Man, ski technology has changed! My name's Eric. I'm looking to demo skis and boots as much as I can with the aim of purchasing at the end of the season. I would love, however, some direction so I know what would be best for me to demo. Some information I'd imagine you need:
1. I'm 24, 5'7, 160 lbs, and in good shape.
2. I would classify myself as having recently gone from Intermediate to Advanced. I'm looking for a ski that I won't have to replace in the near future. Because I'm looking for a pair I can grow into, price isn't really a huge deal.
3. I ski primarily east coast with the (very) occasional trip out west. While I'd like something with good grip, I don't necessarily want a pair of slalom racers that are totally unforgiving.
4. I know next-to-nothing about boots, as my current pair are basically rental fodder and not very good.
Some skis I'm tentatively interested in:
Volkl RTM 84
Rossignol Experience 98
Nordica Fire Arrow 80 Pro (highly recommended by my local shop)
Nordica Fire Arrow 74 EDT
So basically, a wide variety of widths and somewhat of a variety of type of ski. If someone doesn't mind explaining the following while they're providing advice I'd appreciate it: rebound and the impact of waist width on the ski.
Sorry for the long post but thanks in advance!!!