Looking for opinions from those who might have had a chance to try the new Volkl RTM 81 at the end of last season.
I am looking to replace my much loved Volkl AC30 skis. Those have been my go to ski for all around skiing here in the Mid Atlantic. Though I have taken them out west, I now have the Rossi E98's for that. So what I am seeking is an 80ish width ski I can rip groomers, take into the bumps and the occasional trees when we have enough natural. I particularly like to ski bumps when I get the chance, even if they are rock hard bumps. Hey that is what I learned on at 7 Springs back in the day.
I have tried both the RTM 80 and 84 and neither blew me away, though I did like the 84 a bit better. But from the reviews of the new RTM 81, it sounds more like what I am looking for.
I have been skiing over 40 years am a level 8/9 skier at 5'9" and 190lbs. I am torn between the 171 and 176 length as well. I also race in a beer league and have race skis for that. This is just going to be my Fun Non Race Day Mid Atlantic All Mountain Ski. How is that for a niche ski? LOL
Before you tell me to wait and Demo, I work at a local ski shop and can get these on Pro Deal now for a very good price. If I wait till our season starts, they will most likely be sold out and I will have to pay more for an off the shelf pair. Our shop also carries Rossi, Blizzard, Nordica and Elan if you think there is a better choice amongst those brands for what I seek.
So I am seeking advice from those who have tried them and if they think they will fit my needs.