I'm 5'11" weight 200lbs, just over 50 looking to update from some old Volkl 6 Stars (yes there old but so am I). I ski hard and love powder and the trees where ever and when ever I can find it. I ski in VT and NH primarily at any mountain that has the best snow. I'll like to go 30+ on the flats and enjoy tough terrain that's not trampled by the masses. Typical day is to warm up early on a cruiser for 2-3 runs to get away from the crowds, then look for the best snow with steeps for the next 5-10 runs, maybe throw in a bump run for grins. However, the knees ain't what the used to be. Then mellow it out for my last few runs. I used to make it a point to ski the steepest, narliest, tightest and cliff infested runs all day from start to finish. Still like them but too much air, crashes and age make me a bit slower paced. Now I look for the pow dumps and go immediately after the storm to what ever mountain got the most. When I work it right I get 3-4 EPIC days per year out of about 20. I will probably get Marker Griffon bindings unless someone has a better option?
With that, I'm checking out the following and would like some thoughts on what to go for? Here's the list with estimated cost, which is also a factor. A couple of these below are in the same class (all mountain) but a bit more forgiving which ain't a bad idea at over 50. Will I sacrifice edge control on with the likes of Bushwaker and Bridge versus Bonafide oand Mantra? It's a reality in the East and I still need edge control on the hard pack.
Love to know experiences and what you'd suggest from those that have maybe skied these boards? Thanks! McDMan
- Blizzard Bonafide - 173cm ($695)
- Volkl Mantra - 177cm (2012 - $400)
- Rossi Experience 98 - - 178cm ($650)
- Volkl Bridge - 177cm ($580)
- Kastle FX94 - 176cm ($800+ ouch!)
- Blizzard Bushwaker - 178cm (2013 - $550)
- Nordica Hell & Back - 177cm ish ($600)
BTW - not getting any younger but I still try to ski like I'm 21 even knowing my body doesn't, as much. Any thoughts to steer me right are good!!!