I'm looking for to fill the narrowest slot in my quiver of three. I currently have Sultan 85s in a 178cm. They're good, solid skis, and I like them well enough, but I've never really been "wowed" by them. Given that I'm likely to go with fatter skis if there's anything more than a couple of inches of new snow, I thought this might be a good opportunity to get on something a little narrower for my primary hard snow skis.
I'm 6'1", 190lbs, advanced skier and intend to use these mostly in VT, but they'll get some use on smaller hills in NY and CT if I get out for a morning while I'm visiting my in laws. I'm a crappy bump skier, but spend a lot of no-new-snow days skiing hard / icy bumps and hard crud trying to improve in that type of terrain, and would guess I'll be about 50% there and 50% on groomers on this ski.
I'll demo if I can, but that may not work out. If I can't, having read as much as I could find, the Outland 80 178cm looks like a good choice for what I'm looking for.
I have a few questions though:
Any other suggestions that may be a better fit?
Was there any change in the Outland 80 from 2012 to 2013?
Is the Pro model a different ski from the base and XT? Or is it just different bindings? I'm assuming the Pro is the one I want?