As many of you may remember, I own and love the Navigator 85. It is moderately soft and great in bumps, while still having good edge hold on groomers. My one reservation is the tail --- I like it, but it has a real tail, not the kind described a few posts ago. Is that going to cause problems for a new-to-bumps skier?I second the Nordica navigator 85 suggestion Tony made. Seems ideal for an all around ski, not to stiff, and good in bumps. Can be had at great prices too
Maybe the Navigator 80 instead? Still has a tail, but is a somewhat softer flexing ski. And OP is pretty light for their height.My one reservation is the tail --- I like it, but it has a real tail, not the kind described a few posts ago. Is that going to cause problems for a new-to-bumps skier?
I do have one question of Wendy, if you don’t mind me asking. How come your selling the ID One FRXP?Mounted for 295. I may sell them flat. it is a GREAT ski, hard to part with.
So... I just want to comment on this part. I took a mogul clinic this spring before everything shut down. There was a wide variety of skill levels in my group, One skier had a racing background and got 100 days a year on snow and it showed. Another skier skidded z-shaped turns and didn't have a pole plant. All were able to have fun and learn something useful.One thing that comes to mind is that maybe I should spend more time improving my carving skills before I get too far out there with moguls
@DrG, as people give advice, they might be able to precisely pinpoint the type of ski you need if they know a little bit more about you and your skiing.----Briefly, I’m a 63yo senager having a great time getting back into skiing.
----I’m 5’11”, 160lbs,
----in pretty good shape,
----looking to continue to learn and advance, but with good technique.
----I’m looking at taking a multi-day mogul camp next year, I think it will help me everywhere
----I primarily ski out west
----I enjoy moguls , but I’m not very good.....yet.
Because I have other skis, that’s all. They are great skis. I am consolidating, and if somebody will use them more than I will, I will sell with bindings or flat. Make an offer! ;-) They don’t require effort to ski.Hey everyone, thank you. This is why I joined the conversation on Pugski, you’ve given me a lot to think about. The good thing is I have time to decide. I understand this is the ”nth” time you’ve had this conversation, but I do appreciate your time and experience. I enjoy the give and take on anything ski related. If y’all have any other info, I’m listening.
One thing that comes to mind is that maybe I should spend more time improving my carving skills before I get too far out there with moguls, maybe that’s the priority. So more focus on a good on-piste ski. Not to mention the 20/21 skis will be out there soon.
I do have one question of Wendy, if you don’t mind me asking. How come your selling the ID One FRXP?
Was it the black 96 or the green one? I'm looking into that ski myself. Did it perform pretty good on groomers? ThanksI rented the Ripstick 96 for a day out on Vancouver Island two years ago. It was a nice compromise ski for a place that gets a lot of snow, skied in trees in deep snow, in bumps and on groomers, 96 instead of 86 due to the deep snow requirement. For what @DrG is looking for the Ripstick 86 would likely work well.
EDIT: at the time I weighed 150 lbs.
I was on the regular one in the second longest length. I weighed 150 lbs at the time. Groomer performance depends on where you set the bar. I wiĺ call it ok. As I said at the time, if I could have only one ski for Mr. Washington B.C, that would be it. Shortcomings as a groomer zoomer: it did not have as much ultimate grip (for high-g turns and quick stops) as the Blizzard Bonafide I tried the previous day; at speeds above 50 mph, it let you know that you had exceeded its design speed, feeling light and hyperactive, but nothing scary, at least until about 65 mph (all speeds estimated, I don't scare easily) which was about as fast as I skied that day. It did not have the reassuring feel of my antique Super G skis, and was a less at ease at those speeds than the Völkl 108 I had previously tried, but it sure stopped faster when applying the brakes, was more willing to get up on edge and had more grip than the Völkl 100-eight. It also had the ability to make precise looooong radius turns at stupid speeds that the stiffer Bonafied with its shorter radius did not. I was quite happy with its bump performance on Harry's Trees and Powderface (no powder - no snow for a week).Was it the black 96 or the green one? I'm looking into that ski myself. Did it perform pretty good on groomers? Thanks
Great questions LiquidFeet. I’ll try and keep this brief and not waste anyone’s time.@DrG, as people give advice, they might be able to precisely pinpoint the type of ski you need if they know a little bit more about you and your skiing.
1. How many days a season do you get on snow?
2. You ski out west. Where? Will you likely return to any particular mountain repeatedly next season?
3. What do you like best about skiing groomers? Is it the speed, or something else?
4. Can you describe the types of moguls you plan on skiing? What about skiing moguls excites you?
5. What is your past history on snow? How did you learn to ski, and what kind of instruction/coaching have you had since you returned to skiing?
6. What have you been focusing on as you get reacquainted with the technical elements in skiing?
7. What skis are you on now?