Hi Jim and Phil, huge fan of both of your inputs on this site and think the info on here is far superior to anything I've heard in New Zealand so far in my 5 years' skiing (+1 season at Big White).
Was wondering if I could pick your brains about a comment you made about nordica (I'm aware you stock and ski a lot of their skis), in particular the firearrow... I am looking to upgrade my 170cm rossi z9 Ti skis from years ago, and was eyeballing the firearrow 80 and was wondering why you were disappointed by them by nordica's usual high standards?
I tried the firearrow 74 on demo a month ago and thought they was great (nice pop out of turns and good edge hold, lots of fun in broken 6" soft snow) compared to my old z9s and the watea 84s I tried as well that day (wateas way too chattery and flimsy at speed, but fun off piste). If the FA 74s are disappointing for you- the other nordicas must be phenomenal! But just curious as to why you thought they weren't that great.
Secondly, what would an alternative to a Firearrow 80 be if one wants to err on the side of "big carver"? (in your "All mountain" description recently). I like the idea of a k2 rictor (which phil likes), a Crimson Ti or Blackeye Ti or maybe a Rossi avenger Ti or elan 82XTi. How do they sound in terms of versatile 80mm waisted carvers for inbounds bumps/crud/groomer mix at moderate-high speeds? BTW I have read your thoughts on volkls and they don't sound like my cup o' tea either...
And if firearrows aren't the business, are Jetfuels/tempests/pro burners/nitrous Tis a better prospect?
I realise a demo day is in order here, but my list for demo is huge and availability in NZ is a big problem (hard to find stockli, kastle, kneissl, blizzard, Hart, elan, line) and I may buy over the internet from the States without skiing them first...
I'm also very interested in your (and phil's) lukewarm opinion of the monster/2010 peak skis- as a peak 82 sounds like a good option for me. (I might be wrong about your opinions but I remember reading that you deliberately didn't and won't stock Head peak skis)
I am 24 years old, 5'11'', 190 Ilbs, advanced, not expert, ski blacks well and doubles okay, ski moderately fast but never been a racer or anything and like to work on technique (and get lessons) rather than just blast down the hill, and want a versatile ski without needing any proper western powder performance- I guess the same as an "eastern daily driver" (as the North Island of New Zealand has mixed conditions (to put it politely) and on any given day can vary between ice, slush at the bottom, hardpack, crud, small bumps and windblown is the extent of the powder, in general).
Thank you in advance, Ollie.
P.S. I hope other readers find this interesting/useful as well, and feel free to add their inputs.