I have the iron maidens and I put a full season on them and it's starting to show. I got them tuned and waxed and put a few more days on them about a month ago in Australia - so spring still conditions. It was icy in the morning and slushy in the arvo.
They really didn't hold up. I couldn't put them on edge and didn't feel comfortable putting quick turns in because they just slid out.
I don't usually stay in the park all day and like getting some speed down groomed runs. So I don't want some noodles
I'm after a ski that is stable at speed and can hold it's edge but still light enough and fun to ride in the park.
I'm about 6"1 ish and 76kgs. I ride 179 recoils and 191 caylors. Moderate to advanced skiier.
I will be keeping the recoils but I don't want to buy a dedicated groomer ski as I don't think id use it much.
Preferably under 90mm and the lower the radius the better
Really, if your not just a park rat you should have at least two sets of skis. A park set and an all mountain set. Considering how bad rails are for your skis, its almost a necessity if you want to have any fun outside of the park.
I thought about keeping iron maidens and buying all mtn, but came to the conclusion I wouldn't use the all mountains enough to justify buying a pair. And trying to travel with 3 pairs of skis on international flights is just a bitch and expensive.
My ski bag with two sets atm is just on the limit.
Personally if I was flying international to go skiing (from the US), I wouldn't even bother bringing my park skis. If I am going to go flying to like, the alps or NZ or something, I am not going to spend my time there, on those incredible mountains park ratting like I can do a half hour from home. Thats just me though. What I usually will do is have my all mountain skis, and my park skis in the car, and park as close to some skiiable surface as possible. I ride all mountain in the morning and switch to park in the afternoon.
You see that's where everyone is different. In Sydney there is no snow for 8+ hours so I can't "park rat at home" and even the parks here are average. My ski trips are usually 2+ months to make the most of the expensive airfares so ofcourse I would bring park skis.
Although they're getting tougher to find, look for a full camber park ski. I spent some time on faction wednesdays and really enjoyed how useful they were in hard snow outside of skiing park. Off the top of my head other skis you might want to look at are the Liberty LTE, older Armada ARV, or ON3P's new prester.
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I had a similar problem.
I got armada alphas and they were everything I wanted.
Unfortunately the alpha is different this year and I believe it's softer.
But the way the older alpha is stiff with a tighter turning radius was perfect for me.
If you're willing to drop some cash I would recommend the Whitedot ONES. Best park ski I've ever been on. Super stable, and they can hold an edge really well, even after several months of hitting rails. Check them out at whitedotskis.com and if you're interested, PM me and I'll give you a code for pro-form.
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this. The AoS is absolutely the best carver I have found. much better than armadas or Volkl or just about anything. They shit on my Atomic slalom skis too when they were brand new and thats saying something. I havent however experienced any problems with chattering or jitteryness
Salomon suspects carve really well for a twin tip. they are pretty stiff so you can really push the edge hard. i had a pair a couple of seasons ago and used them as my carving skis. I also had thalls so they were my playfull park skis but if i was just out shredding the mountain and there was no fresh snow id be on the suspect.