Woodserson wrote:Wow activity!
Is it almost time?
Young Satchel this is a dangerous road to go down, careful now! I'm drowning in skis over here.
FWIW, it looks like LC covered a lot of it, I am 6'2" and 160lbs without gear. The following is not advice for you, but my experience if it helps at all.
I like my Sbound 88's in a 189 because they are for straight travel and good times and travel in ungroomed terrain with possibility of some turns required (skinny hiking trails with trees that are not too steep). My SB98's in a 189 were supposed to be for more travel and then turning down 100-300' shots and sometimes they work for this but as soon as things get manky I get bucked. I snatched a pair of an old WAX version of the 98's in a 179 and they are amazing for me, so I will be getting a pair of 98s in a 179 for this type of mission and keep the 88's in a longer length for more XC BC travel with minimal turning.
I have 78's too, but haven't been using them much once I got my 88's and 98's. They are a reserve ski for friends.
I have lots of other skis, thoughts and opinions, and don't have time to read this whole thread just at this point but I hope this helps a bit. LC is a great guide. I have other skis for tracks, ponds, lakes, strict up/down (KOMS), etc. but for general travel I'm on the SBounds.
Thanks for the welcome, man. I'm pretty excited to have found this place tbh. But then as I lurked and saw the infrequency of posts I thought maybe it was now a dead forum (???) but thankfully, it seems like folks such as your self are breathing life into it. I guess maybe there's just not a ton to talk about in mid-August because it's HOT
(although temps in the Catskills last night touched the high 50s!).
This is a bit tricky because the things that you have mentioned--be they "advice" strictly speaking or no--bring me back toward the damn S-Bounds that were calling my name. BUT, I think after much consideration and back and forth with Lilcliffy, the 78s in 189 make a little more sense for me. While I'll certainly be bashing around the woods, I feel like given my completely novice skill level, I won't really be seeking out a lot of true turns yet, and also won't have much occasion for more powdery stuff because , as we went over earlier in the thread, conditions here in NY's mid-Hudson valley don't often support that sadly.
But of course, as I get my bearings, I think it is inevitable that I will want to get up into the higher mountains (Catskills, Daks, etc...) where a fatter Ski like the two you mentioned makes more sense and is more fun on the downhill. At present , I feel like an 88 might work, while a 98 would certainly be too much Ski in the width department as my skill level likely won't have me in conditions to make best use of its positive attributes.
Or maybe I've got it all wrong?
In either case, I look forward to hanging out and learning more from the folks here. I've spent a large portion of my afternoon trawling through the "Photos photos photos" thread and geeking out on all the photos and CIMA's awesome videos. I really hope that dude still posts here because I love reading and viewing his contributions
I think I'll sleep on the decisions a bit, but I may try to pounce on some purchases sooner rather than later...
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