Originally Posted by Philpug
Sounds like the 8.7 is one, the 94 a back up. Could you please post what here IS decided then people can work around them?
I was planning that for this AM anyway but I was having fun watching the guesswork. Besides, JHS got almost
all of them.
Here's the lineup:
Wide: Rossi S7, Huge Trouble
Middle: Blizzi Argos
Narrow: Watea 84
There are so many good skis within each of these categories that I decided to completely break the stasis that my personal quiver has been in. The 1 pr per maker is just an arbitrary rule I set for myself and after the first month or so I may break it.
Wide: I like both the ones that I have (Sugar and the Goat) but decided to play a little. I have skied the HT enough times to know that I really like it. I have skied the S7 but not in proper conditions so it's really an unknown. There were many suggestions for the Pontoon but I have skiied it enough to know that it's not my personal cuppa. I want to spend enough time on an alternative shape to discover whether I like them or not and the S7 should be a good experiment. If it turns out that I just don't care for it, it'll be easy to dump off and I know the HT is really all that I need anyway.
Middle: Blizzard is a line that I have never spent much time on b/c I have never sold them. Now I am selling them and need some long term exposure to the lineup. I'm planning this as my everyday ski when there's been snow within the last week. This is a very interesting ski to me because it fits a niche rather like the Volkl Mantra but with some important differences. As most know, I don't like the Mantra as much as some do (even though I own one). The Argos addresses the two things that I don't like about the Mantra by having a straighter shape and being a little softer, especially torsionally.
There are buckets of great skis in this group. My rules of engagement kept me from getting the MR again. The K2 Outlaw was a contender, but I've skied K2's a lot. The Blizzi Cronus was also tempting but I think the Argos is a ski that we can sell a lot of so I want some in depth feeling about it. If it turns out that the Argos is not a fit for whatever reason, I will fall back and pick up a Watea 94 which I think is a wonderful ski.
Narrow: Again there tons of skis here that I like. For my needs I don't need a hard snow biased ski in this spot so that leaves out the Blizzi 8.7 and 8.1, and a fair few of the Nordies. The L8K is still a strong contender here but I've skied it so much that I left it out for that reason (also the Dynastar slot was alredy taken) K2's are the same deal as above. The Watea 84 is a ski that I also know very well and and it is a great general purpose tool. When the snow is over a week old, this will be my choice. While the 84 is not a stellar ski on hard snow, it is good enough for me considering the typical western conditions. I have a fallback plan for this spot too. There is a ski coming from Nordica after the first of the year. It is not radically different than what they already have but it's a ski I know well in it's current guise and I am very fond of Nordicas (especially the non metal ones)
So there ya have it...............now feel free to ridicule, scoff and rebuild.........