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Fats for the East

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Here's my situation:
I currently ski in Vermont (Smuggs, Jay), but i hope to be going to school out west (Western Washington U, just an hour from Baker, and a little farther from BC) the season after next. So i was wondering if there was a smaller fat that would be skiable in the east for a season that would also do well at Baker. I understand a fat ski most likely wont handle hardpack or ice well, but i'd like to get a little experience in on them (mostly so i can adjust to the width) before going west. I was thinking about a ski like the G41, Dynastar Big, 10EX, or the XXX, but im also wondering about the Pocket Rocket and AK Enemy coming out next year, and if they might do the trick as well, becuase i'd love to have a fat twin tip.

By the way i'm 17, 5'10"ish, 160 lbs, and ski everything (trees, chutes, cord, whatever) and like to ski it fast.

post #2 of 11
If you're skiing East Coast most of the time, I'm not sure a true fat is the way to go, but if that's the goal I'd be inclined to look at the G41 because it has a little more side cut than most. And, Volkls grip the hard stuff like nobody's business. A mid-fat, like a G-31, might serve you better here on the EC--then see if you pick off for a sale price a true fatty for the occasional trip west (which is not to say that the G41 isn't a true fatty; but rather, I doubt you can pick off a cheapie pair this year).<FONT size="1">

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post #3 of 11
Glad to see that you are thinking about going fat. I switched over this year and am wonderig why I didn't do it a long time ago. As for fats on hardpack, they usually do pretty good. I ride the 188 XXX's and have no problems with it unless it is very hard. This ski is fairly soft so some of the stiffer fats (G41, 10.ex, 193 XXX) would do considerbly better. I have friend that ride the G41 and love it on the hard pack. He say it had great edge grip have never rides anything else. I live in Seattle and for the Northwest fat is the only way to go.
post #4 of 11
Fischer Alltrax 84 aka "Big Stix"

They've got that Teutonic hard snow grip going for them, or so I would imagine. Not having skied them you can take that worth what it's worth but the 74, which I own, handles hard snow very well.
post #5 of 11
Dynastar BIG's!!! That's the way to go....
post #6 of 11
by the way... I've heard that the pocket-rocket sucks... I don't know if that's true but...
post #7 of 11

Why would you want to ski on a cat's arse?

You know, even out west, most of your turns will not be in pow. And if you're only going to have one pair, you might want to think about mid fats. I know fattys are all the rage, but screw the hype and use your grey matter to figure out what's best, not what's coolest. However, if you think a true fatty would best suit the skiing you would do, I've heard good stuff about a lot of fat skis. Out west, you can usually demo lots of different ones, so give them all a shot. And if you have to wait until conditions are "right" to demo a fat, then maybe you shouldn't be wasting your money on something that you always have to wait for the right conditions to use properly. Remember, if you buy a mid, or other non-fat, you can always rent a good fatty for the few deep pow days you'll get.
post #8 of 11
EARipper, my opinion assuming you move west. If you only get one pair, go with midfats. If two, then I personally would get a fat and keep your current ski for everyday conditions. After experiencing for the first time last weekend how versatile fats were on even a few inches of new snow, it got me thinking about dumping my XX's for something with more grip and quickness, like an sl or gs cut, to use on the packed and hardpacked days.

Edit - I ought to think before I post. You won't have any trouble getting used to fats. JohnH is right. Save your $$ and wait till you move to buy them.
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post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies...I'm not so concerned about hardpack, as i have a pair of 186 speed sx's which bite ice pretty well. I also wasn't looking at fat for an only ski either, because i understand that they aren't meant to be skied as your only ski unless you live in Valdez or someplace like that. So i guess my question would be better phrased as what's a good fat for the northwest (Baker, Whistler)?
post #10 of 11
Use the search function for posts within the past couple months by AC, Matter, Pierre eh, on the various fat models. I've only tried the 10ex which is apparently on the stiffer - livelier side, than others. They'll all be good.
post #11 of 11
Think about checking out the twin tip offerings from Volant as well.
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