I'm looking for a one ski quiver for inbounds skiing at Alta/Snowbird/Grand Targhee. I want something that would be good in powder/trees, and tolerable on groomers moguls. I may occasionally use it in Vermont. After my demoing experience, I think I've decided that I prefer the traditional feel of a normally cambered ski with tip rocker and a flat tail, with an underfoot width around 105-110ish.
I have demoed the Bonafide 180 (too skinny, and don't like the tail rocker), the 2010 K2 Hardside 182 (liked it, but would like something wider), the 2010 Gotama 180 (liked it, but prefer the traditional feel of a cambered ski with a flat tail), and the 2011 G3 Manhattan 180 (close to what I'm looking for).
I am an advanced skier, 5'11", 165#.
My gut is telling me that the K2 Sidestash 181 is what I'm looking for (the description seems identical to the G3 Manhattan). I unfortunately have not yet been able to demo it, and the G3 Manhattan makes me slightly nervous as it seems more geared to backcountry skiing (made by a backcountry equip company, after all).
Would it be stupid of me to buy the K2 Sidestash without having demoed it, or should I just go with the G3, since I demoed it and liked it well enough, even though it is made by a "backcountry skiing" company and I plan on only doing inbounds skiing?