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New Powder Skis - Advice & Opinions Please!
I'm in the market for some new skis. I'm looking for something to use on a good powder day, but also something that is slightly more versatile than powder only (something that I'd still be able to occasionally ski a groomer with my kids). I ski 99% of the time at Keystone or A-Basin. My everyday "all mountain" skis are 187cm Atomic Alibi's - I like them just fine. I'm 6'2", 200lbs and an advanced skier (not expert - yet).
I've scoured the internet and YouTube for reviews, but other than BlisterGear reviews and maybe a couple others, nothing gets very detailed.
The following skis that I've been able to find some decent deals on have made my short list - I appreciate any input that y'all have to offer - especially if you ride these skis or have ridden them regularly ... thanks in advance!
2015 Line Mr Pollards Opus 192cm
2015 K2 Annex 118 191cm
2016 Salomon Q-Lab 190cm
2016 Salomon Q-115 188cm
2016 RMU Professor 2.0 185cm
2014 Elan Spectrum 115 ALU 185cm
2015 Head Cyclic 115 191cm
2015 Line Supernatural 115 192cm
I wrote a review on the Annex 118s in the review section of NS. Check it out
The Head Cyclic 115 (all the Flight series really) offer fantastic soft snow/powder performance yet with camber underfoot, have great on trail performance as well. I'm an East Coast skier and I use my Head Venturi 95mm for soft snow/crud rippers and they are amazing. The Cyclic 115 is wider with more rocker and has tons of amazing reviews online. Fantastic ski.
Asogear.com has the 191cm right now for $369.99 with Attack 13 bindings and free shipping in North America. Great price!
Thanks for the advice so far ... I think I'm leaning towards the Cyclics. I read the review on the Annex (thanks!) and I think I'm looking for something a little less stiff and more playful. The review was quite helpful.
My Line Mordecai's are sooo versatile for its dimensions. Its my every day ski for sure. Really playful and can hold an edge well. I have the 179's because I'm pretty short, but the 193's might suit you well. Just a thought.
You'll love the Cyclic's! Stiffer camber underneath for great harder snow performance and softer, flat rocker in the dampened tip and tail for a more playful feel. Love how you can ski anything with the Head Flight series and it never chatters, never bucks you in crud and you find yourself skiing at insane speeds with no effort.
Like most skis this width they are a bit heavier than on-piste skis and that's why I coupled my Head Venturi 95 with some Tyrolia bindings as they offer great performance with a decent weight savings over comparable bindings. The lower combined weight keeps them more playful and easier to ski without losing the solid feeling that the ski itself provides.
I ended up buying the Opus skis ... got a great deal from ASO Gear. I highly recommend purchasing from ASO Gear if they have what you're looking for.
So far I have 2 days on the Opus. I mounted them on the "Eric's Choice" line ... it seemed to be recommended by just about everyone in every forum I could find. It took a little getting used to, but by the end of the first day, it seemed natural. Day 1 was a powder day and day 2 was p/pp. I was surprised at how well they performed on the packed powder ... way better than I expected for a ski of this size.
I'm really stoked on these skis and can't wait for some more powder days.
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