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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
This one is for my Brother in law.

He is like 5'8" and 165lbs. 38 yrs old. Intermed level 5-6 He skis mostly at 7Springs PA and around the north east 20-30 days per season. Started skiing 3 years ago and has gotten to be an intermed level.

Currently he is on a Fischer RX4 165cm. I think he should be on a 170-175, but we will see. And last spring he demoed the 170cm Rossi B78 (liked it--but not love) and the Atomic High noon (hated it) when visiting us in UT. So i am guessing he likes softer skis.

It seems the skinny advanced ski niche is shrinking lately as most of them are going to midfat 80-90mm wide baords which can work but usually don't really do that well when its bullet proof which is often). He is planning on demoing and is looking for a list to start.

I was sort of thinking of the legend 8000, 172cm to start (too bad its out of production now).

Whats a good intermed to advanced ski that isn't too stiff but will hold a decent edge on eastern ice?
post #2 of 10
My fiance skis on the Atomic Drive 7. She is a cautious intermediate but has had no problem wih ice and even commented on how she felt more secure on the than a pair of older Elans she was using. I think you can find this ski from last year for pretty decent prices. I don't know if it can be demoed, however.
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post #4 of 10
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I remember that thread its a good one thank you. So is that a vote for head supershapes? Those are easy to ski right? 
Edited by tromano - 11/15/09 at 7:12am
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I remember that thread its a good one thank. So is that a vote for head supershapes? Those are easy to ski right? 
If you get the idea that tipping the ski makes them turn, and have good enough balance to leave the wedge, they're pretty easy.  If you insist on forcing the tips where the tipping and sidecut isn't trying to make them go, you will not have an easy time on them.  It's not a ski you can easily win a fight against.

I'm talking about the regular and chip Supershape, that is. I would advise against the supershape speed, however.  The SS Speed might require a little more skill.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Bump. Any other suggestions? How about the Dynastar Contact 10? 
post #7 of 10
What about the Fischer Progressor 8+?  Have them and love them for here in SW PA.  The RX8 would also be good, but is a bit less versatile than the Progressor.

Contact 10 would also likely work.  That's the other ski I was considering along with the Progressor 8+.

Mike
post #8 of 10
Agree, Progressor 8, Contact 10

Should also consider:

Blizzard Sonic or Supersonic
Blizzard Magnum 7.4

Head Supershape or SS Magnum (Not the all out performance of the SS, but much more relaxing if he is less precise with his movements)
Head Chip 66 (Very smooth and damp)
Head Peak 76 or 78 (76 is a bit less powerful and more relaxing)
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Demo list looks good. Lots of options there for him to try. Thanks Epic!

Fischer RX8
Fischer Progressor 8+
Dynastar Contact 10
Blizzard Sonic or Supersonic
Blizzard Magnum 7.4
Head Supershape or SS Magnum (Not the all out performance of the SS, but much more relaxing if he is less precise with his movements)
Head Chip 66 (Very smooth and damp)
Head Peak 76 or 78 (76 is a bit less powerful and more relaxing)
post #10 of 10
As the intem brother-in-law, thank you for the info.   Now I just need winter to start to demo, and eventually $ to buy.
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