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Spongeworthy Spongeworthy
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Demo'd some skis today and at Inside Edge's Demo Day. Blizzard Bonafide was on my short list. Despite the rave reviews for that ski, they just didn't do it for me. I tried the new Volkl Mantra, which wasn't even on my radar, and I really, really liked them right away. They're full rocker, but I loved the way they skied. I also tried 2 different Atomics that are not even worth discussing.

Now more than ever, I will not buy any ski I haven't tried first.
"They don't think it be like it is, but it do." Oscar Gamble
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I'd love to see short review of everything you tried, with the where and what conditions, and maybe what you usually like. I really lean towards american made stuff, but Atomics inevitably end up on my list of things to try.
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I want a ~100 wide rockered ski that's fun in the trees and will float in whatever powder we're lucky to get. I haven't ruled out Atomic. The new Automatic 102, which sounds like it could be my one-ski quiver, is on my short list to demo, but nobody brought them to demo day. I tried the Atomic Blackeye just because it was there. It was OK, but it's just a front-side ski. I tried the Atomic Theory in a 186cm, which was a bit too long for me. I really wanted to check out the edgehold for anything I tried, but the snow was soft on each demo day.

I went through the same thing when shaped skis came out. A lot of the skis I demo'd back then were OK, but not any better for me than what I was on . . . until I tried the ski that I knew right away was the one I had to have (Volkl P40 SL). I'll keep at it until I find it. For now, the Volkl Mantra is a candidate for purchase.
"They don't think it be like it is, but it do." Oscar Gamble
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Try and demo the Nordica NRGY 100's. I bought the 90's and my buddy bought the 100's, we're both very happy with them.
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I pulled the trigger on a new pair of Mantras in December. Not sure if you made the decision for yourself yet, but I can say you will not be disappointed with that ski.
"This is pure snow! Do you have any idea what the street value of this mountain is?"
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What does tail rocker do?

If two skis are the same but one has moderate tail rocker and one doesn't how will they differ? Pros and cons?
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
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Harvey wrote
What does tail rocker do?

If two skis are the same but one has moderate tail rocker and one doesn't how will they differ? Pros and cons?
Tail rocker will make it easier to slide your tails around to sluff off speed
Don't ski the trees, ski the spaces between the trees.
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it takes your skiing to the next level. Things you never realized we’re possible become reality.
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Hahahaha. Ok so then what is the downside?

The ski is basically shorter so it will be less stable at speed on groomers?

I'm a quiver of one guy.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
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Harvey wrote
Hahahaha. Ok so then what is the downside?

The ski is basically shorter so it will be less stable at speed on groomers?

I'm a quiver of one guy.
For a few years my primary ski for both east and west was 88 underfoot with tip and tail rocker.  Great in all sorts of soft snow in the Rockies.  Okay in the northeast but not the best grip when icy.  I usually didn't bother to ski them in the northeast and wasn't a model I would've bought for northeast skiing only.

Now my primary ski for flying trips is 85 underfoot, only tip rocker.  Seems more versatile.  But could mostly be my improved technique.  I bought them after the second day I rented them as demo skis.  I have lots of control at speed on western groomers.  Discovered that at Taos the season no black terrain was open the week I was there for a Ski Week.  Have also skied them in 15+ inches of fresh powder.

My narrow skis are 78 underfoot and 10cm shorter than my all-mountain skis.  If I rent powder skis with tip and tail rocker, I can easily go another 5cm longer.
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