Originally Posted by SkiNut
I've been thinking about getting a mid-fat ski for skiing in the east to add to my quiver (Dynastar Course GS skis and Nordica Doberman SC skis). There seems to be some good deals on 2007 and 2008 skis. I've been looking at 2007 Legend 8000s, 2008 Rossi B83s or Nordica Hot Rod Afterburners. Not sure if the D-star Mythic Riders are suitable for eastern conditions or not.
I'm 6' and weigh 185 lbs and consider myself to be a strong advanced skier. Any thoughts, suggestions or opinions on a good mid-fat ski for eastern powder days and afternoon cruising would be appreciated.
I either own or have a reasonable amount of time on most of what you're thinking about, and until the past 3-5 years was primarily a least coast skier.
It really depends on what you're looking for - The Mythics will work perfect on those 8-10 days of the season with really excellent conditions when you have some open space. If you manage to get to the dumps, you'll be estatic you have them and never look back.
You may also want to think about the previous MR, the 8800, as I think they're better for most EC conditions. I left my MR's with a buddy at Whistler, and kept my 8800's here.
If you want more daily use and go off-piste and trees at least a solid 50%, then the 8k's are the machine. I like the Top Fuel's a lot too, but they're more in-bounds than the 8k's - if you're 70 in-30 out, they might be a better choice. The Jet Fuels I thought were ponderous, but I think that was tune on the pair I had.
The AC30/40's are better than the B2-3's for sure, but a solid notch down from MR's, 8k's, TF's in my book. As my German colleague said to me late on a day - "give me the AC40's back (he was on my 8800's), they're not so lively and my legs are tired". If you like "damp", the Volkl's are OK.
The Recon is like a OK ski on novocane - everything happens so slooooooooly - life in slow motion (and I've been a K2 fan for 30 years). Have to work hard to get the fun that any of the above will give you all day snaking on the snow Last choice for sure.
You have to tell what you want in terrain and conditions for your midfats before any accurate answer is available.