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Help my sleepless nights..... New Skis!!

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Morning troops,

Iím in the market for some new skis and itís keeping me awake at night!! 😊

Iím a good solid intermediate skier and now dabbling with bits of off piste and looking at more powder type skiing, whilst not ignoring the good old groomers.....so in my mind I need a good all rounder.

Options so far are:

Line Sick Day 94mm
Head Kore 93mm
Faction Dictator 2.0 (95mm)
Volkl 90eight

.....and as a bit of a curve ball the Nix Sentinel 95mm

Any comments good or bad on the above are welcome!!!

Thanks all!!
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My initial thought is that you are probably looking at skis a bit wider and more true "all mountain" than you almost certainly need as an intermediate. While they work pretty well on groomers, they need more input to carve compared to something more piste oriented, especially on firm pistes. However, they will make your off-piste skiing somewhat easier. If you drop down to "all mountain" skis in the 80-85 mm range you will serve yourself better in progressing your technique on groomers, which in itself will improve your off-piste skiing anyway.

So I would consider skis like the new Nordica Navigator 80/85, K2 iKonic 80/84, Salomon XDR 84. All still pretty capable off-piste machines while effortlessly ripping the groomers.

I do currently ski the Volkl 90Eight as my all-round ski and it's great in most conditions both on and off piste, but I'm an advanced/expert skier and comfortable tipping it on edge. It's actually a very easy "wide" ski to get up on edge, but whenever I've seen intermediates on this ski they just tend to slide around on it - which it's more than happy to do. I've also got a much narrower piste ripper which is far easier to carve on a hard piste. So really depends on your skiing aspirations.
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I agree with the above, but if you do decide to go wider, the Sick Day is a very easygoing ski that likes everything except very hardpacked snow and ice. At least the old 95s are like that, though they say it's been totally redesigned... Based on my experience, as a first 'off piste' ski, it will treat you well. And you have the benefit of the awesome base graphics!
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worth demoing the head kore 93 if you can , heard very good things about this ski , light and very easy to handle on and off piste , but as @uktrailmonster says your list is truly all mountain and these tend to lend themselves more to all variable conditions and terrain found off piste , another one for your list would be blizzard brahma
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Brilliant feedback, thank you folks.

I'm trying to get some head Kore's on test this weekend, but apparently the UK stock has ravaged?!

I'll also see if i can look at maybe a narrower ski.

I'll check out the suggestions and see if i can get to demo any.

Ta!
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After demo'ing the Head Kore and Blizzard Brhama......i am now the proud owner of the Brahama!! Smile

Now lets get to the resort!!!

Cheers folks!
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excellent ski, have fun
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That's a very solid choice of do-it-all ski. A ski you can really grow into, both on and off piste.
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@ninja_dave, what made you go for the Brahma over the Kore? And how heavy are you? I'm struggling to find the Kore to demo anywhere; tried the Brahma at half term and it was too stiff for me but I'm a 65kg weakling so that's maybe not a surprise.
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