I just picked up a pair of the Salomon Guardian 16s for next season and will be picking up skis in the next couple months to mount them to. I'm looking for something I can use to cruse around behind my kid on-piste, with occasional off-piste skinning. Right now I'm considering at a pair of Volkl Mantras but am being offered a deal on a pair of used Nordica Hell and Backs.
I was told I'd be getting the Nordicas at "dead cost". What does that mean? Any ideas what that would mean when applied to a $699 price tag? They were sold, mounted, used one day and returned because they were too wide. I'm told being pre-mounted won't affect performance, is this true?
Also, I keep reading about the weight savings on the H&Bs over the Mantra but I'm curious to know if that i-core construction is going to break down more quickly than the more traditional construction on the Volkls. Also, since I won't be seeing more than 4 or 6 backcountry days per season for the foreseeable future is the weight savings so important? (I'm looking at stuff like Baden-Powell in the CA San Gabriels, nothing major)
At any rate, just looking for a few opinions. Thanks, folks.