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What skis for me?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

I apologize, I'm sure you get this question a bunch but I figure this is the best place to ask.

I currently ski on a pair of Volkl Carvers 170s.
170mm
Tip-105
Waist-65
Tail-93
I've had them for a while, and I've loved them to pieces...literally haha. It's time to move on. I was hoping for some advice on what to pick up next, as I haven't shopped for skis in quite some time I need some help of where to turn first.

I'm 5'10" 155. I ski in the North East, so we have those semi icy days but we can get powder dumped on us as much as anybody. I'm looking for an all around good ski. I mostly ski at sunapee which does a great job grooming, so I love ripping down the groomed trails, but I love skiing powder and venturing into the terrain park every now and then (in no way am I like a park junkie, but I've been known to hit the ramps every now and then). I need something great on the groomed trails but better than what I have now for the powder stuff (mine are just so damn skinny).

I wish I had the money for multiple sets, but being a college student it's just in the bag right now.

Thanks in advance!!
post #2 of 10
First choice: Last year's K2 PE. Twin tip for your park and off road adventures, amazingly versatile and forgiving, can still rip groomed esp the nice condition Sunapee keeps it in. Tune the edges to 1/2 and keep them sharp for the ice. Hard not to like this ski.

Second choice: Last years Dynastar Contact 10. My only directional rec. Crazy quick. Serious taper allows you to rock everything from bumps to trees to pow (although not switch) several different ways, far better on groomed and ice than a twin, although not nearly as good offroad and even with a little raise at the tail, obviously marginal for any park; OTOH more than any of these it'll make you a better skier along the way, teach you to carve well. Has a speed limit, though.

Third choice: Last year's Mojo 90. Weirdly good in bumps and on hardpack for a 89mm, best ski ever made for trees, best of this bunch for powder and crud, also stiffest. Easy to smear, and like the PE will not ask you to carve, so may or may not help you get better. Stiffness means most stable of these, but not quite as effortless in the park as the PE or in the bumps as the 10.

Fourth choice: Last year's Volkl Wall. A serious park ski that can carve groomed better than most twins and many directionals, stiffer than the PE, not quite as good in soft bumps and trees as the other two twins here, but most precise on ice. Apparently a great jumper, too.

There ya go!
post #3 of 10
I almost agree with beyond (except for the dyna and voelkl)!

first choice: K2 PE 2007/08: www.skidetails.com/en/skiDetail.jsp?id_model=275

second choice: Head Mojo 90 2007/08: www.skidetails.com/en/skiDetail.jsp?id_model=128

enjoy!
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post
First choice: Last year's K2 PE. Twin tip for your park and off road adventures, amazingly versatile and forgiving, can still rip groomed esp the nice condition Sunapee keeps it in. Tune the edges to 1/2 and keep them sharp for the ice. Hard not to like this ski.

Third choice: Last year's Mojo 90. Weirdly good in bumps and on hardpack for a 89mm, best ski ever made for trees, best of this bunch for powder and crud, also stiffest. Easy to smear, and like the PE will not ask you to carve, so may or may not help you get better. Stiffness means most stable of these, but not quite as effortless in the park as the PE or in the bumps as the 10.

There ya go!
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Originally Posted by Peppe View Post
first choice: K2 PE 2007/08: www.skidetails.com/en/skiDetail.jsp?id_model=275

second choice: Head Mojo 90 2007/08: www.skidetails.com/en/skiDetail.jsp?id_model=128

enjoy!
Seriously! These are your two best options for what you've listed. The PE would be for the more bargain-conscious skier, the Mojo for the more performance-oriented skier. Mojo's a little better in the freshies and on the hardpack, the PE may be a lil better in the bumps and in the park. I own the Mojo and love them more & more every time I'm on 'em and I ski the NE almost exclusively. Good luck and happy hunting man be sure to keep us informed!
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
About the Volkl AC30s? I've heard good things about them
post #6 of 10
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About the Volkl AC30s? I've heard good things about them
you can find their specs here: www.skidetails.com/en/skiDetail.jsp?id_model=759

but, for me, it's not "fat enough"
post #7 of 10
Wow, weird gap in sizes on the Mojo: 166, then 176? the first looks too short, and the second looks too long! (I'm 6', 160lbs, generally same proportions as op.)
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post
Wow, weird gap in sizes on the Mojo: 166, then 176? the first looks too short, and the second looks too long! (I'm 6', 160lbs, generally same proportions as op.)
176 is not too long. Mojos are a twin-tip and therefore will tend to feel shorter than they measure, if you'll be skiing much park with them and mount them near center they will feel even shorter. At your size the 176 should be good for bumps or trees... I'd even go longer if you will be skiing any big, open stuff with them.
(I'm 5'7 155 and my everyday east coast ski this season will be a 183.)
post #9 of 10
What he ^^^ said...the 176s won't feel any longer than your 170 flat tails
post #10 of 10
I'd suggest a 175cm Head im88, if you can find a deal on pair. But only if you're an expert skier, or aspire to be!
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