I'm on the hunt for some ski's to replace my old Bandit XX's after one of them ended up with some non-factory developed rocker being added to it, just in front of the toe piece.
Here's some pertinent facts that might help you give me some advice:
Male, 24 yrs old.
Generally in the 85-90kg weight range.
* Advanced and aggressive to use the marketing jargon (I suppose). I happily ski anything in the resorts that I've been to in North America and Canada (Jackson, Aspen, Snowbird, Fernie, Whistler)
* On average I probably ski 14 days a year and have done so since I was about 5.
* I like skiing off the groomers and love getting into deep snow (anywhere really) but particularly amongst the tree's and drops.
* I do very little hiking/back country skiing (though I would love to do more of it as it's the kind of skiing I enjoy), but the reality is I spend most of my time skiing inbounds with friends/family, and will occasionally steam down a groomer.
* I do almost no park skiing, but I like playing around with what the hillside naturally offers and enjoy skiing/landing fakie (occasionally it's even successful).
* I do ski in Australia on occasion, the ski needs to be survivable, at least, on crud and ice.
Really though, I'm after a suitable ski take with me and enjoy overseas next year to Kicking Horse or Revelstoke.
I know, I know, I should demo everything before buying, but the reality of my situation here in Australia is that it's not an option and I really do not want to waste precious skiing time stuffing around in shops trying to book demo's when I'm over there. Plus it's about 30% cheaper to buy them online anyway.
My old Bandit XX's where 184's, 110-74-100 with a PhysicMans estimated radius of 21.1m.
I liked these ski's, though being a fat bastard I tended to sink a lot in the soft stuff, so I wouldn't mind something with a bit more float. Other than that I'm open to all options.
One question in particular is given that the ski's need to handle a pretty diverse range of conditions, what is the widest I should go for under the boot? (I ask because almost all the all-mountian ski's seem to be substantally fatter than my old bandits, let alone the freeride/freeskit type ones).