Okay, so there seems to be some disagreement on how hard you have to drive these skis. I'm not what you would describe as a "finesse" skier. I ski hard and I'm about 5'10 190 (41 years old). I should also point out that while I've skied for almost 30 years, I'm from Chicago so I get about 10 days per season, almost exclusively in Vail and Snowmass and usually in March. That said, there really isn't anything I won't or can't ski with varying degrees of success. Double Blacks with deep, icy, bumps, and I'm stop and go. I do most of my skiing in Blue Sky and China Bowl with some front side groomers mixed in to loosen up. When I took a mogul lesson at Snowmass a few seasons ago, I was considered an "8" during evaluation.
I've also worked to shed my old straight ski style and become more of a carver. I still tend to let my skis run too close together, but I'm a quick learner and getting better.
My fear, in just looking at the MRs, is that it appears to be almost a straight ski (to the eye) and I don't want a ski that is too unforgiving. In your opinion, would the Sultan 85 be a better fit? They have them for new, with the PX12 binding, for $499 online. Is there anything else out there that can be had for around $500 new or $300 used that might be a better fit. Or, do you think I can handle the MR?
I thank you all for your help! I'd love to demo skis to help me make a decision, but I don't have that luxury.