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Greeneee

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I'm looking for a narrow edition to my quiver. And from a lot of review and forum trawling I think one of these two options may be the right choice:
- Fischer curv DTX (2021 - my price range)
- Head e.Rally (not sure how the models differ year to year since they changed from 'i' to 'e').

Current skis:
- Scott Slight 93 (2018)
- Bent Chetler 120 (2020)

My info:
180cm 72kg 25yo, buying in the UK.
Skiing since I was 4, qualified level 2 instructor in Japan (Scott's used for exams and teaching), season in France 2020 doing tech work and noticed a drop in my technical skiing. I'm hopefully heading to AUS next season to get lvl 3, but have another season in France coming up, so I'm looking for a piste performance ski that'll allow me to access that bit of extra umph and keep working on my technical ability.

Similarly to a teaching season, I'll mostly be skiing with people who don't ski at my level and so spend a lot of time on easier terrain and so I'd like the ski to be able to meander about and be able to relax a little at lesser speeds whilst also having the ability to exercise lots of turn shapes and rip it when I'm feeling it!

I hope there's not too many oxymoronic specifics I'm asking for

I've looked at and used high end skis (rossi hero elites) and whilst I think I can handle them, they're too demanding/heavy for all day skiing with some ripping and some relaxing.

If you can think of any other skis then please recommend away.

** I've also looked at dps cassiar 79 as they seem like my type of ski, but I can't find them for sale anywhere rn. I like the idea of simple construction, like the scotts' wood and carbon simplicity is just amazing to ski.
 

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Head e.Magnum or e.Rally, Stöckli SC or AX, Nordica Spitfire, Blizzard Thunderbird, and others of that ilk all seem like they would offer what you want.
 

Andy Mink

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Welcome!
I've also looked at dps cassiar 79
Unfortunately DPS discontinued the fine 79. Another one to look into is the Blossom N°1 SC (shorter radius) or RC (a bit longer radius). The Blossom AM77, previously known as the White Out. The AM77 has characteristic reminiscent of the DPS 79 but maybe a bit wider envelope.
 

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I have the Fischer Curv DTX in 178cm and I use it for coaching a youth ski race team. It works great for doing drills and is not a very demanding ski. It carves really well, in 178cm it is in the cheater GS category for turn shape. The next size down will be closer to a SL turn shape. It is very light and springy, so not tiring to ski all day. For something with that much edge grip, it is amazing light on your feet feeling. Its not race ski stiff, so its bendable into tight turns. It also has a variable radius, so press on the tips for shorter turns, keep weight more centered for longer turns. The Factory tune on the ski stopped short of the widest point near the shovel and I had to extend the tune toward the tip some more. That really improved the carving, so check that if you get the ski.

Other guys I coach with use the head rally and they ski really well also. You have two good options in my opinion.
 

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Head added their Energy Management Circuit last year and claim better vibration damping, thus the e- prefix. My e- heads don't damp vibration any better than my Stöckli Laser AX which is gimmick free.
 
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Greeneee

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I have the Fischer Curv DTX in 178cm and I use it for coaching a youth ski race team. It works great for doing drills and is not a very demanding ski. It carves really well, in 178cm it is in the cheater GS category for turn shape. The next size down will be closer to a SL turn shape. It is very light and springy, so not tiring to ski all day. For something with that much edge grip, it is amazing light on your feet feeling. Its not race ski stiff, so its bendable into tight turns. It also has a variable radius, so press on the tips for shorter turns, keep weight more centered for longer turns. The Factory tune on the ski stopped short of the widest point near the shovel and I had to extend the tune toward the tip some more. That really improved the carving, so check that if you get the ski.

Other guys I coach with use the head rally and they ski really well also. You have two good options in my opinion.

Thanks for the feedback, it's all helpful. I always get stuck in the researching skis phase before a season haha

But I'll maybe look to try these two out if I can find somewhere that stocks them once I'm out in France.

Thanks!
 

DocGKR

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Good write up! I definitely find my 177 i.Rally to be a better ski on-piste and for carving with a higher speed limit than my 177 e.Rally, although the e.Rally is better in soft snow and off-piste, as well as being more forgiving. Neither offer the quickness, rebound energy, or higher speed capability of something like the Rebel e.Race.
 
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