same process.
post #16 of 16
WOW!!! I just got back from my weekend in VT on the new Mojo 90s and all I can say is DAAAAAAAAMN! If you liked the PE and want a lil more float, then the Mojo 90 is the jam! It carved, it floated, it held edge all day even on ice, it loved steeps, bumps, air, switch, etc... I ski the northeast mostly and I can see this ski being my do-it-all ski, as well as my "bring it west" ski. I just didn't find anything on the whole mountain that this ski didn't eat for breakfast and still want more. I have never been as impressed with a ski across the board. So if you're at all considering buying it without trying it as I did, just do it, man. You won't regret it, I swear. I'm 5'8" and about 160- I ski the 176 so you may want to go with a 186. I can't imagine it being too much ski for you, as it's so damn easy to turn. I bought my skis through the forum on this site on deals for members under Dawgcatching's MLK sale. Hit me up with a PM if you have any other questions, I'd be happy to answer them.
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