I'm looking to buy the narrow half of a 2-ski western/european quiver. Mostly looking for something soft enough in the bumps but can also handle a decent speed on groomers. Love to do trees also. I'm 6'6'' and a little under 200lbs. Probably a level 8 skier (though there seems to be a canyon of ability levels between 7 and 9 based on the descriptions I read)
I read this fantastic review by dawgcatching on various 80mm-100mm width skis: http://www.epicski.com/wiki/2011-mid-fat-ski-reviews-by-dawgcatching. Out of that it seemed like the Fischer Motive 84 and Elan Apex were basically exactly what I was looking for.
However I'm a good deal bigger than the reviewer. Is it likely that the skis which were just right for dawg will be not be stiff enough for me? Also, I should presumably add at least some length, and while 182 on the fischer seems just right, 186 sounds awful big on the elan -- I'm worried it will be infinitely harder in the bumps.
Obviously the right solution is to demo all of these, but while I skied on narrow skis most of my youth, I've spent the last few years only doing one ski trip a year, and that consisted of renting the fattest ski I could find and pretending that there was powder even when there wasn't. Last year I finally got a narrower ski for the last couple of days and had a great time. I've now also just moved to the mountains and it makes sense to invest in buying some skis. I was hoping to catch a good deal in the offseason (though maybe it's a little too late for that now?)