Last season I became very obsessed with skiing after a few years off and decided this season I'm going to buy some new gear again and try to maximize my skiing this winter. I'm trying to decide between these two skis. The price difference will be about $200-$250 with the 2012 Rossis being more expensive. I will ski mostly in VT and NH, with the occasional trip to the Rockies, west coast, or Canada in future years. I'm 6'2", 165 lbs, advanced. I will almost always go for blacks over blues if I come to that fork in the trail. I mostly love to go fast with GS turns, but enjoy being able to turn quick and short if I find myself suddenly getting into something unexpected. I do not care at all about moguls.
I've been really focused on the Rossignol Experience 88s based on the reviews, which seems to indicate almost unanimously that they are great on any kind of snow. I admit that 88mm under foot sounds pretty wide to me (not having shopped for skis in a number of years...), but everything I've been able to read about them says they perform great on groomed and hard conditions, not just powder.
The K2 Chargers came to my attention a few days ago, and they seem pretty great too. All fo the reviews I've been able to find have great things to say. obviously they are much narrower under foot compared to the Rossi skis, but I'll mostly be on east coast mountains, so this probably isn't a problem (maybe it's a good thing).
So, here I am. My head is in that impulsive, hyped up, excited state, which isn't great for decision making. Have I been bamboozled by the reviews of the Rossignol Experience 88s? Are they not the unbeatable one-quiver ski that people say it is? Are the K2s a much more rational choice (even if I'm less excited about them?). Is there a third choice that I should feel dumb for not considering?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.