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Help! What for the front end of my quiver?

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Background: 5'11", 185lb. Level 8-9. Western resort 40 days/yr.
Current quiver:
Dynastar L8000 178
Atomic Snoop 185
Sollie Sandstorm 187

Very happy the way my quiver covers the 80, 90, and 100mm categories, but with several dry spells this season, I've found myself wishing for a true carver on the hardpack.

I'd like something 70mm waist or less, 175-180cm, and a nice medium radius around 16-18M.

Is there something that would totally rail, but not completely punish me in the bumps, as that's where I invariably end up spending some runs as we navigate the mountain's steeper terrain?

Thanks
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Nordicas rail with authority. I have the jetfuel and its a great hard packed ski. Not to good in soft snow but can rail the icey groomers hard over.
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What about Fischer Progressor 9+?
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Originally Posted by whipper View Post
Nordicas rail with authority. I have the jetfuel and its a great hard packed ski. Not to good in soft snow but can rail the icey groomers hard over.


 

Replace the Dynastar 8000 with the Dynastar Contact 4x4. Skinny ski carving thrills with midfat crud ski ability.

 

Michael

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.....................Is there something that would totally rail, but not completely punish me in the bumps..............................

Thanks

 

The short answer is no. The characteristics that will make a ski totally rail on very hard snow are the very characteristics that will make them a rough go in bumps. The Legend 8K is better in bumps than any of the real hard snow oriented carvers.

 

The Fischer and Dynastar models mentioned are better choices than pure race skis in bumps but are not likely to be any improvement at all in moguls over the L8K.

SJ

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Thread Starter 

Whipper and Eric thanks - excellent suggestions, thanks. 

 

Wildcat - no way I'm losing the 8000s, don't trust anything to be better for everything.  I just sold some skis I know were beloved by both of us and that was my Contact11s(172cm).  They were MAYBE a skosh better in the bumps than the 8000s, but not enough to warrant having them when they didn't do other things as well.  With a @15m radius, after the jollies wore off, I just got tired of turning all the time.  I don't feel the need for anything less than @17m to be truthful.  Do you think the 4x4 would match the 8000 in bumps, I wouldn't think so.  Why does it matter so much?  I don't know if its my ski area or my posse, but we always end up in the bumps a good portion of any ski day.

 

Jim - I'm aware of the trade offs and I'm willing to give a bit in the bumps for the increased carving ability.  Think about it, if you just took the 8000 and decreased the entire geometry to a 70mm waist, it would likely torsionally carve better and possibly be even better in the bumps, but at the obvious cost of all-mountain ability.  I guess I'm looking for a high end front side ski that is just forgiving enough to make bump skiing manageable.

 

Thanks guys.

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