In the last six years, I've gone from a Salomon X-Scream, to Salomon Guns, to, most recently Volkl AC40's.
I'm an advanced skiier, spend all day almost exclusively on steep mogul fields. 5'10'', 168 lbs. 50+ days/ year.
Everytime I get a new ski, I see how my previous ski was limiting.
The X-Screams were too long and the tails dug in. The Guns were flimsy.
The AC40's have been fast, solid, maneuverable.
What it the drawback of my AC40's? I'm at a loss.
I have this thought that getting something in the FREERIDE genre will open things up for me.
Something with a larger waiste. I was thinking I could find something that handles looser snow and fresh better, but is still zippy.
So I demoed a Mantra, but I found it didn't float all that well, and further it felt lifeless and boring next to my AC40.
Part of me wants to go bigger, like the Shiro.
But wouldn't that be even more lifeless? Would the floatation make up for it?
Part of me wants to go smaller like the Bridge. Would it float enough? Could I use it everyday?
Or do I need camber, like in the Katana or Kendo? But they couldn't turn as wonderfully as my AC40.
I'm drawn to rocker. But perhaps for no good reason.
Maybe just because its so different than the AC40,
but I keep thinking Shiro, fully rockered, wide waiste...
But then, I think Bridge again.
Its wider than the AC40, and different (fully rockered), should be quick and fun and float well.
And of course there brands other than Volkl, but I'm overwhelmed just looking at Volkls for now.
Line, Blizzard, K2, Salomon are other lines I've looked into.
Maybe I should upgrade to the RTM 84,
but something inside is telling me to get a FREERIDE style ski.
Shiro or Bridge?
Or split the difference and go Gotama?
Too many options and I'm just looking in Volkl.