Best and most comprehensive on line ski reviews?

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  1. Annabuzzy

    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture
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    Does such a thing exist? Any favourites? I used to read the US reviews but you had the sneaking suspicion they were infected by advertiser bias, tester preferences, bad tuning and fads . Maybe the best of the bunch? Anyway , I refuse to buy a US $5 magazine for $20 here, or near enough.

    Preferences?

    Any European ones converted to English?
     
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    http://blistergearreview.com/

    Funny you say this - I currently have 4 tabs open from that site right now. I frequently direct prospective customers there who are looking for unbiased advice.
     
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    Expertskier.com
     
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    As Carveman said, Blister are great.

    Also some info on other forums such as Epic Ski and TGR, but can involve a lot of trawling through threads for info and not necessarily always unbiased either.
     
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    earnyourturns and wildsnow are also worth a squiz.
     
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    You can buy digital editions of most decent ski mags super cheap, via online newsagency portals like Zinio. Backcountry Mag, Ski Mag etc all publish big annual equipment reviews & ratings - but nothing as comprehensive as those on eg the blistergear site. Problem with blistergear, wildsnow et al is their reviews only cover a fraction of what's on the market
     
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    BC mag is worth a look but their reviews are brief. You don't get enough of the reasoning behind their ratings. Every tool involves trade-offs and the selection process is one of deciding which you can and can't live with.
     
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    Seams to be a very obvious connection between Blister, aussier skier and a specific ski in the one ski quiver review
     
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    To answer my own question realskiers.com do a subscription on line review which is pretty comprehensive. It's run by Jackson Hogen who has coordinated reviews for most of the U.S. Ski mags. He has a strong bias to race and technical skis, but also heavily features all mountain and powder skis. Where they draw a line appears to be touring - they just don't do it.

    It hasn't got the detailed reviews of blister gear but it has a lot more breadth, and individual skier bias is somewhat addressed by the depth of the reviewer pool.
     
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    My personal experience..... online reviews are very subjective. They are really only of worth is you find a knowledgeable skier who likes skis that you have also liked and described those skis in terms that you are familiar with.
     
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    Martin Bells reviews on Telegraph.co.uk
     
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    Andy Lewicky's on lift reviews crack me up.........................

     
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    Aint he a pisser ? ROFL
     
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    Found some reviews of 2016 skis at Realskiers. Includes reviews of some carving models too which may suit some Oz skiers who don't venture too far from the groomers
    http://www.realskiers.com/index.html
     
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    its a case of buyer beware - my mate started a small vineyard in WA (during the peak several years ago) within 12 months he had several 'articles' in the wine press talking up his new venture. Essentially cash for comment. Not necessarily inaccurate but you do need to look beyond one or two magazine write ups.
    Skis that keep getting produced year after year with a simple update in the graphics usually indicates that the ski works and people are buying it in IMHO
     
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    Except with K2 - they seem to have no problem killing off a winner to bring in new tech. IMO they gamble a bit too much there.
     
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    Looks like it's now paywalled.
     
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    Not all of it
     
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    I just ring Carveman.
     
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    My mate Andy does it again.......................along with the review and the atomic girl, tells it how it is at Copper Mt. Classic.
     
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    He's not very good is he? Everyone knows Copper is the best mountain in the universe :p
    Fancy saying Mammoth is better :rolleyes:
     
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    All the aforementioned are great sites. Just be aware of the area of emphasis of each site - don't go to Blister for ideas on ski mountaineering, and don't go to Wildsnow expecting advice on beefy freeride gear.

    This site is also a great one for the touring inclined: http://coldthistle.blogspot.com.au/
     
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    I'll give you an honest ski review.ROFL
     
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    Overall the Blister reviews can be a bit inclined to push you wider, longer, stiffer. They all assume that you're a 25 year old 100kg College football player, but that's America overall, lots of focus on brawn rather than touch.

    I find it a bit weird that they differentiate between the same ski in different lengths. Just cos mr gorilla likes the 190 doesn't mean that it will work for a 70kg 170cm skier even if they're a true expert.
     
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    Yes, it's interesting...

    Having lost 9kg over the last 8 months, I notice that my stiffer skis seem stiffer now than they were before!!!
    But it does mean that factors such as length & stiffness are important parameters that you should look at with a specific review (with a specific length. Since it's often the case that longer skis of the same type are also stiffer)
     
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    To be honest, IMHO ski reviews are only useful as an initial resource. At the end of the day it's the ski that suits your skiing ability, terrain choice, ski location and physical dimensions which is the best ski (for you).
    Put the wrong person on the best ski in the world and it's a shite ski.
     
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    LOL FIFY (I mean FIFM)
     
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    Don't be so self depreciating.

    Or is that just an honest appraisal:eek:
     
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    Yes absolutely, but just like in the supermarket where there's lines for the automated checkout & cashiers waving for attention, there's a bloc of buyers who want to start & finish their research and sales online. They are committed online buyers and they are actually quite passionate about it.

    For these people, online reviews and sites like Blister carry a huge amount of weight.
     
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    Yes CM I understand that. You know my position on this. If you're serious about your skiing or serious about progressing your skiing, walk through the door of your ski shop. Pick up the ski, feel it, caress it, flex it, twist it & ask plenty of questions or actually, I should say, answer plenty of questions from the sales person. Provide honest feedback and hopefully end up with the right ski. I imagine that's why you invested in your retail space, is it not?

    That being said there's no reason why you couldn't or can't do this online, obviously it's doable but will you achieve the best fit.

    It's getting harder and harder to get an honest unbiased online or in-print review these days. The lines are blurring even more.
     
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    I'm still a beginner LOL
     
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    Gareth, keep your progression moving in the right direction and cast off that evil snowboard. Walk into the light and free your legs. Your journey has begun. Onward & upward.
    Who knows, one day you may reach the exalted status known as "Tele". It's only for the enlightened. I can't make it due to many, many previous indiscretions.
     
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    Ya know I have been told more bull in ski shops than just about anywhere else. So going into a retail shop where it is:
    • your female so you know nothing
    • your older so you know even more nothing
    • based on the 2 facts above we will recommend beginner skis
    • we're sales staff so we only know what we have been told to tell customers
    • and we will tell you to get this year's model with the pretty decals
    is an incredibly frustrating experience.

    I know I can do all the work of finding out about skis but it would be really nice to be able find a website that told what all the different aspects of skis were, what effect they have on how a ski behaves and then had tables of those characteristics for the current skis.
     
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    I've lost 14kg and still looking to go down yet, so I'm not sure what I am in for, or even whether I can go, since my stroke. Might end up selling it all.
    (No, sorry Whitey, I haven't called your partner yet about the gear she has. Life keeps getting in the way.)
     
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    Nooooo! I am sure we can find a way for you to still ski. First place to look for some info is on the DWA website.
     
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    Sometimes, if you talk to the right person, at the right shop, but most of the sales person hasn't skied on the ski they are selling. Which is why the big manufacturers put so much money in bullshit tech to create product differentiation on the ski rack, rather than when the ski is being skied. Damn Hostage Plates.
     
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    Yeah true but then again not much really changes in many manufacturers skis apart from the top-sheets, so if they skied the model 2 years ago well .....
     
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    Irritate the place at your resort that does demos! I paid $X (can't remember) to have a demo day - involved many changes of skis to try. Ones I thought would suit ended up being great at tracking but too heavy for a fun all day ski. Ended up with a pair that I loved, as I skied them in real conditions - ie everything from dry to slushy and knew they worked for me. Then got the $X off the buy price - I believe cars are sold with a test drive too these days ;-)
     
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    I started this god knows how long ago but I now think the best reviews on-line are:

    Real skiers (www.realskiers.com) - very much alpine skiing focused but very comprehensive.

    On the snow (www.onthesnow.com). I think it's an offshoot of epic ski website. Pretty comprehensive range of reviews though.

    Blister great review. More backcountry focused, relies more on impressions of only one or two testers, but more depth to reviews.
     
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    Your not worthy !
     
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    Surprised no-one has mentioned http://forum.pugski.com/ in all that time.

     
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    Try SkiProGuru, they specialize on running database of skiers (alpine, cross-country, biathlon) and their equipment, to get the info which brands is most used by ski pros and they do also reviews e.g. this best ski gloves guide