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Can you recommend a ski from 3+ years ago?

post #1 of 15
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Hi Everyone, this is my first post!

I came across this website while searching for ski reviews, and it seems like a great community. I've really learned alot.

I'm looking to purchase a set of skis and bindings off of ebay, craigslist, or even here, but I'm trying to keep costs down -prefererably below $200. For that money, I realize I'd be better off looking for an older, used set of skis in good condition.

A little about me: I'm 35 yrs old, 6 feet tall, and 195lbs. I used to ski much more but am lucky to get out 5-10 times a winter now, always in the Poconos with the occasional trip to New England. I always use rentals - my last (only) set of skis were Dynastars from the 1990s. I'd say I'm just below an expert - I can ski just about anything but it isn't always pretty. I'm a pretty laid-back skiier that, when skiing with friends, is usually in the back of the pack taking in the scenery. I prefer the wide open, groomed trails, but I'm looking for 1 good all-around ski that I can have fun with in a variety of conditions.

From what I've read I've seen the following skiis recommended but I'm open to suggestions. Remember, I'm looking for older skiis to keep the cost below $200. I definitely don't need the latest models.

Fischer RX9
Dynastar Legend 8000
Volkl AC4

Any other models that you'd say, looking back, were a really great ski from a few years ago? Feel free to pm me if you're interested in selling anything in the 170-180cm range. Thanks!

Patrick
post #2 of 15
The Dynastar Legend 8000 would be a good choice IMO. Don't go shorter the 170..
post #3 of 15
PM sent on some 8000s
post #4 of 15
Don't think my PM is working
Email me at archer108 at gmail.com about some Volkls
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses so far. MxKc I sent you an email...
post #6 of 15
Peter Keelty over at realskiers.com or ( or is it expertskiers.com? )can recommend a few dozen, but it will cost you twenty bucks, worth it in my opinion.
post #7 of 15
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Peter Keelty over at realskiers.com or ( or is it expertskiers.com? )can recommend a few dozen, but it will cost you twenty bucks, worth it in my opinion.
 

I find this funny.  And surreal all at the same time.
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Peter Keelty over at realskiers.com or ( or is it expertskiers.com? )can recommend a few dozen, but it will cost you twenty bucks, worth it in my opinion.
A quick google of that name gave me this result

"Product manager, marketing director and consultant for Salomon, Superfeet, Wintersteiger, Hexel, Hansen, Lange, ZipFit, PRE Skis, NAVA Systems, Smuggler's Notch and Brian Head ski schools"

I'm sure all the reviews are non-biased.
post #9 of 15
 RX8's
post #10 of 15
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A quick google of that name gave me this result

"Product manager, marketing director and consultant for Salomon, Superfeet, Wintersteiger, Hexel, Hansen, Lange, ZipFit, PRE Skis, NAVA Systems, Smuggler's Notch and Brian Head ski schools"

I'm sure all the reviews are non-biased.
 
He has some sort of system where he collects cards from a whole bunch of testers.

I found unbiased and accurate reviews of my Fischer WC SCs, Volant Machete gs and Völkl P50 F1s before I bought them.  Reviews of Atomic SX10, SX11, Fischer RX8, Rossi 9S matched up pretty well with my experience too.  Reviews go back a few years. (not to mention the Head reviews, with which I concur, and have no affiliation with Head).
post #11 of 15
I think that the Fischer Fuse/AMC would be a good match also.
post #12 of 15
I second the RX8's. It still is a great ski.
post #13 of 15
Another ski to consider is the Head Monster IM model, with a waist width of 75, 78 and-or 82.  These come stock mounted with a Tyrolia binding which is adjustable and does not require drilling.  I've a pair of the 75's and have had good results with these. 

They work well as an East Coast ski with good edge bite, are forgiving and in the mid-fat range (widths listed above) are very versatile in fresh snow or boiler plate ice.  These are at the top of your price ... e-Bay going price for these is around $250. 
post #14 of 15
How is your edging skill? If you prefer (and limiting yourself to) the groomers and you're more of a scraper, go with the AC4 and RX8 (I've skied only the AC). The 8K is a bit wider underfoot so it takes more effort to go from edge to edge. Also, for the Northeast, the AC and RX will bite ice/crust much better and they are a bit more stable. With that said though, the L8K is a very good all around ski that has some limitations.
post #15 of 15
One older ski that I always saw good reviews of (but that I never skied) was the Head "Monster" iM77 (I vaguely remember that some people said that they preferred it to the "replacement" iM78); I've seen that levelnine.com has some of these in 181 for <$300 without bindings (but with a railflex rail already on them), which frankly I think is just too much for such an old ski but maybe they'd be willing to cut a deal if you talked to them directly; also, you should look at the evogear outlet web site as they've got pretty good prices and they are currently giving 30% off on most outlet stuff (so, for instance, you could get '08-'09 Fischer Cold Heat in 176 with bindings for $479-30%=$335.
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