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post #1 of 12
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I am heading to Taos next week and want to demo some new skis. I am 39, 6'4", 205 lbs. Level 7 athletic skier. I am thinking an all mountain ski, I ski aggressively and like steeps, powder, and groomers, a few bumps. I am looking at AC 30, AC 50, and K2 Recons, in a 177 ish length. I am open to any other suggestions. I think the Recons may be a little more forgiving but would like any advice. I also see that a lot of people seem to like the IM 78s and would like to hear what you think. Any advice on what to start with and what others think would be appreciated. Also I purchased the Lange Fluid 100 with custom footbeds, spent alot of time with the boot fitter and hope we got it right. Buying in the summer makes for a long wait to try them out. This will be the first test. Any advice for breaking in new boots?
post #2 of 12
Go to the boot doctors at the base and demo some of their skis. They carry Volkl, Dynastar, Fischer, and K2 (maybe other brands too).

Besides the skis you mention I'd recommend the Dynastar Mythic Riders and the Fischer Watea 84.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I bought my boots there and am going to get skis there also, they have been very helpful. I guess what I would like to know is, what would others reccommend trying. I get very limited days on the snow and don't want to waste any precious time on skis that probably won't work for me. What would be your first pick?
post #4 of 12
My first pick would be my favorite ski, the Dynastar Mythic Rider.
post #5 of 12
How does the rider compare to the W84?
post #6 of 12
It wouldn't be a fair comparison coming from me. I got about 40 days on the Mythic Riders and only 3 runs on the Wateas. There are many reviews of both on the board, look them up.
post #7 of 12
MR can do it all fairly well, whereas the Watea is biased to soft snow, powder, crud.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by banker View Post
I am heading to Taos next week and want to demo some new skis. I am 39, 6'4", 205 lbs. Level 7 athletic skier. I am thinking an all mountain ski, I ski aggressively and like steeps, powder, and groomers, a few bumps. I am looking at AC 30, AC 50, and K2 Recons, in a 177 ish length.
From what I've read here (and my recent experience) an "All Mountain" ski for someone of your weight would probably be in the high 80's to 100mm width range. You should try something in that size too to see what you think (like the Dyna MR's, Watea 94's, Volkl Mantras, etc.). At 130lbs. I have found that skis currently in the 80-90mm size to be good for "all-mountain" use (I'm skiing the W84), while heavier and/or more aggressive skiers seem to be focused on something wider. Even for me the Recon's/iM78's wouldn't be wide enough for the use you've listed, so extrapolating out to your weight....

BTW - Enjoy Taos (love that place) and do some Ridge hikes for me!
post #9 of 12
I'd definitely give the Watea's a whirl... 84 or 94 ideally, but I wouldn't hesitate to jump on the 76 if that is all they have built.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions it seems that the mythic riders maybe get the first pick. I tend to get into the back seat alot, are there any of these that seem to be more forgiving of back seat driving and rusty technique since this will be my first trip this year?
post #11 of 12
Oh by the way... conditions the past few days at Taos have been sunny and mild, and the trend seems to be the same for the next week or so. The mountain is still skiing great but this week I had no need to ski in anything wider than my 72mm carver. I took the Mythic Riders out yesterday and quite frankly they weren't as fun as the carvers in this conditions. Just a heads up...
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks, simonbda I am hoping for a change in that weather pattern before we get there. We will skiing the 23 - 26.
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