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After trolling and trolling, I give up- help me find a ski- 6'2" 195 ex athlete

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Long time reader, first time poster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some background about me. 28 year old male. I raced until my freshman year of high school. I quit competitive ski racing to focus on baseball. I played professional baseball for 6 years and ended my career at the AAA level. My contracts did not allow me to ski while I was playing baseball. After getting out of baseball, I have got the skiing bug again. I bought a season pass and have been ripping from the first chair to the last chair. My current setup. Old pair of Salomon World Cup prototype race boots. They were the precursors to the red Equipe line (I think). Skis are Atomic Beta Race 10.26 at 198cm (dinosaurs) I love to ski as fast as I possibly can. I like taking high speed arcing turns to the point that I am afraid the ski patrol will take away my pass. The problem is that it is hard to get enough open space latter in the day to really ski fast. The 10.26s are not the best ski to pick around newbies crowding the slopes. Also, skiing in the sierras I do have to deal with crud. I want a ski that is a blast to ski fast and to make hard cranking turns on. A ski that is capable of long and medium turns is paramount. I would like a ski that performs in the crud and backcountry, but that is certainly less important (i would rate that as 10% important). Also, I would like to spend as little as possible so I am thinking of going the used/ebay route. So, what skis do you think would suit my needs? Race ski, all mountain ski, mid fat, rocker (whatever the heck that is)???? Brands? I value everyone's opinion on this site. This is a great site that puts out a lot of information. Thanks for the input -Mav
post #2 of 15

What is your weight, height? That will effect choice. 

 Well, first off  if price is a major concern what price range are we looking at? Second, finding locals looking to sell their year or two lightly used skis is a good move. That and demoing as many skis as possible. I would suspect you'd enjoy blizzard magnum 8.1's in 179cm, head john skis in 181~187 or mojo94  stable at speed yet wide. Handling chop and variable conditions yet hold on ice seem good. 

 Also keep an eye out in the gear swap/used section here,

there's always pretty good deals popping up. Rather here than ebay personally.


Edited by BradyN - 12/24/10 at 3:12am
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What is your weight, height? That will effect choice. 

Uh... I think he's 6' 2", 195 lbs. if I'm not mistaken.
 

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for getting back to me

 

I am 6'2" 195. and athletic.

 

I am worried about going with a true all mountain ski because I do not want to sacrifice performance at high speed, which is what I like to do most.

 

With regards to price, I do not want to come off as a miser and would be willing to spend money to get the right setup.  When I said I was on a budget, I meant that I did not want to for over 1000+ for Rossi Stratos.

 

Do you guys think that GS race skis are out of the question? I have always skied on race skis.  Have the new skis gotten so good that the all mountain skis perform well at high speed?

 

Thanks,

 

Mav

post #5 of 15

Pick up some Dynastar XXL's. It's a big fat GS ski that will go as fast you can.

 

 

I see new ones for $400 all the time and lightly used ones with binders for about the same. 

 

http://tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=208638

post #6 of 15

201 Stockli Stormrider Pro or 194 Rossi Squads. Good prices on both and they'll go as fast as you want. The latter is stiffer than any race ski I own.

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This past weekend I saw a bunch of K2s on the hill. 

 

What do you guys think about the K2 crossovers and rictors and the apache line.

 

Would they bes something that would fit my needs.

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This past weekend I saw a bunch of K2s on the hill. 

 

What do you guys think about the K2 crossovers and rictors and the apache line.

 

Would they bes something that would fit my needs.


No!..............................(you do not sound like a K2 guy at all)

 

SJ

post #9 of 15

Try out Atomic Savage 186 or Atomic Coax 192.

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Originally Posted by mavthrill View Post

This past weekend I saw a bunch of K2s on the hill. 

 

What do you guys think about the K2 crossovers and rictors and the apache line.

 

Would they bes something that would fit my needs.


No!..............................(you do not sound like a K2 guy at all)

 

SJ



I am curious why you say that (about K2). And excuse the grammar... it was early in the morning

post #11 of 15
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What do you guys think about the Atomic's nomad line?

post #12 of 15

I have not skied them, tho I hear they generally hold well on ice/hard snow and good in variable snow conditions. At your height and weight,

going up to the longer lengths ~180ish is not a bad idea tho. The nomad line varies tho, you have some range from soft to fairly stiff..Check out reviews

from people around your weight that ski hard. Google search for video reviews of different ski lines, then you can see how the reviewers ski.

post #13 of 15

Every manufacturer has a decent ski in their line that would fit your needs.  Finding a lightly used one, 3-4 years old mounted to your bsl, will be your best value. 

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Would recommend looking for a similar ski to the Nordica Dobermann Spitfire Pro in a 178-182 range.  A recreationalized race ski.  

 

Today, I skied the Spitfire in 170, i liked it but it felt a little short and squirrley
 

 

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Originally Posted by mavthrill View Post

Some background about me. 28 year old male....
...My current setup. Old pair of Salomon World Cup prototype race boots. They were the precursors to the red Equipe line (I think). Skis are Atomic Beta Race 10.26 at 198cm (dinosaurs) I love to ski as fast as I possibly can. I like taking high speed arcing turns to the point that I am afraid the ski patrol will take away my pass.
...Also, skiing in the sierras I do have to deal with crud. I want a ski that is a blast to ski fast and to make hard cranking turns on. A ski that is capable of long and medium turns is paramount. I would like a ski that performs in the crud and backcountry, but that is certainly less important (i would rate that as 10% important). Also, I would like to spend as little as possible so I am thinking of going the used/ebay route. So, what skis do you think would suit my needs? Race ski, all mountain ski, mid fat, rocker (whatever the heck that is)???? Brands? I value everyone's opinion on this site.
-Mav

 

Sierras, rippin ski for med to big arcs/crud, young big guy - budget.

 

racing skis would be too limiting for the all conditions of the Sierras. Fine if you;re gonna ski groomers, but hit the steep, crudded, off-piste and you'll be limited more than with a good Big Mtn ski.

 

Big Mtn ski - 90 to 100 waist, 24+ m raduis sidecut or longer, 185+, steamroller flex.

 

you could go with the latest high rise designs or go a yr or two older with a full camber design, won't make that much a diff if you plan on chargin most of the time...

 

If that's what you say you want - try an Elan 999 or similar Volkl, Nordica Enforcer, Dynastar LP Pro/ XXLs moe betta - nothing less than 185

Oh, and Black Diamond might have one you'll like - can be found for very good deals...

 

elan 999 ,  charge hard, have a good time...

be considerate of us slow and weak ones...


 

 


Edited by moreoutdoor - 3/27/11 at 10:46pm
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