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Sultan 85- is it too much ski for me?

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I've read every thread on this board about the Sultan 85s and the Sultan 80s.  I'm going to be renting tomorrow in Utah and am trying to decide between the 2.  Last season, I skied on Rossi Phantom 87s and Phantom 80s.  I found the 80s to be a lot less work.  At times, the Phantom 87s forced me to work hard, but I also enjoyed the stability at speeds those offered.  So my question is if I thought the Phatom 87s were too much ski for me at times, will I feel the same way about the Sultan 85s, or is it worth trying them for a day instead of starting with the Sultan 80s.  I'll probably be 70/30 on piste.  I'm a level 7 skier.

 

Thanks!

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I had the same choice to make between the Sultan 85s and the 94.  I absolutely loved the 94 and really adapted to it quickly.  I never buy a ski for what my current ability is, but rather what I want it to be.  They're too expensive for me for that!

 

I think the 85 is an excellent ski and I really like the Dynastar build quality.  I would definitely try it out for a day, or, if the shop will let you, try both.  But for me, skiing on 78mm Bandits for the past three years, 80 just feels too skinny for what I want to do - which is get more float in powder.

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I had the same choice to make between the Sultan 85s and the 94.  I absolutely loved the 94 and really adapted to it quickly.  I never buy a ski for what my current ability is, but rather what I want it to be.  They're too expensive for me for that!



 



I think the 85 is an excellent ski and I really like the Dynastar build quality.  I would definitely try it out for a day, or, if the shop will let you, try both.  But for me, skiing on 78mm Bandits for the past three years, 80 just feels too skinny for what I want to do - which is get more float in powder.






I agree with Ian's take that you should buy a ski to get you where you are trying to progress to. Perhaps you need a 80 waist ski as you already have a 95 and 110 waist in your quiver? Then again, it depends where you live, perhaps a 80 waist will work better for your everyday conditions? All that said, I would buy at least the 85 and more likely Ian's 94's as where I live, that ski makes more sense for me.
BTW, you made no mention of your build. If lighter the 85 may be better. For me at 200lbs before gear, I like a fairly burly ski these days.
post #4 of 7

I hated the Rossi 87 and love the Sultan 85. I think its a great front side ski for UT resorts. I am thinking for a level 7 it would be fine.

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If you are renting a demo level ski, like the Sultan, most shops will let you switch and try as many as you like.

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I've read every thread on this board about the Sultan 85s and the Sultan 80s.  I'm going to be renting tomorrow in Utah and am trying to decide between the 2.  Last season, I skied on Rossi Phantom 87s and Phantom 80s.  I found the 80s to be a lot less work.  At times, the Phantom 87s forced me to work hard, but I also enjoyed the stability at speeds those offered.  So my question is if I thought the Phatom 87s were too much ski for me at times, will I feel the same way about the Sultan 85s, or is it worth trying them for a day instead of starting with the Sultan 80s.  I'll probably be 70/30 on piste.  I'm a level 7 skier.

 

Thanks!

 

I think a couple of the other responders may not have read your post carefully. Specifically you say that you thought the Phantom 87s were too much at times and that you would be 70% on piste. You also say you are renting, not buying, which one poster did not take into account. Beyond saying you  are a level 7, you don't provide any info about your height, weight, and experience level. Given what you HAVE told us, I'd say you'd probably be happier on the Sultan 80s. I have skied both of these skis (I own the 85s) as well as the Phantom 87s. The Sultan 85s are not a demanding ski, in the grand scheme of things, but they are at least as demanding as the Phantom 87. The Sultan 80 is just plain easy, without being a noodle.
 

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Thanks to all for the responses.

6'1" 175.  I ski frontside and back, avoiding bumps most of the time.

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