I have been skiing on Salomon X series 187cm skis since I was 16. I am now 29 and the Salomons are irreparably bent and I am looking for some new skis. I am 6'4" 190 and ski fast preferring high speed GS type turns. The X Screams were flawless when used in this fashion. I essentially learned to ski (intermediate to advanced) on these skis and finding a replacement has been very difficult. The weakness of the Salomons was powder, but on such days I would rent appropriate gear.
I have tried several skis this season and none of them seem to have a familiar feel.
To date I have demoed:
Nordica FireArrow Pro 80 180cm - Decent ski. Very quick and fun, but unstable at high speed (possibly due to the 180cm max length). They carved well and as the day wore on they grew on me, but I was not at all in love with their slightly wobbly feel underfoot at speed.
K2 Xplorer Apache 184cm - Had a similar feel to the old Salomons, but softer and easier to turn. They felt like a luxury sedan - turns pretty well, good edge grip, stable at speed, but lacked some of the power of my old skis. Stable but a little boring. Probably the closest yet to the old Samolons.
Dynastar 6th Sense 181cm - The idiot tech gave me these on a very cruddy groomer day and these skis were AWFUL. I understand they are probably a GREAT powder ski, but held NO edge on crud and the tips flapped all the way down the mountain. These skis made me very weary of the new hybrid rocker/camber/rocker skis for frontside use.
Rossignol Avenger BSLT TPX 177cm - These skis felt very short to me. I had trouble hooking up the edges, as the tails always wanted to skid. Speaking of tails, I spent the whole day catching the tails on top of each other sending me flailing down the hill on one foot until I could recover. I expected to love this ski, but was totally underwhelmed. It might have been due to the length, but the constant catching of the tails on each other eroded my confidence quickly. They also didnt want to go straight, with an incredible amount of instability at speed when bombing down groomers.
So I am stuck. Unfortunately the amount of models to demo in my local area is horrible and none of the shops carry skis longer than 177 or so. What should I do? What should I try? I was thinking about biting the bullet and buying Rossi Experience 98's, but after my bad Rossi experience with the Avengers (with much more frontside bias) I am hesitant.
Sorry for the length of this, but I am stuck and dont know how to proceed. Suggestions please?