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  1. #1
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    Aug 2016
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    M5, Masterblaster, or Commander 98

    I'm looking for ski recommendations in the 95-98mm width range, and I'd welcome your feedback.

    A little about me. I'm 38, with 34 years of skiing experience. I'm 6' tall and weigh 190 lbs. I ski in Tahoe (Kirkwood and Heavenly), and I'm looking for a ski to handle the typical firm snow conditions that Tahoe had before the 1/16/20 storm. I generally ski in the 25-40 mph range, include a variety of turn shapes, and ski the whole mountain: bumps, groomers/hard pack, crud, etc. Current quiver is the 18/19 Commander 108 @ 188cm (feels long; a lot of ski to get through big icy bumps) and the 19/20 Commander 116 @ 184cm.

    I'd like a ski that's quick, yet stable, great edge, and that can pivot/snake through bumps. I've identified the three potential choices in the subject, and welcome any feedback or other suggestions.

  2. #2
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    I got a pair of 187 MBs this season looking for something similar, and so far I'm really happy with them, after 6 or 7 days on them. I'm recovering from a knee injury and not at full charge yet unfortunately, but they're a really good blend of damp, stable, and pivoty. Definitely not the strongest edge hold in the class (but that's largely in conflict with the pivoty part, and they strike a balance that I like). I haven't skied the other two though so I can't really help on comparisons.

    I'm 6', 165-170, and ski in the PNW.

  3. #3
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    Jan 2013
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    Down SD95!

  4. #4
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    Can only comment on the Masterblasters - I had the 181 out east and am around your size and use profile. I found them incredibly easy to use and very damp. If you think of them overall as being slightly heavier, less traditional Nordica Enforcers I think youíd be close to correct about how they ski.

    Iíd tend to guess they are the ďeasiestĒ of the skis you listed and least stable. I passed mine along because I was looking for more ski in a possibly less user friendly package.

    Mantra M5 has been surprisingly hard to find a demo of in an appropriate size for me. Iím pretty excited about the 102 for the use case youíre describing fwiw. I think itís dramatically more traditional and locked in feeling with a way further back mount point though.

    You have infinitely more experience with the Commander line than I do, but Iíd guess itís in the middle of the J ski and Mantra on pivots vs. edge hold and centered versus traditional stance. Do you like the 118 and 108 and think a narrower version would do what you want here? What do you think of the 118 by the way?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
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    I was in the same market. I've skied the Mantra and the Commander 98, but not the Masterblaster.

    Mantra was a great ski, but not as playful as I like. Commander is lighter than both the other skis and you will feel it.

    I ended up loving the Mindbender 99 Ti, and think it should be added to your list. Good balance of speed, playfulness and stability.

  6. #6
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    Iím about to cut some CMD98íz loose to make room in the quiver.

    PM if interested.

  7. #7
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    Iíve got some undrilled 18/19 178cm Commander 98s if youíre interested. I havenít skied them but Iíve got buddies who seem to really like them for low tide usage.

  8. #8
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    Aug 2016
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    San Jose, CA
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    Thanks for the info! Sent messages to MegaStoke and Iripon.

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