I enjoy most inbounds skiing (some of the double-EX stuff can be a bit nerve-wracking), and have lately been doing more low-angle touring just to get away from the crowds. It's time to ditch my old Black Diamond Havoc+Fritschi AT setup, and looking for a ski that will get me through any garbage backcountry snow I'm likely to find, while merely working to survive in the deep stuff. I demoed a pair of poorly-serviced Mantras last season (I thought I'd love them, but didn't), and then used a pair of 4frnt CRJs for several days, which I quite nearly hated (too much rocker for me!). Call me old-school, but I think I just like a normal-camber ski, stiff enough to pop me out of aggressive turns if I'm so inclined to ski hard. I'm willing to sacrifice some backcountry performance to be on a ski that can handle any crap snow that Colorado can throw at it, and after doing a whole bunch of reading around here and TGR, I still need help deciding.
I seem to be almost fully gravitated toward the Rossi Experience 88, but want to make sure there are not some other perfect contenders I should be considering. Bonafide? Another ride on a well-tuned Mantra? I don't want/need a full-on powder ski for CO conditions, and I feel like I'm taking my life into my hands on the Havocs on bulletproof wind crust (torsion and stiff are mutually exclusive with this tele ski).
Do you think the E88 would perform as I'm expecting, that is, a strong all-mountain ski with a tendency to carve hard snow well, but with deep snow performance at least as good as my AC40s? I know that's a low bar for soft snow, but the AC40s have worked well enough for me in 8-12", and if they didn't have a system binding I'd slap some AT bindings on and call it good.
Thanks in advance, and I look forward to the input!