First, here are my answers to the "5 questions."
- Where in the world are you skiing? All over US, both West and East coasts (more West, dislike the icy East slopes). My home state is Michigan, though, so more often than not I end up skiing on small hills like Nubs Nob.
- What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)? Moguls and trees are my favorites, but spend a fair bit of time on groomers nonetheless. I do not yet do backcountry skiing, but these pairs of skis need to be able to handle some as I hope to progress to it in the next few years.
- How many days a year do you ski? Maybe 15 days a season, but these skis should ideally last me for a decade at least.
- How advanced are you as a skier? Moderately advanced. Can do all blacks, couple of double blacks depending on the resort (steepness isn't an issue as much as terrain is), moguls and trees aren't a problem (other than I go somewhat slow through them, although I think my current skis are a partial cause of that).
- What's your height and weight? 5'7" and 155 pounds.
So, I've been using the same K2 Omni 5.5's (I believe they're 69 width) since around 2005, and over the last few seasons I've felt like they're the limiting factor in taking my skiing to the next level. I upgraded my boots about 3 years ago to Tecnica Agent 110's, which definitely helped my skiing and no longer is a bottleneck.
The main issues I have is with my K2s is their small-radius turning ability (I do massive mogul runs all the time, but maneuvering is much more taxing and difficult than it should be; also annoying when going off-path at resorts through the wooded areas on the sides of runs) and a sharp feeling of instability at high speeds. They carve well and I've been able to do A LOT on these skis, so not looking to radically change the 'style' of skis, as much as I'm looking for an upgraded and more advanced version of the 5.5s.
I last demoed some skis in 2011 in Chamonix, but don't remember specific model names. I first skied with what I believe was a pair of Dynastars (asked the demo shop for "intermediate/advanced" skis) which were awful for me, as I could not control them at all and they essentially would keep on sliding out from under me and I could only hang on for the short ride until I fell on my butt. Don't quite remember the brand of the second one, maybe Rossignol, (here's a TERRIBLE picture of them on my feet, in case anyone can ID), which was the result of asking for an all-mountain ski instead, and it was much better and felt like an advanced version of my K2s. That's sort of what I'm looking for. Any thoughts?
Edited by cesium - 7/8/13 at 8:21am