Skis choices for heavier guy

Betaracer

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@Betaracer do you think I would notice much difference between the Maverick 95 and the Maverick 100? I think the 95 would do a little better on trail while the 100 would be a little better off trail. I guess my biggest question is, do you think I would really even notice the difference in width between the two? Also do you think I would be able to tell much difference between 180cm and 188 in length? Thanks.
You will notice the length difference between the 180 and 188. For me, the 95 is more versatile than the 100; it skis more playful. 5mm isn't a big difference, but I could feel it on firmer snow, less on soft snow.
 

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Hi, I'm 40 years old 6'0 and 250 pounds. I've been skiing for the last couple of years after a 16 year break. I am currently skiing on a pair of 176cm Elan Amphibio 84 Ti's. I live in Pocatello, Idaho ( 2 hours straight north of SLC on I-15) so I ski at Pebble Creek and Pomerelle Mountain. Targhee, Jackson and all the UT resorts are all within 2.5 hours of me . I ski with my 4 kids who range in age from 8-16, so I cover all kinds of terrain. I spend time on the groomed runs and off trail in the trees, etc. Since my current skis are on the narrow side, so I sink quite a bit when I'm off in the trees. I was looking at all mountain skis like the Atomic Maverick and the Elan Ripstick. Will these 2 skis be pretty comparable to each other? I'm also not sure if there would be much difference between the Maverick 95's and the 100's as well as the Ripstick 96 vs 106 for width. I'm thinking about getting 180 cm skis in length. Are there any other skis that might suit me better? I can get a brand new pair of Maverick 100 ti's with Tyrolia Attack 14 bindings for $500 and the Ripstick 96 with the same bindings for $550. Any insight or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
6’2” 240lbs here. I recommend Nordica enforcer 94, volkl mantra m6, and enforcer unleashed 98. I got the latter 2 in 184 and 186. I probably should have gone for 191 for mantra. I haven’t skiied maverick 95 but the spec sheet looks like it will be kind of soft for heavier people. You can’t go wrong with enforcers. Many older folks like skinnier skis than what I like, so demo them before you buy them if you’re not sure.
 

Betaracer

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Flex along the length is only one criteria when choosing a ski. How it flexes is much more important. The stiff shovel of the common 'stiff' skis requires a very stiff waist and tail. Why? Because these skis can't engage a shovel flex in softer conditions and instead plow until enough resistance is encountered to initiate the carve. Instead most skiers start a pivoted/scrubbed turn which leads to chatter, ultimately controlled by the stiff waist. The Maverick's softer (comparatively to the other brands, but not 'soft' soft by any means) tip engages easier helping the carve initiation followed by the sidecut. I haven't been limited by the lighter weight, shape, and flex pattern of the Maverick 95.
LOFT usually requires more demanding skis that can't be used fully.
 
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