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Hi, I'm new to mid fats and am wondering what you guys recommend. I've been on race skis for the past 4 years out in the east coast, specifically Fischers and Atomics, in Vermont and New Hampshire. I've moved back to the west coast though and now need some new skis.

I'm 5'11, 175 lbs and am looking for a ski that can do it all. I'd say I spend my time 70/30 off piste/piste but am constantly looking for pow. I love tree runs, the steeps, crankin some gs turns on the groomed, and generally just going fast and in control. I'll be using these skis mostly in California and over in Europe for a few weeks this season. I'd love to have multiple skis but not having access to the pro race form anymore is killer on the wallet, so a one ski quiver is what I need.

I've been waivering between a pair of '08 Mythic Riders or '09 Snoop Daddys. (Can't afford a 2010 model yet). Heard also good things about the elan 888, the Nordica Enforcers, and the Head Mojo 90's...Any suggestions are much appreciated.
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by AltaOrigins View Post

Hi, I'm new to mid fats and am wondering what you guys recommend. I've been on race skis for the past 4 years out in the east coast, specifically Fischers and Atomics, in Vermont and New Hampshire. I've moved back to the west coast though and now need some new skis.

I'm 5'11, 175 lbs and am looking for a ski that can do it all. I'd say I spend my time 70/30 off piste/piste but am constantly looking for pow. I love tree runs, the steeps, crankin some gs turns on the groomed, and generally just going fast and in control. I'll be using these skis mostly in California and over in Europe for a few weeks this season. I'd love to have multiple skis but not having access to the pro race form anymore is killer on the wallet, so a one ski quiver is what I need.

I've been waivering between a pair of '08 Mythic Riders or '09 Snoop Daddys. (Can't afford a 2010 model yet). Heard also good things about the elan 888, the Nordica Enforcers, and the Head Mojo 90's...Any suggestions are much appreciated.

All the skis that you mention are good choices. Another really good one is the Blizzard Argos. Here is a link to a review on the '09 version that I wrote a while ago.

shop.starthaus.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp

SJ
post #3 of 10
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The Argos looks like exactly what I'm looking for. Would you recommend it in a 173 or 180? Also, do you guys still have that offer at your shop? Its the cheapest I've found online..I've also found great deals on the Mythic Rider but am unsure between the 172 and 178. Any thoughts? Thanks
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The Argos looks like exactly what I'm looking for. Would you recommend it in a 173 or 180? Also, do you guys still have that offer at your shop? Its the cheapest I've found online..I've also found great deals on the Mythic Rider but am unsure between the 172 and 178. Any thoughts? Thanks

Someone of your weight could go for the shorter sizes but given your stated aggressiveness level, I think the longer size is the better call in either model.

The Argos and the other '09 Blizzis on sale are still available.

SJ
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Someone of your weight could go for the shorter sizes but given your stated aggressiveness level, I think the longer size is the better call in either model.

The Argos and the other '09 Blizzis on sale are still available.

SJ

 

I agree, as I am few pounds heavier than you and I use 184 MRs or 187 Movement Thunders as my daily drivers. To bad you can't find some Movement Sluffs on sale in a 184. If you frequent TGR, a guy had a new pair of 184 Legend Pros for sale in Gear Swap and he was down to $400. In your shoes, I would buy that over the MR as a 1 ski quiver for out west.
post #6 of 10
AltaOrigins,
Another vote from a fan of the Blizzard family. I am in Maine and ski Sugarloaf, not so far from your recent haunts and have been on the Blizzard Titan Cronus for the past two years. It is 88mm under foot, so some narrower than the Argos. Other than on real hardpacked/ice (for which I have the Blizzard Superonics), I can not imagine a better all-around ski. It is effortless, compliant, sturdy and holds an edge better than it should for a mid fat. I have never skied the Argos so can not do a side by side. But you say that you want to take one ski to Europe. If there is no deep, you may find that the 88mm under foot is a more versitile machine. I used the Cronus last year at Vail. No great pow, but was spectacular in boot-knee deep pow. It was also great in pretty heavy mashed potatos in the Daly Bowls at Deer Valley. Utterly stable. No doubt, the Argos would be the one to have in the deep. But you may find the Titan Cronus, or whatever Blizzard has in the 88mm range now, to be more versitile for a one quiver ski. By the way, I am 5' 9/170lbs and find the 174cm perfect. You would probably want to go next one up, particularly because the Cronus has a turned up heel that effectively shortens the ski. Whatever you end up with, enjoy!
David
post #7 of 10
I agree with all the suggestions above and would like to add another..  Head IM 88 to the list, might be real good fit for your needs, they changed it this year, (cut off it's balls) compared to previous years, it's called the peak now...  Also try the Thunder as suggested, my personal daily driver I ski it in 177.. Me 5'11 180...
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions. I've been looking into all those skis and they are all very comparable. I think I'll be going with the Blizzards. Now its just time to decide between Argos and Cronus.
post #9 of 10
AO, in case you are interested here is my review of the Blizzards I own.
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/83443/2009-blizzard-supersonic-174cm-vs-2008-titan-cronus-173#post_1100775
I found the174cm Supersonic too long and ended up with the 167cm which is perfect, as is the 173cm in the Cronus because it is softer and has turned tail. Good luck.
David
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AO, in case you are interested here is my review of the Blizzards I own.
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/83443/2009-blizzard-supersonic-174cm-vs-2008-titan-cronus-173#post_1100775
I found the174cm Supersonic too long and ended up with the 167cm which is perfect, as is the 173cm in the Cronus because it is softer and has turned tail. Good luck.
David


Great review. I actually found a great deal on a pair of Blizzard Titan Nines in a 181 that couldn't be passed up so I snagged em! Now just need the snow to test them. Thanks for all the help

AltaOrigins
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