My active quiver has been thinned to:
- 190 DPS Wailer 112RP (Tyrolia 13-DIN demos): Soft snow days
- ______________________: Midfat for variable or unknown conditions
- 194 Stockli Stormrider XL (912Ti): Hard snow days
- 188 PM Gear Bro Blems (Dukes): Touring
- 176 Fischer AMC 79 (12-DIN Railflex): Early season, easy riders
The blank slot was formerly occupied by 186 Fischer Big Stix 84s with 17-DIN Tyrolias. But I done loved 'em 'til I broke 'em.
Vital stats: 6'1", 205 pounds, fighting back middle age, prefer longer over shorter turns, faster over slower, power over finesse, whiskey over vodka.
What I'm looking for: Versatility -- in terrain, style, and speed. Something relatively playful, but with very strong edge hold. Depending on the weight, I might consider moving the Dukes from the Bros and doing some slackcountry.
Other skis I've tried in this slot: The Big Stix, obviously. The only thing that I really wasn't crazy about with the Big Stix is that they did need a fair amount of speed to make them useable. But when I demoed the Watea 84, I thought they were really too soft to interest me. Something in between the two would probably be perfect, which sounds like the Motive. I've skied a few runs on the Mantra and been a bit bored. And obviously, I've loved my two pairs of Bros, but for this, I'm thinking about something with a little less waist and a little more sidecut (although if I don't buy anything before the season starts, they might get used in this slot as a placeholder).
Current short list: DPS Wailer 95 (185 or 195?), Kastle MX88, maybe the Fischer Motive 84. The Wailer and Motive are kind of sentimental favorites, given my love for the 112RP and Big Stix, and the Kastle is on the list because I've never seen an unkind word about them (although the price certainly gives me pause).
Any other suggestions?