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Finally Taking the Plunge

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi All,

Going to be buying my fist set of skis this year, after renting for the past 3 seasons. I'm 24, 5'10" - 185 lbs

Would probably label my self as an intermediate skier.  Mostly enjoy doing blues, blue-blacks with a couple blacks thrown in through out the day.  I mostly ski out west for a week or two a year. I am mostly on the piste, but do enjoy getting off it and as my skills progress, could see myself skiing 70/30 on/off. 

 

I have been reading up as much as I can trying to learn as much as I can in an attempt to figure out what skis I want, but seems every article I read adds to the list of potential skis instead of narrowing it down. Thus, I thought I'd see what everyone else thinks.  Right now I have my sights set on a few models and would love some feedback.

 

Line Prophet 90 - All the reviews I've seen say this is a great all-mountain ski. Kind of leaning towards this ski.  Would try to buy a set of last years model as from what I can tell, only the graphics changed.

 

Line Prophet Flight - Found the review in ski magazine saying more testers preferred it to the 90, but some of the reviews I've read say it is too soft.

 

Atomic Smoke Ti - These seem to get heavy praise from the magazine reviews I've seen. However, these are the narrowest that I'm considering, so I'm wondering how well off the groomed path they will handle.  Really like the price point.

 

Salomon Lords - Another ski that seems to always get good reviews, plus I like the graphics :)

 

What are your thoughts? If think there is a different set of skis I should be considering, let me know.  I don't really want to get more expensive than the skis I have listed, rather spend the extra money of some good fitting boots.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read!

post #2 of 10

Welcome to Epic. These are all good skis. However, they're all over the map in terms of design (Prophets are twins, Smokes are more midfat carvers, and so on. I'd first decide if you want what twins give you (lot of versatility, ability to ski switch easily, park) vs. what they lack (best track and bite carving on hardpack). But if I had to choose among these, for your mission, I'd go for the Prophet 90's. If could add others also at reasonable prices, I'd pick Nordica Burners, Fischer Watea 84's, Dynastar Sultan 85's, Blizzard Cronus's over any of these. 

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

I guess the main draw for twins is they do give the most versatility.  I'm never going to be someone who will spend a day at the park, but I like the idea of having skis that give me the option to go explore a little.  Also,  I'm not a terribly fast skier, so I didn't think I'd loose much on the groomed runs with twins.  But please correct me if I'm wrong though.

 

Another side note, how do twins handle ice?  There is a good chance that whatever skis I buy will have to handle some upper mid-west skiing and the crappy man made snow we have up here :)

 

Lastly, I like the look (and price) of the 2010 Dynastar Sultan 85's, thanks for the recommendation. Is there any difference between them and the 2011 model.


Thanks

post #4 of 10

I think you should be more worried about spending money on some boots that fit before spending money on skis.

post #5 of 10

I think you should be more worried about spending money on some boots that fit before spending money on skis.

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

I'm not going to be buying boots online, going to a store to try them on.  I'd like to have the skis when I do this so I can get everything tuned up.

 

 

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Originally Posted by AB1733 View Post

Another side note, how do twins handle ice?  There is a good chance that whatever skis I buy will have to handle some upper mid-west skiing and the crappy man made snow we have up here :)

Lastly, I like the look (and price) of the 2010 Dynastar Sultan 85's, thanks for the recommendation. Is there any difference between them and the 2011 model.


Thanks


In order: Twins are not your best bet for the midwest unless you're a serious park rat. They will not handle ice as well, on the whole, although a few are OK. 

 

2010 and 2011 Sultans are the same except for graphics. And they have a flip tail that allows adequate switch, helps then in bumps (which you will see a lot of). 

post #8 of 10

You could probably find some used higher end ski's for a good price then spend more money on your boots.

post #9 of 10

^^ I second what he said, although if you're putting in so much time looking for a quality all around ski that you plan on keeping than the $$ on new or late model may be worth it. But I'm sure most would agree that if your budget is fixed, money is almost always better invested in a great pair of boots. Go out of your way to find a good boot fitter/reputable shop.

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input, I'm not too worried about the boots because I've already planned on going to a fitter and with their input, getting the right pair for me.  Not too worried what they are going to cost.  With the skis, I figure it's a lot easier to buy online and get an insanely good deal on a new pair of last years model.  With that said, are the Dynastar sultan 85's a better all around ski than the Atomic Smoke ti? 

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