Looking for recommendations on 100mm ski

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  1. Landlockedwave

    Landlockedwave Booting up Skier

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    Like the title says, I am looking for a 100mm+ off piste ski. I currently have armada halo 176cm and enjoy cruising groomers and playing in the park in a little. I got a great deal on them a few years ago and I am set for hardpack/spring. I have been spending more time going off trail, now that we finally have deep snow and I’m looking for an on trail off trail wide ski. I am not an expert by any means but would classify myself as intermediate to advanced. I’m 5’6” tall and 165lbs. I have been looking at the Solomon QST 106 and Rossignol S7. I did a demo on Nordica enforcer 100 and I like the ski but could tell that it was a lot more ski than I am used to.

    Thank you for any recommendations
     
  2. Philpug

    Philpug Enjoying being back on two skis. Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    If you liked the Enforcer 100 but found it to be a bit too much, the Enforcer 104 Free, it falls into the width range you are looking at but a more playful off piste design. Another ski that meets your criteria is the Dynastar Legend X 106. I also like the K2 Pinnacle 105, this is the ski that the Soul 7 wanted to be and should now be found on the discount racks with the introduction of the new Mindbender.
     
  3. Kneale Brownson

    Kneale Brownson Out on the slopes Instructor

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    Why not "grow into" the Enforcer 100? Or you could get my daily driver, the Enforcer 93. I'd have the 100, but I already have Patrons.
     
  4. Analisa

    Analisa Out on the slopes Skier

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    I'd add the Sick Day 104 to the list. Really nice balance of being easy to ski, but strong. I ski the women's & 95 waist version (Pandora) and had a huge "growth spurt" in my skiing with them. They're quick when I'm skiing trees or on challenging terrain where I want to control my speed with quick, tight turns, but they also are sturdy enough to feel dependable when I want to open up and ski more aggressively. I've filled out my quiver with stiffer/longer/more aggressive skis, but I still find the Pandoras substantial enough and use them as my touring skis. My only complaint is that I wish they were wider and I can't wait for the 95s to kick the bucket so I can justify the upgrade to the new 104.
     
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    Landlockedwave Booting up Skier

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    My demo list now includes qst 106, enforcer 104 free, rustler 10, sick day 104, tracer 108 and kore 105.

    Thank you for the recommendations so far. The enforcer 100s were a nice ski and I don’t doubt that they have a ton of potential. I haven’t ruled them out.
     
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  6. Pauldotcom

    Pauldotcom Booting up Skier

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    If the Enforcer felt like more power than you prefer, and you like the S7, I think you will love the Rustler 10. In my opinion, the Ruslter fits in the middle between the two mentioned skis.

    Please post you're thoughts once you are done with the demo. I'm curious to see you're thoughts on the Ruster 10 vs the Enforcer 100 - to see if they mimic mine.

    Also- I don't buy the "grow into them" statement. Everyone has a different style and skis different terrain. In my experience, if you have to learn to love a ski, it's not the ski for you. I tried hard to love the Enforcer 100; just didn't happen. Wish I didn't wait as long as I did to change.
     
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  7. Tom K.

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    Yup.
     
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    mike_m Instructor Skier

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    Another vote for the Rustler 10. I demoed it back to back with the Enforcer and found both were excellent skis in heavy, deep, ungroomed snow, with the Rustler noticeably more nimble and playful. Just what you're asking for, I think!
     
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    Pauldotcom Booting up Skier

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    Just got done skiing a full day on the Ruster 10 - with Griffen bindings this time.. Even better ski that I thought. Really handles a lot of what the east coast can throw at you. Enough power for firm, but enough flex for bumps/glades. Really fun ski.
     
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    Landlockedwave Booting up Skier

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    Thank you for the replies and recommendations. My local shop just received their 2020 rustler 10s and I snagged a pair of 172cm with Look SPX 12 bindings. They should be ready by Monday and we are headed out for the weekend next Friday. It is dumping snow here and I cannot wait to get out on these.
     
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    Ken_R Living the Dream Skier

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    I have demoed the QST 106, Rustler 10, Tracer 108 and the Kore 105 and my favs were the Tracer, the QST and the Rustler.... from Powder to Harder snow preference in that order.
     
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    FYI- these skis do ski a bit short. Not sure how tall you are or how much you weigh...
     
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    Landlockedwave Booting up Skier

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    5'6" 165lbs
     
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    Pauldotcom Booting up Skier

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    Sounds perfect.
     
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    C0ABDAF5-E6CF-47AB-A15F-E9E8B4943D0A.jpeg Picked up the new skis today. Now the looooong wait until Saturday.
     
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  16. Josh Matta

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    curious what were the demo binding on the 10s you tried?

    Those low DIN looks have stupid high heels.
     
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    Landlockedwave Booting up Skier

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    I did not ever get to demo the 10s. I am not sure what the shop has for demo bindings on the 10s. I tried twice to demo but they were always out when I tried to reserve. After toooo much research, talking to numerous people and demos of other skis, I decided on the Rustler 10s. The look binding was a deal from the shop.
     
  18. Philpug

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    The NX12 with the WR toe that is shown has normal ramp.
     
  19. cantunamunch

    cantunamunch Meh Skier

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    Did you try the QST in 188? Talk about teeheee
     
  20. Ken_R

    Ken_R Living the Dream Skier

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    Yes, 188cm with Shift Bindings. Loved it. Conditions: Medium density 12" powder day at loveland, untracked and chow.
     
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