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post #31 of 46
Still sitting at 2 right now....



But give me a month or so. Something in a 185cm... maybe 128-100-119
post #32 of 46
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Originally Posted by DoWork View Post
DOOKEY! Hey how do you like the wiggly edges on those Praxis boards? They look gimmicky, but I'm sure they do have a purpose- I'd just love to get an idea on what it does and how it feels. Have you tried them on harder snow?
You got your stickes confused, unless Praxis has introduced a new wavy edge on next year's skis.

The wavy edge (aka Magnetraction) is on the Lib Tech skis.

I've been riding my Libby's as my everyday ski this season and they work fine. You don't notice the wavy edge at all and they are surprisingly solid on harder snow for a 93/99 mm waisted ski.

If I had any complaints about the Lib Tech's it would be that I find them a wee bit stiff (this could do with me dropping 20 lbs over the season), and the factory mount is a wee bit forward from what I am used to.

But once you get them dialed in, they are a solid set of planks and work great as an every day tool. I have found them to be a bit sluggish in powder that's deeper than your ankle, but I think a lot of that might be my own O.E. coming into play and not really the ski itself, per se.

I will admit that I bought them on a lark, without ever having demoed them (they are a rare find in any of the shops here in SF Bay Area and Tahoe), but I haven't been disappointed and for all intents and purposes the Krinkle Fry Magnetraction seems to be a gimmick that lives up to its name.
post #33 of 46
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
186cm Head IM88 mounted with 914tis I have here
The mother lode ski shop over in the GMD at Alta had 186cm iM88 for $299 a couple weeks ago. I'd be surprised if they didn't sell, but you never know -- might be worth a shot. They still answer e-mail during the summer. That's the best price I have ever seen on these skis brand new.
post #34 of 46
my bad... I was experiencing ski dimentia... I meant Lib tech, I've been looking at alot of skis lately...

Thanks for the insight- That's definately one of those things you see and say "wow, I wonder how that comes out in the wash!" I'd say they would be a rare find anywhere and I admit it's VERY different, hence my curiosity... I'd bet that magnetraction-induced stiffness translates to stability on harder snow, so maybe its not such a bad thing... Thanks for taking the plunge and buying something nobody knew about- Ambassador HO! Now we know!
post #35 of 46
I started the season by bringing my

170cm Volkl AX3's
170cm Volkl AC4's
175cm Salomon guns
to VT

Never skied the AX3's so took them home early. Skied the Guns a couple of times in Dec.

Bought AC40's on Feb 1st

Skied the 40's until late March then went back to at 4's until Apr 20th.

Brought up a pair of Atomic 10EX's 84 waist for a buddy, he skied them once and give them back.

So now I'm down to

AC40
AC4
Guns
P60 165cm
Pocket Rockets 165cm
AX3's
Atomic 10EX's 178cm haven't skied them in years.


Oh, my a$$ isn't big anyway's.
post #36 of 46
I don't evolve. Like an old carp, my quiver just grows bigger and mangier. I still try to get all the old boards out for a few runs.
post #37 of 46
Coming back to skiing after 14 years off.......

New Years Day 2006
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185cm K2 straight planks from 1991 that I'd never used. TX90?

Bought a pair of 178cm Dynastar Serie Outlands from a guy at work - my first shaped skis.

Bought 163cm Head XRC500s in the sales and skied them once before the season closed.

Donated the K2s to the school gear swap/buy in the autumn.

Start 2006/2007
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178cm Dynastar Serie Outland
163cm Head XRC500

Skied the XRCs almost exclusively. Picked up a pair of 165cm Phil Dion TroubleMaker Pros in the end of season sales.


Start 2007/2008
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178cm Dynastar Serie Outland
163cm Head XRC500
165cm Dynastar Phil Dion TM Pro

Retired the Outlands, partly due to the Marker bindings being subject to recall and partly because I didn't like 'em much anyway.

Bought Atomic 180cm C9:18s dirt cheap in great condition for running gates in family races.
Bough Head i.M 78s in the end of season sales.

End 2007/2008
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163cm Head XRC500
165cm Dynastar Phil Dion TM Pro
180cm Atomic C9:18
177cm Head Monster i.M 78

I think that's an evolution of sorts. My everyday, go anywhere skis are the TMs. The XRCs went from most used last year to least this year, excepting the Monsters which arrived too late to rack up many hours.


So what now? Upgrade the XRCs to Supershape Magnum or Chip? Get some real GS boards instead of the C9s? I'll keep the TMs until they fall apart, and I'm hoping for a pile of fun on the Monsters next season. Is there a cure for gear acquisition syndrome?
post #38 of 46
I used about 25 different skis this year. About 18 of these I used for only a few runs at Demo Events, but I also skied 7 of my skis for a day or two or three.

I intentionally tried 6 different wide skis on knee deep (or deeper) powder days in Utah and Colorado. The most practical for me are the Dynastar XXL in a 187cm and the Fischer Watea 101. These were easy to float, easy to turn, stable and moderately good on hard-pack.

The reverse camber & reverse sidecut Volant Spatula is great in soft snow and the best ski for trees on a powder day. They also make steep powder runs easy. But they are useless on hard-pack. Best for cat-skiing, IMO.

The Salomon AK Rocket (Swallowtail) was a disappointment for me. They tend to tip-dive unless the skier sits back. A good ski for a lighter and more athletic skier, possibly.

So I sold the AK Rocket & XXL (in a 194cm) and purchased the Watea 101. I'll keep the Spatula for special days.

The skinny side of the quiver got adjusted and reversed and readjusted. I like the Fischer Progressor and the Dynastar Contact 11 equally. The Progressor provides race level edge-grip in a 70mm wide ski. But the Contact 11 is better in moguls and soft snow than the Progressor. I resolved this dilemma by trying the 2009 Dynastar Contact 4X4. This has the vertical sidewall & laminate construction of the Progressor in a 75mm width. It was very good in the soft snow and should rail on hard-pack.

I’ll use the Watea 101 and Contact 4X4 when I travel next year. Or at least that’s the plan for now .

Michael
post #39 of 46
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
Rod, I was kinda waiting to hear how those new boards worked out for you. Glad you enjoyed the


As Dookey suggests, I'm enjoying the thinning of my quiver in a big way. I still like having a ski for those nastar/icy carver days, so I'll keep my sl, but the Eos and the Bro are my "go to" skis for day to day.

2 is a great number if you're west, but in our neck of the woods, three is the magic number.
Ice
Everyday
Travel/fatties.
When I said they carved about as well I really meant at least as well. I don't really have a lot of time on them yet though.

We usually have frozen granular or wet granular, so an ice ski and a slush ski should do it, but I feel like my Super Stinx can fill both of those roles. They are also very good on new man-made and bumps, which I also encounter regularly.

I've had fun in powder on 54mm wide skis and I'll never be able to keepupwithBushwacker, so I don't know if I NEED powder skis.

Since my boots don't fit regular bindings, renting isn't an option so I might buy a powder ski, just in case.
post #40 of 46
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

...2 is a great number if you're west, but in our neck of the woods, three is the magic number.
Ice
Everyday
Travel/fatties.
Great formula, IMO.

Michael

(yes, formerly known as Barrettscv, now "WILDCAT")
post #41 of 46
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
2 is a great number if you're west, but in our neck of the woods, three is the magic number.
Ice
Everyday
Travel/fatties.
What about BuMpS?
What about the park?
post #42 of 46
I think pictures can tell the story better than words...

March 2007 to September 2007


November 2007


Feb. 2008


I think I've grown taller , and will continue with SG/DH skis :P
post #43 of 46
Advanced work! :Anyone with a SG/DH ski goes ahead of the pack. Are those them on the right?
Michael
post #44 of 46
Dec 07 /Jan 08 = 0....

March 08, Tigershark 10 w/switch, AC 40's, Watea 94/w/jesters, and last but not least Goats/dukes..

Soon to add either 09 im 88 or blizzard 8.7, Dynastar pro rider, and oh my god the the new KURO...

If I 'm not covered I quit..............
post #45 of 46
Quiver has gotten bigger but will think it back down to 2 or 3 at most. Currently own 183 Gots, bought a pair of used 188 Bros, will be buying a fat rockered ski either the Bros or Praxis for the bottomless days. I still have a pair of Legend 8ks and PEs that I'll use for bumps and front-side carving. I ski mostly POW and soft stuff in UT so my use for narrower skis has been greatly diminshed. I am going to focus on really dialing in a 2-3 ski quiver and not buy anything else for awhile.
post #46 of 46
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Originally Posted by WILDCAT View Post
Advanced work! :Anyone with a SG/DH ski goes ahead of the pack. Are those them on the right?
Michael
No, but they are near SG skis (187cm, 27m Radius GS skis). Much fun to cruize on.
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