52 year old guy, 5'7" and 180lb with junk knees
New Hampshire skier who almost never ventures outside New England
Advanced skier, nearly all on-piste (steep groomers = good, bumps = not so much) but getting tired of fighting the crud and the (rare) foray into the glades
Ski 15 days a year plus or minus on older Fischer Red Heat 165s, 74mm underfoot and I stick to a one ski quiver
So... finding myself struggling too much when the crud piles up on the groomers and I founder when there's even a half-foot or so of powder. Demo'ed a couple of skis last weekend but not sure how I felt about them and looking for suggestions.
- Head Rev 80 in 170, nice and float-y (is that a word?) in the crud but a little tough to initiate on the hardpack or at slower speeds coming off my old Fischers.
- Fischer Motive 86 in 168, just couldn't get comfortable, felt like I was on a skateboard at lower speeds and in hardpack (and I don't ride!).
- Fischer Motive 80 in 168, much more comfortable than the 86, very nice in the crud but not much to distinguish it from the Head and had the odd sensation of fighting the tails at low speed, could have just been the tune or the fact that it was late in the day but definitely wasn't sitting back on them.
So given that my goal is just to ride through the crud, mashed potatoes and the very rare spot of powder a bit more comfortably without burning my tired old legs out trying to initiate turns, any suggestions? TIA!