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Putting together a demo list for a skinny ski in a 2 ski quiver in the PNW.

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I know, I know, these threads aren't really all that interesting, but I could use any feedback if you feel like playing along.

I'm going to a demo day of 2011 gear next weekend, and am going to primarily look at skis to replace the skinny ski in my quiver.  Right now, my skinny ski is the watea 94, which was a great OSQ for the PNW, but isn't as great as a skinny ski in a 2 ski quiver.  What I'm hoping for is something a touch more frontside oriented, does a little better on harder snow and crud, with a little more sidecut.  I know sidecrud and crud don't always play nicely together, but that's what I'd *like* to end up with.  I also think I'd like something a little damper than the watea's.  I'm not looking for a frontside carver, so forget about anything like an AC50, much less anything even more frontside oriented (no contact 4x4, etc).  I was thinking that something in the 85mm to 90mm range would be good.

Right now, based on the priorities I've got, and the reviews I've read, the Sultan 85 seems to be at the top of my "must try" list.  I'd probably also like to try the Sultan 94, but I was leaning towards going a little narrower so I think the 85 is more in line with what I want.  I was also thinking about the Blizzard Titan Cronus or Atlas.

So what else should be on the list.  IIRC, they should have Dynastar, Atomic, K2, Fischer, Blizzard, Rossignol, Volkl, Head, Salomon & Line there, don't remember if there were any other companies last year.
post #2 of 11
Try Atomic Savage. It really is that good for everyday.
post #3 of 11
 Don't you already have HTs ? 
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
lol, should the HT's be my skinny ski?
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Betaracer View Post

Try Atomic Savage. It really is that good for everyday.

Atomic hasn't really been on my radar lately, so this is good feedback.  I'll read up on 'em and possibly check 'em out.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Ok, got some ideas from this thread from SierraJim: www.epicski.com/forum/thread/92748/western-daily-drivers-in-the-90-100mm-range, at least ideas on the wider end of my spectrum.  So I guess the question is this.  Is there anything besides the Sultan that I should be looking at in the mid-80's that won't be too frontside oriented?  Or is the type of ski I'm looking for really in the 90's these days?
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Bump for other thoughts, I've got 2 days left for input.
post #8 of 11
blizzard max 8.1 / 8.7 might be some good options as frontside oriented ski in your quiver
post #9 of 11
head peak in the width of your choosing?
post #10 of 11
I already covered many of the better mid 90's in the other thread so you've got a start there. The narrower brother of the Sollie Sentinel is the Enduro and it's not like any Salomon you've skied lately. For a balance of skills in the mid 80's, it will be hard to beat the Sultan 85.

SJ
post #11 of 11
i just added a Sultan 85 to the quiver. I'm very impressed. IMO it is the perfect flex to allow good carving yet still ski bumps well.
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