Me: "predominantly" East "ice coast", PA (proximity (Elk or Blue when natural snowfall is 1/2 decent)), followed by VT and the dacks.
Been skiing for years since i was a kid but had a long hiatus due to injuries. I can pretty much go anywhere on the Mt but for obvious reasons not a big fan of moguls these days. I stick to black diamonds. Medium to longer fast turns and like skiing in fresh snow where and when i can find it including trees when conditions permit.
140lbs, 5'6.5" (thought i was 5'7", must've shrunk, lol).
The current short list:
Volkl Kendo, 88waist: prob a 170cm, the local ski shop said 163cm.
It is traditional camber and when i flexed it felt stiff in contrast to the other skis on my list so maybe hard to say without a demo which isn't likely till the second week in January, i can't see going that small.
+ should be good on hard pack/ice after the snow has been skied off & still useful in new snow.
- may be to stiff for my weight.
Blizzard Bushwacker, 88waist: same ski shop said to go with the 173cm because of rocker.
The shop didn't have the 166cm so hard to say if they would've pointed me toward that size.
+ soft so easier at my weight, good in new snow and trees. it's "new".
- may not be so good on hardpack/ice
Nordica Hot Rod Burner 10/11 ('11/12 Burner), 84waist: 170cm (size is my guess, as 162 seems to small given the early rise)
+ light weight
- snappy, not sure i'll like that. Don't know enuf about the ski, haven't seen or flexed them.
Nordica Steadfast I-Core, 90 waist: 170cm
ditto on the + & -
Rossignol Experience 83 168cm 0r 88 170cm.
Rossi's size chart says 160 and 162 for my weight however i flexed them and they feel soft compared to the Kendo so i'd feel ok about upping the size.
Don't know enuf for + & -
Dynastar Legend 85, 172cm
+ soft flex, easy to ski so i should be able to ski longer on a given day
- hardpack ice??
*Off the list but on the radar only if i come by a good deal:
Kastle FX 84, we already discussed it months back.
Kastle FX 94 was suggested too, i question how useful 94mm under foot would be where i ski. Also whether carving with the 94mm waist will wear me down to soon.
Obviously a Demo of all of the above would be ideal. However i'd like to figure out what'll work now and go with it. If i end up waiting for Demo day's by then i'd prob end up waiting a few more months for end of season deals and with my luck the following year will be a terrible snow year.
So, opinions and advice are much appreciated.
Ty in advance.