Is this a joke? Maybe? Its the same deal every year. First off I'm 6ft 225 and have size 12 foot. Not that that means anything to a sub 200 lb guy with size 10.5 feet but to us bigger guys it seems to mean alot in choosing a ski and binding placement.
i would consider myself an expert type skier. I can ski any thing any were. The problem for me is it takes 3 sets of skis to do this at that level!! A friend of mine who skis with me uses one set of skis for all conditions. He has size 9.5 feet comes in at 170lbs 38 years old. He skis Experience 88 skis and kills everything even Champaign powder wist deep with this ski. He has demo bindings on them and I tryed them and loved them also except in powder i sank like a rock. Hes a certified high level 3 skier. In Canada thats a very high certification that arnt just given out to anyone. We are very close in style.
For me now. I were my Nordica Jetfuels for hard days. At 83 under foot they ski everything very well except icy bumps. Soft bumps no problem i can zipper them. Icy bumps a little skiff and wide in the tip. Crud busters for sure also. Powder sink like a rock.
I bought some EP pros last year for powder days. Awesome powder ski to say the least!! Well at least light pow. Heavy powder not so much as the tips flex up to much in heavy powder cement. Also once a run has been chopped up by noon they deflect off everything also.
I have some prophet98 also thinking they would be a good compromise when unsure of the conditions. They are. Just again not the greatest in deeper say above knee powder performance. They are however the best all rounder Ive skis so far.
My questing is.... is there a ski that a big dude would recommend that may possibly be a one ski quiver yet? I see all these reviews saying the Opus is and the line influence 115. The Volkl Kantana, Lines Francis Bacon, Buzzard Cochise, Icelandic Keepers. You get the drift. They problem is most of the reviews are under 200lbs that are saying this. The average weight of all the testers out of 15 testers in most mags are 150-170lbs. What I would find to be a noodle they find to be stiffer flex.
Were I live in Northern BC we cant demo most of these skis. There are demo days but to have a day were you can try a ski in all conditions is rare. If any of you big guys out there have a recommendation of a ski that might meet these requirements please do tell. I'm really wishing for a ski that can carve technical turns at speed,bust crud with authority, ski heavy and light powder with ease in the bowls and trees. Hard charging do it all ski. What you got that does it all?? if there is such a ski for us bigger dudes.