I'm resuscitating and changing a thread from recent past. I'm 175, 5'8", level strong 7 maybe 8 and just bought a pair of 4x4's in 172. Love them...and question them. I may not be a good enough skier for them; after 5 days I'm still not sure. I love their performance on groomed and cut-up; they carve and blow through crud like a tank. I got no problems on the groomed and hardpack we usually ski here in MA and Vermont. But the thought of them in the bumps gives me the willies. I'm not much of a bump skier, but I also don't really see them doing that well in fresh. They just feel heavy and damp and tank-like.
Anyone got suggestions for a good 2nd ski? For fresh, glades, bumps in the east. I want nimble, light (on the feet; I like the glued to the snow feel of the Contacts), manueverable, softer, wider. I don't want a dedicated powder ski, but one that would overlap the 4x4's groomer performance slightly so I could choose only one ski for the day.