Originally Posted by ty25james
Thank you everyone for the awesome input. Given that I probably won't be able to demo anything and I'm itching to get something picked up, I decided to pick up the Prophet 98 (due to my size and good reviews) and Salomon STH2 WTR13 bindings and am pretty excited. I'll report back in a few months on thoughts.
I think that you did well. At your size, I think that the Prophet 98 is a much better fit. If you are a strong skier, at 2 bills+, you might just fold the Sick Day 95. I demo'd the Sick Day 95 last spring, and notwithstanding the current cover of Skiing, and the general trend of reviews, I was pretty underwhelmed. Everyone I demo'd with loved the Sick Day 110, but I couldn't get on the 110. So I took out the 95. It is basically the feel of a Bacon in a more narrow, less forward mounted package. I'll bet that the layup is just like the Bacon because the snow feel was very similar. And like the Bacon (and unlike the Prophet/Influence series), it skis really short and feels really light (borderline insubstantial).
For that shape, at that width, for me, I found it way too light, not enough ski in heavy, junky snow. It was fine on groomers, I guess, but there are so many skis that are better in that domain (including the P98). Just not my style, but for a lighter skier, or someone who really goes for light/snappy, it might make sense. And I think that Sick Day idea makes way more sense in the 110 profile - basically a more directional Bacon. I'd like to try that (I think that the Bacon in 184 is all right, I get it, it is fun, just not my flavor). Also, to be fair to Line, they only had a 179 available, so I skied the SD95 kind of short (but I really like the 179 in the Prophets and Influence 105 and don't feel a need to size up to 186 in either of those at 5'11", 185). So the length may have had something to do with it, but I've tried a lot of skis a slot shorter than I'd buy and the good ones still hold up, even if the length is noticeably suboptimal.
At 95-100, for light and snappy, all mountain with a soft snow bias, personally, I think that either the Nordica Soul Rider or the Atomic Access are far better executed implementations of the same general idea. And I'd like to try the Sin 7 because I thought the Soul 7 was stellar. But, take my comments with a grain of salt for sure, because I really like the Influence 105, which is a totally different direction, and I ski most of the time on Bonafides. So I have been reluctant to trash the Sick Day 95 because I understand that it is totally outside of my preference zone. But I am still kind of shocked that people loved the SD 95 so much because I don't get it, even after accounting for my biases.
So I think that you did well with the P98. Don't look back. If the Sick Day series still speaks to you, go for the 125 as your powder ski. For that scenario, the Sick Day makes a ton of sense to me.