I am an advanced somewhat athletic skier. I like to put down agressive quick tuns, and mostly prefer to spend my time in the moguls, as long as my knees and lungs allow it.
I'd been skiing on a pair of Rossi RocX 170s for a couple of years. A great ski if you want to be sloppy, but a little slow-turning and weak in the tail. Not a bad bump ski though...and I got them brand new for $50! However, I'd been yearning for a more-responsive ski, and I hate the weak tail on the RocXs.
I'm reasonably uneducated on skis these days - I'm from the days where flex pattern was all the marketing guys talked about. Now all I see is sidecut measurements with no mention of flex pattern, so I'm lost looking for ideas. I wanted to try a high-energy extremely fast turning ski, that was stiffer than my old boards, expecially in the tail, so I went on the hunt. I found a pair of '05-06 Atomic Metron 11ti Puls 172s (12m radius) w/ Neox rail bindings. I thought they were great, other than being too fat overall and too heavy, but I really enjoyed the geometry and flex pattern. Lots of fun, snappy, and quite good in the bumps. Unfortunately, after skiing them all of about 4 hours, one of the skis exploded under the binding mounting point during a tame mogul run. Dang. So much for explodomat Atomics.
So, I'm back on the hunt for next season and looking for suggestions. I want something with a similar sidecut to the Atomics (12m turning radius), but about 1/2" narrower overall - something in the mid-high 60's underfoot, and around a 175 length or so. I think I want a wood core (I don't think they break as easy - the exploding Atomics have me shell-shocked), a med-soft tip, med-midsection, and a stiff tail. Basically, a de-tuned very quick slalom ski that won't explode in the bumps.
I ski on a tight bugdet, so recommendations of a few years back models that I might find used or on closeout are more useful than the latest n' greatest $1000 2012-model ski.
Thanks - JayC