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Which skis? Head Total Joy, Rossi Exp 84, Dynastar Legend 84?

bomomo

Diva in Training
#1
Hi Ladies!

I am new to this forum but excited to have found it. I've been debating on what skis to get and would like some suggestions.

A bit about me:
I am 5'5, 130lb, Canadian West Cost Skier.
I think I am about an advanced intermediate, can do blacks, but mostly enjoy blue runs.
I currently ski on a pair of 2013 Rossi W S7 which has been terrific for off piste but I am looking for something I can take to groom runs more. Also something that's lighter and easier to improve my technique.

Currently I am eyeing the 2020 Head Total Joy W, 2021 Rossi Experience 80 ci W, and Dynastar Legend 84 W.
I was wondering if anyone has skied on these to give me some tips on which one to buy? Price isn't a huge concern, but Dynastar legend does seem quite a bit cheaper compared to the other two. I am also open to other recommendations as well.
 

scandium

Certified Ski Diva
#2
I think the Experience 80 might be too soft/beginner oriented a ski, the Experience 84 Al would be better, is perfectly fine on groomers and turns very easily. I've heard the Joy series are polarizing - so would definitely demo first! I think the Experience skis similarly to the Volkl Yumi and Nordica Astral, so those could be something to add to a demo list
 

Jilly

Moderator
Staff member
#3
I would up the Experience to the 84 too. I'm not a fan of the Head Joy's, but that's me. Not sure where you're skiing and if any demo's are available. We haven't had any here in the east this season.
 
#4
I was on the Experience 80 last season as a rental and wasn't a fan. No ability to handle crud, not very stable at speed, and chattered a lot. I don't know I'd describe it as "soft"; if anything the ones I were on felt incredibly stiff compared to the Ripsticks I'm on now.
 

bomomo

Diva in Training
#5
thanks for the feedbacks!
I am skiing in Vancouver and mostly local mountains like Cypress.

I'll look up the Rossi 84 AI too, I don't think I saw it at the shop I was looking at but will check a few other sites.
 

MrsPlow

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#6
Maybe consider the Blizzard Sheeva 9 as well - I have the Rustler 10 (same ski, just the men's version) and have my eye on the 9's for a ~90 underfoot ski. Bit fatter than the skis you've mentioned here but the 10's are super fun and hold an edge nicely; other divas rave about the 9's, so I'm keen to try them for those times when it hasn't snowed in a while. I find that they allow me to push them hard when I want to, but don't punish me when I'm tired or just skiing plain badly. They seem to reward good skiing without demanding it.
 

kiki

Angel Diva
#8
Welcome @bomomo !
I too ski the NS mountains, happy to find another Westcoaster!
I’m a bit shorter and heavier than you, but I can imagine the S7 is better at whistler than on the NS groomers esp on icy days. It is a tough call to find something that will work on heavy churned up powder when we get it and also on ice days. I would definitely not go narrower than 80. I ski the Renoun z-90 which is great at WB but I find not always optimal on the NS groomers, if I was picking a ski for the NS specifically I’d go narrower than 90. That 84 range you mention sounds just right.
 

bomomo

Diva in Training
#9
Welcome @bomomo !
I too ski the NS mountains, happy to find another Westcoaster!
I’m a bit shorter and heavier than you, but I can imagine the S7 is better at whistler than on the NS groomers esp on icy days. It is a tough call to find something that will work on heavy churned up powder when we get it and also on ice days. I would definitely not go narrower than 80. I ski the Renoun z-90 which is great at WB but I find not always optimal on the NS groomers, if I was picking a ski for the NS specifically I’d go narrower than 90. That 84 range you mention sounds just right.
Hi @kiki!

Excited to meet another NS mountain skier!
You're definitely right, the S7 is great for whistler, but I've been staying local a lot more especially with the current situation and skiing them here has been a little tough. During the icy days I find I really need something more grippy for these groomed run, and so have been trying to look for something between 80 - 90mm range.

Are you aware of any shops (beside the selection on the mountains) where we can rent a pair of performance skis to test out?
 

kiki

Angel Diva
#10
No I haven’t found any local demos spots. I’ve gone to WB when I needed to demo. The other thing I’ve done is buy skis based on reviews and if I don’t like them sell on Craigslist. Did that for at least 3 prs lol!
 

scandium

Certified Ski Diva
#11
No I haven’t found any local demos spots. I’ve gone to WB when I needed to demo. The other thing I’ve done is buy skis based on reviews and if I don’t like them sell on Craigslist. Did that for at least 3 prs lol!
Did you work out what you do/don't like in your skis? Knowing what you dislike is just as important as what you like!

Edit: just noticed you aren't the original person ski hunting - d'oh. I'm guessing you have found your pair(s) by now
 

scandium

Certified Ski Diva
#13
Good advice @scandium !
@bomomo needs a frontside carver that can also handle days with heavy wet snow, preferably in a mid 80s width, any suggestions?
Aside from the other suggestions, maybe the Nordica Santa Ana 88 (assuming that frontside carver = damper/chargier ski rather than playful). I've only demoed the 93 myself, but the SA 88 seems like it might offer the right balance as opposed to a more frontside ski like the Astral line. Black Pearl 88 is also very popular, and I believe has been stiffened up in the most recent iteration.
 

contesstant

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#14
Aside from the other suggestions, maybe the Nordica Santa Ana 88 (assuming that frontside carver = damper/chargier ski rather than playful). I've only demoed the 93 myself, but the SA 88 seems like it might offer the right balance as opposed to a more frontside ski like the Astral line. Black Pearl 88 is also very popular, and I believe has been stiffened up in the most recent iteration.
The Santa Ana 88 is a very playful ski. They aren't as damp this year as the 2020s were, which were equally as playful IMO. I'm kind of sad that I didn't keep my 2020s, as I preferred their feel in crud. That being said, the 2021s are IMO a very playful ski. The tails release incredibly easily, and the tips don't get "caught" and force you into a turn if you make a mistake. They actually are a great option for the OP, and she might find herself skiing them even on powder days more than she thinks she would. She and I are very similar stats.
 

Lyzzyski

Diva in Training
#15
I have a similar history but older lol gave up my beloved Rossi Bandit 3 for the Head Total Joys. Skiing on them for first time now.beautiful carvers tried a bit of bumps easy ones NOT my forte but I did pretty well compared to my past attempts. Amazing easy fun fast when allowed. Confidence inspiring My skiing is already improved .
 

skisenyc

Diva in Training
#17
Hi Ladies!

I am new to this forum but excited to have found it. I've been debating on what skis to get and would like some suggestions.

A bit about me:
I am 5'5, 130lb, Canadian West Cost Skier.
I think I am about an advanced intermediate, can do blacks, but mostly enjoy blue runs.
I currently ski on a pair of 2013 Rossi W S7 which has been terrific for off piste but I am looking for something I can take to groom runs more. Also something that's lighter and easier to improve my technique.

Currently I am eyeing the 2020 Head Total Joy W, 2021 Rossi Experience 80 ci W, and Dynastar Legend 84 W.
I was wondering if anyone has skied on these to give me some tips on which one to buy? Price isn't a huge concern, but Dynastar legend does seem quite a bit cheaper compared to the other two. I am also open to other recommendations as well.
Also adv. intermediate here. I've been skiing on a pair of 2020 Head Total Joys for 2 seasons. I simply LOVE them. Bought them on a whim after reading a lovely review from a fellow ski diva. If you have specific questions, ask away. They are fantastic on ice & crud, and agile on fresh powder. Huge fan.
 

bomomo

Diva in Training
#18
Also adv. intermediate here. I've been skiing on a pair of 2020 Head Total Joys for 2 seasons. I simply LOVE them. Bought them on a whim after reading a lovely review from a fellow ski diva. If you have specific questions, ask away. They are fantastic on ice & crud, and agile on fresh powder. Huge fan.
Hi @skisenyc
Thanks for reaching out!

I was actually wondering what size did you get yours? I've been reading mixed reviews. Some find the board a little lacking "power" if that's the right word. How do you find them? and where do you normally ski?
 
#19
Hi Ladies!

I am new to this forum but excited to have found it. I've been debating on what skis to get and would like some suggestions.

A bit about me:
I am 5'5, 130lb, Canadian West Cost Skier.
I think I am about an advanced intermediate, can do blacks, but mostly enjoy blue runs.
I currently ski on a pair of 2013 Rossi W S7 which has been terrific for off piste but I am looking for something I can take to groom runs more. Also something that's lighter and easier to improve my technique.

Currently I am eyeing the 2020 Head Total Joy W, 2021 Rossi Experience 80 ci W, and Dynastar Legend 84 W.
I was wondering if anyone has skied on these to give me some tips on which one to buy? Price isn't a huge concern, but Dynastar legend does seem quite a bit cheaper compared to the other two. I am also open to other recommendations as well.
Adding another upvote for the Head Total Joys. I bought the 2017s used last year after loving them as a rental and I've continued to be incredibly happy with them. I'm about your same height/weight, also West Coast, and I've taken them down multiple Tahoe runs in varying conditions and generally loved them. Not so great in crud/powder but I chalk that up to me not knowing how to ski those conditions. I think my length is 153 (I think) if that helps.
 

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