mogsie: thanks for the detailed comments. What about the FA84? It has a wider waist than the MX78, which might make it more versatile, plus you found it carves even better. And I'm curious what you found to be the downsides of the RX12 vs. the MX78 -- is the former less friendly in moguls and softer snow?
viking9: I mostly ski Baldy (it's a 1:15 drive from LA, so I have a season pass there), but when I do go to Mammoth the stuff in the pics I posted is what I typically find (for whatever reason I always seem to end up there right after a storm, unless it's April or later, in which case it's mostly corn); are those the conditions for which you're recommending an ~98? I ask because, based on my very limited exposure to a something of that width (just one ski, the Line Prophet 98), I didn't find it gave me much over my SLs. But maybe the Prophet isn't sufficiently soft-snow biased.
Incidentally, Baldy's principal surface is gravel, so these new skis probably won't be going there; need to get myself some good rock skis.
The FA84 is a carving machine but it is pretty stiff. I can go in small bumps but wouldn't try it in bigger ones and in tight trees... I ski it in 178, maybe smaller one would be more manageable...
The rx12 are pretty more polyvalent for a carver skis but are still stiff... The 168 is easier going in bumps and I would be confident to go in skied trees with it... the 178, in the other hand is more work (stiff and longer). If you would continue to ski like your sl ski but with a ski much more polyvalent, this would be the one...It is the closest to what you have presently!
But, at the same time, I find that the mx78 loose little over the rx12 compare to what it gains in versatility...It is the best compromise to what you have presently!
Yeah I know... Do I need to say that I went a little overboard... I think it is an addiction...
The mx78 really is my main ski; if I can only bring 1 ski, this is the one... But I have fun with the others too! Sultan 85 (178) and Steadfast with Baron (177) presently for sale...Getting better my doctor said... and I received Christmas cards from a lot of ski shop owners!!!
I'll add it to my list -- I did like the Titan, and it's also got a 78 mm waist. It will be interesting to see how the two compare. The Titan's got a more aggressive sidecut (Titan: 13.5 m @ 170 cm; MX78: 16 m @ 168 cm), so while the MX78 might not be quite as thrilling on the groomers, it might be better in moguls.
But going back to the issue raised earlier, we have to remember that you're all probably on the 178 cm MX78, while I'd be on the 168, which might ski entirely differently.
Even better! Skiing the mx78 in the 168 version would mean, IMO, a versatile ski but that would carve a little more similar to the rx12, especially at your weight...( You could ask Dawgcatching his opinion on this). You have you're answer!!!
Since you like the character of the Titan, I would recommend trying a few carvier wider skis. I know they really suit me (and I love my Blizzard G-Force Supersonics for a narrow ski).
There are plenty out there (but getting fewer). At 80 mm you can't beat the Nordica Firearrow 80 Pro. At 88, I suspect you'd like the Atomic Nomad Crimson and at 93 the Nomad Savage (both of which I think are being updated for next season -- which may or may not be a good thing).
I talk to a guy ( who is really good on moguls) and he told me that he really loved the FA80 in bumps...
Edited by mogsie - 3/16/13 at 7:26pm