I finally got the chance to demo on Sunday and had quite a lot pf fun. Only tried three skis while at Northstar for the day but I think I'm homing in on a purchase.
First up was the Salomon Lord in a 169. I felt it was mediocre, fine at everything but not amazing at any one task.
Traded that in for the Blizzard Bonafide at 173 cm.Before I even clicked in I could feel how heavy they were. At 5' 7" and 130 pounds I quickly found myself having to put in a ton of effort to control these skis. They did ok on groomed snow, but took very aggressive turning to force the rockered tips to catch. In the soft stuff they were not quite forgiving enough for my weight. Overall they were just too much ski for me.
Last ski of the day was a 173 Shogun. I could tell right how much lighter and flexier they were than the blizzards. They did better on the groomers, and surprisingly well in trees and heavy afternoon snow. They definitely left me with the best impression due to their performance and the ease at which I could control them with less effort on my part.
Based on yesterday I'm looking into the Shogun, Watea 98, Prophet 98, and maybe the Bridge if I can get my hands on a demo at some point. I also have definitely struck the Bonafide from my list.
Any input of the flex/swing weight or just general feel of the Watea, Bridge or Prophet?