Over the last 2 seasons, I have done a bunch of demos to find a new go-to ski for the East. A BUNCH of the skis I tried had some great aspects to love, but the one I keep coming back to is the Blizzard Magnum 7.6. While lots of other skis are stronger in certain areas than the 7.6, I really like the versatility, feel, forgiveness and performance of the 7.6. It seems to be at home on the groomed, ungroomed, bumps and glades, and it seems perfectly comfortable with whatever turn shape or aggressiveness I throw at it. I also like that it is not a handful at the end of a full day of skiing, or several full days in a row, for that matter.
For those of you who know the 7.6 well, are there skis out there that might be very close to it in feel, performance, etc., but just a bit wider underfoot for better chop/crud performance? I tried the Head Rev 80, Rossi Experience 83, Elan Amphibio 82 XTI, Dynastar Outland 87 and the Volkl RTM 84. The first 3 I just didn't gel with in terms of "feel". The latter two were a bit "planky" for my tastes and not as easy for me to turn at slower speeds.
Me: 5' 10", 166lbs., 50 y.o., lower level 8, more finesse and control skier than aggressive. Spending more and more time in ungroomed, bumps and glades, but resort-based as opposed to backcountry. Will always have a decent amount of any day on groomers as well in the places I ski.
Here are a few I am thinking about:
Blizzard Magnum 8.0 Ca
Head Rev 85 Pro (Does this have a different feel than the Rev 80?)
Nordica FA 80 Ti or Burner
Fischer Motive 80 or 86
Love to hear your thoughts on what might work for me. Unfortunately, I do not want to spend the kind of money it would take for a Kastle or Stockli, so ruling them out. Thanks for any suggestions!