Long time lurker, first time poster looking for some advice....
A little bit about me and what I like to ski. I'm 29 and have been skiing since I was about 6, typically average about 10 days per year on the hill (with a couple of years far in excess of that). I spend 70% of my time in the trees and the rest all over the rest of the mountain. Spend as much time as I can at Jay Peak, and when the snow up there isn't worth the trek I head to Sunday River or Stowe. If anyone know's Andre's Paradise - just a little beyond there is my favorite place in the world - just past the last set of tracks. Oh yes, 6' and 230, give or take.
Anyway, at Thanksgiving last year I picked up a demo pair of Atomic Crimson Crimson Ti's in a 169. I know a lot of people will think that is short, but laid over on their side, they are simply bullet-proof - so long as you can stay forward on them....
Now - my problem is this: I've blown out a good chunk of the edge right under my boot. My local shop did a pretty good job of pushing the edge back in as far as they could and put some epoxy in to help hold, but it is only a matter of time until the edge rips out completely and I am without skis.
If money were no object, I'd just find as many pairs of these as I can and stash them away somewhere. Alas, that is not the case and I do everything I can to find last year's or demo models to ski on.
I've also skied the Volkl AC50 and the Head M88, as well as a couple of other similar mid-fats. I don't remember loving or hating the Heads, but I found the Volkl's to be too damp - I felt like I had to look at the snow under my skis to know what was going on.
My question: what's a non-cap ski that is closest in performance and feel to the Atomic? Other question: anyone have a pair of Ti's they are looking to get rid of?
Appreciate your input on this. I'd like to start gathering knowledge so I know what to try and what to do when I blow them out!