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Ski recommendation for east coast skier with a few trips out west
Hey guys - looking for some gear recommendations for the upcoming season
I'm mainly an east coast skier, but I do at least 2 trips out west a year
I'm looking for something that will suit the east coast conditions but can handle conditions in Colorado as well
I currently own a pair of Blizzard latigos: 78mm waist, 166cm length (I'm 5 ft 4 in, 130ish pounds)
I love these skis. I can carve the groomers with ease. They take a little more effort to skid/smear, but I can do it.
The problem with these is that when the snow gets a bit deeper, they sink.
I also own a pair of Armada ARV 86s. (86mm waist, 177cm length). I got these last season at a great price. Wanted something a little more fun and playful. I'm not a park skier by any means, but I'll have fun with the little trail side hits and what not.
So mainly my skiing is done on groomers, a bit in the trees (but nothing crazy), and when I'm out west - I love the bowls and the wider trees.
I've been considering the Blizzard brahmas, the atomic 90ti's, and the blizzard rustler 9s.
What do you guys recommend? Anything not on my list?
Skiing out in the CO Rockies, my skinniest skis I felt comfortable on were Rocker2 108’s in a 182. They didn’t lay down a track on groomers like a 90 would, however I found my Faction Prodigy’s (98 underfoot, 174cm) to be lacking whenever there was a 5”+ snow day. If you’re able to have two pairs, I’d go around a 102-108 underfoot as your designated powder ski as they’ll float on the deeper (5”+ days) without a problem but will still be fun on the sunny days.
The past two seasons I’ve used my Bent Chetlers (120under/178cm) every day in CO regardless if we got 0” or 2’ so take my recommendation with a grain of salt. For reference, I’m 5’9”, 145.
Checkout the rustler 9 or even the 10. I have the 10 and use it daily on the east coast. Brahmas are a great ski but mostly an east coast hard pack ski. You'd be better on the bonafide but if you really want something a little more surfy but still stable to carve go with the rustler9. I just prefer something over 100mm as my everyday daily driver so the rustler 10 is a better choice in my opinion. Given that you ski mostly groomers, stick with the R9
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