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Quiver advise, RX8 Fire 175's, keep 'em, sell 'em?

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Thread Starter 
Fischer replaced my delaminated RX8 175's with a new pair of RX8 Fire 175's. In the meantime I have fallen in love with my Blizzard WC SL 165's.

I also have an as of yet unused pair of Watea 84's in 176 that will be my crud, and western ski, as well as for when we get fresh snow in the east.

I loved the 175 RX8's but as soon as I got on the Slalom skis was ready to dump them.

So the question is should I sell these now new skis and look for something else to round out my quiver, or keep the money, or keep them?

I'll try them next week, but with a 15m turn radius, would they be a good longer radius turn ski being 175, then the 13.5m turn radius 165 Blizzards, or would I be better with a softer ski more suited for the bumps?
post #2 of 9
Are you looking for a longer-turning and better bump ski for hard snow use? If so, they may work, but if you like the Blizzard race slaloms, the RX8's aren't cut from the same performance cloth. You may be able to get a more muscular ski that is still adequate in the bumps if that is what you are looking for, like a Dynastar 4x4 or Head Supershape Magnum. If you are looking for a good bump ski that is also a fun carver (but not a race ski) the RX8 will be a great choice. Considering that you wanted to sell the RX8's once you got onto a race ski, I suspect you would like a little more performance than they offer.
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So the question is should I sell these now new skis and look for something else to round out my quiver, or keep the money, or keep them?
Dump 'em! (and this from a guy who loved his RX-8's)

You were ready to unload the "old" RX-8's ... I think you've found a new fave short radius ski that'll make a great hard snow ski ... I think the Wateas will come out more than you think ... I think there are better long radius options ... and you'll get better $$ selling a pair of "new" RX-8s.

I would get those Wateas out of the wrapper and give 'em a go. I tried them last year and loved them ... skis like a wide RX-8 .. same energy and rebound, but in a softer flex.

Get a feel for the 2 new rides and then figure out what your missing. Maybe a pair of RX-9's for some gee-essy turns or maybe you'll be looking for a wider ride for the west.

Hard to give up a pair of slick lookin' brand new skis, but I think it's the right thing to do!!
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys, what I would want to "round out" the quiver isn't another race oriented ski, but something that would help me to improve in the bumps. I'm not sure how the Blizzards will do in the bumps, I'd think something without metal in it. Dawg you told me the Progressor 8+'s would be ideal for that.

So the question is would the RX8's be a decent Eastern ski for the bumps and teaching.

I'm leaning in the "sell them" direction for sure. It's going to be hard not to try them once, but then they won't be "new."
post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post
Thanks guys, what I would want to "round out" the quiver isn't another race oriented ski, but something that would help me to improve in the bumps. I'm not sure how the Blizzards will do in the bumps, I'd think something without metal in it. Dawg you told me the Progressor 8+'s would be ideal for that.

So the question is would the RX8's be a decent Eastern ski for the bumps and teaching.

I'm leaning in the "sell them" direction for sure. It's going to be hard not to try them once, but then they won't be "new."
Yes, they would be a decent Eastern ski for teaching and bumps. Considering they are new, I would personally sell them and get something newer for not much more $. I really think the Progressor 8+ is an upgrade, and wouldn't cost a whole lot more. When I was in Aspen, it seemed like 1/2 of the instructors were on Progressor (9's). The 8+'s are nearly as good at speed, but better in bumps. The Wateas are fun as well, but the edgehold on hard snow isn't great: they aren't ice skates at all. Hard snow was the only place I was dissapointed with them last year: they are great in any Western condition though. What about getting a better mid-fat for your local conditions (like a Cold Heat) and perhaps getting something wider for bigger snow and skiing out West, like the Watea 94? You could still teach on something like the Cold Heat, have the SLR for your pure carver, and get something that will really rock is softer snow.

Definitely don't "try them" if you aren't planning on keeping the RX8: you already know what they ski like!
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
I am going to sell them. If they were 170's I'd think twice, but as much as I loved the 175's I've lost over 20 lbs, and that's a bit long for the bumps. Since they have used bindings and for any epic people I'd take $400 + shipping for them.

I forgot to mention I have an older pair of 165 RX8's which might just fit the (short term) bill for teaching and bumps.
post #7 of 9
I weigh 165 lbs, and think the Fisher would make a great eastern ski for at about 170 cm. However since you already have the short turn hard pack range covered with your slalom skis, what you want is something with a little longer radius and designed more towards the high speed end of things, like an RX9.

That being said, considering your weight and your intention to take them into bumps, the 175 suits that purpose quite well. Anything more suited to high speed long turns wouldn't work as well in the bumps and teaching.

On the other hand, if you only want something for bumps and teaching, maybe a bit of Eastern off-trail you could pick up an old Bandit for cheap.

You have the all-purpose easten ski in that RX8. Your Slalom's have shown you how much better a specialist is in its role. You need a quiver of at least 3 skis. The bumps/teaching ski is not the same beast as the higher speed long turn ski. Sell the RX8 and get two new skis. Welcome to the gear whore club.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Me 5' 9 1/2" currently 185lbs, going down though.

Eastern off-trail - Watea 84's 176
Eastern hardpack - Blizzard WC SL's 165

It's the teaching and Eastern bumps I'm thinking about.
The RX8 165's might just be the thing for that. Short skis are good for teaching beginners.

I can go fast on the Blizzards, and have a pair of GS skis that I'll play with from time to time. A cruising ski like the 175's would be nice, but I need some money right now!
post #9 of 9
Yep. Sell 'em. Best to sell them "never used".
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