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Finally transitioning from straight skis to shaped. Need a little guidance on my list...

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I'm 37 yrs old, been skiing for about 30 years.  Ski on the right in PA and VT mainly, with occassional trips to the left.  I currently have...gulp....15 year old K2 SLC at 200cm.  Prior to that I had Dynastar Course SL 195's.  My K2's are shot and I'm finally ready for the new ski types.  I realistically get about 7-10 ski days a year, but now that the whole family skis, will hopefully get more TITS.

I'm 5'10" and about 170 lbs.  I primarily like quick SL turns, with some GS and super-GS turns mixed in.  I like to ski at a good speed, but of course with the family I have to ski a little slower.  I think I ski somewhat aggressively.  Being in PA I obviously stay on-piste, and need a ski that can handle the hard snow.  I really don't need a powder ski b/c those days are rare.

I'm looking for a ski with a waist in the 70's, and a radius of, perhaps, 14-16.

The list....I realize these are primarily speed and cruiser type skis.  My brother thinks I should stick with the cruisers since I've only been on shaped skis 2-3 ski days total.  But he can also be an idiot.  But in this case he may be right (I'd never tell).

Nordica Hot Rod Nitrous CA (or TI?)  124-78-108
Dynastar Contact Cross TI  120-72-104
Blizzard G-Force SS IQ  123-72-105
Volkl Tigershark 10 Foot  121-73-105
K2 Apache Crossfire MX  122-74-106

I've only just begun to research the skis.  This is a list that includes the skis that seems to match my preference and received favorable reviews.

Any input is appreciated.  I'm in no particular hurry, as I'm looking to get the skis this off season.  Any other sugguestions would be welcomed.

Thanks!

Erik
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Erik, your brothers list also reflects where you ski.  For my money the Volkl or K2 Crossfire are great skis but since I'm a Volkl fan I'll add the Volkl AC30 as well.  Whatever you choose, if you're skiing in the east mostly then you want to probably stay under 85 mm at the waist. 
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Thanks for your reply, Bob.

I think I've settled on either the Volkl Tigershark 10 foot in 175cm or the Blizzard G-Force SS in 174cm.

Now it's just a matter of finding them at a decent price!

Thanks, again,

Erik

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Be sure to check the Special Deals for EpicSki Members forum.  Usually an quick inquiry will find what you are looking for.
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Thanks for your reply, Bob.

I think I've settled on either the Volkl Tigershark 10 foot in 175cm or the Blizzard G-Force SS in 174cm.

Now it's just a matter of finding them at a decent price!

Thanks, again,

Erik


At your weight, number of skis days per year, and experience level with modern skis, the TS at that size will eat your lunch and not leave you a single crumb.  The TS is not a learning ski; rather, it is a ski that rewards proper technique and will spank you for making mistakes.  There are many better choices for transitioning from straight skis to shaped skis.  Don't get me wrong, the TS is a great ski and I have it in 168.
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MJB,

Well that's a buzz-kill.  I was real excited thinking I found a great ski for me.  Maybe I should just get a ladies ski.  Kidding.  I am open for other recommendations, but at the same time, realize that there are probably many on this board that grow tired of the same old "I need a ski recommendation" thread.

I'm still seriously considering the Tigershark 10 Foot or Blizzard G-Force if I find a good price.  If they toss me around a bit, it will give me a good excuse to get more TITS.

Anyone else?  Bueller?  Anyone? Anyone?
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If you liked the Course SLs you will like '09 Rossi Classic CS70.  Earlier VS and 9S Oversize skis also similar, but not as stiff.

Also highly recommend Fischer WC SC for improving your shorter turns.
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