I'm ready to buy a Prophet 90 but I hesitate between the 172 and the 179.
1- I love my Dynastar Contact Groove 165cm. (I like fast short turns)
2- The Prophet will replace my Salomon Suspect 181 (bought this winter without trying them first) that I don't like for two reasons: Turn initiation is poor. 2- I found them a little too long in the tight trees, where I ski the most.
I'm an advanced aggressive skier, 40 yo, ski since 6 yo, volunteer ski patroller for more than 10 years, but I ski a lot in the tight trees and bumps... I'm 5'11 155lbs.
I really love to ski in the powder (my favorite conditions) but around here (east) we're happy when we get 12" and that's twice month... So flotation is not a major criteria for these. I might buy a real powder ski in a year or two.
Where I ski, trees = bumps most of the time, so I think the 179 would be a little long (based on my experience with the Suspect).
Do you think the 172 would be good?
My other skis :
Salomon CrossMax 10 175. I love it but it needs a lot of speed to carve, turn initiation requires some work and it's too narrow.
Dynastar Contact Groove 165cm. I love this ski! A real carving machine and I can go very fast even if it's very short.
Salomon X-Scream 10 185 (I think). I loved those but now they are dead (15 years old maybe).
Salomon Suspect 181. Bought those this winter based on reviews but that was a mistake. For sale. No life in this ski, turn initiation is not easy, not much energy returned.
I like agile skis and based on my experience with the Dynastar Groove 165 and the Salomon Suspect 181 I'm thinking about the Prophet 172. Does is sound right?