Been able to ski alot of different ski this past month figured id post up about them
the most non PSIA L3 there is
can make dynamic left and right turns on most runs at most resorts, like to skis much faster than average, and also prefers off trail if it avaliable.
boots = dalbello kryptons set up as stiff as possiable
skis I own
161cm Fisher WC RC4 Sl
170cm Fisher Progressor
179cm K2 Public Enemy
181Cm Noridca GSR WC
192cm Atomic Thug
skis I have liked alot
Dynstar contact 4x4
Head IM88 175cm
conditions Hunter Mountain boilerplate with some loose granualar. thanks a bunch to richie rich for the test ride and the awesome tune on them as well.
the skis felt like a very nimble, bullet train that was therotical cannonball that cant be stopped. Unlimited edge grip on the hunter ice, a feeling so damp that youd think its was a magic carpet. GS turns were a breeze, retraction quasi SL turns worked as well. Short steery turns felt energetic(which is weird due to dampness) despite the fact that the ski could hold on what was the hardest snow I saw all year at hunter it still felt 'surfy".
If I remain back east or for anyone back east the 175 not the 186 is most likely the size you want. Out west at the snowy bigger resorts I think I would be on the fence between the 175 and 186.
Elan Speedwave 12
thanks alot to tetranode for the great deal that my friend got on these. she rips on them!!
conditions very small hill(hidden Valley,Pa), Ice to corn to slush. with some bumps
yes much shorter than I would normally ski,but still a great little skis very easy to bend but still great edgehold on the morning ice, enough beef to run though afternoon slop. skied bumps well enough. Likes a rounder line and short lenght pretty much kept me from zipperlining fast due to fore and aft balance.
there is one con and its the same for all the elan system skis. the mounting point is much to far forward. so much tail so little tip. I had to ski much more aft to get these to do something. Elan make some way to adjust the positioning of the binding.
Elan Speedwave 14
pretty stiff for a consumer carver, had alot more energy and power than the 12. This skis would be to much for most people. SL arcs were a ton of fun on this ski, as were GS turns. Extremely stable at speed at least on my 400 vertical bump. Pretty fun ski just needs to be mounted back about 3-4cm from where it is for me to buy it.
168 Elan Magfire 82 ti
raduis 15.4 meters
moderately stiff all mountain carver. feels like a metron that actually has some guts. very fun ski and rips slush and corn very nice. skis bumps better than the elan carvers. Feel like a elan which IMO is a very good thing. I would consider buying this in a 176 if I could get it flat. Out west this could be my skinniest freeskiing ski.
164 K2 Missdemenor
raduis not freaking clue maybe 15ish meters?
conditons Holimont corn and fast slush
guy on a small girls ski funny right? felt like a mini verision of my 179 Pes. needless to say one of the most fun all mountain twins out there in guy or girl trim. Wasnt even that unstable in the 164. carved turns felt very tight compared to my PEs, short turns were thoughtless(that easy) and bumps were awesome. being able to pop 540 off the ground with no jump was pretty funny as well.
The girl who owns them proclaimed that shed never ski her scramblers again. said they were way easier at skiing bumps than the scrambler and let her 'fly' though the slush piles alot easier. Also felt my 179 Pe were the hardest to ski on skis ever.
If your a lighter girl or hell guy this could be a one ski quiver for bump and tree skiing type. and really isnt a slouch on groomers at all.
Edited by BushwackerinPA - 3/22/2009 at 12:00 am