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    Widest Ski you will take into East Coast Trees?

    I'm curious what the widest underfoot you guys will take into the East coast trees?

    I'm up for a new setup this season and looking at the 2012 Prophet 98 ( 98 underfoot) or the 2012 Sir Francis Bacon (108 underfoot) with Dukes/Barons.

    The Prophets have a more desirable width for most East coast trees considering it's not always powder and often bumped up. The SFB's (re-designed from last year) while wider are very flexible and playful.

    Any insight on those of you who ski a wide ski and are powder/tree junkies?

    Thanks!


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    I'm interested in this as well as I'm considering going to a much, much wider ski from my last set and am a big fan of glades .
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    I'm pretty much a glade skier. Between January to April, I'm basically heading into glades and staying in there until last chair. In the past two seasons, I've been taking my 176 Rossignol S7 (145/115/123) mounted with Dukes. With a rockered tip and tail and traditional camber underfoot, it's very flexible, floats well and turns on a dime. They're pretty good on the bumps and the fat waist gives me confidence when hucking too. Before that, my glade tool was a 168 Rossignol B4 (122/94/112). Last season, I went full bore with the S7s and have not turned back since. There's still some resistance to rocker but this is one application where it truly shines. Demo an S7 if you can get your hands on them and you'll feel what I can feel.
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    Hmmm

    Depends on snow conditions more than anything else. Fat skis are useless chattering tongue depressors when its icy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morwax View Post
    Depends on snow conditions more than anything else. Fat skis are useless chattering tongue depressors when its icy.
    You were on the wrong fat ski then.

    I haven't had any issues with a minimum of 86 underneath, in trees or anywhere for that matter. When I started on fatter skis after an "out west" emergency demo at Jackson Hole (skinny skis were absolutely the problem in deep mashed potatoes since the weather decided to become spring in early March when I went), I believed that chatter would be a huge issue back home on hard pack and ice. The Fischer 86 Bigstix were the first fat ski I had, and they would eat anything I threw at them with grace. I know people on absurdly wide pontoons claiming the trees are an even better experience.

    Of course my opinion is biased to fatter the better as I now like to ski on a 195 width ski, but just one ski.

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    i'm on salomon czars, 105 underfoot. surprised at how well they did on eastern hardpack but of course that's not where you want to ski 'em. great in pow & trees. of course last year was great for that type of skiing.

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    Width is only part of the equation. Shape, camber, flex, weight, stiffness are all just as important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowmonster View Post
    I'm pretty much a glade skier. Between January to April, I'm basically heading into glades and staying in there until last chair. In the past two seasons, I've been taking my 176 Rossignol S7 (145/115/123) mounted with Dukes.
    Just picked up a pair of Line Prophet 90s and I'm also looking for another wider pair (something 110 or 115) as well as I imagine they would be even better than the 90s off the beaten path. May I ask how tall you are? I'm wondering whether once you start getting really wide like 110 if it effects what length ski you'd ski on, as the S7 is on the short list I'm considering (also: Volkl Katana, Line Influence, Blizzard Answer and Dynastar Huge).


    EDIT: BTW, this question is open to anyone who has experience on wide skis. I'm curious as to what to expect, other than the people I know who have them love em'.
    Last edited by BenedictGomez; Sep 19, 2011 at 6:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roark View Post
    Width is only part of the equation. Shape, camber, flex, weight, stiffness are all just as important.
    You took the words right out of my mouth.

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