Originally Posted by martok
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?
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.