about me: 125-130# 5'6" female expert skier. I don't jump off cliffs but other than that ski everything on the mountain, usually groomers only at the end of the day to get to the car.
years of experience: 30
ski days per year: ~30 split downhill and tele
ski: Rocky Mtns, Bridger, Big Sky, Moonlight, occasional Utah or Colorado trip. Love to ski fast, but not an ex-racer.
current ski: '12 Volkl Katana 186. Love this ski in powder, crud, bumps, trees groomed hardpack. It's a bit much for icy days but still handles that well.
Previous skis: 01 Volkl Vertigo G31 in 188 prior to that fairly stiff, fast skis - rossi and blizzard
skis I demo'd last year before buying this and my impression (from a year ago so a little vague):
Rossi experience 98 in a 163? way too short (slow), but stable, fun in bumps, pretty quick turns. Basically the demo shop didn't believe me that I wanted a longer/wider ski so this was the shortest of the day.
Nordica Enforcer in 170 something. = ok but boring, handled everything but didn't have any pop
Nordica Nemesis in 170 something = too soft
Atomic Blog in 170 something = I didn't like this ski at all, can't remember why
Rossi S7 170 something = a limp noodle
Women's Rossi S7 = my least favorite of the day something beyond a limp noodle could not get these off fast enough.
Volkl Gotama in 170s = boring/flat
Volkl Katana in 177 =stiffest ski of the day, a little bit of chatter when going fast but stable. Found a top end so ordered the Katana in a 186.
Skis I thought about but didn't get a chance to demo the Blizzard Cochise and Dynastar Pro Legend.
Looking for: a traditional camber under foot with early tip rise and a narrower waist for my second ski. Something I can pull out on ice bump days and still take into crud.
Have read through the reviews and see a lot of praise for Kastle. How do they compare? Other thoughts? Also considering the Volkl Mantra, have acquired an older soft pair that I haven't skied yet that I'm thinking about turning into tele skis. Looking for something that will last for several years.
Edited by skigrl83 - 2/9/13 at 7:00pm