Originally Posted by james1990
I went ahead and got the Sir Francis Bacon's from Line. I spent more than my budget but I have heard so many amazing reviews on them. They seem to be the perfect fit for the type of riding I plan to do.
what do you guys think about my choices?
Bacons for 90% east coast hardpack? Huh? That was a recommendation by an eastern ski shop?
The Bacon is a cool ski and I've ridden it in 8-10 inches of powder and on soft groomers back to the list. It is very light and spinny, with a modern center-mount position, so it would migrate to the park well. But it wouldn't be my choice for a one ski quiver in the east by a long shot. Even less for a self-described intermediate spending 90% of the time on firm groomers. There must be some additional information that you aren't telling us.
It is the one ski on your list that doesn't go with the others. It does have an awesome top sheet. But you were more on the right track with the P90 - but if you are a smaller, lighter guy, the Bacons would be a great eastern quiver ski, soft days, powder etc. . . . YMMV, but IMO the Bacons are too light and don't have enough bite for firm snow conditions - on piste or off. If you are looking for a directional twin, maybe a Nordica Soul Rider or Volkl Bridge would be a bit more practical, but neither would be my first choice for 90% eastern groomers.
Re Boots, if they fit you did fine. Fit trumps all - although I am not sure I'd trust a boot fitter who is recommending a Bacon as an eastern hardpack ski.