I went to Dodge Ridge a few days ago to demo skis.
Conditions - 35 groomed trails, 25 trails with ~16 inches fresh powder
Skis I demoed: Volkl AC30, Rossignol Phantom SC 80, and K2 Apache Crossfire; all were 170cm
I started out with the AC30s, but I found that they were too slow edge to edge, so the guy at the shop recommended I try the Phantom 80s instead. He said they are awesome skis that people tend to overlook, so I decided to give them a chance. The Phantom 80s were much faster edge to edge, but chattered more at high speeds.
The Crossfires were my favorite, but I am looking for an all mountain ski, so I wouldn't consider buying them.
I searched for reviews of the Phantom 80s and peoples' opinions of them seem to be split. They were Ski Magazine Finalists for 08/09 and some people online claim they have a top speed over 50mph (I don't know how fast I ski, but I doubt it is over 50mph), while others say they are too soft with too low of a top speed.
So, my questions are....
Are there any skis that are similar to the Phantom 80s, but with a higher top speed?
How would a 175 Phantom 80 compare to the 170 I demoed?
How does the Dynastar Legend 8000 compare to the Rossignol Phantom 80?
Edited by colinger - 3/27/2009 at 05:12 pm
Edited by colinger - 3/27/2009 at 05:13 pm