I know the topic has been probably beat to death, but nonetheless:)
I'm 5'11'' and 180lbs
Skill - beginner/intermediate (these days I ski pretty much 100% on blues with an occasional black run thrown in if I feel like its something I can handle; no moguls however)
Skier type - probably 2 or 3 (I'd like to go fast)
100% East Cost
About my past experiences... When I went to boot fitter last year, besides the boots I also ended up getting Head iPeak 74 FLR PR skis in 163cm. However I just could not grow to like them - I never felt comfortable or in full control on them as soon as I would pick some speed up. Not sure if it was because skis were too short for me or they were just to flexible... This lead me to a purchase of Fischer Motive 80 in 161cm late last year. I generally like them, however again I wonder if skis are too short for me - these handle much better then Head's, but as soon as I hit anything other then hard groomed trail (hard to find it here in EC this year, but as an example - piles of loose snow near snow guns) skis don't really float and I rapidly loose speed. I now wonder if I should have went with either Motive 84 or longer skis...
And this is where I currently stand... I plan to do 1-2 trips to VT before this season ends and would really like to try tree skiing. Don't think Motive 80 will be good in trees and since I'm not 100% happy, I think I'm ready to move to something else. DPS Wailer 99? Blizzard Bushwacker? But is it worth going that wide when majority of my skiing is on groomers? Maybe it is indeed Motive 84 in slightly longer length that I need? Your opinions? I'd really like to get a pair of skis that would keep me happy for a couple of seasons, rather then just half a season...