Originally Posted by Tele-Swede
Interesting input, thanks. Have you tried the 115's at all? I wouldn't mind the width, but again, I really want to have a ski that is as playful as the P100...
Hi T-S. I have not ridden the 115s. I friend of mine rides the last version of the P115s and he demo'd the Influence 105 when I did. His reaction was "similar feel, but quicker. . . not different enough from the 115s [to be interesting to him]." I agree with SJ that the Influence 105 is different from the P100, but it is similar in feel, after about 3 turns it felt immediately familar. I felt like it was an evolution of the Prophet, in ways that I like - but I like a somewhat damp ski. I felt like Line improved the two things that I would have improved over the P100 (better hard snow grip on groomers, but more modern ability to smear a bit in soft snow thanks to the rocker). It is maybe less "poppy" and more directional (no twin tip), but I thought that it was still fun. Also, I have no data to prove it (one of the pros could validate or debunk), but mounted on the line the Influence felt more forward mounted than my Prophets. All in, I liked the ski a lot - I pushed it pretty aggressively (once at Alpental in total mank and once at Crystal in spring corn) and it was solid. I'd be happy to ski the Influence 105 as an everyday ski around the PNW (Alpental, Crystal, Stevens) for days when I am not on powder skis (but for me, that slot in my quiver is a damp, solid ski). If you have a line on an awesome deal, you really like the P100 and are thinking a touch wider, I'd pull the trigger without hesitation. That said, I agree with Dawg's review of skis in the class, one of the most on-point (for me), that the Influence is a great all-arounder, but there are skis in the 98-108 class that are maybe more "exciting" in one dimension or another (while maybe less solid all-around).
If you really want something close in feel to the old P100s, another ski to look at might be the Nordica Soul Rider (98 underfoot). I haven't ridden these yet (so take my review with a healthy dose of salt), but a friend with a similar style picked up a pair having really liked my Prophets and he loves the soul riders and says that they have a high fun-factor. Rocker/camber/rocker with a twin tip, seems like a modern version of the P100 - probably more playful than the Influence 105, but per my buddy's report, solid enough on the groomers with the family at Sun Valley.
Lots of great choices 98-108. You really can't go wrong.