wow, what a day. played hooky yesterday and went to kirkwood. pow so deep you needed scuba gear. ended up demo some boards after the first run, when i realized my "skinny" 95mm skies could not cut it. basically i took one run, and half way down did a full front flip, which isn't bad seeing how it was waist deep. but getting back up...exhausting.
the first pair i demo was 2011 Salmon czar. they float a lot better then my Sentintals, obviously. the problem was they were heavy as tanks. the demo bindings didn't help, but this things were like lugging around sandbags. my legs were burned by lunch.
the second pair i demo was 2011 k2 Hellbents. holy crap, what a different, at 132 underfoot. these floated like a dream. really made the powder fun and easy. my only issues was i am so used to being in the back seat to keep the tips up that if i wasn't careful i was on my ass is a NY second. with the huge rear rocker they demanded to be center/forward weighted. i can over come this, just needs some muscle memory re-training. all and all, love the extra width. unfortunately the graphics freaked me out. i hate clowns, especially ones with machetes, why the hell would they put those graphics on there skies?? never thought i would want a ski that big, but at my weight (230) and height 6'2" they really helped me stay up and charging. so a revised list. i don't think i want anything under 115 under foot, preferable larger. the Praxis protest look great, 196 is really long. is it too long?
revised list: so many solid choices...
Praxis - Protest 196 (seems really long??)
Moment - Ruby (smallest on the list @111 underfoot, 188) or Comi 192
DPS - Lotus 120 (anybody skied these before?
4frnt - EHP 193
S7 188 OR 195??