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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
help.

Have an SL 11 in 155 that is my HARD snow choice when I am energetic. PE in 169 for softer snow and days when I am not too energetic, but not HARD snow days---maybe hard snow, but not HARD!

Need to fill in with something in between. A few years ago I wanted Contact 11's and never got them. Now narrowed the list for sort of an everyday EC patrolling ski to these---something around 13 to 16 in radius.

All available from a sponsor's site here on epic VERY economically!---hence these specific skis


2007 Nordica Top Fuel in 162
2008 Salomon X Wing Tornado in 162
2008 Elan Magfire 14 in 168---maybe a bit wide
2008 Elan Speedwave in 168
2008 Head iM 78 in 165
2008 Head iM 82 in 161 or longer?? --- maybe a bit wide

Open for suggestions

edit: obligatory info male---older than dirt, 175# 5'6 maybe level 7 on a good day, ski 5 days west and 45 days east coast a year (and one day at Mt Hood in June ).
post #2 of 15
J, check out the recommendations to me by others here for the Head iM 82. I chose the 88s, but the 82s were my second choice.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=67831
post #3 of 15
I'd say the M78.
post #4 of 15
Blizzard 8.7 is getting some good scores, but its 87mm, Guessing that the 8.1 would be worth a look.

The Head 78 was a sweeet ski to fill in that gap when I demo'd last year, though, epic probably hit the mark.
Still, looking at the Blizzard line up has me :
post #5 of 15
Agree the iM78 would work, but the Top Fuel would be better differentiated from the PE, in terms of its mission and performance. Will work both east and west, OK for a 7. Do not recommend the iM82 for a level 7, and the Salomon is very nice but maybe overlaps more with the PE.
post #6 of 15
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Agree the iM78 would work, but the Top Fuel would be better differentiated from the PE, in terms of its mission and performance. Will work both east and west, OK for a 7. Do not recommend the iM82 for a level 7, and the Salomon is very nice but maybe overlaps more with the PE.
Hmm,..... well I'm sure I could handle the 82, it is just that, of this group, it is on the fringe of what I'm looking for. Although it still has a published 15 meter radius.

Having not skied any of these skis, what is it about the iM 82 that causes that comment??? I don't know why, but now my interest is suddenly piqued!!

I did ski an iM 70 for a couple seasons about 3 years back and I liked it as an everyday ski very much.

I eliminated Head iSuperspeed and Superspeed magnums due to too being in the 12 meter range.

I am leaning toward either the Top fuel or the X Wing and I find it odd that there is no love for either of the Elans!
post #7 of 15
I wouldn't want to do patrol work on the TF. Forgiving it is not.
post #8 of 15
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I wouldn't want to do patrol work on the TF. Forgiving it is not.

Aha! thats good info! I can tick that of the list. Thanks

I am leaning towards the iM 78 at the moment. too many recommendations to ignore
post #9 of 15
No gsx available?
post #10 of 15
I find the 78 extremely verstile and VERY friendly, damp but not dead, very good in soft snow, quicker than you might expect for a 78 and perfevtly servicable on hard snow--NOT as good as your race skis, but perfectly usable if you happen to pick the wrong ski for the day.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
I just ordered the iM78

thanks everyone for the suggestions

Now, should I take these or the PE's to Jackson Hole in Feb???
post #12 of 15
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Now, should I take these or the PE's to Jackson Hole in Feb???
or poach Batgirl's 170cm Explosives?
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
284 boot sole is tough to fit into most folks skis!
post #14 of 15
Center dial: 3 mins tops if we stop for a lackadaisical beer or two.
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
well then! thast a horse of a different color!
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