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Fire Arrow 80 or Tempest

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Thread Starter 

I'm looking to add a carvy 80 mm ski to my quiver, slotting in below my Blizzard Magnum 8.7's.  For a narrow ski (Mt. Hood is home), I like more sidecut, and seem to be homing in on either the Nordica Tempest or Fire Arrow 80 (complete with hideous graphics, I know).

 

I'm near 200 pounds during the dark of winter, probably a level 9 skier, but getting a little older, and the turn has become more important to me than all out speed.

 

Opinions welcome!

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post #3 of 8
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Interesting.  I did not know of the Ski Genie.  I wonder if the Fire Arrow is so new that it is not in their data base, since it has more sidecut than the Avenger, and I believe that Nordica places it a small step above the Tempest in terms of ability range.

 

Regardless, I'm really leaning towards the Fire Arrow and its shorter sidecut radius, in order to prevent overlap with my Magnum 8.7s.

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Originally Posted by willski4food View Post

I've heard great things about the new Nordica Tempest @ 17m radius its both stable through the turn and at speed.  I ran your preferences through the skigenie.com program, the Tempest or Rossignol Avenger Ti are great picks.  Probably great for the Hood glacier in late spring... 

http://find-skis.skigenie.com/ski/results/c2tpZ2VuaWVpc2F3ZXNvbWU3NTU=


You have a total of 11 posts, 10 of which are pimping skigenie.  Do you honestly think a computer program can really judge what skis are best for someone?  Did you write the code for it?

post #5 of 8

be careful with the new firearrow...if i'm correct, it's a hybrid between a slalom and GS ride...(do some youtube checks...you'll see what i mean...mixed reactions)...but on tempest have read very good things consistently (my ski of choice too, but am trying for better price than current $799 in a 170cm length).

 

cheers and happy skiing

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Originally Posted by canali View Post

be careful with the new firearrow...if i'm correct, it's a hybrid between a slalom and GS ride...(do some youtube checks...you'll see what i mean...mixed reactions)...but on tempest have read very good things consistently (my ski of choice too, but am trying for better price than current $799 in a 170cm length).

 

cheers and happy skiing


I think that hybrid SL/GS may serve me well.  I really love my old B5 Metrons which are a full-on GS construction with borderline illegal SL sidecut.  The thought of having a similar ski with an 80 mm waist -- compared to the Metron's 76 mm -- has me drooling in hopes of keeping the ripping hard pack performance, and gaining a bit more off-piste ability.

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So if there's been consistently good things said about the Tempest then I guess I'll be the first to post some bad things.  I did not like the Tempest at all - couldn't get off of it fast enough.  In contrast I LOVED the HR-Pro Jet Fuel.  In fact I think this season's Jet Fuel was close to being my best in test out of all the demo days I've done so far for the early season.  I felt like the Tempest had absolutely no balls, no power, no edge grip.  I have not ridden the Fire Arrow stuff.

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this is a prudent reply...read: do your own due dilligence with any ski and take it for a test drive before buying...esp new ski$s

(sure for old/used at 1/3--1/2 off, so perhaps not as necessary perhaps as you can unload them for almost same cost)

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So if there's been consistently good things said about the Tempest then I guess I'll be the first to post some bad things.  I did not like the Tempest at all - couldn't get off of it fast enough.  In contrast I LOVED the HR-Pro Jet Fuel.  In fact I think this season's Jet Fuel was close to being my best in test out of all the demo days I've done so far for the early season.  I felt like the Tempest had absolutely no balls, no power, no edge grip.  I have not ridden the Fire Arrow stuff.


Edited by canali - 12/10/10 at 6:32pm
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