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Preacher replacement - going narrower

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So next season I will probably look to replace my 2012 Preachers (179).

I am 168cm and 60kg, my current skis aside from the Preacher are Head Magnums and WD Ranger 98CL (touring ski).

I am looking to go a little narrower, something in the 90-100mm underfoot range and around 173cm, with maybe 20% tip rocker. It would mostly be used for off-piste (80%+).

Currently I am probably looking to test at least some of the following:
HEAD Kore 93
Blizzard Bonafide
Dynastar Legend 96
Black Crows Chamox
Zag H95
Faction CT 2.0

Any others I should consider? Anyone skied the above?
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Scott Superguide 95? Although why not just use the Rangers?
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@Scarlet, couple of reasons. First I would prefer something with a slightly shorter radius than the Ranger and something a bit heavier with thicker bases. The Ranger is a great touring ski but the carbon light does not like rocks so well, where as the Preacher I have skied over may rocks without a core shot.

As the SuperGuide is also a touring ski I would worry it would have the same issue.
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@SnowPenguin, Volkl 90eight?
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@SnowPenguin, why are you going against the general (but perhaps misguided) flow and going narrower?

Will 12-20 mm reduction matter? Esp. if mostly for off piste?
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SnowPenguin wrote:
@Scarlet, couple of reasons. First I would prefer something with a slightly shorter radius than the Ranger and something a bit heavier with thicker bases. The Ranger is a great touring ski but the carbon light does not like rocks so well, where as the Preacher I have skied over may rocks without a core shot.

As the SuperGuide is also a touring ski I would worry it would have the same issue.


The bases are the same on all the Whitedot models and Scott also use the same grade/thickness.
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Mainly because at my weight I do not need to go so wide and I would like something a touch more versatile and a little easier to use on piste.
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Mainly because at my weight I do not need to go so wide and I would like something a touch more versatile and a little easier to use on piste.
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I had a similar list, 3 of the same skis, and posted it on a thread here : http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=127519&highlight=
Might be interesting reading for you

Ended up with the Camox and love it - fast but agile, stable and unflappable. My thoughts on the Camox are here : http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=131902&highlight=

Hope that helps.
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@spyderjon, hmm that is interesting. I assumed the Preachers had a thicker base as they seem more resilient to abuse.
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Kastle FX95HP. Incredible ski!!
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I've tested everything on your list other than the Blizzard and the Zag, and the Nordica Enforcer 100 is the king of the ~100mm class IMHO.

But your style and how you like to ski is very important too - do you want a serious and 'competent' alpine tool or fun and flickable plaything?

I could happily have an Enforcer and a Sallie QST 99 in the quiver without considering them to overlap at all. Both great in very different ways.
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So... @SnowPenguin,
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It would mostly be used for off-piste (80%+).


Is somewhat misleading Evil or Very Mad

I am liking my Bonafides very much. Mrs U is liking her Mantras (which should also be in that group) and seems to be skiing even faster on them than usual.
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@SnowPenguin, At your height (same as mine) and weight (a little lighter then mine) I'm surprised you are on the 179 Preachers - are they hard work? Why not buy my 169 Preachers instead and get some 173 Ones in the deal too for pistes and ice? Very Happy
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I was going to say ranger.
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I really enjoyed playing around on the CT2.0 at Oktobertest but not sure it'd be a suitable Preacher replacement as seemed much more playful and less charge-y. That's only from 30 minutes of indoor chaos though so I'm not sure how they'll perform on a mountain. Was very tempted when I spotted that you can get them on Freeze Pro (until tomorrow) for £475 including bindings.
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I enjoy my Bonafides too. Good on piste and off-piste although I have a pair of Rossignol Super 7s for deeper snow (actually good n piste too). Bonafides are probably better for smashing through the crud and mixed stuff.

Actually thinking about what I should take to Avoriaz next week. If it snows the Rossis, but Bonafides would be good for the current conditions from what I hear. ...... views
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Thanks for all the replies guys. I am going to Chamonix in a couple of weeks so will do some testing there and at the EoSB.
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@SnowPenguin, if it's any help at all, just uploaded a few Vids of the Kastles on piste and in crud. I'll try and get some off piste tomoz (there are some on you tube already off piste)

As ever, testing will be the key


http://youtube.com/v/hUBxJb91VYc
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@PaulC1984, nice , kastle are a quality ski and the new 95hp is up there with the best of them

worth trying the none hp as well , bit more forgiving for the lighter skier Very Happy
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@PaulC1984, looks busy Very Happy Snow tomo here, going to make sure tango doesn't have a breakdown if his new skis don't carve.
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@Dabber, thanks. I like em stiff dus me... I'm 70kg before lunch but in a 173 they're bang on for me. I tried the non HP but a little too soft for me, albeit I suspect more forgiving off piste like you say Happy
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@Matrski, hahaha. He's just so used to skinny skis off piste and in fairness to him he pulls it off with style. Those Heads of his should carve a beaut. Happy
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As the director of Proskilab reviews I can recommend these skis :

Kore 93 ("best ski" awarded by Proskilab in the all-mountain category, lower score by Neveitalia. Check out Gearscore.co.uk for reviews https://www.gearscore.co.uk/head/kore-93/2019/reviews-and-prices/ )
Camox (freebird version, "best ski award" in the touring/freeride category)
FX95HP (not included in the 2019 PSL test, but an excellent ski, will certainly be in the 2020 session)

Best,

Hervé
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