Am looking to purchase a ski for my son. He is a reasonably solid skier who loves a challenge. Gets the chance to ski a couple times for a few weeks each year. Currently have been looking at purchase a ski to use in the park but also versatile for the rest of the mountain. He will ski anywhere but loves bumps and jumps so would prefer off trail more. He enjoys playing around and learning more an more in the park. He likes the idea of the line chronic. Have also looked at K2 revival and Elray from Armada. He is light and small for age but not bothered by working hard. Any feedback on any of the above.
well, the chronics are really really great skis for jumps. ive never really used them outside the park since i just traded skis with a friend for the day. I would say suspects, but they have kind of a durability issue (im currently on my second pair, thanks to warranty) but if he likes bumps, you definitely want to look at stiffer skis
Thanks, Yes he likes bumps and a bit of speed . Originally we were looking at eh after bangs but perhaps they are not as versatile tho would be great for park. Thats when we started thinking about chronics again as they seem a bit of both worlds. Being little he will just have to work harder to get them to pop up on rails and such but will better perform with speed and landing elsewhere. It is always a learning curve buying without trying.
The El Ray, compared to the chronic it's simply more versatile. Don't get my wrong the chronic is a solid ski but the Ray is a little bit wider and a little bit softer. My bro is on a pair and he loves em (i'm on the chronic myself).
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The Chronic is prefect 2 or even 3 behind from center. It is basically a perfect stiffness and is extremely versatile. I guarantee you wont find yourself wishing you had a different ski, no matter where you are. You may even want to consider the Cryptonite, the extra width will help quite a bit. Although, the PX12 aren't a great binding for the Chronic, because they have a low DIN and these are pretty stiff. But it most likely wont make a difference.
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I was going to suggest the Chronic Cryptonite, but they don't make it in a short enough length. The Chronic Mini in the 156 length would be a real solid bet in my book. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of options for a good all-mountain park ski for a kid his size. I would say go with the Chronics for now, and in a few years he will have a bunch more options to choose from.
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The chronic cryptonite dont come down small enough and we don't really get much of the chance to ski lots of powder. When we do we most likely would hire or loan powder specific and take both.
The chronic 156 is the full size not a mid or youth ski tho still smaller at 156 but goes up to the bigger length too. We were leaning to these because of being capable of being stable out of the park and yet able to do park stuff.
I have the chronics, and they are an all around good ski. They perform well in the park, are great in the bumps. They are stiff enough that you won't wash out if you land back-seat, but are still soft enough for butters and nollies. I would say get the chronics. The only thing i don't like about them is how easily they scratch. The sides are very soft, and gouge pretty easily, but this dosen't affect there performance.
Chronics are a very solid ski all over. They carve well, do great in the park, and as well as any skinnier ski without rocker/early rise can. I think this would be the best option. I love mine, they have held up amazingly.
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i would recommend the next life by surface. good at high speeds and all over the mountain. im about the same size as your son and love mine. work fine on rails and jumps for me. cant do any thing past 720's or 270's onto rails but workfine.