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pontoons are soooo not versatile. i've skied them and they're kinda crazy on most every snow condition but deep pow. and they're unbelieveably soft. not cool. i own a pair of ants and i love them. they're off the charts. they hold a good edge on hardpack, charge crud, surf pow, and are relativeley easy to maneuver in the trees. they're a super strong pair of skis that absolutely own in the vast majority of situations. i'd definitely advise the ant over the pontoon. maybe a more realistic side by side should be between the ant and the jj.
If you are looking for a pow only ski, I would seriously consider the ARG, Lotus, Praxis, etc, as they honestly fucking rock. Even if you aren’t going reverse sidecut, get something fatter than a ANT or JJ. At least 110 in the waist.
I said I would write something up, and since I’ve been slacking, I will make it good.
Reverse Camber Skis
Praxis - $699 (shitty cause they just had a deal where you could get them for $400)
195 cm 124,136,131
185 cm 124,136,131
Go with the 195. Full rocker throughout the entire ski (think spats) so they will ski much shorter than you think. I also believe that Keith may be measuring the flat base material length at 185cm, because everyone who has the 185cm ones says they are really like a 182cm (due to the curve in the tip of tail). UHMW sidewalls (better than ABS), full 360 degree wrap (pretty damn thick edge too). I wanna say an aspen core, but not 100%......
Basically everyone who has skied them has said they are like the spats, only much lighter, no metal to bend, and are better on hardpack.
O…and you get to choose your own graphics from 4-5 different sick topsheets.
185 cm – 125/135/133/134/120
Everyone seems to really dig these. They are a cap construction. 1.7mm thick edges. There are a few people on here you could PM to ask questions about them (Veteran). Personally, I think if you are going with a ski with any rocker you need to be on at least a 190cm at 6’. If these were 195s, you could be in business.
DP Skis Lotus 138 - $910 for this years, $650 for last years
If I could buy any pow ski in the world, this would be it. Carbon Construction, new ones have bamboo sidewalls, just super light, super sick skis. Everyone who tried them seems to think they are the best skis they’ve ever been on. Last years model is discounted because they had topsheet chipping problems, which you could personally decreases slightly be beveling the topsheet with a razor and file. But the skis themselves, beside the topsheet chips, would be awesome. If you want to read lots of reviews, go to www.tetongravity.com/forums and search for the lotus 138.
Also check out www.dpskis.com
Those would be the top 3 reverse sidecut skis I would look at. K2 has the toons too, then you get get Volant spatulas for pretty cheap, look into getting a G-Funkenstein from capital (like a 155mm waist).
The skis I would consider would probably be:
DP Skis Lotus 120 (first choice if you want something more versatile)
Moment Comi (Pretty much right up there with the DP)
It honestly sounds like the DP would be out of your price range at around $900. If you want to know more, check the website or shoot me a PM.
If you want a sick ski, that is gonna be awesome in powder, is pretty affordable (consider it is handmade in the USA), has great materials, and is more than capable of skiing piste stuff, get the Moment Comi.
$600 brand new. 186cm 160/136/145. Full Twin. Aspen core, thick race base + edges, 22oz fiberglass, etc, etc. These skis just fucking rock.
Again, lots of reviews on www.tetongravity.com/forums
A lot of guys over there love them even on hardpack. If you want to get a traditional sidecut ski, I would get this one. It is gonna be fat enough that float, will never have issues in the tips like the ants will, but will still be able to go anywhere.
They have a store you can order them from there too. You can always email them with any questions.
All these skis are gonna be so much better in pow than the ANTs, and it seems like you have other skis to handle more hardpack days. I think if you get the comis, you’ll find you start taking them out more and more.
Hope that helped. I could keep commenting on more skis. Personally, the JJ or ANTs are not really pow skis. Just everyday skis.
Get something fat.