Originally Posted by Spensar
Thanks. You hit the nail on the head. I want excellent ice grip, but a true expert ski is not what I need either. At 5' 6" and 215, creaky knees, and realistically a reasonable intermediate who skis the moderate blacks, that's the quandry. Do you think there be a lot of difference in dialing it back to a Progessor 7? Any Atomics recommended? I will be skiing some demos on Friday night and Atomic is a main line at that hill.
Don't know much about recent Atomics, unfortunately. Talk to the folks in the demo shop and ask if they have something comparable. (~65-75mm waist, fairly stiff, but not a race ski). From a quick perusal of their site, in the new models you'd probably want a "D2 VF 72" or "D2 VC 72". Or at least start from there.
I've only skied the Progressor 8 and 9. I'm not sure how much softer the 7 is. I don't think the 8 would be too much for an intermediate skier who can actually carve some turns. IMO they're pretty forgiving, but I like very responsive skis and YMMV.
Originally Posted by aeyara
Thanks for all the replies! I understand what you mean about ice being a problem out east - I noticed a lot of icy runs when I went up to Mt. Blanc in Quebec this past weekend, and my rental skis just couldn't hold up on some of the particularly icy patches. If that's the case, I guess I'll have to look at skis with more grip....
What about the Dynastar Exclusive Legend? I've heard nothing but praise for it.
The Exclusive Legend is the women's version of the Legend Sultan 80 (which used to be the Legend 4800) -- this is a little wider, and more of an all-mountain ski. The Exclusive Eden is like the Legend Sultan 85 (previously the Legend 8000), and is wider still. Both of these, like the Xenon, will be better in mixed conditions or fresh snow, but probably not as good on very hard surfaces, and not as quick or capable of tight carved turns. The mens versions of these, at least, are VERY popular and well-reviewed across the board. In fact, I just ordered a pair of the Sultan 85s.
If you want better hold on ice, the regular 'Exclusive' or 'Exclusive Elite' are the ones to look at. Those are the women's version of the Dynastar Contacts.