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Looking for fat-ish ski with front side capabilities

post #1 of 8
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My current go-to quiver is a pair of Blizzard Supersonics (74mm) for hard conditions and Blizzard Titan Cronus (88mm) for soft. I am looking for a ski in the 100mm range to round out the spectrum. I am in the east - Sugarloaf to be precise. We do have the occasional powder day. But such days are often followed by winds that create drifts of deep and wind-swept packed powder that you can encounter constantly throughout a run. And so the perfect fat-ish ski will be capable of making the transition from pow to hard, to float and then hold an edge. Does such a ski exist? I have been reading about the Movement Sluff (134/99/118) that has enough sidecut and stiffness to hold an edge. Can y'all suggest other skis of that ilk?
Much obliged,
David
post #2 of 8
Nordica Enforcer
Dynastar Legend Pro Rider
Kastle MX98!
Blizzard Atlas IQ (might be a bit narrow at 94mm)
New Gotama (haven't skied it, seems to get good reviews though)
post #3 of 8
Given the description of what you want, here is the ski I would suggest.

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

If that doesn't appeal, there are tons of great skis in the 100mm-105mm range that could also work well. The aforementioned Legend Pro, Enforcer, and also the 2010 Blizzi Argos could be a great call for you. IMO....the 2010 Gotama is not a fit.

SJ
post #4 of 8
Look at a Line Prophet 100.
post #5 of 8
Atomic Nomad Savage Ti - fantastic ski.  Slightly narrower than what you're looking at, but for the right side coast I would think it would be one of the best bets. This ski has tenacious ice grip while being relatively soft longitudinally with sufficient float for anything up to about 12" of fresh.   Honestly this could be your everyday ski.

I've ridden most of what has been offered so far and IMO the Savage is a better ski.
post #6 of 8
 Id stick away from the enforcer its is the worst tip diving ski I have EVER skied.

Legend Pro - (older if you want more beef new if you want an easier ski)
Line P100 - dont bother with P90 
both Blizzard recommendation are great calls as well.
The old gotama fits the bill not the new one.
Also the atomic Snoop is like the ski that everyone forgot about, super impressed by mine in bumps, hardpack and powder.
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post

Given the description of what you want, here is the ski I would suggest.

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

If that doesn't appeal, there are tons of great skis in the 100mm-105mm range that could also work well. The aforementioned Legend Pro, Enforcer, and also the 2010 Blizzi Argos could be a great call for you. IMO....the 2010 Gotama is not a fit.

SJ
 


Jim, appreciate your imput along with others. You can tell I have a soft spot (more than a few) for the Blizzard line. Read your review and the qualities of the Argos sound a lot like the Cronus which I consdier the Golden Retreiver of skis - always happy, compliant, obediant and never poops on the carpet. Am I on the right track? Does the Argos feel like a wider, more stable Cronus? If so, that would be fine for me.
Is your link to last year's ski? If so, anything but cosmetic diffs? 
Suggestion for size? I am on a 167cm Supersonic (found the 174cmm too long for tight work on steep). And on the 174cm in the Cronus (only skied in that size). That skis short because of the turned up tail (true of the Argos as well?) Am 170lbs, 5'9. Level 9.
Appreciate the relpy.
David
post #8 of 8
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Does the Argos feel like a wider, more stable Cronus?

That's pretty close. The '09 Argos is stiffer and somewhat straighter so it is more ski than the Cronus (esp last years Cronus) even throwing out the width for a moment. The Argos was my middle ski last year and got a lot of use. (my two 115's got comparatively little). This year I decided to go back down to the middle-low 90's for my workhorse ski but I'd still be happy with an Argos if that's waht I had. I skied the 180 and was happy with it in all conditions. Your lightish weight might suggest considering the 173 but your L-9 ability would lean me toward suggesting the 180.

That review was of the '09 (which we still have a few of). The 2010 is somewhat different. It is wider, (105mm) and nearly flat cambered. The result is a ski that is killer in any type of 3-D snow and is the best crud buster of the ~~ 105mm herd. However, the flat camber comes with a small price tag. That price is a little bit of a vague feeling outside of the deeper snow. The edge grip is fine and it isn't as disconnected feeling as fully rocked skis tend to be, it's just not quite as solid feeling as fully cambered skis. IMO that's an acceptable tradeoff and personally, I can tolerate flat cambered (or nearly so) skis as a daily driver wheras I wouldn't pick a rockered ski for that usage. That of course is a personal preference and YMMV.

SJ
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