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post #1 of 6
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i haven't yet introduced myself but i figure i'll save that for the appropriate forum.

but here's the basics: 155lb, 5'7, aggressive lvl 8 (probably 9) skier; 75/25 off-piste: groomers preference. lives on the east but travels west 1-2x/yr; fave resorts: whister, snowbird, jackson hole, vail (yes it's true).

It's time to buy my first truly-wide ski. Having read up on them extensively and from all the rave reviews i have been really excited about the Volkl Gotamas, often referenced as the be-all-do-all pow ski.

unfortunately i haven't found a pair that fits my price range...

on the other hand i did find a pair of new-in-plastic 09 mantras in 170cm (which i think may be the perfect starting length for me) that can be shipped for $550.

so...

should i settle for them? does $150 off the sticker price plus free shipping warrant their purchase? Are they known to sell out fast when the season starts and be hard to find afterward as the seller suggests?

On another note i got a little too excited for the upcoming season, didn't do my homework, and rashly bought a pair of what i found out were 05-06 Prophet 100s with now-extinct Line Reactor bindings for much more than i shouldve paid. They are in great condition but are the bindings even safe? Given the nearly unchanged metal matrix composition, will the skis perform as well as the reviews of the newer builds or at least adequately enough to enjoy? should i give them a full season and not bother with the mantras/gotamas?

Thanks in advance to all those who stuck around through this lengthy post and are able to help answer some of these questions
post #2 of 6
Please clarify.

You can afford to travel west 1x2 times per year including Vail for goodness sakes, but $100-$200 will determine what ski you purchase? You're kidding right???

I think that you should buy the ski that you want. If you find a deal, awsome....buy it. If you don't, but still want that ski, buy it anyway.

Get what you want. Over 3-5 years, the extra few bucks will be far beyond irrelevant.

SJ
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Originally Posted by asianguy63 View Post
i haven't yet introduced myself but i figure i'll save that for the appropriate forum.
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On another note i got a little too excited for the upcoming season, didn't do my homework, and rashly bought a pair of what i found out were 05-06 Prophet 100s with now-extinct Line Reactor bindings for much more than i shouldve paid. They are in great condition but are the bindings even safe? Given the nearly unchanged metal matrix composition, will the skis perform as well as the reviews of the newer builds or at least adequately enough to enjoy? should i give them a full season and not bother with the mantras/gotamas?

Thanks in advance to all those who stuck around through this lengthy post and are able to help answer some of these questions
Welcome!

I have heard alot of good thing about prophet 100s. If you already have the prophets in hand just ski them for a year and see how they work for you. That will give you plenty of time to demo some other skis and make a decision. Neither the manatra nor gotama may be what you are really looking for. Take some time and demo and then make a decision.

I don't know about the specific line bindings you have there. If you are worried you can have them tested at just about any ski shop that does bindings mounts. If you decide you want to mount something else to those skis it shouldn't be too hard to procure a different pair of bindings and have them mounted.
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Please clarify.

You can afford to travel west 1-2x per year including Vail for goodness sakes, but $100-$200 will determine what ski you purchase? You're kidding right???

I think that you should buy the ski that you want. If you find a deal, awsome....buy it. If you don't, but still want that ski, buy it anyway.

Get what you want. Over 3-5 years, the extra few bucks will be far beyond irrelevant.

SJ
ha well luckily some buddies of mine work @ vail so i can usually crash with them and lift tix are a little more reasonable. haven't been back to whistler in about 4 seasons, when the exchange rate was actually decent, but i see your point, it all seems a little silly in retrospect to worry about those few bucks...guess its the college kid in me.

thx for the advice!
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Originally Posted by tromano View Post
Welcome!

I have heard alot of good thing about prophet 100s. If you already have the prophets in hand just ski them for a year and see how they work for you. That will give you plenty of time to demo some other skis and make a decision. Neither the manatra nor gotama may be what you are really looking for. Take some time and demo and then make a decision.

I don't know about the specific line bindings you have there. If you are worried you can have them tested at just about any ski shop that does bindings mounts. If you decide you want to mount something else to those skis it shouldn't be too hard to procure a different pair of bindings and have them mounted.
i just may do that. i guess my concern was that by the time i demo-d them and found i loved em, it may be too late
post #6 of 6
Try these, sounds like its in your price range and possibly size range

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=74185
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