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Blizzard Argos or Answer?

post #1 of 9
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This may be a repost. I am wondering if I should buy a Blizzard Argos or Answer.

 

I am a level 7-8 skier, 5'8'', 155 lb. I do well on groomers and is improving on bumps and powder. I already have a Dynastar Contact Limited with 72mm waist and is looking for a second ski for backside and snowy days.

 

Aside from the apparent difference in wide and turn radius, what are the other key differences that I should consider?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 9

The width and TR are actually about the last thing to worry about in choosing between these two. The Answer is a twin, double rise, fairly soft in the extremities. It is more of a powder specialty ski with big mountain aspirations. The Argos is a (low) tip rise, is stiffer, and much more powerful in general. The Argos is a big mountain ski that skis powder pretty well and is more for a charger than a dancer. The Argos is not a developmental tool while the Answer could be.

 

SJ

post #3 of 9

Try the Argos - and look at Start Haus' decent deals on them. I bought my Argos there  last year and they loved the pow. This week I met up with some fast Americans at Heavenly who showed me 'their mountain'. On the hardpacked groomers, the Argos ripped nice gs turns down runs like Ellies and Olympic. I could almost use them as a one quiver ski except they do like wider runs, though they're not bad 'wedeling' either

post #4 of 9

For you I would  skip either and go with "the one". The answer and the Argos feel clunky in most bumps, where as "the one" feels light quick, and nimble.  I got to ski on the 184 Answer and honestly it was worse in powder than my 177 "the one" the tip on the answer couldnt decide to stay up or down where the one just does what you want. I think the 191 Answer would solve that problem but that is big skis that Id be willing to ski, but a 7-8 probably not so much.

 

In powder the flex is much more balanced on the smaller ski as well.

 

there are some new models coming out from blizzard that will be more powder ski like and less big mountain like in a month or so as well.

post #5 of 9
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SJ...What's your opinion on The One?

post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by koladd View Post

SJ...What's your opinion on The One?



I think the One is really nifty. When I first reviewed it, it mentioned that I was prepared to be unimpressed by the three 98mm double rise skis that I tested. I was very surprised to find that I liked all three. The One is wide enough for most powder use, is more nimble than the wider Blizzis and has credible daily driver capabilities. The One also has a more playful feel than either of the other two models.

 

I liken the One to the old and much maligned (but wildly popular) Sollie Pocket Rocket. That was a ski that did most things pretty darned well as long as the skier didn't take him/herself too seriously. The One is better on harder snow than the old PR and better in powder as well but the sense of fun is very similar.

 

SJ

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you for all your insights. I will go with Argos for its more "all mountain" capabilities.

 

I will consider getting the ONE in the future if there is a good deal around. For now, I found a decent deal for an 2009 Blizzard Reason (85mm waist) twin-tip. I imagine that it would probably be good to fill the gap for bumps where I imagine Argos would be a bit too wide to turn.

 

I will report back once I got the chance to ski both Argos and Reason in Alta in Feb.

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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

For you I would  skip either and go with "the one". The answer and the Argos feel clunky in most bumps, where as "the one" feels light quick, and nimble.  I got to ski on the 184 Answer and honestly it was worse in powder than my 177 "the one" the tip on the answer couldnt decide to stay up or down where the one just does what you want. I think the 191 Answer would solve that problem but that is big skis that Id be willing to ski, but a 7-8 probably not so much.

 

In powder the flex is much more balanced on the smaller ski as well.

 

there are some new models coming out from blizzard that will be more powder ski like and less big mountain like in a month or so as well.

 

Where did you get the news about the new models? I am anxious to see.
 

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Turns out The Reason is out of stock. Too bad, I will go with Argos for now.

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