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Looking to Step Up from RX 6

post #1 of 11
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I am 5' 9", 150 lbs. Was hoping for some recomendations for skis to demo. Recently (last year) returned to sport after 10 years away. Decided the 1986 vintage 203 Atomic ARC World Cup SL were too much for my 40 year old legs and purchased a pair of Fischer RX 6's at 170 to get back into the sport, teach the kids, and learn to ski the shaped skis.

Loved them at smaller turns at moderate speeds on moderate slopes, and they handled pretty well in the bumps (which I enjoy) for a shaped ski, but I tended to overpower them when skiing faster or when on the steep and icy. As I now am on a regular workout regimen for skiing, I am ready to step up to a ski that can handle a little more speed and muscle when not with the kids. I enjoy the RX 6s and will keep them.

Am looking for something versatile (that probably does not exist)-I ski mostly on trail on black diamonds (East Coast- CT, MA, VT) at moderate (VT) to higher (CT and MA) speeds- I enjoy bumps a lot and ski them quite competantly in most conditions on most slopes- but need a ski I can enjoy when no bumps to be found. Something I can really rip with in CT but can also handle with reasonable muscle on the likes of Rumble, Goat, etc.

I am thinking something with a turn radius of 15-17 or so that can remain stable at moderately high speeds and also handle the bumps when I can find them? Does such a ski exist?

Any thoughts on ski and length would be appreciated!

Thanks!
post #2 of 11
One possibility would be the Fischer Progressor. If you do a search on epic you'll find out a lot about those skis.

Here's the first thing I found and it's good because it reviews a few skis by a very knowledgeable person who is the same size and weight as you. dawgcatcher is a dealer as well.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=55117
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post
One possibility would be the Fischer Progressor. If you do a search on epic you'll find out a lot about those skis.

Here's the first thing I found and it's good because it reviews a few skis by a very knowledgeable person who is the same size and weight as you. dawgcatcher is a dealer as well.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=55117

Thanks! I have been reading his reviews, quite helpful.
post #4 of 11
Check out the Worldcup RC from Fischer in 175. Very nice ski that can handle a lot of power.

If you want something even more performance oriented, take a look at Fischers Worldcup GS Racestock skis. You are the same weight as me and I have the GS 183 and that is a really nice ski for hard groomers. Not at all as hard to ski as you might think. The older racestock GS are better for a normal skier than the newest ones because of the new FIS rules for sidecut. So go for a 2002-2007 model. 2008 and later have longer radius.
post #5 of 11
Oh, and by the way. The older GS:s have 21 m radius. They can feel a bit straight when coming from SL sidecuts, but when you get use to it I personally clearly prefer the longer radius.

Stöckli Laser SC is another option. Close to race feel, but is in the middle between GS and SL in both sidecut and handling. The SC can be skied like a SL ski when you want it and as a GS ski if you feel like going for more speed.
post #6 of 11
You should definitely try the RX 9 ? A bit wider in the waist, so it'll do a bit better off the groomed, but plenty beefy and good edge hold. Feels similar to the RX 6, but with more 'oomph'.

BTW, what you're asking for is a tall order - a ski that's stiff enough to handle carving hard groomed at speed but soft enough to bend around the bumps. You're not going to find something that does both really well, but you can probably find a pair that makes the right compromises for your style.
post #7 of 11
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Thanks for all the feedback. I have been reading about the Progressors, RX9 and the Worldcup RC. I have also been looking at the Volkl RaceTiger RC and Blizzard Magnesium SLR (more of a slalam, it appears). Anyone ski the Blizzard CMX series? I have not been looking at racestock for fear that they would be too stiff for bumps (I don't know exactly what makes a good bump ski- but straighter sidecut, medium radius and slightly softer seems to be a factor to most).

Since I have a perfectly good pair of skis- I will probably try to hit some demo days and ski as many as I can. Or, as I often do, I will find a deal on a closeout or used pair and simply pull the trigger and live with my choice (unwise, admittedly). I had never ever heard of stockli until I started lurking here. I do have an (irrational) bias against the new trend toward wide, but who knows.
post #8 of 11
If you want to be more comfortable in the bumps the RX9 doesn't seem like the right choice. A softer flex would be helpful.

Also if you ski mainly in the east, you really don't need a wider waist. If you were in the trees a lot, or always looking for crud then something in the 80's would be good to have, but for an eastern ski a 65 or so waist will do what you need.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
SkiMangoJazz;

Not a tree lover-- I occassionally venture in with friends when conditions are inviting (new snow or soft bumps) or when my 6 yo son who is developing a real passion for them INSISTS (scares the daylights out of me--I may have to post some questions on whether me letting him go in there (right now he is only permitted to go in with me)-- is potential child abuse- but that is for another forum), but do not think I spend enough time in there to have it affect the selection of a ski I will use the other 95% of thetime.

I like 65-- fits my bias. The RX 6s are a 68 I think, but same ball park. If the RX 9s may be too stiff for bumps, would that apply to the WC RC's too?
post #10 of 11
I would think that any WC skis would be stiffer. For the last few years I've skied on RX8's and they are not too bad in bumps (although I'm not great in the bumps by any means.) The RX6's would actually probably be better in the bumps, but less stable at speed.

Can't say I know what the ideal ski for you is, demoing is a great idea. Just thinking that a stiff performance ski will be awesome for the East, but not necessarily in the bumps. The Fischer Race SC (not WC SC) is a great ski too, similar to the RX8.
post #11 of 11
Also consider the 2009 Dynastar Contact 10, or the 2008 Contact limited (same ski, just a name change).

Stable, great in moguls, Carves on ice, user friendly in boot-top powder.

Michael
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