As noted in a separate thread, I'm looking to replace my front-side ski with a wider more 1 ski-quiver type of all mountain carver. From what I can see of the reviews and other internet research, it sounds like these three models would really fit the bill. Wondering if anyone has skied both of these and how they would compare to each other. Yes, I know that I should demo, but no one locally carries all three of these skis.
Me: 5'11" - 195lbs, like to see all over the mountain, favor bigger GS type turns, don't ski the bumps much, looking for a ski that will rail the groomers, blast thru' the crud, but not sink like a stone or get locked when tackling boot high or so powder or taking on the leftovers the day after a big snow (anything deeper than that and I'm going with my fatties).
Cost wise, the Blizzard's are certainly ahead on that score. From what I've read, I'm leaning towards the 8.7's. I have looked at the 8.1 which has an early rise tip. It's very subtle in appearance. Does the 8.7 look the same? I do wonder about the length of the 8.7's. The 174 seems too short while the 181 seems like it might be too long. Maybe not so much with the early rise? Seems like the trend now is to go back to skiing longer length skis.
The Kastle's have earned great reviews from just about everyone, but in my other thread, there were some comments about their lack of performance off the groomed trails. Has anyone used them in the deeper stuff? What did you think? Like the 178 length.
The Mag 8.1's look really good too - length feels right at 179, but the 81 underfoot seems just a bit on the narrow side for the versatility that I'd like. Anyone taken these out in mixed conditions? Or are they really just a front-side carver?
Thanks for any and all input.