Intermediate-Advanced skier that is not loving his 176 Elan Magfire 78Tis much as of late....
at the time the 176 length made sense and I have enjoyed the elans for keeping up with my son and blasting down some groomers and moderate crud...by the end of the day I can feel their weight and this season's snow has been pretty cruddy and turning in the hot grits they call snow at HV 2 weeks ago made me want to give up skiing for the season ....
wanted to experiment in something more under foot and thought with my size I would look into something in the range of the SFB as I would rather have more fun in the crud than be completely happy on groomers. Groomer performance is important but I am looking for a way to get through the crud most of my day winds up being spent in.
I have looked at the Volkl Kendo and Manta but all everyone has is 177s in stock. I do want to move to a 184/185 and I have demoed this size and can see that that has also helped a bit compared to what I am in now. They were the BBRs and I did not like them at all. i could sense the fact that they were missing the metal I have in my Elans
i know the SFBs don't have metal and the volkls do. I know the prophet 90s and 98 have metal.
with most everyone sold out of 185s I figure i am looking at august before I wind up with some new skis when 2013s come out.
I do know that turning will be different and I usually turn on my edges hard to keep this bumble from bouncing down the steeps
really just looking for comment on moves to the wider ski for mostly east coast crud with trips to the west. I have a good amount of ice and figure the wider boards will not grab ice as well as the 78s I have now, correct?
Thanks for any guidance on skis for the 6'4" set