This is a wonderful thread...
My Head Super Shape Magnum (2008) 163 is retiring this season. Best ski I've ever had. Most flexible ski I've ever had for Eastern riding. My west coast ski is a 177 Volkl Mantra from 08, I'm pretty happy with it. I'm an instructor and patroler.
I'm looking very closely at the Blizzard SLR MAG IQ, not the Blizzard S Power because I can get the SLR for $350 less.
Dawg, have you had the chance to try the SLR? How much difference does the S-power system really make? The dimensions of the SLR and S-Power are identical and arguably perfect for me.
Note: Like you I prefer a softer flex, I'm about 167 pounds but my ski reviews mirror yours in terms of preference. I hated the Bonafide on a chop-day at Red Mountain last year, WAY too stiff for me. My mantras were joy by comparison. The Kabookie looks intriguing.
Edited by Pastuch - 1/14/13 at 1:11pm