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post #1 of 15
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I will need to re-work my quiver soon. I ski some pretty demanding skis for my size (Volkl 6 Star, Fischer Cool Heat) but due to an injury that is lingering I want to try to add something less taxing on my body. I am hoping to be back on skis cruising soon. I just bought the Fischers this season so I will be keeping those but may not use them much this season. The 6 Stars will likely go soon.

 

I am looking for a relatively soft ski without giving up most of the performance I am used to. I have never researched skis for this so I am not sure what qualifies for that criteria.

 

Needs to be decent on ice (East Coast), carve well, stable, easy to bend, can ski all day with less fatigue and responsive.

 

Any suggestions?

post #2 of 15

The first skis that popped into mind were the Fischer RX-8 and Head SS Magnum.  I've owned both of these and they would fit the bill for you.  Also thought of the Watea 84, but that might give up too much grip.

 

RX-8 has better grip than the Magnum, but likes to turn more also, so it might not be as relaxing.  Magnum has very good grip and is very easy to ski.

post #3 of 15
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Thanks. I did a quick search and it seems that the Head SS Mag is better for bigger people. I am 5'5" 150 lbs.

 

My first instinct is to go to Dynastar as they have always seemed to be a less demanding ski to me. Anybody have some Dynastar models worth checking out that would fit my criteria?

post #4 of 15

SS Mag would work for you in a shorter length.  It's not a stiff ski and would be far easier to ski than your 6 star and Cool Heat.


Edited by MikeC - Fri, 06 Feb 09 20:08:04 GMT
post #5 of 15

I like your choice in skis; however, I note the query was regarding a soft ski.  I don't think you can put either the Supershape or RX-8 in that category.  They may be less demanding for their pedigree, but nether would be described as a soft ski.

 

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Originally Posted by MikeC View Post

The first skis that popped into mind were the Fischer RX-8 and Head SS Magnum.  I've owned both of these and they would fit the bill for you.  Also thought of the Watea 84, but that might give up too much grip.

 

RX-8 has better grip than the Magnum, but likes to turn more also, so it might not be as relaxing.  Magnum has very good grip and is very easy to ski.


 

post #6 of 15

I do agree they aren't soft, but they are lots softer than the skis he says he is skiing now.  I doubt he wants to go from a six star or cool heat to a wet noodle, so I suggested skis that are a step down in stiffness, but are not useless on hard snow.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Ski-Dad View Post

I like your choice in skis; however, I note the query was regarding a soft ski.  I don't think you can put either the Supershape or RX-8 in that category.  They may be less demanding for their pedigree, but nether would be described as a soft ski.

 

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Originally Posted by MikeC View Post

The first skis that popped into mind were the Fischer RX-8 and Head SS Magnum.  I've owned both of these and they would fit the bill for you.  Also thought of the Watea 84, but that might give up too much grip.

 

RX-8 has better grip than the Magnum, but likes to turn more also, so it might not be as relaxing.  Magnum has very good grip and is very easy to ski.


 


 

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

Yes I did say 'relatively' soft but I'm thinking maybe 2 steps down from those skis, especially since I am keeping the Cool Heats as my stiff ski.

 

RX6 or  Progessor 7 maybe or too soft? I am not familar with the Dynastar Contact line but it looked like a possible fit....Contact Limited or 10??

post #8 of 15

Try last years contact 10 there black and orange in color great ski

post #9 of 15

 My VIST X-Free is a really nice soft ski. Hart Pulse is the same ski without a plate.

 

Also, I'd take a look at the Kastle MX-78.

post #10 of 15

The K2 Crossfire is the best ski that K2 has built in years and is a great choice for an expert looking for a less taxing ride. K2 is known for a smooth damp ride and the CF delivers adequate grip and well modulated energy. Given the OQ....I can't think of a better choice.

 

If the Q were directed towards a mid-fat, then I'd say Nordica Nitrous. But it wasn't.

 

SJ

post #11 of 15
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Thanks Jim that is not one I would have even looked at. I'll check'em out. Length suggestion? 160 or 167? Are they the same as other K2s in having a longer running length compared to other brands?

post #12 of 15
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 My VIST X-Free is a really nice soft ski. Hart Pulse is the same ski without a plate.

 

Also, I'd take a look at the Kastle MX-78.

Having skied the Hart Pulse for a while and not being so far off from Matt's size (me=5'6" 130 lbs), I can recommend that in this class of ski, for sure.  I'm going to get it to fill the gap in my fat/skinniny quiver.

 

 

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Originally Posted by epic View Post

 My VIST X-Free is a really nice soft ski. Hart Pulse is the same ski without a plate.

 

Also, I'd take a look at the Kastle MX-78.

Having skied the Hart Pulse for a while and not being so far off from Matt's size (me=5'6" 130 lbs), I can recommend that in this class of ski, for sure.  I'm going to get it to fill the gap in my fat/skinniny quiver.

 

 

 

Only if I can get them in some kind of animal print.

post #14 of 15

 I heard they are doing a Liger print for next year.

post #15 of 15
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Thanks Jim that is not one I would have even looked at. I'll check'em out. Length suggestion? 160 or 167? Are they the same as other K2s in having a longer running length compared to other brands?

 

They have changed their sizes and they are now accurate. I'd suggest the 163. There is a fair bit K2 bashing on Epic and some of it may be fairly accurate. Just remember that they are not all dishrags. Some are very nice skis in the middle ranges of flex

 

SJ

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