Hello EpicSki Community - long time listener first time caller here....
Looking to buy my boyfriend a new pair of skis for Christmas and would love some input from all you guys out there in the ether.
A general overview: He's 6'0" about 180 - strong skier who prefers skiing the trees and powder. He will be spending the majority of this season out east except for the handful of trips he'll make out to California to visit me (poor guy won't get to join me out west until after the ski season) where we'll ski somewhere in Tahoe. We'll also be spending two weeks this winter driving from Calgary to Vancouver hitting up any areas that strike our fancy. NEXT season we'll be spending most of our time skiing in Tahoe.
I asked him for a few suggestions and he asked for a pair of 178' 2010 Line Blends (I suspect because he found a good deal for them online and doesn't want to ask for a pricey pair) or some 2011 Dynastar Legend Pro 115s.
I've done a bit of research myself, and have been thinking of a pair of 178' (or 184'?) 2012 Line Sir Francis Bacons - he's skied on a beat up pair of Line Prophet 80's for years so is partial to the brand.
Part of me thinks I should just get him one of the pairs he asked for so he won't be disappointed if I pick something outrageous. However, I also would like to surprise him with a sweet pair that he'll be able to have a blast on while we're in Canada and will still enjoy for a few seasons to come while skiing in Tahoe. Though they're on their last legs, he could still use his Prophet 80's when out east this year.
Are there any guys out there who could sanity check my thinking on the SFB's?
Any intel on the 2010 Blends? I've read everything I could find about them online but nothing that makes me excited about them.
The Dynastar Legend Pros seem like a great choice but have so far been only able to find them in 175' which sounds short to me - no?
Any other skis out there you recommend I consider given the above info?
Any info/opinions would be greatly appreciated - don't want him to be bummed out when he pulls these bad boys out from under the tree this year!
A million thanks and happy winter!
Definitely over-thinking this decision....