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Looking for my daily driver

Carlsonj8

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Like the title says, I’m looking to get my daily driver ski out west here. Targhee is the home mountain. Trying to choose between the Rustler 10 and Enforcer 104 free. I’m 6’3” 215lbs and like to ski aggressive but also enjoy chilling and messing around all over the mountain. I would same I’m advanced to expert level. Help me out!
 

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Of the two skis you mentioned, I would go for the Enforcer 104 based on how good it felt when I demoed that ski. A versatile charger. You might also consider a Volkl Mantra 102, which had a similar feel to the Enforcer.
 

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The Rustler 10 is a more playful, softer flexing ski, and at your size, even more so. As long as you are a slower to low medium speed skier,
these would work, and their playfulness would be enjoyable.

The Enforcer 104s have the ability to be looser and more playful than the Mantra 102s, as well as having good edgehold,
but not as exceptional edgehold and carve flex as the 102s. Since you are bigger, and would flex the ski more easily,
the 104s would probably not manifest the one problem many folks have with them, that is, that they can feel heavy and
awkward in more difficult crud and in low visibility situations at times.

The Volkl Mantra 102s are just an exceptional all around, daily driver kind of ski, to many: exceptional stability, range of speed,
ease of handling for such a strong crud buster and carver, and with no speed limit. Their one weakness is they have little to no real float
for a ski of that width - good but forgiving carve and crud busting chosen over float, in this case.

If you also have a powder/crud ski, and want that strong daily driver, this would probably be no problem.

The longer length especially of the 102 might be this way for a guy as big as you; but the next shorter size would probably be best
if you are a tree, off piste and mogul skier and thus want to make a lot of turns often; also, this second length might be best for those
"in between" sized turns, as opposed to fast longer turn charging as a frequent or usual, "go to" option.

P.S. The 102s lack the exceptional playfulness of the first two skis, the ones you mentioned liking, though they are surprisingly easy and forgiving
to ski, and thus have a bit of playfulness, for a skier used to carving.
 
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Carlsonj8

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The Rustler 10 is a more playful, softer flexing ski, and at your size, even more so. As long as you are a slower to low medium speed skier,
these would work, and their playfulness would be enjoyable.

The Enforcer 104s have the ability to be looser and more playful than the Mantra 102s, as well as having good edgehold,
but not as exceptional edgehold and carve flex as the 102s. Since you are bigger, and would flex the ski more easily,
the 104s would probably not manifest the one problem many folks have with them, that is, that they can feel heavy and
awkward in more difficult crud and in low visibility situations at times.

The Volkl Mantra 102s are just an exceptional all around, daily driver kind of ski, to many: exceptional stability, range of speed,
ease of handling for such a strong crud buster and carver, and with no speed limit. Their one weakness is they have little to no real float
for a ski of that width - good but forgiving carve and crud busting chosen over float, in this case.

If you also have a powder/crud ski, and want that strong daily driver, this would probably be no problem.

The longer length especially of the 102 might be this way for a guy as big as you; but the next shorter size would probably be best
if you are a tree, off piste and mogul skier and thus want to make a lot of turns often; also, this second length might be best for those
"in between" sized turns, as opposed to fast longer turn charging as a frequent or usual, "go to" option.

P.S. The 102s lack the exceptional playfulness of the first two skis, the ones you mentioned liking, though they are surprisingly easy and forgiving
to ski, and thus have a bit of playfulness, for a skier used to carving.
Awesome! Thanks for the recommendation! I haven’t really checked out the Mantra 102’s. Will definitely look more into those.
 

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If you’re not dead set on 100+, maybe consider the Enforcer 94 which is probably more versatile than the 104 Free.
 

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If you’re not dead set on 100+, maybe consider the Enforcer 94 which is probably more versatile than the 104 Free.
So are you taking the Enforcer 94 into crud as a great ski there? Or doing some off piste mild bumps and skied off afternoon terrain as easily
as the 104 Frees do them? Don't know. I thought the 94 Enforcer would be a bit better carver, but not as playful, and not as good on a new snow day either, nor off piste.

If you had said the Enforcer 100, I could have seen that, but not so sure about the 94.
 

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So are you taking the Enforcer 94 into crud as a great ski there? Or doing some off piste mild bumps and skied off afternoon terrain as easily
as the 104 Frees do them? Don't know. I thought the 94 Enforcer would be a bit better carver, but not as playful, and not as good on a new snow day either, nor off piste.

If you had said the Enforcer 100, I could have seen that, but not so sure about the 94.
The 94 does great in crud. It’s more than satisfactory in a few inches of fresh and enjoyable in bumps. It’s my west coast DD. I ski mostly off piste but, if I have to ski where the machines have ruined the snow, it performs very well. Before buying I was able to try the enforcer 88 and 100. I thought the 94 was notably better overall than either of these. I don’t think there’s anything the 100 can do that the 94 can’t do as well or better. I’m light, 155 lbs, if that matters and not the best skier on the mountain but certainly in the top ten, well, on a slow weekday on a small hill anyway. ;)
 

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Should I go with a Volkl Revolt 95 for $250 or armada arv 96 for 375? Just want a playful ski that can do well everywhere.
May 2 post

I own a pair of Enforcer 104 Free’s and want to broaden my quiver. Should I buy the Armada Declivity 92ti that’s really good on piste and go go off as well or two separate skis such as the rustler 9 for a more playful all mountain ski and a Brahma 82 for more dedicated groomers?
May 2 post
I feel like my ski quiver is too cluttered. Need help in decided on what ski to drop and maybe potentially pick up something that will add to my quiver. These are the skis I own:
Armada x Oyuki 106 UL 2024
Nordica 104 Free 2023
Armada ARV 96
Armada Declivity 92ti 2023
May 3rd post


I own the Blizzard Rustler 9, Rustler 10 and Bonafide. Looking to get a dedicated POW ski to add to the quiver. Looking at two in particular. Should I add onto the Blizzard family and get a Rustler 11 or go for the 2023 Armada 116 JJ?
May 15 post

Trying to choose between the Rustler 10 and Enforcer 104 free
Last Friday post


Like everyone on here, I love gear and helping people decide on new equipment they may be interested in but there seems to be discrepancies in these posts.
You’re asking about 2 pairs of skis you already supposedly own in the last post.

Are you buying every ski in sight and then asking about them after the fact without even skiing any of them? Kinda useless for others to recommend skis to you until you demo the ones you apparently own and form some preferences.
 

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