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Powder ski for big man

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I'm looking for new powder skis.  Well, I guess not exactly only powder, I have fatapus alatta's for when it's really deep, but they're clunky on the groomed/cat tracks.  I'm looking for something that's going to be good in the powder but also an all around good ski.  For 3 years I've skied mostly on Head Mojo 105 mm 191 cm.  I liked them in the powder and they were decent enough on the groomed.  But now the edges are basically gone ( lots of rocks at the end of last season and beginning of this one ) so they really suck on the groomed, I'm guessing partially because of my size, I'm 6'8" 340 pounds ( mostly muscle, I'm not fat ). 

I don't have a lot of money to spend, but I saw some 189cm Rossignol Bandit B-Squared powder skis online for like $250 new,  130/104/117 35m turning radius, they seem like they're similar to my head mojos. The description says it has aluminum inserts in the tip to improve torsional rigidity.  I'm wondering if given my size would this help me be able to carve a good turn on the groomed, but not affect how they feel in powder.

I don't really keep up with equipment, so I'm not sure what's going to be best for me, and I can't spend money demoing or buy new from a ski shop.  Any advice would be appreciated.
post #2 of 11
How about dynastar XXL?
post #3 of 11
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 The cheapest dynastar XXL I've seen is $450, that's more than my wife will let me spend.  Sounds nice though.
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by UtahPowderPig View Post

I'm looking for new powder skis.  Well, I guess not exactly only powder, I have fatapus alatta's for when it's really deep, but they're clunky on the groomed/cat tracks.  I'm looking for something that's going to be good in the powder but also an all around good ski.  For 3 years I've skied mostly on Head Mojo 105 mm 191 cm.  I liked them in the powder and they were decent enough on the groomed.  But now the edges are basically gone ( lots of rocks at the end of last season and beginning of this one ) so they really suck on the groomed, I'm guessing partially because of my size, I'm 6'8" 340 pounds ( mostly muscle, I'm not fat ). 

I don't have a lot of money to spend, but I saw some 189cm Rossignol Bandit B-Squared powder skis online for like $250 new,  130/104/117 35m turning radius, they seem like they're similar to my head mojos. The description says it has aluminum inserts in the tip to improve torsional rigidity.  I'm wondering if given my size would this help me be able to carve a good turn on the groomed, but not affect how they feel in powder.

I don't really keep up with equipment, so I'm not sure what's going to be best for me, and I can't spend money demoing or buy new from a ski shop.  Any advice would be appreciated.
 
I really liked the rossi bandits when I skied them and it sounds like a pretty good deal. The only thing I'd be worried about is that the long turning radius wouldn't be very good making quick turns, but maybe with your height and weight it would be fine.
post #5 of 11
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 It's the same turning radius as my Head Mojo's, and I liked those.  Thanks for the feedback.
post #6 of 11
used XXL might fit into your price range.

190 volkl explosives are a bit thinner (95mm) but still stiff and avail cheap (pm me)
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That 189 IS one of the stiffest skis made, comparable to the Legend Pro 193 (?) flex. Nice long arc. Very damp. Not much rebound energy. Genius crud tip.
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I'm not sure how a 4 year old post on another forum helps me. 
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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

used XXL might fit into your price range.


 

I bought a pair of the Dynastar XXL's.  ( God help me if the wife finds out how much they cost. )

Thanks everybody for your replies.
post #11 of 11
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 I skied on my new Dynastar's ( Pro Legend XXL 194cm ) up at the Bird today.  There wasn't new powder, but so far I love the ski.  It took a couple runs to get the feel for them, they felt a little heavy and clunky at first, but then something kind of clicked and I "got them".  They're smooooth, FAST, and very stable on the groomed.  Off trail they pretty much easily go through anything, but are still really easy to turn and control.  Awesome ski ( so far anyway ).
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