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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

First time / short time... nice site.

 

Getting back into the game after 10 years or so off (young kids) and want to get some used skis off the bay or elsewhere that can bridge me for a couple of years as the kids get a bit older and we start skiing more frequently.  Just bought boots that actually fit so am fine there. 

 

Decent skier -- Level 9? who knows now.  Projected ski time in next couple years:  East coast mostly - 50% snow plow w/ the kids / 35 % rip some groomers and whatever else the Eastern mountain lottery provides / 15% (hopefully) on quick trips out out west (all mtn).

 

Bottom line, looking for something fast + lively / potentially race construction / but versatile.  Must be able to wedge w/ elan. Something 2 or 3 years old maybe that won't break ye ol' bank.

 

Prior ski - late 90's P30 RCs 200cm 

 

Specs:  167lbs / 5'11 / extremely charming and attractive

 

Thanks in advance for the help / or the neophyte beat down...

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 26

try powder7.com they have great deals and for an extra 59 u can try the skis out

also evo.com has an extra 100 off 350 at their outlet

post #3 of 26
post #4 of 26

I just bought a new pair of Sultan 80's for my kid- 450 or so with the bindings. Bought them via Evo when they had an extra 20% off. As said above, they are now offering 100 bucks off for outlet stuff.

 

The bindings are integrated, so it took about 5 minutes to put them on and set.

 

I always love(d) the Legend 8K and I think the Sultan series also had very good reviews. Maybe the Sultan 85 for you?

post #5 of 26
Thread Starter 

Cool - appreciate the insight.   

post #6 of 26

Couple suggestions - impressive skis I have owned or demo'd 2-5 yr old vintage

 

All mountain ? Volkl Karma 177 yep, twin tip! // Elan M666 176 // K2 PE 174 (another twin tip)

 

Carver? Fischer RX 8 170 // Volkl Allstar, 5 star 168 // Head i Supershape 170

 

Shop carefully and you should be able to score one of each.

 

I had 175 RX 8's I could have set u up with cheap but I just put them in consignment at LSS for $100....sorry.

post #7 of 26

Ooops noted I missed the above post...

 

+1 for Dynastar Legend 8000 178

post #8 of 26

As a good everywhere, do anything ski you can use most everywhere, another +1 for the 8K, and also a mention of it's big brother, the Mythic Rider which I'm using this week in SLC as the conditions are less than exemplary.

post #9 of 26

strat,

  Great list. I've owned every one but the 666. Harder to find but cheap if you do Elan Magfire 12 or 82 series.  Head IM 78.  Older Wateas are good skis cheap but maybe not for eastern ice.

post #10 of 26

There was quite a bit of debate around these parts regarding M666 vs Magfire 12....many folks were of the opinion that they were the same ski....I think I recall someone (might have been dawg?) who authored an interested thread on the topic. The banned g strike/ uncle crud was a huge fan of the M666 if I recall correctly.

 

I thought the M666 and the Dynastar 8000 were both great skis, I demo'd or ski'd both at length and lusted after both....as well as the Karma.

 

I would add any of the 3 to my current 2 ski quiver (Volkl Explosive 180/Head i Supershape 170) if I could find em cheap and at the right length.

 

Any of the 3 would make the OP smile huge. I never had the pleasure of skiing any of the Head monster series skis.....but I have ski'd the more recent Magnum and it is a killer ski.....I would love to own a pair to augment my 170 i Supershapes.

 

I have retired as a reviewer of skis, I am only suggesting some specific models that impressed me in my experience.

post #11 of 26

Fischer RX8 is great ski, but watch out for delamination of the top skin.  Mine did after 4 great years on them and it was a fairly common problem.  Replaced them with the Progressor 8+.  A good  used pair of the original Progressor (now the 9+) might be a better choice than the RX8. 

post #12 of 26

I have the M666 as my rock ski (176) and the iM78 as my all mountain ski (183) and would point you towards the the iM78 over the Elan without any hesitation.  In fact I suspect the older versions of that ski are perfect for your needs.  From your projected usage it sounds like you're mainly after a versatile all mountain ski with a waist in the high-70's (or maybe stretching to the early-80's).

 

Head Monster / Peak series (78 or 82)

Volkl AC30

Elan Magfire sereies (78 or 82)

Dynaster Legend / Sultan series

Nordica Hot Rod series (various iterations that I get mixed up)

Blizzard Magnum 8.1 etc.

Rossignol Zenith series maybe

 

You should be able to find a decent deal in all of that lot.  Maybe even try the Gear Sale forum on this site.

 

Good luck.

post #13 of 26

Thanks for reminding me Sinbad. Nordica Hot Rod Nitrous. Cheap, fit the op needs well.

 

I hear you about picking these up when you find a deal. Bought a pair of 8000s last spring with bindings that looked they had one day one them for $150.  I still take them out on softer days. Skied them just this Monday.

post #14 of 26

Forgot the Atomic Nomad series, which also fits the bill.  For some strange reason I always blank out Atomic when I think of skis.  No particular reason.  Odd behaviour.

post #15 of 26

There's a pair of 2007 iM78s (171cm with Mojo 12s mounted flat) on the Gear Sale board at the mo'.  They've been there a few days; going for $300.  Exact same ski that I have in 183.  These would be perfect for the OP to "enter into negotiations" over (depending on boot sole length etc.).  Great ski.

post #16 of 26


 

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Originally Posted by JimH View Post

Fischer RX8 is great ski, but watch out for delamination of the top skin.  Mine did after 4 great years on them and it was a fairly common problem.  Replaced them with the Progressor 8+.  A good  used pair of the original Progressor (now the 9+) might be a better choice than the RX8. 



Spot on - seen it happen to several pairs.

 

I had both 170 and 175's the 2003 model (black/silver/ white and red).....mine were solid...no hint of delam. I am not heard of any of the black versions delamg, it was only the orange versions I believe. I preferred the 175 to the 170 but I am bigger than the OP.   

 

There are review/discussion threads of great length here that I participated in a few years ago on the RX 8 and another lengthy RX 8 thread authored by SSH....a search will bring them all up.

 

I also authored a season long experience on my 168 Allstars which are now happily on the feet of my no 1 son nearly every day...he has signed on a full time instructor for the time being.

 

This has the potential to be a fun thread, there is some killer technology avail from recent years....esp in carving skis and what used to be called midfats....

post #17 of 26
Thread Starter 
Great stuff - looks like it's time for a little research. Thanks again.
post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by BD FR8 Car View Post

Bottom line, looking for something fast + lively / potentially race construction / but versatile.  Must be able to wedge w/ elan. Something 2 or 3 years old maybe that won't break ye ol' bank.


Don't know where you're located, or of this seller would ship if need be, but saw these and thought they might be of interest to you...

 

  http://rockies.craigslist.org/spo/2145072821.html

post #19 of 26
Thread Starter 
I'm in the DC area so pickup could be tough.
post #20 of 26
Thread Starter 

Follow-up question - any thoughts on used sets with adjustable demo bindings?  Should I stay away, or are they acceptable?

post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by BD FR8 Car View Post

Follow-up question - any thoughts on used sets with adjustable demo bindings?  Should I stay away, or are they acceptable?



Demo bindings are generally OK, but tend to be heavier.

post #22 of 26

On the 'plus' side, many demo bindings will allow you to play around with your mount point somewhat, which can be an advantage on a new ski.

 

All in all, I would say you shouldn't be put off from buying a good used set simply because they're mounted with a demo binding.  In some instances demo bindings may bump up the price of a used set simply because the binding can be adjusted to fit most people's boots without re-drilling the ski.

 

Good luck.

post #23 of 26
Thread Starter 

I've got a potential line on a volkl tigershark 10ft 168 cm set w/ demo bindings for somewhere in the 300 range - worth it?  Too short? - hard to know what my sweet spot size is w/ o riding them I guess.

 

Having a little trouble finding the other possibilities listed above at good prices -- so feel free to let me know if any of you out there are selling! 

 

I like what I've read about the Blizzard supersonics too.

post #24 of 26
If they're in good shape, that's^ a decent deal. It won't give you all of the versatility possible today, but it's a good place to start.

FWIW, DC craigslist is WAY overpriced and overjunked for skis, stay away.
post #25 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by BD FR8 Car View Post

I've got a potential line on a volkl tigershark 10ft 168 cm set w/ demo bindings for somewhere in the 300 range - worth it?  Too short? - hard to know what my sweet spot size is w/ o riding them I guess.

 

Having a little trouble finding the other possibilities listed above at good prices -- so feel free to let me know if any of you out there are selling! 

 

I like what I've read about the Blizzard supersonics too.


Perfect and 168 will be perfect too....I had the Allstar 168 and the TS is an upgrade....I do not believe there is such a thing as a demo binding.....the motion system is just easily adjustable.....great ski, you will love "em!

post #26 of 26

Personally, I'd +1 on that enthusiasm for the Tigershark.  I skied them on hard snow/turning to damp crud in Vail last year and really liked them.  I'm a carver/east coast skier.  That's what they are to a T.

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