In my ideal world, I would demo each candidate ski and then buy my favorite one. But my this year my final candidates for a new wide ski are both Heads, and in Washington state there are no Head dealers.
I demo-ed a lot of wide skis last season ( http://tinyurl.com/9lw25qe ) , I've read reports about the new skis, and I've got it down to Rev 105s or Sacrifice 105s. They have the same dimensions and pretty much the same rocker/camber blend, but they don't ski the same.
How to decide between them? Like Blanche duBois, I'll just have to rely on the kindness of strangers. And that's where you come in.
There have been some reviews online, but they seem contradictory. On one hand, it is agreed that the Rev is slightly stiffer than the Sacrifice. On the other hand, there are more than a couple of claims that the Rev is "a tad underpowered" (skinet.com's phrase) and the Sacrifice "has slightly more top end" (Dawgcatching's phrase). Usually the stiffer ski is more 'top end' and more powerful, so I'm puzzled here.
(Avid followers of this stuff may note that I'm sometimes substituting 2012's Inferno for 2013's Sacrifice in the comparison. One ski replaced the other and apparently has the same layup and flex, differing only in sidecut.)
Does anyone have anything to contribute? Noodler? Dawg? Alexzn? Markojp?
How well you are able to ski is related to how hard you are willing to fall.