Thinking about pulling the trigger on these but I can't find one to demo... also quite late in the game given the snow conditions I can access right now!
I did some demo on a couple pow skis a few weeks ago, unfortunately not the best conditions, spring mashed potato and not much deep snow :-(
Opus 178: very easy to drive, it turns on a dime. Really like how the it skis. What I really hated about it is how much it chatter on firmer conditions, I know I won't be using it much on firm snow and have no intentions to use it on grommers or hardpack, but I'd like something more stable for days after storm and variable snow.
Gunsmoke 179: much more stable and able to handle firmer conditions a little better. Now I didn't like the tails, really hooking up on the snow, might have been a poor tune, but I was a little disappointed with the hard time I had to get the tails to release, I had some great expectations for this ski but the Opus was actually much more my type of skiing then the gunsmoke.
Now the Influence 115, I couldn't find one for demo, real bummer... but based on reviews I could find it's supposed to be a little bit stiffer and more versatile than the Opus, more directional which is good for me. Size 179 might be the way to go, think 186 is going to be too much since I wanna use them for days after storms, but I was really worried that blister said the 186 actually measure 182 tip/tail, so I'm not sure what to expect from the 179.
Should I look at something else? Rocker 115, Patron?
Me 5'5" / 150, intermediate skier. I ski in Idaho and can ski pretty much everything on/off piste in Sun Valley in most conditions not all of them. Currently skiing Prophets 98 @ 172.
Does anyone know if the Influence is anything like the P98 or Opus? Like a little bit similar but more stiffer and stable than both?