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Please, help me pick new skis!

post #1 of 11
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Hey all. This was an excellent Christmas so I will be getting some new skis with the cash! Well, also, because I broke a ski when I hit that log a couple Sundays ago.

 

I'm 25, 5'11'', 210 lbs. PNW skier. The ski I was using was 174cm Rossi Bandit S2's, I know, probably too short for my weight, but that is what they recommended (the guy actually picked a shorter ski first and I was about 240lbs at the time of purchase). Expert skier, although I've only really skied Baker for the past few years, but will ski pretty much anything on that mountain.

 

After I broke my ski the same day I rented a pair of Salomon Shogun's 182 which felt drastically different from the beat up B2's. Incredible in the crud once the powder was skied out. I LOVED them for the 2-3 hours that I had them, but I think I should give them another day.

 

Thinking about demoing:

Volkl Gotama

Salomon Shogun

Rossignol S3 Freeride

 

I'm looking for suggestions though. I'm not really sure what a good width will be since I've been skiing solely on the Bandits for 4 years now. I usually ditch the groomers to go find the powder and trees, but probably won't make it to the backcountry anytime soon even at the behest of my ski buddy. I was thinking the ski's I mentioned would be good as Baker seems to turn to crud later in the day once the foot of powder is washed away. Hoping to ski some other local spots this year besides Baker, perhaps I'll make it to Whistler.

 

Also, length. I know the 174's I had were way to short for me. Is 182 for the Shogun's good?

 

At this point I'm leaning more toward the Shogun's. Additionally, I don't have a ton of money so I can't demo a million different ski's.

post #2 of 11
Thread Starter 

Turn's out the place I'm getting my ski's from doesn't have the Shogun's in 182. The employee there recommended the K2 Kung Fujas, but they seem pretty soft. Would they be okay with my weight?

post #3 of 11

Why can't you go somewhere else? There are more ski shops in Washington. I'm similar dimensions to you, and from just hand flexing the Fujas felt softer than I would enjoy. Is there any way you can demo?

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

I've got a gift card to Sturtevant's so I've got to stick with them. I'll demo the Fujas.

post #5 of 11

Take a look at the Atomic Access too. Sturtevants sells that ski too. I was looking hard at that ski myself, and I have talked to a bunch of people on the Mt. Hood that love them for the PNW conditions. They have a pretty sweet pricepoint to.

post #6 of 11

You skied the shoguns for 3 hours and "LOVED" them.  You could keep demo'ing, sure.  Or, go back to Sturtevants and ask them to get you a pair in 182, and see what they say.

post #7 of 11

the Shogun has a unique feel and personality. it is not interchangeable with the other skis you mention. It is more versatile IMO than the Gotama, because of the tip only rocker with some degree of camber. I don't know the S3, so can't compare. Like it? Get it. Don't let the shop dissuade you; they may have other priorities or another agenda, like profit margin on different brands and models, inventory, etc.

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the Shogun has a unique feel and personality. it is not interchangeable with the other skis you mention. It is more versatile IMO than the Gotama, because of the tip only rocker with some degree of camber. I don't know the S3, so can't compare. Like it? Get it. Don't let the shop dissuade you; they may have other priorities or another agenda, like profit margin on different brands and models, inventory, etc.



Very accurate. I agree that the Shogun is a more versatile ski for everyday use than the Gotama (which I don't care much for). The S3 is not a bad call either as it has a reasonable cambered section underfoot which lends a feel of security when the ski is  in  and out as well as under the snow.  The Atomic Access mentioned above is also a nice ski but way underpowered for your weight even in the longest (182) size.

 

SJ

post #9 of 11

+1
 

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Originally Posted by jaobrien6 View Post

You skied the shoguns for 3 hours and "LOVED" them.  You could keep demo'ing, sure.  Or, go back to Sturtevants and ask them to get you a pair in 182, and see what they say.

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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

the Shogun has a unique feel and personality. it is not interchangeable with the other skis you mention. It is more versatile IMO than the Gotama, because of the tip only rocker with some degree of camber. I don't know the S3, so can't compare. Like it? Get it. Don't let the shop dissuade you; they may have other priorities or another agenda, like profit margin on different brands and models, inventory, etc.



Very accurate. I agree that the Shogun is a more versatile ski for everyday use than the Gotama (which I don't care much for). The S3 is not a bad call either as it has a reasonable cambered section underfoot which lends a feel of security when the ski is  in  and out as well as under the snow.  The Atomic Access mentioned above is also a nice ski but way underpowered for your weight even in the longest (182) size.

 

SJ

 

What about 182 in Shoguns? I feel like my options are limited.

 

I think I was blown away by the Shoguns because I went from some scratched up 174 Bandit B2's to a tuned up pair of Shogun 182's on a powder day.

 

post #11 of 11

The Shogun in 182 would be fine. (you skied it and loved it........remember?)

 

SJ

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