EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Eastern Ski Suggestions
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Eastern Ski Suggestions

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hey thanks for checking this out. I've been doing alot of research lately trying to find a ski that would fit me well. I'm in college, so I'm on a budget. I've narrowed down a few ski's that are both quality ski's and coast effective, but still I'm looking for guidance so I can make the best educated choice.

About me: I'm 225lbs, losing weight, but thats where i'm at now. I'm 5'11 and ski 75% of the time on the east coast in Vermont at Stratton mt. I ski In the tree's, bumps, steep terrain...I'm all over the place. I just got done skiing on atomics that I found hardly forgiving and way too stiff.

I'd like to find a ski that will be a decent all round performer that is more forgiving and not too stiff. I'd also like advice about the proper length for said ski's.

Here's some of the ski's that I thought would work out:
Head Monster i.M 77 ....170 or 177 length
Fischer Watea 78 .... 174 length
Nordica Hot Rod Nitrous ... 170 or 178

I had a few others picked out but I can't seem to remember them right now. You all have been very helpful, thank you for your time!

Cheers
Brendan
post #2 of 23
Elan Mag series. Love 'em.
post #3 of 23
I think the lengths you are considering are on the short side. I am 5'6", 160 (in the winter) and just got a pair of Watea 78 in 174 to mount tele. Those lengths are intended for a smaller person like me. You would over power those skis and not be able to get the most out of them. If you can wait until mid-December, I can report on my Wateas.
post #4 of 23
If you go with the Heads, go with 177...but I think the SS Magnum might be better for you based on what others here have said about them.
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
I know that the watea's are too short / soft for me, but fischer doesn't make it easy with the sizes they offer. i woulda loved a 178 of that the 78's but its 174 or 181. I'd think the 181 would be too long for me to be snappy in the tree's and in bumps
post #6 of 23
Knock out the 170's. I assume you are looking at leftovers. Look at the Monster 78 or 82 over the 77, both are much more ski. If you thought the Atomics were too stiff, avoid the Magfires, they are stiffies too.

If you would consider an Elan 888 (128/88/108) in a 177, I have a pair I will be putting up soon, PM me if interested.
post #7 of 23
No one has mentioned Blizzard yet ? Whats up with that ??
post #8 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by RMP View Post
No one has mentioned Blizzard yet ? Whats up with that ??
He is looking for price in this case. If he could find a leftover IQ7800 or IQ8400, that could be an option.
post #9 of 23
I know Phil ... Jusk joking around.

Blizzard seems to be the buzz word for Bears this year.

Last year was Fischer / Head / Bro.

Year before was Nordica / Fischer / Volkl.

I'm still on 2005 Volkls ... Just jealous is all !

Take care.

RMP
post #10 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by RMP View Post
I know Phil ... Jusk joking around.

Blizzard seems to be the buzz word for Bears this year.

Last year was Fischer / Head / Bro.

Year before was Nordica / Fischer / Volkl.

I'm still on 2005 Volkls ... Just jealous is all !

Take care.

RMP
I got the joke, like you, didn't put a smilie in.

Kastle and putting a Griffon on was also missing, as Bears we are slacking.
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
I wish I had the loots to buy the blizzard 8.1 but I don't...
I found the monster i.M 77's in a 177 for 250 w/o binding
I found the nordica nitrous for like 400 w/o binding

Don't know what other ski's would work for cheap, but i have no problem buying a 2006/2007 ski...just as long as they are new/fresh

once again, thanks for the help

cheers
post #12 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by bsummmit View Post
I found the nordica nitrous for like 400 w/o binding
The Nitrous (and all of the Hod Rods, I think) have a system binding. It seems weird that you'd find them without it, but you have to be sure that whatever binding you do get would be compatible.

(Unless there's a way to take off the plates that the system binding mount to...)


aaron
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 
aaron your right on about the binding, I just didn't notice that it had one on it for some reason
post #14 of 23
I got a pair of the Nitrous in 178 last season in a drawing but I haven't used them yet. I'm nervous now that they'll be too short or too soft (I'm around 6 feet, 220 lbs). Then again, my last pair of skis were 168 Olin WOMEN'S skis (the guy at Ski Center told me that they'd be a great ski for starting out with, and he wasn't wrong.. I improved tremendously, and never had any problem with them), so I'm sure that these will at least be more up to the task of hauling me around than those were...

aaron
post #15 of 23
179 K2 Public Enemys, over any of the above....
post #16 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by bsummmit View Post
I'd like to find a ski that will be a decent all round performer that is more forgiving and not too stiff.
And cheap, huh? OK, agree with the PE rec, although you'll need to keep the edges in shape on hard groomers, and that can get pricey too.

Don't like the iM77's, more built for speed on groomers than trees and bumps. And the Wateas are nice skis, but too soft for you. Think about the 84's instead.

Couple of other ideas that can be had new from 07-08 online: Head Mojo 90, stiffer than the PE, so better on groomed, not quite as good in bumps, and a Nordica Afterburner, good everywhere, smooth, forgiving, IMO what Rossi B3's might have been if they ate more beef at dinner.

Finally, think about a longer size. You should definitely be in the 180's in the Watea 84, PE, and Mojo, a 178 in the Afterburner.
post #17 of 23
Thread Starter 
Found some Blizzard IQ8400, don't know much about them so i'll keep searching for more info abou them. Still searching...it's making waiting for pow so much harder
post #18 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by axebiker View Post
Elan Mag series. Love 'em.
How about a pair of mint Magfire Magfire Magmas (14's) in a 168 for 399 shipped?

post #19 of 23
Thread Starter 
I don't think 168 is enough ski, I feel like i'd overpower that.
post #20 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by bsummmit View Post
I don't think 168 is enough ski, I feel like i'd overpower that.
You might be surprised. I'm skiing the 176 (6', 185#), and it's still PLENTY ski... I'll never overpower it. They're BURLY.
post #21 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by axebiker View Post
You might be surprised. I'm skiing the 176 (6', 185#), and it's still PLENTY ski... I'll never overpower it. They're BURLY.
I can vouch that the Magfire 14 is a very stubborn ski. I demoed it in the 176 (I'm 6'6", 265) and it kicked my ass. You really have to stay on top of it or it will throw you in the back seat and keep you there. Probably a beast at high speed, but I just couldn't handle it.

Interesting design with the semi-transparent topsheet and the wave metal layer, too. Not exactly subtle.
post #22 of 23
Thread Starter 
I can't even wait for the season to start. Turns out my cousin has a pair of watea 84 in 184 (a ski I was originally looking at) that he's going to let me barrow and try. Its soft and better for pow days, but he claims they still chew up groomers and are nasty in the tree's (where i wanted to excel). I plan on demoing the Nitrous and Afterburners still also the monster im.78 and 82

LET IT SNOW!
post #23 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by bsummmit View Post
I don't think 168 is enough ski, I feel like i'd overpower that.
Maybe not leave it crying, but still not enough for you. If you're not interested in twins like the PE or Mojo, like more beef and bite, suggest you think about last year's Head iM82. Can be found here and there on the web, especially in your length, at reasonable prices, you will not overpower it, it will handle frontside and backside up to boot top without a hiccup, and will make the 77's seem anemic and underpowered.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Eastern Ski Suggestions