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Charlie Alvarez

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Charlie Alvarez

Charlie Alvarez wrote a review of on December 30, 2012

Killer ski
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

So I have been on a 93 mm ski for the last three ski seasons. I loved the versatility of that ski, but wanted something a little fatter to better handle the skiing I love most, which is in the soft stuff out west. I was expecting to lose some performance on-piste, but was proven wrong when I used them for the first time on my local Minnesota hill. Keep in mind that the runs are short, but I was able to carve just as hard and fast as with my 93 mm skis. It held a solid edge, and the ski was incredibly quick edge to edge. I was sold after the first run, and for the first time in a while I had a blast on a Minnesota hill. I may actually go out one more time before I head to Whistler in January. Can't wait to try them in the soft stuff, but I am confident they will handle those conditions like a champ. I will update when I get to ski more variable conditions.

Definitely listen when people say "size-up." Coming from a 176 cm length ski and being 5'9" and 165 lbs, I thought the 184 could be a bit long. Turns felt effortless with that length and I would not want to ski anything shorter. If you are anywhere near my size or bigger, go 184.

Update: skied four days in Whistler and the ski performed in every condition. I won't expand, but all the other reviews sum it up well. Great ski for any condition. Still shocked by the carving ability for a 108mm ski.

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Charlie Alvarez

Charlie Alvarez wrote a question about on October 15, 2012

Was about to buy the K2 Kung Fujas but think maybe I want a bit more width for my one ski quiver. Will be skiing Colorado and Seattle ski areas in the pow, bumps, trees, pretty much everything. Am considering these and also the Salomon Rocker 2 108. Would you pick these over the K2 Kung Fujas or Rocker 2s, and if so, which size? 5'9", 165 lbs, advanced skier. Thinking 178 or 184.

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Charlie Alvarez wrote a question about on July 10, 2012

Anyone have suggestions on this ski versus the Volkl Gotama? Looking for all mountain performance, oriented more towards powder skiing. I ski a lot of trees and bowls, also like bumps. Want to step up my performance this year, so not sure what would be better. Thanks.

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Charlie Alvarez wrote a question about on July 9, 2012

Currently ski 176 Atomic Snoops and and will be skiing trees, bumps, and pow, mostly in CO and PNW. Looking for a ski that will handle anything except the very hard hard-pack. I ski anything, but doesn't always look pretty. I'm considering buying these but not sure if the 178 will be long enough. Should I try and find a 186 on a different site or go with the 178 here? Also considering Kung Fujas, and Salomon Shoguns or Czars. Suggestions? 5' 9" 165 lbs.

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Charlie Alvarez

Charlie Alvarez wrote a question about on July 9, 2012

Currently ski 176 Atomic Snoops and and will be skiing trees, bumps, and pow, mostly in CO and PNW. Looking for a ski that will handle anything except the very hard hard-pack. I ski anything, but doesn't always look pretty. I'm considering buying these but not sure if the 178 will be long enough. Should I try and find a 186 on a different site or go with the 178 here? Also considering Kung Fujas, and Salomon Shoguns or Czars. Suggestions? 5' 9" 165 lbs.

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Charlie Alvarez wrote a question about on August 13, 2010

I am looking for a wider ski this year. Skiing mostly Summit Co, CO. Currently ski last year's Atomic Snoops. I like them a ton, but looking for more powder float. I just don't want to lose much of the all-mountain versatility I have with the snoops. I live for the powder and glades, but really like to ski the bumps at least a few runs a day. I also like groomers, but from what I've read these will handle the groomed just fine.

Two questions:

First, what size should I get? I'm 5'9" 165 lbs, and an advanced skier. The 176 Snoops are perfect length for me as they are pretty stable at speeds and easy to turn in bumps and trees. Will the 182 be pretty comparable in length because of the rocker? How will they fair in the bumps?

Second, any other recommendations for an everyday ski? I've been looking at the Gotama, Mantra, K2 Obsethed, and Line Prophet 100. Any advice would be great.

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Charlie Alvarez wrote a question about on July 31, 2010

I want this ski! I've heard so much about this ski, now I'm just debating over which size to get. I will be using the ski as an everyday ski. I'll be skiing everything on this ski including glades, bumps, powder, and groomers. I ride the Atomic Snoop right now at 176. Because of the reverse camber, should I go up to 186, or should the 178s be long enough? 5'9" and 165lbs. Any help would be great.

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Charlie Alvarez wrote a question about on January 6, 2010

Any idea on bindings for this ski that are not too expensive? How would the PX 12 Lifter Wide Ski Binding be? Any other suggestions?

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Charlie Alvarez

Charlie Alvarez wrote a question about on January 4, 2010

I'm looking for an all mountain ski that can float well in the powder, turn in tight trees and bumps, and also feel stable at speed. I am looking at this ski, the line prophet 90, and the Atomic Snoop Daddy. Any suggestions on which ski would be best, or any other possible fits? I'm an advanced skier, and 5'9", 175 pounds.

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Charlie Alvarez wrote a question about on October 24, 2008

Hi, I consider myself an advanced skiier as I ski almost any terrain (haven't done much backcountry) but I only ski about 10 days a year and am most definitely not an expert. Will the 110 flex in this boot be too much for me? I have never had a good pair of boots, and in the past I have ridden pretty soft ones.

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