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Line EP Pro in Pow

post #1 of 12
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Just bought a new pair of Line EP Pro's and trying to figure out what bindings I want.

 

Been looking at the Marker Jester and Salomon STH 16 because I can get good deals on them both, but any other suggestions would be fine as well.

Im 179 and weigh in at 77kg. Ski hard and like to drop cliffs and fly high.

Won't be using them to much anywhere else than in offpist areas or on heavy pow days. Have my jibb skies so don't need em for that.

 

Any suggestions would be good. Thanks

post #2 of 12

I've got Line Prophet 100's mounted with Salomon STH 16's....  I love the set up.  For such a bomber/stout binding, the STH 16 is very light.  Especially compared to the Look/Rossi bindings.  I'll give a disclaimer to; I've always been a Look binding guy.  I don't really know about the Markers, having never used them, but I can say I love the performance of the STH.  They've got a good bit of metal in them, but are super light for a high din binding.  I'm 6-1 220lbs and have had no issues.

 

Once you get the EP's mounted and used,  shout out a review, because I'm interested in a more dedicated powder ski.  I'm just worried that the EP and the Bacon would be too soft for my weight, and I think the P 130 is just too big for where I ski.  TIA

post #3 of 12
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If you think EP Pro is to soft you can always go with Hellbent, heard it's alittle stiffer then the EP Pro but fairly similar in other ways. Will decide tomorrow on what bindings to get, so anyother comments would be nice, will put in a post and tell you how they perform as soon as I get them mounted up and ready.

post #4 of 12

Well Pollard uses the Jesters on both his Bacons and EP Pros, so that's something I suppose.  Most of the rest of the Nimbus crew use the Jesters as well, and they definitely do primarily deep pow skiing.  Theoretically, the shorter toe on the Jesters should allow the ski to flex slightly sooner, thus allowing a bit more float in powder, and of course it's supposed to have a wider binding-ski contact area for better control of wide skis.  The Jesters are also a bit lighter than the STH 16.  That being said, I'd be willing to bet you'll be very pleased with either one.

 

Only one word of warning - the only common negative I've heard for the Jesters is related to the lack of height adjustment.  Certain boots with narrower toes (i.e. Kryptons) may have a bit of toe slop.  So I'd say if you happen to have Krypton Pros or similar, maybe go with the Sollys to be safe

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by no-way View Post

 

If you think EP Pro is to soft you can always go with Hellbent, heard it's alittle stiffer then the EP Pro but fairly similar in other ways. Will decide tomorrow on what bindings to get, so anyother comments would be nice, will put in a post and tell you how they perform as soon as I get them mounted up and ready.

 

I've heard the Hellbents are great skis....  Good luck with your choice.  Like Mordy said above, You'll be pleased with what ever you choose.  Theyare both top of the line bindings from their respective companies.  I'm economics ultimately played  the big role on the bindings I chose, as I picked them up from backcountryoutlet.com for 171.00.  peace..

post #6 of 12

Im 6.3 feet and 198 lbs. have heard great reviews about the line ep pro and thinking of buying a par. do you guys think im to heavyy for the ski?

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Im 6.3 feet and 198 lbs. have heard great reviews about the line ep pro and thinking of buying a par. do you guys think im to heavyy for the ski?



 

YES!!! geezus krist... of ALL the pow skis out there, why would YOU pick the SOFTEST one POSSIBLE?! stop looking at graphics...

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Originally Posted by Hokiesnow View Post

Once you get the EP's mounted and used,  shout out a review, because I'm interested in a more dedicated powder ski.  I'm just worried that the EP and the Bacon would be too soft for my weight, and I think the P 130 is just too big for where I ski.  TIA



 

at 220 the p130 could be a jib ski for you! if you dont just straight out snap the ep pros or sfb's in half, then you will learn to hate them... for referrence, i'm 165lbs and sfb's, which are STIFFER than ep pros, were WAY too soft for me

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Originally Posted by martok View Post

Im 6.3 feet and 198 lbs. have heard great reviews about the line ep pro and thinking of buying a par. do you guys think im to heavyy for the ski?


No.

 

It is a pretty amazing ski. However, it flips a lot of assumptions on their heads. If you really drive through the fronts of your boots, you will massively overski them (likely if you use super-stiff boots).

 

My youngest kid - 6'2" and a very athletic +/-200 pounds - hopped on them and was instantly in love. He's pretty much skied nothing since - other than a couple days on Hell Bents when he wanted to land on stiffer tails. FWIW the past 3 years, he's used only EPs, Hell Bents, and Bacons ( mix depending on the year ). 

 

I'm 6'1" and 225 pounds. It took me 5 or 6 days of using the ski to start to get the hang of it. Especially on firmer or less consistent snow I tended to drive them too hard & wash them out. I almost gave up. But once I started to get used to it, I came to like it a ton. Now it'd be a top contender for "the" choice if I had to reduce my fleet to one pair of skis. Great in powder. Great in slush. Great on soft groomers. That covers a large percentage of my ski days.

 

I admit a slightly bigger, maybe *slightly* stiffer  big person version would be nice - I'd buy one in a second. But even as it is, the ski just plain rocks.

 

Ignore anyone who makes fun of the softness. It is key to the design (and the ski is decently torsionally rigid). It just takes a bit of getting used to - then you start to appreciate how responsive that softness makes the ski. And how extra-forgiving it makes the ski in powder.

 

One quick additional thought: While the softness is part of the design, if you just know you are going to hate a soft super responsive ski, this might not be the one for you. My point above was not that you have to love the softness - just that the softness is not a disadvantage if you choose to embrace it. If you do not want to go that way, then you will indeed dislike the ski.

post #10 of 12

I'm a strong, fit, 6'3" and 230 lbs and think soft, fat skis are a blast. You can really milk a lot more out of the mountain on softies. I also like long, fat, stiffies. Maching around is a lot of fun too. However, it seems like I'm on the chairs more than the slopes. When your body is a bit worked, as long as its some what soft, a reverse-reverse makes for a fun day. I find them way more versatile than a pow only ski.

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Originally Posted by lukc View Post

 



 

YES!!! geezus krist... of ALL the pow skis out there, why would YOU pick the SOFTEST one POSSIBLE?! stop looking at graphics...


SOFT skis CAN be FUN.  It DEPENDS on YOUR skiing STYLE.
 

 

 

post #12 of 12

endre halls references the ep pro just about every time he wants to put in perspective how soft a ski is. in fact, i don't know if there is a SOFTER ski that he's tested. but sure. you're two-bucks-plus. that could be the right choice... right?


Edited by lukc - 6/3/2009 at 05:15 am GMT
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