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2nd half of a 2 ski quiver to compliment Dynastar Mythic Riders?

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I'm wanting to buy a second pair of skis and am looking for some suggestions on what to demo.  I'm 6'2", weigh 250#, and would probably be considered a level 8 skier.  At 47 years old, we'd been away from snow skiing for 10+ years, and then dove back into it 2 years ago.  After the initial round of research, I bought a pair of Dynastar Mythic Riders and have skied them exclusively the past 2 seasons.  It seems to have been a good choice, as they seem to fit my style of skiing very well, as well as the terrain and type of snow we chase.  We ski 20-30 days a year (central and northern Idaho, with an occasional trip to Tahoe) and greatly prefer skiing the trees, powder and crud over the groomers.  I'm more of a "power" skier than a "finesse" skier, and am looking for your suggestions on what I might try next that will allow me to emphasize and improve in the trees, powder, and crud, as well as compliment the skis I've already got.  I was thinking about something along the lines of the Volkl Mantra or Blizzard Argos, but thought I'd open it up to discussion.  Thoughts?

post #2 of 18

S7?

post #3 of 18
Mantra or Argos won't add much to what you already have. Think fat, soft(er) and rocker. Some skis that come to mind are S7, Pro Rider 115, 6th sense huge, atomic chetler, etc.
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I was on the MR last season and also skied on the non-rockered Gotoma and the 72mm Contact Limited.  I thought that was a nice quiver.  I will be on an S7 this year in place of the MR.  I will have a better feel for the S7 in another month, but right now think it's a bit far out from the MR.  Not a bad choice, probably a very nice second ski but not a daily driver.  I would keep the Goats if I could only have 1 ski.  I don't think either the Mantra or the Argos is a great second ski in a two ski quiver with a MR.  I almost wish I had opted to keep the MRs at the end of last season and sold the Jet Fuels.  Oh Well...  I think I will be opting to keep the S7 after the season ends and see what I get offered for 11-12 season.

post #5 of 18

I would think you'd want a ski around 25mm or more wider than what you are currently skiing to really add something fun.Sixth Sense Huge,Katana, a 115 or 120 Blizzard if it's not too stiff, Rossi's Pro 112 or their equiv this season, Fisher's Watea 114, Salomon's offering in the class.

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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

Mantra or Argos won't add much to what you already have. Think fat, soft(er) and rocker. Some skis that come to mind are S7, Pro Rider 115, 6th sense huge, atomic chetler, etc.

 

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I would think you'd want a ski around 25mm or more wider than what you are currently skiing to really add something fun.Sixth Sense Huge,Katana, a 115 or 120 Blizzard if it's not too stiff, Rossi's Pro 112 or their equiv this season, Fisher's Watea 114, Salomon's offering in the class.


Agree completely.  The Mantra/Argos are going to be *way* to close to what you already have in terms of strengths/weaknesses, etc.  There are some very good suggestions here to get you started.  FWIW, just so you know where I'm coming from, I use a Huge Trouble for this slot in my quiver.

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This is what a 97mm standing next to a 115mm looks like in my quiver:sorry for the re-post, these two threads (mantra and mythic + one) are so similar I posted the same comment in both of them. my bad.quiver 002 [1024x768].JPG

post #8 of 18

Salomon Czar, PM Gear Lhasa Pow, PM Gear Bro Fat, Line Prophet 115 or Icelantic Nomad SFT.

post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks much for the feedback.  Based on the other posts I've read, I'm not real surprised at the general concensus regarding the Argos and Mantra being too similar to the MR, so will try wider and softer as well.  One thing that I probably need to bring up is that the number of "big powder" days we get to ski is pretty small.  Of greater importance to me is a ski that will excel in the crud and tight quarter treed areas.  I like to bomb off into the stix, and on any given run encounter chewed up crud, crusted over deep snow in the sunny areas, and 18-24" powder in the shady pockets, so a maneuverable ski that transitions well from the various types of snow is a good thing.  I'm pretty pleased with how I'm able to do that with my MR's right now, so maybe a ski that's a pure compliment to the MR is a bit of a misconception.  I'm wondering if there's something out there that will do everything the MR will do, just better?!?!?  Thanks for all the feedback!

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Originally Posted by maverick2 View Post
 Of greater importance to me is a ski that will excel in the crud and tight quarter treed areas.  I like to bomb off into the stix, and on any given run encounter chewed up crud, crusted over deep snow in the sunny areas, and 18-24" powder in the shady pockets, so a maneuverable ski that transitions well from the various types of snow is a good thing.  

This is what Mythic Rider does best.  You will be hard-pressed to find a ski that does it better, so my advice is to either go wider and softer for pow, or go shorter, stiffer, and narrower for icy groomed days.  Or just get a new pair of boots if you need to put money into your skiing and if your boots are old and packed out  
 

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 This is what Mythic Rider does best.  You will be hard-pressed to find a ski that does it better,

 

Yeah, the more I read and checked into things, the more I began drawing the same conclusion -- thanks for the confirmation!  I'm good with that (and don't have a dying desire to spend any more money than I have to).  Down side is that I was using this as a way to occupy my mind and start building some excitement for the upcoming ski season as I recupe from a blown-out ankle during a late season water-skiing crash...  Will have to find something else to focus on... 

 

I will put the Huge and S7 on my list of skis to play with at some point this winter, as they sound like skis I can have a lot of fun on. 

post #12 of 18

So... What is the verdict/result of your search?  

post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

Mantra or Argos won't add much to what you already have. Think fat, soft(er) and rocker. Some skis that come to mind are S7, Pro Rider 115, 6th sense huge, atomic chetler, etc.


my thoughts exactly;  Alex! you're in my head  eek.gif........roflmao.gif

 

post #14 of 18
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So... What is the verdict/result of your search?  

I'm on the waiting list for a pair of DPS RP 112's in 190 cm...  Couldn't find a pair to buy mid-winter, so skied the MR's all this season.

post #15 of 18
:-). I hope to get the same ski next year.
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 

Christmas came a bit early this year -- Santa just dropped off a pair of the DPS 112's at my doorstep this morning! 

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Which construction did you opt for?
 

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Christmas came a bit early this year -- Santa just dropped off a pair of the DPS 112's at my doorstep this morning! 



 

post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 

I went with the Hybrids -- I think the "damp" aspect of the Hybrid probably fits the snow we ski a bit better. 

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