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Advice: Bandit/Bandit XX/Izor 9.7/Volkl 5 star

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Hi,

Fairly new here on the site but have gained lots of "head" info while reviewing the posts. I'm a 45yr old 250lb novice (level 5-6 I'd guess) resurfacing after a 25yr skiing hiatus. Ski at Mt Shasta in Northern CA and enjoy groomed green/blues with an occasional trip down a black if my legs are up to it. Recently bought some Volkl Motion Carvers in a 170cm off ebay. I enjoy the skis but they feel "short" to me. I'm looking into the skis listed in the title, all in the 175cm - 184cm range (the XX's are 184). I'm trying to improve via the Harb books but reading a book and then remembering everything on the slope is difficult, especially when you don't have anyone advising you. Any suggestions, good or bad in regards to the above mentioned skis for my application? 

 

Thanks!

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Appreciate your taking a look at my old XX's; however, given where you are skiing, I think you might be happier with the 5 stars depending on their length.  You don't mention your height, but at 250 lbs, you might find the XX's too soft.  If you are thinking you'll be staying on the groomed runs for a while, the 5 star's are the better front-side ski.

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Have skied the X and XX and 5*. Tag's about right, although the single X (if I'm reading your title correctly) would be an interesting alternative to the 5*; better in soft snow, trees, and bumps, not as grippy on hardpack, not as carvy but more versatile. 5* are precise, X's are silky. If you see yourself going more to a 60/40 ski, and tend toward soft groomed, avoid ice, then the XX is classic, the last of the great midfat Rossis. FWIW, the X-series were still wood core, quite a bit beefier than the B-series that followed. You would work nicely on a 184 XX. All about preferred terrain. Incidentally, you can scare up old reviews of these at Ski Canada and Ski Press World and Ski/Skiing. Notice I ignored the Izor. Not a bad ski, just not as interesting as the rest. 

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I'm 6'1". The Bandit is just the '03 I believe with no suffix such as x, xx, b2 etc, in a 180. The 5 star is either a 175 or 177, so is the Izor.

 

Right now I'm trying to break the bad habit of un-weighting and pivoting/skidding my turns while chasing my 3 boys down the slopes. Preferred terrain, right now at least, is anything smooth! I'd love to feel confident on the blacks and never see myself in the trees or bumps as recuperating takes much longer at age 45.

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I'm 6'1". . The 5 star is either a 175 or 177, so is the Izor.

 

Right now I'm trying to break the bad habit of un-weighting and pivoting/skidding my turns while chasing my 3 boys down the slopes. Preferred terrain, right now at least, is anything smooth! I'd love to feel confident on the blacks and never see myself in the trees or bumps as recuperating takes much longer at age 45.

 

The Izors will do that for you more than the 5 stars.     Great ice grip, too.

 

Mind you I haven't skied any of the 3 skis in about 4 seasons.


Edited by comprex - 3/6/2009 at 05:17 pm
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