Some background. I was skiing Mammoth this weekend, mainly packed down powder that had been skied out with small moguls forming. I ski Volkl Mantra 177's, and am 5'10", 170 wet. Skiing the Mantras was not fun - they were beating the snot out of me, I could not swing them around the moguls and started to think I was the world's worst skier. I had previously really liked the skis in powder and on groomers. So, I demoed a pair of Watea 84s in 176 - what a difference. I felt like I could ski again, was able to turn and ski the bumps with competence. So much fun. I would definitely buy this ski but before I do, I want to know what else I should consider in the same league. Thank you for your input - I am new to this forum and look forward to reading and contributing.