Originally Posted by cuzin
So at the end of last season, I finally broke my Volkl Gotama's that I've been riding since 2003. I need to replace them, and want some input. I love the 105 underfoot, and don't want to go too much wider, maybe up to 110. I also like a stiff, lively ski and not a wet noodle. I'm not sold on the reverse sidecut skis, either, but it seems like almost every powder ski on the market has that now. So what are my options? What do people like? Is there a reverse sidecut ski that still does well on groomers? Any recommendations on a powder ski that's stiff and still does well in crud?
I bought my 13 year old a female version of the Seth. It has a mildly rockered tip. She loves them. I also have a friend who is a great skier who has the old conventional Seth and he loves them. He sold a pair of the reverse side cuts.
Beware though if you like Volkl you may find the K2 too soft.
I don't like the K2 or Volkl. Volkl feels dead to me and the K2 Seth was to heavy and soft.
I like the Elan mid and fats. I ski a triple 8 but all their fat stuff gets great reviews. If you can get a demo you should try a pair. Elan uses a woodcore sandwiched between 2 sheets of Titanium and then aluminum top sheet. The triple 8 (88 underfoot) is light but carves like a champ on hardpack and can handle speed without getting squirrelly. The tails are usually not as wide so the ski will release out of a turn a little better. Great in the trees.
I been wanting to try the Blizzard line but they are hard to find and expensive. But everybody goes on about them. By looking at them they are obviously well made with expensive material.
I have spent a fair amount fo $$ demoing skies. I have tried a bunch and the 2 lines I like the best are ELAN and Dynastar. I demoed one of there legend series at Taos one year when they had near a 100 inch base. Those skies took me to new level of skiing and I would have bought a pair on the spot if I could have found them. The 2 other guys I was with bought a pair after just watching me ski on them. LOL!
This Elan is 110 under foot and has a rocker. I really would like to try these babies in Highlands Bowl.