Me: 5'9" 180lbs solid, been skiing since 15yo. I like to go fast and off piste whenever the snow is good. This usually means crud of varying quality. My skis: K2 apache recons (177cm) which are good but only 78mm wide I believe. I love them on groomers, steeps, bumps and all around except deep powder or crud (especially the sticky sierra cement). I ski out west mostly Mammoth.
Now I'm looking for a wider ski for the deeper days but I dont think I want to go over 100mm because they may be my DD except for maybe icy / very hard pack which my K2's will do fine. So -- I've had my eyes on the Bonafieds, only problem is I cant find them anywhere! My next choice is the Mantras which I tried and liked but in harder snow or bumps they seemed to be a little stiffer than I prefer. Keep in mind they are the first I've tried in this category so I dont have a lot of data or feedback. I think I need metal because I do ski aggressive most of the time. What about the Rossi Experience 98? I've heard good things and the reviews are good. I loved my Bandit XX which are my rock skis now, and 7s from my past life :) so I have fond memories on Rossignol skis. Brand aside what would you "ski experts" recommend for me to try.