Originally Posted by IanSki
Still looking for the right ski without going to demo route.....
I need an all mountain ski for an advanced skier. Only skiing out west. I am looking for a ski that works well in most western ski conditions. I will predominantly be on piste and do like the courderoy. I have Kastle MX - 88 which I love but I want a lighter more forgiving ski with a touch more flex that can also make some nice gs turns.....I basically want to go from a Porsche down to a BMW 7 series.
Fischer Watea 84 or Motive 84,
Dynastar Sultan 85,
Stockli Stormrider VXL
I would consider anything ~ 78 - 85 underfoot
I haven't skied the BMX, so I will steer clear of that conversation. However, I can shed some light on the other skis.
Watea 84: quite off-piste oriented in feel, light on the snow, good float, versatile. Nothing like the MX88
Motive 84: a bit beefier, snappier, a more exciting groomer ski, still great off-piste, has a bit of the race-bred feel to it
Sultan 85: much more damp, not as refined as the MX88, has a lower top end and also can go slower when putting along. Easy, likes to arc small turns, versatile, goes anywhere
K2 Rictor: probably the least substantial of the above, damp, quite a bit of energy, not the best edgehold, skis short, probably the most intermediate-friendly
VXL; similar quality to the Kastle, probably better for light skiers, similar performance, quite a bit softer at the tip, a very special ski. Great choice for an MX88 lite.
Apex: a little lighter, snappier, great in bumps, a bigger turn radius at 21m, a bit more off-piste oriented.
All of these have a GS feel to them. Also worth considering is the Magnum 8.1 from Blizzard. I have been skiing that on boilerplate the past few days, and it holds 98% as well as the 70mm race-like skis I am also skiing. Great carver, maybe more along the MX88's performance than underneath it though.