I am a beginner park skier and i am gonna be buying a pair of skis for the upcoming season. I am 6'2" and 185 pounds. I ski in the east (7 springs) and want a ski that is about 60% park and 40% all mountain. I was looking at armada el reys, line masterminds and volkl ledges. I am willing to pay at most 400. Thanks for the help!!!!
Masterminds are light but durability is crap. I ride k2 sights for the all mountain and park skis, its 60 all mountain and 40 park its rockered too so if the snow does fall a lot you will float rather than plow. And they are only slightly heavier than the sights.
Does anybody know anything about the masterminds?? I am leaning towards the el reys or masterminds. I know that the masterminds have a very playful and soft flex and the durability isnt great but i will most likely only be keeping the skis for 2-3 years and i can keep it cheap with them. The el reys seem like a better built stiffer ski that i could take anywhere on the mountain however they are alot stiffer and are pretty wide...
If you want a longer lasting ski go with the el reys. At your size you'd break the masterminds in week. Yeah its wider but I know people who won't ride park with anything less than 90 underfoot cause they like a wide ski on the rails. It all comes down to personal preference. At your size you could go 178 or 185 on the el rey. If you want to spin like crazy go 178. The 185 would be more stable going faster and give you more stability over all which is nice if you start hitting big jumps.
But remember, regardless of what park ski you get it's gonna break down faster cause park causes more damage then just riding on the mountain.
I had Salomon Threats as my first Park ski, and they treated me well, but the durability was sub-par. Go with the El Reys. They're a great all mtn. ski and exceptional for park. Good beginner flex, durable, cheap. Great for what you're looking for.
have you thought about the moment PB&J ski? there pre fat but a realllyy fun ski for sure or even the k2 domains. I just got surface double times, its a shot in the dark but ill see how they handle. Anything armada is good
The Line Chronic is a simple rugged all around park ski. They are fairly stiff as well for large jumps. Armada El Reys are another awesome park ski. Mike Hornbeck slays and rides them around daily. The durability on the El Reys is pretty good too.
I have no personal experience with either ski, but I have heard mostly good things about them.