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Been away...need great all mountain ski
I haven't been able to ski in a couple years but I'm about to get a new setup to ski this season.
For most of my life I skied Line Chronics and then I had a pair of High Society FR's. I loved both of them because they were light, relatively stiff and poppy, and durable. I'm pretty thin and light so I like a ski I can handle easily. Has to be good all over the mountain and would prefer that it be between 88-93 waist.
Thinking about getting Chronics again. Any other sticks I should be looking into?
You might consider going with something a little wider, 95-100 for the float factor. The Armada ARV 96, On3P Cartel 98, and Moment PBJ are all great choices. The Moment PBJ is the best do-everything ski I've ever had; it's supremely solid underfoot, yet playful in the tip and tail.
He might not ski anywhere where float is required. OP, skinnier park skis are dying cause it's not trendy anymore. For instance, if you had like the orange and black chronics from years ago, the new ones are rockered and wider. There are still some though, volkl walls, salomon NFX, Atomic Punx, those Fisher skis if you can find them.
Thanks for the reply people! Yeah, I've noticed that skinnier park skis are dying. I had every chronic ski from about 2007-2014. Back then it was 80 underfoot and it progessed to where it is now - 92 underfoot I think.
I live in the Midwest, so I don't necessarily need them to be able to float, BUT, I would like something that I can take out West because I've got friends/family in Jackson and Big Sky.
So I'll be skiing mostly piste/groomers except for the trips out West. I loved my High Society FR's because they were 92 underfoot w/ an early rise tip/tail (I think). They worked pretty well on everything, although it was hard for me to ski pow and I think that was mainly because I had never skied pow before (not the skis fault if I had to guess).
From the looks of it, I think the Moment PB&J would be too wide for my main usage and the Volkl Wall and Salomon NFX might be a bit too narrow for when I go out west. I've always wanted to try a pair of Walls so I wish they were a little wider.
But here's where my inexperience comes in...if I want to be able to hold a good edge and control myself on groomers but still have the ability to ski pow effortlessly (er, mostly effortlessly), what should I be looking for? What's too narrow to be able to ski pow? Is the best shape for me a cambered ski w/ early rise? This is where I need to be educated!
Thank you in advance - I look forward to getting back on here more often and relearning everything.
Think you’re on the right track if you look in the 95mm range or so for your ski to work well as your daily driver and occasional trips out West. Honestly, most people would consider a “powder ski” in the 110mm plus range but most current 95mm skis with rocker tip tail would do much better than your old skis did in powder. When I did a quick search it looked like the 92mm version of your old skis were pure camber and they didn’t add early rise/rocker till they went wider later on. Find that rocker/camber Skis work great all mountain and much better in soft snow/powder conditions than a pure camber ski does but they “ski shorter” so get a longer length than you would on a pure camber ski to offset the shorter contact length on a rockered ski.
I’ve owed 2 pairs of the Volkl Wall(now called Revolt 87-same ski) which is a still a stiff, symmetrical, pure camber park ski. It does well on harder snow in/out of the park but not the greatest in powder. The same would be true of the NFX or Fisher Night Stick which is another stiff, hard snow geared park ski.
If I was going to recommend a ski similar to the Wall but directional, a bit wider, more playful and rocker tip/tail it would be the Revolt 95. Fun ski that would do well on all snow types and wouldn’t be awful in powder. The Armada ARV 96 was another great recommendation for a similar great one ski quiver. Both skis are very reasonable in price too.
The Chronic would be similar to the Revolt 95 but a bit narrower as it has a firm center and more playful rockered tip/tails.
The Moment PB&J would be the best in powder of the these with a slight sacrifice of harder snow performance. Amazing one ski quiver for people that ski places that get a bit more snow.
**This post was edited on Dec 4th 2017 at 6:57:13pm
Awesome - great responses. Thanks for all the help. I'm going to look into the Revolts and compare those to the Chronics and a few other skis mentioned. Thanks again all.
sounds like you should stick with the chronics!
Icelantic has some nice offerings in those kinds of skis too.
kicked my season off with a pair of ON3P kartel 98s and haven't looked back! I'm a 5'5 female (so yeah, small) but there hasn't been an instance in any conditions where I feel like I can't rip.
a little wider than you specified but the ski is flexible, still sturdy, and pretty much bombproof
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