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  1. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by cinnepa View Post
    Liked the 96 so much I'm grabbing the 90 as well....suprise of the year for me.
    I was a CC purchase away from doing the same (but getting 96's since I have 90's), but decided on the Nordica Soul Rider 97, as I wanted something just a bit more playful, and was really enjoying them as tele boards, so I duplicated them in the alpine quiver. To be fair, I have no doubt that some Stance 96's will be in my future quiver however...

    Slowroastin - the Stance is a ski that skis pretty true to length, so I would try to demo if you can. I'm glad I went with the 182cm in the 90 and I'm 6', 195# without gear. They have no problems being ridden hard and show no signs of being overpowered. Knowing that, I'm definitely in the NO camp as far as sizing up.
    Gravity. It's the law.

  2. #27
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    ^^^^agree on sizing.

  3. #28
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    How do these compare to say an enforcer 100?

  4. #29
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    I personally like the stance 102 in 183 more than the E100 in 186. E100 is versatile, but I kind of view the stance as cross between the E100 and E104, if that makes sense. If you have good technique I think its just as maneuverable as the E104 in bumps and trees, while also being able to ďchargeĒ as well as the E100. Itís also a better floated than the E100. Also, the graphics are way cooler in the stance line IMHO. E100 is a more energetic carver (get more energy from the tail out of turns).

    I think the stance 102 in 183 is like a slightly toned down, more maneuverable, more woody feeling Mantra 102 (184), with a less metallic feel and more rocker. Really like the ski.

  5. #30
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    Jan 2021
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    You want the mantra 102. Itís a hattori Hanzo, even on NE ice and refrozen crud. First time i got on them, it had been under 0 degrees for a few days and was windswept with no new snow so super firm and icy. I laid some of the best trenches Iíve ever made and had a 50 ft high trail of cold smoke behind me. Like nothing Iíve ever experienced. I thought I should give them away or Iím going to kill myself, but there was absolutely zero chance of that. After a few days, realized theyíre incredibly versatile and can be skied at slower speeds, great in trees and bumps (I sized down to 177), blast through heavy wet snow just as well as they blast through everything else. Only very minor complaint is that sometimes I donít enjoy the metallic feel, but I donít notice it now unless itís super cold (prefer the feel/sound of the bonafide 97, for example, which is also an unbelievably good ski).

    One thing about the 102 - it is stiff throughout, but has nice flex - itís sort of more inclined to flex in the middle (bend in half) rather than just at the tip. I think its how they get it to be so unflappably secure at ridiculously high speeds but also feel forgiving. Love these skis in big tight bumps (again, I sized down).

  6. #31
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    Nov 2003
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    new ski, but has anyone tried the Praxis Slugger yet, 102 mm as well, and looks to have less tip rocker length
    I/ve only skied my GPO's for the last 5-6 years. so looking for something in the low to mid-100's waist width.
    Aggressive in my own mind

  7. #32
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    Just picked up the stance 102 in the 190 length. They did not have as much tail rocker as I expected. The tip rocker is interesting, it is kinda low and long. I was thinking about mounting them at +2 because 190 is on the long side for me. Has anymore played with the mounting point on these?

  8. #33
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    The rocker profile of this is the inverse of a mullet: party in the front, all business in the back. The tips want to slide, smear, pivot, slarve, whatever, but the tails don't like to do anything but carve. I think the ski could use a little less tip rocker, or a little more tail rocker, but as it is now, it feels unbalanced because the "personalities" of the tips and tails are so different.
    I remember a bottomless freedom...

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