About me: 41 yo, male, 185 lbs, 5'9" advanced skier (currently average about 30 days/year).
What I ski: Ski almost 100% at Stowe. I enjoy both bumps and cruisers (short to medium radius turns). My wife likes to ski trees so I am trying to do more of this.
Currently on 164 cm Atomic Black Eyes (about 4-5 seasons old), good ski, but if it hadn't been a freebie from Atomic I would be on something else (longer, or Crimsons). No real complaints usually. The get knocked around in crud, do have a top speed on groomers (but high enough that I am not usually bothered by it), and don't have enough float on deeper days (18"+).
I am looking to get a new all mountain ski and the VXL and MX88 are at the top of my list, I would rather snap something up now while there are decent discounts than wait til the season. I did not get a chance to demo anything last season due to conditions and schedule.
I appreciate any insights you can offer.