I have the opportunity to get a brand new East coast all mountain ski as a present and because of price limitations I have narrowed it down to 2 skis:
2010 175cm Rossi CX 80 TI or a 2011 Dynastar Sultan 85, both brand new.
a little about me: 52 years old very fit , ski 45 days a year strong level 8/weak level 9. Ski pretty much everywhere on the hill.
My main stick is a 2011 Dynastar speed course 177cm, and my soft snow ski is a 2012 peak ipro 78 in a 178. I ski primarily at Cannon Mountain NH, once in a while I will head up to Jay peak VT or Sugarloaf ME. I ski 75% of the time on front side and when open, I will wander into the trees. I ski bumps about 20% of the time and will only avoid them if they are "Ice Bumps". I love to carve and I like bump skiing, just getting into the "trees", but also really enjoy that as well.
The Heads have been a major disappointment for me. They are not a very great hard snow ski, which is what I ski on most of the time, and the soft tip makes them feel squirrely, but they are easy in the bumps and the few days of powder we have had, they have been "Okay". They lack that "solid" feel I love so much with my Dynastar and in the past, my Fischer progressors. I bought them on based reviews and am sorry I did.
So I have a choice to get one of the above mentioned skis, brand new but I can't demo them. I guess I am looking for a ski that I can take anywhere on the hill without worrying about what I have on my feet. The Speed course is excellent on ice, groomers and up to fairly large bumps, but hooks up too much in the trees, and frankly I don't want to ruin them in there. I have not tried them in Powder.
Has Anyone skied both of the above mentioned that is willing to share an opinion on their difference and strengths? I would greatly appreciate it. I know these are older models, but I can get one pair because of their price and both have reviewed very well.
Everyone I have spoke to at Cannon that skis the legend loves it, everyone who skis the CX 80 Loves it so they have been no help.
Thanks in advance!