Hi, i'm an upper intermediate looking to buy his first park ski. I've been skiing eastern groom most time on a pair of stockli raver XP, real slick carver (although I don't think i'm good enough to drive it to full), but I've been interested in passing by the park once in a while, and the raver is way too stiff and heavy for that purpose. What i'm looking for is a pair of twin tip that can carve reasonably well on hard pack, but can also do well in the park. Right now I've pretty much narrowed my choices down to either a pair of fischer addict or head mojo spawn 1, leaning toward the addict because of it's sandwich and vertical sidewall, as opposed to the mojo being capped, but since i'm a complete noob at park I don't completely understand the pros and cons of these. Anyone with hands on experience on either or both? Any other recommendation is appreciated too. I'm on a budget so I don't mind (prefer actually) skis from a few years back. As long as they're sick :D
fischer addict or head mojo spawn 1
Just skid the Addicts for the first time the other night(all mountain) and they were pretty fun and carved especially well. Also happy with their stability at speed. Their construction is sound,stick with sandwich in a twin, you will be much happier. Also, when skiing a twin, add approx 10 cm to the length due to the turned up tail. One other note, pay attention to the mounting point( usually actual center and boot center) you will only want true center if you spend all of your time in the park. Hope this helps.
Thanks for the input, that pretty much confirmed my impression on the addict from what I've read online. Just that I'm still judging these ski from a groomer standpoint, and don't really have a very concrete idea of what a good park ski is supposed to be like (and the spawn 1 is supposed to be a very good park ski), so i'm afraid i'm missing something here...
A good park ski is usually one that is symmetrical in dimensions(same size tail and tip) for front and switch skiing.As you mentioned vertical sidewall and sandwich construction. Another couple of things about the Addict are titanal inserts in the binding area which when hitting rails keeps the bindings from compressing into the ski. also there are areas in the tip and tail that are sort of hollowed out to aid in swing weight.Overall a nice setup.Not sure what else you would be looking for. Just my two cents.
that's exactly my problem, that i don't have a concrete idea of what i'm looking for. I understand the benefit of sidewall and edge construction, longtitudal and torsional rigidity, side cut and dimension and all that in relation to conventional groomed carving at medium to high speed, but from what I've read park skis seem to be an entirely different species. I kinda have an idea that i want a twin tip, light and a bit wide underfoot for stable landing, but aside from that terms like "buttery", "playfulness" and "pop" appear a lot in park ski reviews. Does it mean a softer ski would fare better in tricks? I'm leaning toward the addict because they are one of the stiffer twins, but since i'm very serious about hitting the park this season I don't want something that will be hard to learn tricks on :D
If you do intend on spending a great deal of time in the park then Fischer makes a softer ski with pretty much the same dimensions called the Villain. Also,Volkl makes the Ledge. Both skis are pretty soft in the tip with a little stiffer tail. I do not know how stable they are all mountain however. As I mentioned you have to ask yourself where are you going to spend most of your time? No ski will do everything great,there will always be a down side . Hope this helps again