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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
So I'm currently riding some Rossi T-Power Viper X's (in 167 I believe) from like 2002 and I think its time for some new skis. I love the Vipers because they are fantastic in the moguls, which is where I spend the majority of my time, and hold a great edge. Performance on moguls and hardpack/ice is pretty much the name of the game for me. If I could have the Vipers with a bit better all-mountain performance, that would be perfect.
I am 5'9 150, level 8, and ski pretty much exclusively out east (at Stratton).
I am open to getting skis from last year or the year before to save some coin. What do you all recommend?
Thanks,
EV
post #2 of 14
K2 PE
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by tromano View Post
K2 PE
No

This is one of those odd one ski quiver questions where the PE doesn't cut it.
I'm kinda brain dead right now and can't think of a better ski to recommend, but for what tis person is looking for there are many skis more suited than a PE.

Something narrower and stiffer for ice/hardpack performance, but not crazy stiff to make them un-mogullable, keep in mind these are East Coast ice Volkswagons we are talking about here, (unfortunately) not western powder bumps. This person is mainly at Flatton, groomer capital of the East, no need for the PE's girth.

Then again I avoid (EC) bumps at all costs, so my input on what makes a good bump ski isn't all that great, but for mainly groomers and ice, there are much better skis than PEs.
post #4 of 14
Dynastar Contact 4x4 is my top runner for an east coast all mountain + bumps + occasional west coast ski. I'll be demoing it out west (unless crystal keeps getting dumped on, woohoo!) in a week or so, will let you know my impressions. I do, however, plan on getting something on the 100ish width side for new snow and western powder days in addition.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by dumpy View Post
No

This is one of those odd one ski quiver questions where the PE doesn't cut it.
To each their own. I wouldn't hesitate to use a PE for an every day east coast ski if I were skiing a lot of bumps. Another good one to try would be the legend 8000.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by eastvillager View Post
I am open to getting skis from last year or the year before to save some coin. What do you all recommend?
From last year - Dynastar Contact Limited 165 (you may beable to find these because 172 was the popular size)

Year before - Dynastar Contact 11 165 (same ski different name)
post #7 of 14
Hmmm, why not try a bump ski? K2 Mamba or Hart F17. Great in bumps, good on ice.
post #8 of 14
Head IM78 is another good option if you are not doing pro style zipper line bumps.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by jmblur View Post
Dynastar Contact 4x4 is my top runner for an east coast all mountain + bumps + occasional west coast ski. I'll be demoing it out west (unless crystal keeps getting dumped on, woohoo!) in a week or so, will let you know my impressions. I do, however, plan on getting something on the 100ish width side for new snow and western powder days in addition.
Test drove the contact 4x4 and found the tail to be excessive. That ski would not be on my list for bumps at all.

I can't say enough about the F-17 (hart). Fantastic bump ski and I could easily ski it all-montain in the East. This is a beefy bump ski compared to many of the others available. It's the real deal while others are toys. But to be honest, I don't really know much about the competition. I have heard good things about the Mamba.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions all. I think I'm going to try the Dynastar Contact 11/Limited if I can find it. What is this year's equivalent?
post #11 of 14
what do ya'll think of the Recon for the East? not sure how it would do in bumps
post #12 of 14
I have 2-year old Dynastar Contact 11's (165) and love them. I'm similar ability and 5'10" and 165 lbs. I would call them good Western all-mountain skis when you can't count on always having powder, which happen to be great in bumps.

They are great in bumps with a soft tail. At 165, they are pretty quick turners and pretty good cruisers.

They have a pretty deep sidecut and are not bad in crud and powder (certainly better than my prior skis - Rossignol 7S blades!). The deep sidecut, however, means they aren't that stable as straight downhill skis, e.g.., when you and your friends are going all the way from top to bottom before lunch on groomers.

My only complaint about my Contact 11's is that they don't seem that nimble in the trees. But that's probably me, not the skis.

One warning though: One of my skis got slightly bent doing moguls. Probably after only about 15 days of skiing.

I'd love to know a pair of skis like my Contact 11's that wouldn't bend doing moguls.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by eastvillager View Post
Thanks for the suggestions all. I think I'm going to try the Dynastar Contact 11/Limited if I can find it. What is this year's equivalent?
I think this year it is the Contact 10 - they don't make this easy.
post #14 of 14
Last November I sold my 2 year old Recons and replaced them with a pair of PEs. I called the guy I sold my Recons to last week-end begging him to sell them back to me. That should tell you what I think ot the PE on Eastern hard pack...
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