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All Mountain Ski that can still handle the bumps

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I am looking to replace my ancient Dynastar V8s at 195cm.  They finally had their edge blown out.  I am 36, , 6'3", 225 pounds.  Level 7-8.  Ski mostly Colorado resorts.  60 percent groomed.  20 percent bumps.  20 percent trees and bowls.  I only ski about 10 days a year so I prefer a one quiver ski.  Here are the demos that I have skied lately:

 

K2 Apache Recon.  fun

Volkl Mantra.  a foot of pow in Vail.  very fun.

Volkl AC 30.  fun.

Volkl AC 50.  Not so good in the Volkswagen bumps.

Nordica Afterburner.  fun

Volkl Grizzly.  way too stiff.

Rossi CX 80.  fun

Salomon X Wing Fury.  too soft.

 

I have read some reviews that mention people bending/destroying skis in the bumps due to their metal laminate.  I have never seen this personally, but skied the bumps in all of these skis and did not encounter any problems with wrecking a ski.

 

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

 


Edited by skylotion - 3/21/2009 at 04:19 am
post #2 of 11

Legend 8000, more nimble and responsive than a recon, not as bowl oriented as a Mantra, less groomer specific than an AC30, great all around ski

post #3 of 11

Pretty good in the bumps that ski. - Even flex, not too soft.  I would say though that real aggressive skiers at 200+ lbs might find it not so exciting.  Not as boring as the Rossi sc80 phantom though.

I find the Legend a little...ugly in the top sheet.

Of those skis you listed I'd probably go with Cx80. I'm not including the Mantra because that's a different class.  The Legend might be 'better' in the bumps since it has less sidecut yes? Haven't tried the Cx 80 but it's a fine looking ski construction wise.

 

I think you'll just have to demo the Legend 8000.

post #4 of 11

Atomic Crimson Ti, Blizzard Magnum 8.7 

post #5 of 11

Try the Phantom SC80

 

Awesome ski , very forgiving and great in everything but the worst windblown slab.

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

I have some more demos to enjoy it sounds like.  Thanks all for the recommendations.

post #7 of 11

184 K2 Extreme

 

no metal, but still more beef than some of the skis you listed.

 

Its my weapon of choice for bumps

post #8 of 11

Head Monster 78 (Stiffer--slight groomer advantage)

 

Blizzard Titan Cronus (89mm, Softer-slight soft/tree advantage)

 

both quite manageable in bumps.

post #9 of 11

It would be interesting if someone who knows chimes in on the "metal layers in the bumps" question.  I have a feeling it is obsolete advice.  I did bend a ski with metal, but that was almost 20 years ago.  These days I don't even think about it, and have had no problems (knock on wood). 

post #10 of 11

Legend 8000 in 184 length.  Fun ski, one of the best all-around  skis ever made, and a great bump-ability mid-fat.    Graphics is a personal choice, I find the Legend series graphics one of the best on the market.

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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

 

I find the Legend series graphics one of the best on the market.

 

I agree overall. 04 - 06 - gorgeous retro look. 08 - 09, kinda cool. (I like the raven.) But the 07 graphics were truly awful. Looked like they let a third-grader loose with some '70s vinyl woodgrain contact paper and a roll of fluorescent orange mailbox tape. From some hideous alternate dimension. What were they thinking?

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