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    Frontside ski recommendation?

    I switched to skiing a couple seasons ago and have been running 184 Rossi S3's ever since. This year I am considering a more groomer / hard pack friendly ski as that is what i ski 70% of the time.

    Reading best of lists from the past couple years, I'm thinking Blizzard Magnum 8.0 or Volkl RTM?

    Any real world EC recommendations?

    Thanks!


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    Mag 8 is my beer league ski. That and the firearrow 84 pro from nordica are stiff and will lay trenches all day long but nothing else. The Mag 8 and 8.5 are discontinued so snap them up if you're looking for those. If you're leaning rtm go the 81 it's made of softer steel instead of the titanium 84 which just plods around. The 81 has an awesome sweet spot but it takes a few turns to find it and it's more conditions versatile than the mag or the firearrow (it can do bumps not trees). The blizzard Brahma is wider than all at 88mm but it is a true east coast ski literally made for cannon their rep lives around there. It has 2.5 sheet of metal in it so it can dice boilerplate and be fun if you get a little adventurous in some trees or bumps. I would go with the Brahma 100% man if you like those rossis. It'd slot well in your lineup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neonleonbst View Post
    Mag 8 is my beer league ski. That and the firearrow 84 pro from nordica are stiff and will lay trenches all day long but nothing else. The Mag 8 and 8.5 are discontinued so snap them up if you're looking for those. If you're leaning rtm go the 81 it's made of softer steel instead of the titanium 84 which just plods around. The 81 has an awesome sweet spot but it takes a few turns to find it and it's more conditions versatile than the mag or the firearrow (it can do bumps not trees). The blizzard Brahma is wider than all at 88mm but it is a true east coast ski literally made for cannon their rep lives around there. It has 2.5 sheet of metal in it so it can dice boilerplate and be fun if you get a little adventurous in some trees or bumps. I would go with the Brahma 100% man if you like those rossis. It'd slot well in your lineup.
    Thanks for the tip, i'm not looking for super stiff, bumps and trees are more interesting to me then speed. I'll take a look at the Brahma's.

    Any other suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulseller View Post
    Thanks for the tip, i'm not looking for super stiff, bumps and trees are more interesting to me then speed. I'll take a look at the Brahma's.

    Any other suggestions?
    Then go with a mid fat with no metal.
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    Well metal is going to give you that hold on hard pack if you're looking for those kind of skis. Brahma is still fun all over the mountain but there's the Nordica NRGY and k2 amp rictor 90 that are very similar skis. The nrgy has a torsion bridge of metal that is widest tip and tail and tapers closer to the binding while k2 perforates the metal they put in the ski. Both achieve the same result: putting metal in only where you need it and making the ski lighter and more playful in the softer snow they will carve everything but won't be as stiff as the brahma. The brahma will make more aggressive carves on the front side. If you go without metal you might as well be on your s3s.
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    .02 I demoed a pair of K2 impacts in Jan 2013. They do not have metal in them. I thought they were great on the ice. I'm a lighter guy though, so they may behave differently for someone heavier...


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    what's wrong with S3? They're not particularly wide skis.
    metal in skis give certain feel you may or may not like it. Another option skis with carbon fiber. imo CF give all the same performance as a metal plus some without weight of the metal. I believe ski width is irrelevant when it comes to performance on the groomer.....I had a lot of fun last season on the groomer with most unlikely candidate 110 under foot skis with decent amount of tip/tale rocker

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    Metal does help weight the ski to keep you hugging the mountain and cutting into your turns better. That's why they have skis with varying amounts of metal. The Brahma which is a hard charging stiff ski has 2.5 sheets of it and then you have the NRGY and the k2 have one which will still keep the ski damp and stable but not sacrifice in lighter snow conditions. The advantage of metal is that it makes the ski torsionally rigid keeping the ski from getting wobbly or skidding. They make some great skis that don't have metal that can carve well like the now discontinued Nordica steadfast or Icelantic pilgrim or shaman skny that are made of stiffer wood. It's all about preference at that point but if you want something different than your s3 get something with metal or at least a flat or pintail that will push you in and out of turns and transfer your energy better on the groomers. Pintails like on the Nordica NRGY and k2 amp rictor 90 and Icelantic shaman skny offer the best balance of energy transfer on groomers and being able to open them up more in the bumps and trees.
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    I agree with puckit if you into bumps and trees go with the mid fat without metal. Had a pair of the magnum 8.7 non titianium awesome all around ski. great in trees very good everywhere else except boilerplate but that is what the FIS race skis are for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbog View Post
    On one of the few days I got out last season I wanted to demo some K2s, but as they were taken the fellow grabbed, from behind many skis, some HEAD 13/14 Rev 85s.
    There were a couple inches of fresh snow over several inches of cut-up crud in places = just drove right through without hesitation.
    A little wide for a frontside ski(@Sugarloaf) but it's an easy handling ski...was comfortable at slow to pretty fast speeds and went from larger turns to short-radius stuff easily. Had no trouble with cut-up and crusty areas. Good edgehold and I had no problems in releasing edges.
    Not an aggressive Volkl or Blizzard but more of a medium-weight ski but medium-firm feel if I remember accurately...y/n?
    It was day #3 of last season for me...pretty pathetic, but I got going and into the swing of things pretty quickly with the 85. Not a narrow fall-line ski but pretty versatile without many shortcomings..

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