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Armada JJ vs Line Mr Pollards Opus vs Atomic Bent Chetler
I'd like some help with choosing the right skis.
I ski 70 % offpist, 20% pist and 10 % park. I really want to prioritize the offpist abilities. I am 178 cm long and my weight is 74 kg. I've been looking at Armada JJ 185cm , Line Mr Pollards Opus 185 cm and Atomic Bent Chetle 183cm. The reason i've been looking at long skis is that i still grow and want to be able to use them for long. So I would appreciate if somebody can share the experiences about these skis and try to compare them with eachother. And maybe there is an other ski you guys could propose. I want this help to mainly be able to choose between the skis i wrote above!
Also, which bindings are good?
I own the 185 JJ's with sth 16 mounted on them and they are hands down amazing. The five dimensional shape allows you to take them everywhere. The are great at high speeds, dropping cliffs, hitting kickers, and most importantly powder. They are also really playful, specially since they are a little skinnier than the others. But really with any of those skis your looking at you can not go wrong. I am 6' 2" and 180lbs.
i am about your same hieght maybe a tad bit shorter and i ride the bentchetlers in a 183, and there super rad i ski the them every single of the season and they rip, they shred in the little of park skiing that i do, and you couldnt go wrong with them in the big mountain and backcountry. my dad is about 6 foot 3 and he skied them for a while and he said they didnt feel to short either, so you wouldnt really be able to outgrow them.
peace. love. powder
JJ would be good for you. Can't really go wrong with any of them
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Look at the SFB's. They can rip pow, groomers and hit the park too. Park on JJ's, Opus or Bennies is going to be hard. The SFB's in 184 will be pretty much perfect for you I think...
the mr opus is not quite as good in the pow as the jj or bent chetler. the bent chetlers are the chargers of the group. the jjs are best for doing your kickers and they both do amazing in pow and groomers. mr opus will be the most playful and good for slashing jibbing around.
I would say go with the 195cm JJ. Since your already fairly tall, and you expect to grow more, then going with a ski like that would be perfect. 195cm may sound long but if you think of the effective running length on a groomer, that is much shorter. The JJ really does have a good amount of early taper as well.
Is that a pole sticking out of your ass? minibus4$
JJ for dedicated pow. Bentchets for monster bc booters and drops. Opus is a jack of all trades and nearly a master of all. JJ eeks it out for pow and the bents eek it out for big air maneuverability. But the opus can run groomers all day long too if there's no fresh.
To anyone who has rode both the JJ's and chetlers: Is there a big difference in versatility between them? I know the JJ's are slightly skinnier, does it make them a lot more versatile? Or are they pretty much the same ski? Thanks +k for answers
I own the 185 Opus with sth 14 mounted on them and they are hands down amazing. The five dimensional shape allows you to take them everywhere. The are great at high speeds, dropping cliffs, hitting kickers, and most importantly powder. They are also really playful, specially since they are a little skinnier than the others. But really with any of those skis your looking at you can not go wrong
You will not be disappointed in any of these skis. Just do as the rest of us do on here and make your selection based on graphics - you know you want to.
I finally got a chance to ride the current chets a few days ago. Not nearly as impressive as last years. I've heard peeps say they feel dead and lifeless. I wouldn't go that far but I def had to be conscious of the skis if that makes sense. Doesn't mean they're bad. Just means they didn't translate to my style. It's also a little unfair as I was only able to put em through about 2" of fluff on top of crud. I will say though that last years felt like they skied themselves and this years jus didn't. I hear next years are super sick though. Opus caliber.
Thanks for some good answers! I had heard from a couple of people the chetlers were not as lively as the year before, but i think im going to go for them due to a decent price i found! Cheers people
i have a freind with ak jjs, he says in anything but fresh deep pow they suck... way too soft, i've since ordered myself 4frnt ehps
Haha thats odd, the AK JJ was supposed to be the stiffer version of the JJ wasn't it?
Powder skiing doesn't really get much more fun than on the Opus, I cannot comment on the others, so I'm not claiming it's better but I personally know it rocks. And 118 is about as fat as you'll ever want or need, unless you do like 90% off-piste.
A 185 Opus or a 193 Benchetler will serve you well.
Along with your height, you have to consider your weight. If you're going to be growing still, why not get the big powder skis that will last you? I can only imagine if you're still growing, you're going to put some weight on too.
I know kids that are your size, and they ski 192 Rocker 2s everyday.
It might feel a little weird at first, but it'll build your muscles like no other, and then you'll be able to tackle everything.
newsflash: your friend sucks at skiing. JJs crush everywhere if you know what's up. all 3 choices are legit, no way you can make the proper choice over the internet, you have to ride them all or just settle with what you (randomly) pick and then get on the internet and proclaim what you got must be the best of the three.
JJs all the way! they are a perfect ski, they can ski crud, pow, groomers and groomers. ive been riding them all season and they work perfect. they are super soft but stiff enough to launch huge cliffs.
Just want to say I have ridden opus and chetlers and definitely prefer chetlers for everything
I have had the AK JJ for the last two seasons and love them. I ski with buddies who have the Bent Chetler and also the DPS Wailer and I would say that they are all very good for Western skiing. If you are transitioning from a full camber ski just pick one and give yourself a little time to get used to them (there are some subtle differences in technique for this type of ski compared to a full camber ski). All of these skis are very versatile and a lot of fun - great in any kind of fresh or crud and decent on hard pack. These skis all perform like a much shorter ski on hard pack so don't buy too short (basically the rocker tip and tail are just along for the ride on hard pack). Have fun!
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