I am heading out to St Anton, Austria for the season and I'm looking to buy a new pair of skis. I'd like some advice because chances are I won't get to demo before I buy, and it will be my only ski. I'm currently looking at:
- Rossi Soul/Savory 7
- Rossi Super/Star 7
- Armada JJ/VJJ
- Volkl Kiku
Last year I skied a pair of 165 Rossi B80s, which I hated. Considering they were classed as an 'all-mountain' ski, they sank at the first sniff of snow and weren't particularly great in any other condition either. I'm terrified of investing in another crappy all-mountain ski.
To give you an idea of my preferences last year I demo-ed:
- K2 Hellbents - loved the surfy and playful feel in pow, didn't mind the width
- Whitedot Preacher - hated. Heavy, hard work, not playful, sank in pow (?!)
- K2 MissBehaved - hated. Heavy, not at all playful.
- Rossi S7w - loved, loved, loved. Was planning to buy these at the end of last season but was waiting for this season's graphics (bad reason to hold off, I know), but now they've completely re-designed the 7 range.
How do the Savory 7/Star 7 ski in comparison to last year's S7? Do they feel similar or totally different?
Also, as I'm a 5' 9" female, ~140lb, what length would suit me? I'd be more than happy to go longer than 165. The B80s felt pretty bloomin' short.