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Great all around ski for everyday in bounds skiing. It was my go-to ski for non-powder days. It rips hard on groomers and charges through crud. For it's width, it's pretty fast edge to edge and has some nice 'pop' to it.
I skied a day on these in a 178. Loved...
I skied a day on these in a 178. Loved them. Confidence inspiring; skied faster than I normally do, & I'm no slouch to begin w/. I stand 5'10, weigh 180. Would I notice much difference in handling in the next length up? Looking to set them up w/ Marker Dukes. Would use them as my 1-ski quiver for Western skiing. I mianly gun steep cols & shred tight trees when I'm not sweeping long open turns on the the way to said terrain. A veteran of the days of misery sticks (e.g. Volkl p10 215s), I have no troubles w/ length in the bumps...that said, my current Eastern ski = Volkl supersport allstar in a 168...
I would go with a longer ski. It sounds like you can handle it and it will only help you ski faster and with more confidence!
Can anyone offer a comparision between the...
Can anyone offer a comparision between the old Volkl AC 4's or 40's and this year's Mythic Rider's? I finally returned my Volkl's becasue the Marker bindings they came with were P.O.S., however the skis were excellent! I also ski the Gotama's and am looking for a stiffer ski for the crud and groomers. I am 6-4 205 and skied the AC 4's in a 177 and loved them. Not sure that I could ski the Dynastar's that short...
Great... but not for a one ski quiver
I have the Dynastar 8000 and have skied it in every kind of snow and ice. The Mythic Rider does everything the 8000 does with greater conviction. It is a stiffer ski and skis heavier, hence it demands more of the skier. On trails it skis like a GS ski with great edge hold, but obviously slower edge change and longer arcs. It devours crud, floats pow and handles windslab and crust as well as any ski I've been on. It is NOT a ski for bumps, trees or tight quarters. When I changed midday back to my Legend 8000's, it was like I had nothing on my feet--like skiing blades. The Mythic is a powerful, precise ski in the right hands on the right terrain (read steep and soft and very fast). If you can have only one pair of skis, go for the Legend 8000; it is more forgiving, more adaptable, and easier on the legs.
I'm an eastern skier and I know this ski...
I'm an eastern skier and I know this ski is good for the crud and the hard packed stuff we get out here, but is it also good for tight glades where you have to make quick turns, and hard packed bumps? If not can you recommend a ski that is good for the sort of stuff and is also good in the grommers and crud?
I have this as my everyday ski. It crushes crud and groomers enough to make up for any lack of finesse in the trees or bumps. That being said, I think it can easily handle all but the tightest trees. Even then it still does a good job.If you want something a little softer for the bumps and tight trees, maybe check out the Volkl Bridge, Line Prophet 90, or Atomic Snoop Daddy. But for the variable East coast conditions and groomers, this is your ski.
Great Advanced Ski
I have the 07/08 version of this ski in 172cm. I used them all last season to ski all types of ski terrain in CO (in bounds). I would consider myself an aggressive advanced, but not quite expert skier, I'm 145 lb and 5'9". These are my first pair of "fat" skis and I think they are great.
They float the pow like a dream, absolutely demolish the crud, and ride smooth when you go big on open slopes. I have not had one moment of chatter from them at high speed.
As with any fat ski, they take some getting used to on the tight stuff, especially if you are used to more of a carver ski as I was. I would say that by my third day out on them I was skiing loose with full confidence.
The other item to note is they ARE heavy, which they sorta fib about in the description. If you've skied wood core skis your whole life like me, the weight is no surprise. They are no heavier than my old pair of Dynastars or K2s. Just don't think you're getting a lightweight pair of skis like they make it sound.
In summary: if you are a more advanced skier and want a rock-solid true all-mountain ski...go for it, this ski is excellent! You won't regret the purchase. If you ski groomers all day...save a couple hundred dollars and look elsewhere.