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So here I am in Cape Cod for the week.  I wasn't even thinking about ski gear -- I swear!!   We're driving on Rt. 28 and there's this huge tent sale and the tent is filled with, you guessed it, skis!    I have 18 hours before they pull up the tent statkes tomorrow.  They'll sell me a Blizzard Cronus 173 length with Marker IQ (?) bindiings (guy said they"re virtually like a Marker griffon)) for $599,  Is this a good deal?  Is this me?   Help!  

 

Me:  5'9"  150 lbs.  Level 7/8.  East/West =  60/40   Currrent sking interest: ungroomed, trees, bumps and, OK I admit, "interesting" groomed.

 

Thanks.

 

 

 

post #2 of 12

That could be a very good ski for you. Didn't you find your dream ski in a demo last spring? What was it? Is it anything like the Cronus?

post #3 of 12

I ski a Cronus 180 when there's not much fresh (me 6'2" 190 heading toward 180). Great ski for anything up to 6-8" deep.

post #4 of 12

If they fall through, I have a new pair of Argo's in 173 that we will do the same deal on. 

post #5 of 12
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He who hesitates.....  it must have been the canoeing and tennis today.   

 

Phil, how does the Argos compare to the Cronus?  

 

Epic, my Spring "dream ski" was the Head Peak 88, but I never pulled the trigger.  Among the reasons, I got sidetracked by the discussion on ski length (the Peak 88"s I demo'ed were 163s).

 

Jimintokyo, or anyone, how do the Cronus ski in East hardpack?  Realskiers gave them a 4 for carving; Peak 88s got a 5.   

post #6 of 12

I have been on the Cronus for about three years. It is a great all-rounder for Maine conditions except when it gets real hard and real steep. You may be interested in the review I wrote which compares it with its carving brother, the Supersonic:

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/83443/2009-blizzard-supersonic-174cm-vs-2008-titan-cronus-173

 

Prices at $600 seems a bit steep to me. I got mine on a Tramdock deal so that is not a fair comparison. But I would have thought that 50% off the retail would be appropriate.

 

Hope this helps.

 

David

post #7 of 12
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 Realskiers gave them a 4 for carving; Peak 88s got a 5.   


4 out of what? Don't say 10. I like 'em on the hardpack. I've raced GS on 'em. Enjoyed skiing them on icy Front Four trails. They're not exactly RD SLs, but they do juuuust fine.

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He who hesitates.....  it must have been the canoeing and tennis today.   

 

Phil, how does the Argos compare to the Cronus?  

 

Epic, my Spring "dream ski" was the Head Peak 88, but I never pulled the trigger.  Among the reasons, I got sidetracked by the discussion on ski length (the Peak 88"s I demo'ed were 163s).

 

Jimintokyo, or anyone, how do the Cronus ski in East hardpack?  Realskiers gave them a 4 for carving; Peak 88s got a 5.   


Personally I didn't like either the Cronos or the Argos for eastern hardpack, the Mag 8.7 is Blizzards wide ski for those conditions. If you want a wide ski (90ish) that IS good for hardpack, The Nordie Helldiver Ti for $449 (or Helldiver CA for $419) is the steal of a deal. 

post #9 of 12
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Epic -- thanks, this is the feedback I need.   It was 4 out of 5.  Stowe's front four trails with ice is good enough for me -- what the heck else would they need to do to get 5?.  Now that I think about it, my AC-20s only got a 4 in carving and I've never felt limited on ice.  

 

I think the company holding the tent sale was Rogers something.  Anybody know them? 

post #10 of 12
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Phil -- thanks.  OK, I'll add the Nordicas to my list.  See why I can't make a decision?  

post #11 of 12
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deliberate -- thanks.  Excellent review. The $599 price was with bindings.  Poking around the web, that seemed to be in line with other deals out there, but not exceptionally better.

 

Admittedly, it would have been easy -- the Yakima pod is already on the car.  Just would have had to triage a couple beach chairs....

post #12 of 12

Hmmm, not a lot of whatchada call East hardpack up in Niseko .

But, I've skied the Cronus on some fairly icy runs closer to home and they've been just jim-dandy.

Probably the Mag 8.7 would be better, tho. I picked up my Cronus in Utah a couple of seasons ago.

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