I'm hoping to get some advice from you guys - since all the reviews online that are I read are written by lighter skiers which confuses me in my choices for skis. I hope you don't mind me repeating the words "playful but stable" as I have seen alot on this forum, but I think my weight differentiates me from the advice given in those threads.
I ski in NZ, mainly southern NZ with the occasional trip to northern NZ. I am 107cm (5ft 7) and weight 95kg (210lbs). I am an intermediate skier with high degree of confidence so I do black runs and do them pretty fast until I get to mogully areas which I suck on lol. I also try and hit natural features like bowls and little jumps etc. I also like to ride switch pretty often, starting to dabble in park, and started to hit the smaller boxes and small jumps.
Looking for a ski that is playful and a lot of fun, but still stable enough that when I do get my speed up that I don't feel like I'm in danger.Currently riding some reallllly old elan m02.2 (like 2006 or something) and they are far too heavy and stiff to have fun with.
I demoed some ARV96 (2020) this season and absolutely loved them for the flex, playfulness etc but they were just downright scary as soon as I got any kind of speed going so was wondering is the ARV96 TI would still be playful (becuase of my weight) but provide me with that stableness.
Other skis I've looked at but clueless as to what to think about them as reviews are always done by someone who weighs like 30kg less than me! So ideally looking for advice from heavier people or people with experience with fatties. Ideally looking around the 95-100 side cut.
- Atomic Bent Chantler 100
- K2 Poacher
- Liberity Helix 98
- Nordica Soul Rider 97
- Line Sir Francis Bacon
- Black Ops 98
- Volkl Revolt 95
- Faction Prodigy?
The faction line confuses me a bit - I think the prodigy 2.0 would be what I need - but hearing alot of people on these forums complain about the durablity. I'm originally from yorkshire in England which means I'm tight fisted and like my skis to last at least a couple of seasons!
Cheers for any input.