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Atomic blackeye Ti or Smoke Ti???

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I am looking for reviews of each ski. I've done enough research to know that one of these skis is the one I'd like to get, but I am torn between the two.

I'm 5'10, 190lbs. High level intermediate/low level advanced. I hit any trail on the Mt. and like groomers as much as I like non-groomers. I do not want to work hard at skiing, but I do want somthing that will be stable. I like to ski galdes on occasion. I ski Vermont about 25x a year. I am now skiing on Elan Magfire 06's and feel like I am out-skiing them.

Help!
post #2 of 10

Since you've narrowed it down to two, why not demo each before deciding?

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Demo season is over at the mountain I have a pass for.
post #4 of 10
OK.  I think that if you're moving into the advanced level, you'll get more use out of the Blackeye.  Caveat: I haven't demo-ed either ski, so my view is based purely from reading reviews of these two skis.
post #5 of 10
I just got Blackeye Ti's which I I really like and have reviewed in the gear review forums. I think the Blackeye will be more versitle and meet your needs better. The Smoke looks a little groomer oriented IMO.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Eric S
What level skier are you?
What conditions have you skied?

Thanks
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by pauldotcom View Post

Eric S
What level skier are you?
What conditions have you skied?

Thanks
 
I'm a level 7, advanced/low expert. My blackeyes are 178 CM. Here is exerpts from my review from the three days I had on them:

Day 1: They were great on the hard pack groomers. I was able to make both short and long radius carved turns with no speed limit I could find and I really pushed the speed. In firm bumps I found them to be very quick and somewhat forgiving. They were also very good in skied out conditions in the tight trees.

Day 2: The day consisted of accumulating snow that was up to about 8" by the end of the day. They were predicable in the dust over very hard pack in the morning and very stable in the chop as the snow accumulated through the day.

Day 3: Two days after a heavy snow. Continued to enjoy the Blackeye's versatility where they really shined on the soft pack groomers and were great in big soft bumps and in the soft tracked snow in the tight trees.



 
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
I put them on layaway today. Paid $599 for them with bindings. Unfortunatly for me, I wont try them until next year, but I am VERY excited about it. Thanks for the input.
post #9 of 10
Good deal, you'll enjoy them.
post #10 of 10

Demoed the 2014 Smoke ti today and really enjoyed it, but it was the end of the time slot and so only got two runs on it.

 

Me: 5'4 1/2" 118 lbs, advanced to baby expert skier

 

Looking to augment my Atomic Century skis that I love. Thought I'd look for an 'all mountain' ski and use the Centuries for powder, but after demoing a couple  of "all mountain" front side leaning skis which were good, but not so much inspiring (Head Maya 8 and Atomic Affinity Storm) I tried the smoke ti. I really liked the way the smoke ti held and was so satiny smooth. But, I have always preferred a wood core ski and did not have a chance to take them into the trees or crud. (did try them in some medium bumps and they did just fine.)

 

So I'm wondering if ought to try the Blackeye ti as perhaps a more versatile and damp ski since it's wood core sidewall construction. Do you think it would be significantly "more" ski than the smoke, or could it work for a small lightweight person like me?

 

Also thinking of demoing the Head Supershape Titan as a similar (?) kind of ski. Any thoughts on that?

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