Think it's about time to come back here and share a little bit about what I've had a chance to demo while looking for my new skis
I've tried a bunch of different skis in the last month or so... most of them in the size I would actually use, and 2 skis that were one size longer Automatic 186 and Moment Governor 186. My demo list included Armada Magic J 180, Blizzard Gunsmoke 179, Line Influence 115 179, Mr Pollard Opus 178, Salomon Quest 115 178 (second chance to demo on a pow day in Alta on the rocker2 115 178) and Atomic Bent Chetler 183.
I ended up setting my mind on the Salomon 115, probably will buy the rocker2 instead of quest 115 because I don't wanna pay more for new graphics and new name :-)
Off all of those the rocker2 115 and the atomic bent chetler were by far the most fun skis I've tried! I would definitely buy the Bent Chetler if I had a chance to ski more deep pow days than I currently can! I found them so easy to just do whatever you want to! Different turn shapes, going fast, slowing down, etc... it's a fun, fun, fun ski! Maybe I will buy one someday! :-)
The rocker2 115 is much more what I'm looking for right now since I wanna be able to ride the ski on more variable conditions, and for a guy at 150lbs like me, I don't feel like I would like a stiffer ski. Rocker2 was better than the Opus, Influence 115 and Automatic (size longer). I first tried the quest 115 last Saturday at the Alta demo day, and I rent the skis on Monday on a pow day, I guess we got about 10", I was skiing some bottomless powder at some spots, sow pow with bumps underneath as well as some more variable conditions on the quest 115 during the demo day and I had no complains!
From my initial question, I really did get some good idea about the Automatic and Governor even though I tried a size longer! I found the tips of the automatic just too soft, didn't quite like how it turns as well. On the other hand I really enjoyed the Governor, but the skis is like a tank! Really stiff ski but even at 150 lbs I was crushing through crud! Really think that riding the governor at 176 would be a nice crud buster! I enjoyed, just not what I was looking for!
Right now, I'm going for the rocker2 115!