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Misfit, Bridge, prophet 90, 1080 Gun?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hello skiiers, I have a dilemma. I am new to buying skis and I plan on moving out to Aspen next winter. I need a one quiver ski as I am a poor college kid, don't have another pair, and would like to ski everything Aspen has to offer on this one set of planks.

6'1"
165 lbs.
skill level 6.
60% resort skiing. 40% off piste/and or park.
Snowmass, Colorado

I need help from you ski pros on determining what is best for me out of these choices, also what is the ideal length skis out of these options to purchase looking at my height and weight.( skinny guy). :

All help or insight is much appreciated.

Volkl bridge, fischer misfit, line prophet 90, or 1080 Gun.


I ALSO WANT A DURABLE SKI! so that insight is appreciated as well
post #2 of 19
For the category that you are looking at i think you are on the right track. Although the Gun and Misfit are great skis though IMO they are not in the right category for what you are looking for; the Gun although could work may be a bi on the wide side and the Misfit is to park oriented. Now the Bridge and Prophet 90 are great choices. I would add the Dynastar Big Trouble and Im sure you will get a lot of Mojo 90 recommendations as well. The BT and Prophet 90 are fairly similar skis being that they are a bit more off trail oriented, where as the Bridge IMO has more shape and therefore is more biased to on trail skiing.

Cheers,
Sierra_Canuck
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
my other two options are a rossignol scrath BC, or the scott mission. any ideas on those two?
post #4 of 19
I can only speak to the Misfit. It is the same ski as the 06/7 Atua which I ski. It is now being marketed as a park ski, but in fact it is a very good all mountain performer. I find that they respond well in every condition. They handle powder well, hold firm in crud, track well on the groomers and western ice, and respond amazingly in very heavy conditions.

I'm old (54) and heavy (6'1", 220 lbs.) and ski at a level 8 or 9 depending on who you talk to.
post #5 of 19
I would add the Mojo90
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by billtro11 View Post
my other two options are a rossignol scrath BC, or the scott mission. any ideas on those two?
Both of those ski are great skis as well. The Scratch BC is a bit wider then what you were looking at before and but skis fairly similar to the BT and the Prophet 90, just more waist width for powder days. Personally I prefer the Prophet 90 and BT IMO they feel more stable and are more of an everyday ski.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
I would add the Mojo90
X2. Durability hasn't been an issue with wood core. Just stay outta the rocks.
post #8 of 19
Agree with everything that's been said so far, will bring up some additional issues (I've skied nearly all of these):

1) Ice and crud. If you plan to use this as a day-in-day-out ski at Snowmass, yes, you'll confront ice, refrozen, crud. Of the skis mentioned, none are wonderful in heavy crud or carving hard groomed (these are all twins, y'know) but the Bridge is surprisingly good, and the Mojo 90 and Prophet 90 are nearly as good. BT's are just OK. The Gun is not. At all. Can't speak to the Atua/Misfit, but suspect it would be fine. In general, I've found that the Prophet and the BT's handle more like they're really park/freestyle skis that will handle groomed while softly grumbling, while Bridges and Mojos feel more like directional skis with a turned up tail.

2) Bumps/tight spaces. Yes, you also find these in Snowmass, beginning about an hour after the storm lets up and the crowds hit the powder. In order of best to worst: Gun, Mojo, Prophet, Bridge, BT, Atua. And in this case, best is excellent, worst is still better than most directional skis.

2) What you're really there for. If it's actually just powder, or waiting for a new storm, then go buy a pair of Guns and forget the rest. Really. If it's to learn to be a better skier on all surfaces, avoid Guns and BT's, think about the rest.

3 Speed. No twin is happy at real speed, but in order of which I'd want to hit north of 45 mph on: Bridge, Mojo, Atua/Misfit, then don't even think about it.

4) Your skill level. Of these the Gun is the most forgiving, followed by the the Prophet, then the Mojo, then I suspect the Atua, with the Bridge and the BT's least forgiving.

5) Price. Best deals right now on Prophets and Mojos. Worst on Bridges. Google the names or go to ebay and check it out.

6) Feel. You don't mention what you've been on, but keep in mind that each of these skis come from companies with characteristic brand feels to them. OK, you're about my size and wieght: For me, Heads are smooth, damp, and comparatively stiff, which makes them more reliable at higher speeds and in crud but not as buttery at lower speeds. Fischers tend to give you a lot of snow feedback, are light and lively, stiff further back for more kick at the end of the turn, can get knocked around a bit in crud. Volkls are damper, but still light and quick, and ask to carve. Lines are somewhere in the middle, stiff underfoot and soft at each end. The most park-like of these. Dynastars are smooth and durable but can be pushed around a bit in crud and are finicky about your balance point, also very park-ish.

All this said, hard to go wrong with three or four of these; you should be able to get one for under 3 bills. Good luck!
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
thanks for all your input..

The only ski i have been on is the 177cm bridge...I really liked the ski, but I am a virgin when it comes to riding a bunch of different brand planks. I am thinking about something bigger, say around 185cm. And yes, as an old hockey player I would enjoy a full twin as switch doesnt bother me. (on the groomers at least)..

Again, thanks for all the input thus far...and keep it coming
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by billtro11 View Post
Hello skiiers, I have a dilemma. I am new to buying skis and I plan on moving out to Aspen next winter. I need a one quiver ski as I am a poor college kid, don't have another pair, and would like to ski everything Aspen has to offer on this one set of planks.

6'1"
165 lbs.
skill level 6.
60% resort skiing. 40% off piste/and or park.
Snowmass, Colorado
All of these will work later in the season. But your going to need some rocks skis for early season. If your only a 6, I would get something used in 75-85mm and learn how to carve first.

Do you already have a job and a place to live lined up?
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
I already have a place to live on snowmass mtn...but i really need a job. (one with a lift pass preferably). I will be a college graduate by then. any suggestions?
post #12 of 19
If you already have a place to stay, you've got it 90% whipped. Job's are a dime a dozen, but really good ones are kind of hard to land for a newby. You have to work your way up and stick around for a while before people will
entrust you with the really good ones. It also depend on what you want to do? One of my bud's is the head bartender at Krabloonik, he makes great cash and skis everyday, but he will never be rich. I also know a ton of people in the hospitality business in Snowmass. What's your major and what do you think you would like to do? Do you want to settle in the RFV or are you just looking to bum a year or two? Where are you living in Snowmass and when do you arrive.


And get a pair of rock boards. Most seasons start out a little thin and you don't want to trash your new boards before Christmas!
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
What would you suggest in regards to rock boards? I have only been researching the 90mm+ category
post #14 of 19
Whatever you can get cheap? I probably got something for you, just pm me right before you blow into town.
post #15 of 19
I could get you a smoking deal on a pair of bridges in 177 or 185. I mean smoking.
post #16 of 19
You could even have a look at Elan888's ... they appear to be a nice all mountain ski.

post #17 of 19
Of those mentioned, I demoed the Big Troubles before buying the Atuas (186) in Feb/March '08. I really enjoyed the Atuas in most conditions except ice (probably my technic although this is not what the ski was designed for) and certain types of deep powder where the tips tended to dive. You may not have the second issue as I am bigger than you (185-190 lbs) and the twin tip skis very short- a "Big Mountain" mount may have helped me as I was about halfway between there and the sidewall mark). Very easy to ski in moderate amounts of powder and handle well in tight situations. Good with crud and soft moguls if you know how to pilot them. I also enjoyed the BTs for the few hours I was on them, but the Atuas seemed to have a more even flex and were a bit easier to initiate turns on groomers.

I ended up bending one of the Atuas after about 7 days (maybe when I clipped a tree, or didn't see a single mogul at the bottom of a shoot in a storm). Fischer replaced with a brand new pair of Misfits when I mailed them to the factory after the season!!!!

Misfit would be a good choice as would an early season pair of narrower rock skis.
post #18 of 19
i have only skied the misfits and the guns for next season. if you like skiing switch go with the fischer, but they are heavy. if you dont do a lot of switch skiing then the gun is a better choice, it was more stabe at speed, and lighter. also the guns top sheet is pretty sick
post #19 of 19
Check your PMs. I have a pair of Mojo 90s that might fit the bill.
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