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Armada ARV's or K2 Kung Fugas?

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Thread Starter 
I'd like to get my 19 yr old son (5'10", 170 lbs) a new pair of skis for Christmas.  He's in New England attending college and will be able to ski for about 5 weeks here in Colorado during his Christmas break.  He plays a spring sport so this will be about it for skiing this year...he might get in 20 days though.  He's looking for the proverbial one ski quiver for Colorado/Vail.  Level 8+ skier who likes to ski the whole mountain especially the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin.  Likes big jumps, skis fast and also likes spending time in the park especially if it hasn't snowed in awhile. 

He'd rather not go through the demo routine as he gets back only a few days before Christmas.  Currently has 3 year old Armada AR6's, also had a pair of ARV's that are too short but liked them when he was younger.  He's thinking about trying something different with the Kung Fugas.  Big mistake?  Any thoughts, opinions or suggestions on these two skis are really appreciated.  Anything else he should consider?  Marker Griffon Schizo sound OK for the binding?
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Line Prophet 100.  Skip the Marker Griffon's and get the Marker Jester to avoid the plastic.
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Thread Starter 
OK, thanks.  I'll put Line Prophet 100 in the mix.  Thanks for the heads-up on the plastic.
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Originally Posted by SkiVail View Post

OK, thanks.  I'll put Line Prophet 100 in the mix.  Thanks for the heads-up on the plastic.

No problem.  Personally, as a young consumer, I would also think that a dad that picked up some Line Prophet 100s took his time researching and finding out what is really sweet these days, as opposed to listening to a Big 5/Sports Authority salesman.  Just a thought.
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Thread Starter 

I walked into a local ski shop to check out the Line Prophet 100's and noticed the sticker that Line puts on the ski had the following: 60% Powder, 40% All Mountain, 0% Park.  I'm afraid that's a deal breaker.  My kid really likes the Park and is looking for something that does reasonably well there.  The KF's are marketed as 50% Powder, 50% Park.  Likewise, the ARV's are showing up as OK in the Park.  Thoughts? 

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Check out the Volkl Bridge and the Salomon Lord. Salomon Lord is the same type of ski, so I thought I would just through it in the mix. I have the Volkl Bridge and I love it. It is a great all mountain ski and is a twin tip so you can take it in the park. It isn't very symetrical so if he's going to do a lot of backwards skiing I wouldn't recommened this but if he's doing more than 50% of his skiing out of the park, definatly a ski to look at.

good luck!
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ARV will be fine in the park.  I personally would say to check out the K2 Extreme for a good all around ski.

  The problem I see with a park/all-mountain ski is the binding mount differences.  I know there are personal opinions but I do better in the park with my boot at the center mount, and this can affect performance elsewhere on the mountain.  I mount my park ski's on rental tracks though, so that way I can easily adjust my setting to what I will be skiing.
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Thread Starter 

Thanks Downhillin99.  Will check out the Volkl Bridge and Salomon Lord.  He's definitely over 50% outside of the park.

And Cphillips, thanks for the heads-up on the Extremes.  The Marker Schizo seems to address the different mounting choices one would have with a typical binding. 

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