I'm in the same boat, looking for a solid rail ski.
I wanted something that could handle small jumps but would be mostly for park and urban rails due to my living in Halifax for the winter, about as east and coast as it gets....
Personally I'm not buying all this fat rocker on rails stuff, I haven't tried it, but I'm not ready to throw around what cash I actually have, trying out a very debated rail ski construction.
I'm rocking 177 07/08 Walls right now, really love them, but I managed to fracture the tip, and after a season of riding, the fiberglass I used to repair them is peeling off and they are pretty much summer setup skis, then toast.
If you like a stiff ski, those are more than legit, also I hear Punx and Reno Jibs are really nice, haven't tried them out myself though, but tons of pros seem happy with atomic...
Myself, I want to try a softer rail ski, so, I've been looking at Surface Nine Life's a bit, cuz the early rise seems quite reasonable, I've also checked out the Afterbang, sold out everywhere...
My suggestions to you would be Walls if you like a stiff ski... Otherwise, I'd love to hear more people respond to this thread a bit, and maybe confirm if the other skis I mentioned are good rails skis, or maybe post up a soft rail ski they've ridden, are still made, and they liked
yes, get the punx. My friend is a little bit shorter then you and weights around 140 and he rides the punx. From his opinion, their awesome. We both ski in eastern canada so theres a ton of rails to slide here and a few good decent jumps. If you want a good light stable ski with good swing weight on rails/jumps. This is the ski for you.
I am 5'7 and 130lbs. I tried them on for a day and slid a ton of rails. They are awesome and definitly a ski i would look to get in the future.
And just like James, I'll be drinking irish tonight
and the memory of his last work week will be gone forever
Afterbangs were made specifically for rails but I've heard they don't hold up very well. Line Chronics and Anthems are both very good for rails as well. Anthems are more poppy while Chronics are more stiff but still both kill on rails.
Just get the cheapest ski you can find in your size. There's no such thing as "rail skis". All skis slide on metal and all skis get destroyed on rails. Don't spend any more than you have to, or better yet just buy a used ski in urban condition on NS for $60.
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