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What Park ski's should I buy?
I'm 22 and a very experienced skier (been skiing for 20 of those years). I've always raced and gone off piste but never did venture much into the parks. I have a pair of K2 AMP Rictors now which I love, but I'm looking to get a pair of park skis as I want to do a lot more jumps and rails.
I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive durable ski mainly for small to mid sized jumps and rails.
I'm 6'4" and 210lbs.
If, like most skiers with a racing background, you prefer a stiffer ski or at least a ski that can hold an edge well outside of the park I would but be an absolute weapon in the park I would recommend the following:
All three of these skis are competition ready park skis that will likely give you a ski that feels similar enough to a pair of race skis but are also an animal in the park. All three are durable in come in longer lengths Wall's 185, Nightstick 181, and the Punxs at 182.
Also if you think those would be a bit stiff for you Volkl makes a more playful park ski (kink) and Atomic makes the infamous. The kinks are known to be of good quality but I have heard some complaints of the infamous splitting in the tip.
Other skis that I could recommend but haven't really put much time are:
K2 Recoil (I believe these come in a monster length too if you are looking for a longer ski)
I guess recoil's only go up to 179…but K2 measure true pull so they would be more equivalent to a 184 or so of another brand
I can vouch for the Volkl Walls and Fischer Nightsticks. Both are much more stiff than the average park ski, and both are indeed animals in the park. However I liked the volkl walls better as an overall ski because I felt the underfoot was slightly bigger than that of the nightstick, which gave it a bit more stability when it came to shredding a few overnight inches of snow to thick mashed potatoes in the spring. Also my friend has a pair of the 2012 Volkl Walls (Mentioned as one of the best park skis ever made by numerous ams and pros) and not only to they ski incredibly well, they are very solid and secure when skiing fast, and he beats them to shit and they're still nearly spotless, and he's used them probably 150 times between trips, urban and backyard jams. Great ski.[/quote]
walls are a safe bet but they are not inexpensive
the alley's are though which is a step down from the walls
Armanda el ray are pretty stiff and not super expensive.
Thanks guys... I'll take a look at what I can find in terms of prices. One more question though, what do you think about getting a pair of 2013 vs '14 skis in order to save money? Is the drop down in price worth it? From what I've found (I live in Germany), you usually save around 100-300$ depending on the make.
Definitely worth it. Always get gear from earlier years to save money.
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