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Glenn

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I'm looking into new skis
« on: March 25, 2008, 12:43:50 pm »
Male 31 years old, skied since I was 12, raced in jr high and high school; skied 4 days a week in high school. 5'-10" 175 lbs.

Now that the basics are out of the way, the long winded stuff.  ;D

I taught my wife(girlfriend at the time) to ski about 7 years ago. Shortly after, we bought a house, got married...and just kinda got out of it. Fast forward to this year. We went up to Stratton, VT for two days, had a great time, 3 weeks later she has a Pair of K2 Sweet Luvs and Salomon Devine 10 heated boots.  8) Since then, we've made about 3 trips to Mt Snow. My wife is HOOKED and loves skiing as much as I do. It's awesome.

I'm currently skiing on a set of 188cm K2 El Caminos.....circa 1998(?). From what I recall at the ski shop I was working at at the time, these were basically the K2 Four, minus the piezoelectric (sp?) damper. Bindings are Salomon 997 Carbons. I really like the ski, but feel it's time to upgrade given how much things have changed in the last 10 or so years.

We live in CT, so we usually ski up in Vermont. As you know, conditions can vary. Since my wife is still somewhat new, we've been sticking to mostly blue cruisers. However, I do like to venture into the terrain park, trees, and really open up and crank out some nice GS turns. I don't know how to describe my style. I sometimes keep both skis on the snow, but for the majority of the time, I lift my inside ski up a bit...guess that's an old race habbit.

So, I'm looking for advice as to: What skis to look at and: What size to get.

The Head Monster78 keeps popping up. I was at a local shop that had a pair, but only in 165. I was thinking that would be a bit short. I know I'll drop down from the 188's currently, but thought 165 was a bit too much of a drop.

I'm open to pretty much any brand, so let the suggestions fly!

If you need more info, I'll gladly post it.

Thanks in advance, I look forward to the responses!


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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2008, 02:00:43 pm »
Hello Glenn and welcome!!
Not much of a gear maven myself, but I am sure the "guys" will chime in soon.
If you have not paid the $20 or 25 it costs to be a fulll member and be able to access the gear reviews, it is well worth it.

Peter Kelty, has done an amazing job for years, in giving clear concise distillation of the results of ski testing/demoing.
Buying at the end of the season will save you a lot and it is his opinion that there are no big advancements/changes in ski design for '08/09.
You might want to look for skis that do well with both traditional and modern technique. The icons on the reviews indicate which skis work with both techniques. For the quick version, look at Jim Ratliff's explanation in the "New Skis for Wife" thread in general discussion.
I never knew what those icons meant until I read his explanation, Thanks Jim.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2008, 02:16:58 pm by jim-ratliff »
"Play it Sam"

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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2008, 05:41:11 am »
Thanks midwif! I joined as a full member yesterday. I've been reading quite a few reviews since.  8)

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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2008, 05:56:47 am »
Anyone?  ???

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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2008, 10:25:55 am »
Glenn, I won the IM 78's in a 171 cm length. These are the best mid fat/allmountain skis that I have ever owned. They hold great on hardpack, the float nicely in up to a foot of fresh, they have a tight turning radius enabling tight carved turns, and they are wonderful ski in chop and crud, and lastly they are great skis in bumps.

I have not owned a mid fat ski for several years. Typically I ski on Slalom carvers most of the time (in up to 6-10 inches of fresh snow) and then I ski on fat powder skis when there is a big dump. I bought a home in Montana this season and I have found that a 75-80mm ski under foot and at a shorter length than my long wide powder skis has been better and more enjoyable in the lighter Montana powder. The dumps are never huge like in Tahoe (where I was regularly skiing) and I really never need a full bore powder ski. The 78's are great and they are the perfect ski.

The question as to what ski for you depends a lot on where you will ski most often and what kind of conditions you will be skiing in and what kind of terrain you will be skiing.

I personally think it will be hard to find another one ski quiver as good and as versatile as the IM 78.

The other skis that come to mind are:

The Fischer Watea 78
The Stockli Rotor (hard to find a demo and in general a hard ski to find to buy)

If you want to go up a liitel in width a few more skis come to mind:

Fischer Cold Heat (82 underfoot)
Fischer Watea 84
Head IM 82

The cold Heat and the Im 82 bot have a GS type feel, bust crud incredibly but are on the stiffer side and therefore are less forgiving in bumps and challenging off piste terrain (if you get back they will wnat to run out from under you). The Watea 84 has less performance on hard snow.


Having said all of this, if I lived on the east coast and skied mostly in Vermont on Hardpack, I would own a slalom carver with some all mountain capability. My favorite is the Head Super Shape, a truly great ski. You might look into the Super Shape Magnum (a little wider under foot (70mm vs 66 on the SS), as well as the Dynastar Contact Ltd. The Fischer RX8 Fire is also another wonderful and forgiving all mountain front side carver with a little less top end performance as the previous ones mentioned. I also own a pair of Fischer Progressors and this is a great ski with all mountain capability. At 175 and 180 lengths it feels like a cheater GS ski (a much tighter turn radius that a race GS ski) and at the 170 length it starts to feel like an all mountain slalom carver.

As for length, the same ski will take on very different characteristics at different lengths. It really comes down to what you want the ski to excel at in the length that you buy. Shorter skis will carve tighter turns, be better in carving and brush carving bumps (but may be harder if you are pivoting in the bumps), will give up some stability at speed, and will challenge your fore aft balance on choppy off piste conditions more.

I? hope that helps some.




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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2008, 12:58:24 pm »
Glenn....and like Jbotti...I ski my carvers, Head Super Shapes 165 length on everyting up to 6-10" of snow and then go to one of my favorite mid fats ever, the Fischer Water 84. This ski actually can be skied in all conditions, quick edge to edge, floats, carves, bumps, trees and can be carved on the groomers.

Me...I'm 5'81'2, 155 lbs and ski the Watea in a 176 length. I've also had the IM82 and find the Watea much more versatile.

If you get a chance, demo it in some Vermont spring snow. Try the 176 length and have them move the binding forward 1centimeter before demoing. At our size and weight, I think it makes it easier to get maximum performance from skiing this ski from a centered stance.

I find these 2 skis set up in this manner give me maximum coverage for most snow conditions.

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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2008, 07:54:19 am »
jbotti and Gary,
Thank you very much! You both posted some excellent information!

I've been reading that some twin tips are decent all mountain skis. Any thoughts on that?

I'd really like to get out and demo some of your suggestions. I guess I have to take into consideration that it is icy here at times in the north east and I will need a ski that can handle the hardpack and ice.

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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2008, 08:07:02 am »
Glenn...if you're talking about the super fats with twin tips, I believe they are great for the purpose for which they were designed, big snow. The twin tips allow for easier maneuverability in deep snow. Less resistance in brush turns or swiveling the tails.

Other twin tips designed for terrain park use have constrution (flex patterns) more suitable for tricks, air time...fun park stuff. These skis also ski shorter because of their turned up tails.

I believe you should stick with a non- twin tip mid fat or fat ski that has the design features and construction that can handle firm or hard snow and powder. Something stable at speed and big turns as well as light enough and solid on edge enough for quick along the? edge turns.

Well...unless you're planning to work on your toe grabs, 360's, and big air moves.

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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2008, 05:42:18 am »
Gary,
After doing a little more research yesterday, I see you're right on the money.

I really do need to focus on more of an all mountain ski that can do well in a variety of northeast conditions.

Seems like the IM 78 is going to be my baseline; I just need to look at each brands equivalent of that ski.

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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2008, 12:54:39 pm »
Thanks Glenn...
do try the Fischer line and let us know your opinion after your rides and comparisions.

Still snow on the ground near you??...I heard Stowe had snow today.

Best,
Gary

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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2008, 06:26:47 am »
I went to a new ski shop with my wife yesterday. They had a good selection, but the sales guy just wasn't that into it. He showed me a few skis and was pretty brief. Oh well. Looks like we'll take a ride to the place we purchases my wife's skis from.

The prices seemed a bit hight too. They wanted $839 for a pair of K2 Apache Recons with m12 bindings. I've seen a few of the shops on the Barking Bear forums blowing them out for prices in $500's. Even with shipping, I'd come out way ahead of the game.

I live in Connecticut...we haven't seen snow for well over a month down here.  :'(  However, Mt. Snow got 8" of snow Friday. We can make it up to Mt. Snow in about 2 hours and 15 minutes. I was laughing to myself this weekend. I've seen landscaping crews out doing spring clean up and spreading mulch. You go 2 hours north, and they have about 2' of snow on the ground.

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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2008, 08:36:35 am »
Go north young man!

AND....shop for deals on line.....check with Dawg on Epic....Ron has good connnections there.

Hope you get more turns before the season snows turn to tulips!

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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2008, 07:04:10 am »
Dawg has a special on the IM78 with bindings. I just PM'd him. I'm itching to pull the trigger BADLY. But part of me still wants to test them out first. I guess it all depends on how many he has in stock. If it's a "you snooze you loose" type thing, I may just have to take a calculated risk.

Hoping to head up this weekend! There's still a lot of snow in VT, this time of year, it's the warmer temps and rain that really melt down the snow. On the other hand, they've had something like 171" of snow this year at Mt. Snow...which is a lot of snow for them!

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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2008, 09:20:42 am »
Glenn...I feel based info you provided that the IM78 is a great choice for you.

Any chance you drive a pair this weekend?

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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2008, 07:35:29 pm »
Looks like Dawg only had one IM 78 left in a 177...and it was a demo unit. I kinda want to stick with new.

So now, I'm researching the you know what out of the K2 Apache Recon. Sierra Jim has a really good deal on the 174 length....decisions ....decisions!

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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2008, 06:04:56 am »
Ok, more info!

I'm kinda shopping deals right now since there are some good ones from the sellers on epic ski.

So here's the current list:

Apache Recon
Elan Magfire 12
Fischer Cold Heat

Guess it's time to hit realskiers and check out those reviews..... 8)

Edit:
That was $20 well spent last week on that review site.  ;D

Looks like the Mag 12's and the Cold heat are both a bit wider in then waist than the Recon.
« Last Edit: April 02, 2008, 06:10:28 am by Glenn »

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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2008, 06:23:28 am »
I hadn't really considered this ski until Sierra Jim mentioned it. I was talking to him about the Dynastar 8000 and the K2 Recon.

Nordica Hot Rod Nitrous: http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/Nordica-Hot-Rod-Nitrous-System-16507.asp

He said this has a better edge hold than the Recon; but it's also smoother than the 8000. To me, it sounded like a mix of both skis. My concern with the Recon was the edge grip. While I don't need a pure race slalom ski that will hold and edge on a 75 degree sheer ice slope...I would like something that can hold on VT hardpack.

I think I'm going to pull the trigger on these in a 176 today.  ;D

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« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2008, 12:26:57 pm »
Glen...although I have not personally taken the Nitrous for a ride, I hear very good things and the reviews here for the ski are solid.

Finding it in a 176 might be a problem cause I think it comes in it's closest lengths of 170 and 178....

Still at 123 78 108......nice side cut and good turning radius...it should be a great eastern/western hardpack to shin high snow ski.

Best,
Gary

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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2008, 12:59:51 pm »
Gary,
I should have checked before posting. You are right about the 178...and that's what I ordered today. Can't wait!!!!!

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« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2008, 01:19:12 pm »
Saweet!...Can't wait to see your reviews...

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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2008, 06:45:38 am »
I have a tracking number, but I don't think they shipped yet. If all the planets align, I should have them by late next week. I was at the ski shop yesterday getting some hot wax (I've been using F4...but for spring snow, I'm going to need some beefier wax) and asked them about binding mounting. They said to call and give them a date. SO! In theory, if I get these late next week, I can have them mounted and ready to roll Saturday...then take a trip up to VT Sunday. It's kinda "do or die" time because we're getting late into the season. I would like to take these for a rip before the season ends. If not, summer is only going to drag on longer. LOL!

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« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2008, 07:07:23 am »
Good luck Glen....
I'll check with our in house astronomer to see if the planets can be coerced to co-operate!
G

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« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2008, 08:53:09 am »
this is one of the most underrated skis. I skied it the 1st year out very nice cruising and GS carver, not super quick, but a solid, fun ski capable of hard through moderate power. Good crud ski as well. Nice feel underfoot.

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« Reply #23 on: April 04, 2008, 10:21:29 am »
Thanks Ron! That's just what I wanted to hear. I mostly do long GS turns when I open it up...and there's here in New England can certainly get "cruddy".  ;D

I agree, I've heard a lot of good things about it, but finding more than a few reviews was challenging. Finding reviews for the Apache Recon, on the other hand, turned out to be very easy.

I'm glad I found this ski though. Can't wait to test it out.

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« Reply #24 on: April 04, 2008, 10:44:46 am »
just not a K2 person, Nordica is a solid ski, damp but not dead. Just not a "sexy" ski and so it gets left out. Most guys skiing Nordica's want big burly and go with the top fuel which IMHO is too stiff for it's size and purpose.  Why does anyone want a ski that has to be driven all day to enjoy? If you are skiing 1/2 days back east or masters racing, OK, but not so much for me!

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« Reply #25 on: April 04, 2008, 11:46:44 am »
I was worried that the K2 wasn't lively enough. I had read some reviews that it's not as snappy as other skis. On the other hand, I didn't want something that needed constant attention. Don't get me wrong, I like to crank. But I'm also not 17 any more...I can't rip 110% all day long...then drive home.   :D  I was looking at a pair of Volkl's, but Sierra Jim had mentioned they were almost a race ski. Again, I dind't want something that demanded a lot of input. That's kinda like driving an old sports car that you have to double clutch...in rush hour traffic.

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« Reply #26 on: April 04, 2008, 11:57:48 am »
yup, did you read the last sentence of my post? can't agree more. There really is no need for overly stiff skis or boots unless you are racing or just into that sort of thing. Technique & finesse. You can go plenty fast on just about any ski. A supershape is the stiffest ski I would ever want. The 84 is pretty soft but has a great feel underfoot and can be carved pretty aggressively. Just not so happy on hard pack. The new Hart ski I am getting should be a fairly stiff ski, sandwich construction made in Italy by Blossom. It should be along the lines of a Head Magnum.  Good long run, GS ripper with ability to play around abit along the edges and such.

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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #27 on: April 04, 2008, 12:44:48 pm »
I'm happy with a good GS ski.

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« Reply #28 on: April 04, 2008, 01:21:55 pm »
I'm happy with a good GS ski and a good powder ski..
Fixed it for you!

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« Reply #29 on: April 04, 2008, 07:23:02 pm »
I'm happy with a good GS ski and a good powder ski..with a set of twin tips thrown in for good measure
Fixed it for you!

Fixed again! I'm liking the idea of having a "quiver".  >:D

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« Reply #30 on: April 05, 2008, 09:04:18 am »
Yep 2 quivver ski bag maybe the way to go...eventually.... ..!!!! >:(

BUT I think the buckaroos might be better spent on NEW PAIR OF BOOTS! ;D

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« Reply #31 on: April 07, 2008, 05:37:51 am »
All in the works Gary!  ;D  By the start of next season, I'll have some new boots!

If the planets align, the skis should be delivered Friday. I'll then scoot them over to the local shop and have them mounted. I hope and pray they'll be done Saturday so I can take them for a rip Sunday.  >:D

I talked to the shop last week. They said as long as I make and appointment, they should be able to get them done with a quick turnaround.

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« Reply #32 on: April 14, 2008, 06:09:00 am »
Skis came Friday, opened them, snapped some pics and off the shop with the boots and bindings. I talked with the tech for a bit who knew is stuff. We BS's about old bindings "the Vermont tester" and those old Markers with the exposed springs on the side. Saturday AM, I was finishing up and oil change on the Jeep when the phone rings. Skis are done! 20 minutes later, I'm walking out of the shi shop, 65F and sunny...with skis and boots. People must have been all "WTF is that all about?" Oh, and the girl at the shop told me I should upgrade my boots.  :D

We hit Mt. Snow yesterday. Conditions were quite a mix...some ice, some sugary ganular some mashed potatoes. The skis did awesome! They really blast through the crud. I was surprised how easy that are to manuver for a 178. For a stock factory tune, they held reallly well on the ice.

Overall, I'm super happy with these skis! I just wish I had more season left to play on them!

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Re: I'm looking into new skis
« Reply #33 on: November 04, 2009, 03:48:56 pm »
I too am looking for new skies, so much has changed in the last few years that I have no idea what direction to go.

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« Reply #34 on: November 04, 2009, 05:11:05 pm »

Paul:

Tell us about yourself as a skier and where you ski.  We are always willing to help other people spend their money.
 
Why are you looking for new skis?
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« Reply #35 on: December 01, 2009, 01:51:03 pm »

Paul:

Tell us about yourself as a skier and where you ski.? We are always willing to help other people spend their money.
 
Why are you looking for new skis?


I'm 215 lbs, skied all my 52 year life. Still ski the whole mountain. Enjoy the steeps and speed the most. I would consider myself an 7-8. In my youth I would have said a 9-10. Work at ALTA a few years in my youth. I have been skiing 2001 Salomon X-screams in a size 8. primarily ski Mammoth these days with a few Rockies trips in the near future. 
I'm looking at K?stle MX 88, volkl AC50, and anything else anyone might suggest.

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« Reply #36 on: December 01, 2009, 02:18:07 pm »
Mantra or sultan would be a candidate. I like that kastle too!? And Phil sells them!!!!!

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« Reply #37 on: December 01, 2009, 02:44:07 pm »
Mantra or sultan would be a candidate. I like that kastle too!? And Phil sells them!!!!!
what length would you suggest?

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« Reply #38 on: December 02, 2009, 07:17:32 am »
2 questions- how tall are you?   ad what did you mean about skiing screams in a size 8?  Are you talking boots now or skis?  you weight 215, so I am thinking your shell isn't a 26?
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« Reply #39 on: December 02, 2009, 02:41:27 pm »
I'm 6'3" and skiing the 2001 X-screams, in a size 8 (Salomon used to size their skies with numbers, I think the size 8 is like a 185-190 cm ski)

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« Reply #40 on: December 02, 2009, 03:00:44 pm »
yup, that about right!  most are going to fall into the 183-186 range.  For your height, you should be in the mid 180 range for sure.

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« Reply #41 on: December 10, 2009, 01:19:36 pm »
Thanks for the input. I do intend on demoing in both sizes before I buy.

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« Reply #42 on: January 08, 2010, 04:09:23 pm »
OK the outcome, I tested both lengths of the Kastle MX88's over the Christmas holiday, both offered distinct advantages. The 178 was stable, very easy to turn, good in the crud and soft pact. the 188 almost as easy to turn, better in the powder, delivered larger radius turns, both skies carved and held the turn start to finish. It really has come down to personal preference.? For me I'm going with the 188's!! I spend very little time in the bumps and always find myself on the fringes of runs looking for the fastest way down :) This really is an all mountain ski. I would recommend it to anyone. If you haven't given this ski a try you really should.