Looking for a little advice on what to purchase this season. I've read a lot of great posts by so many of you. I am leaning towards a few models based on those posts. Those models being the Bonafides and Mantras
My stats- 41yrs, 6ft, 175lbs, in shape, aggressive expert skis 20 to 25 days a season. I only ski out West. (Colorado, Utah and Central Canadian Rockies). I ski off piste as much as the snow allows, but just as happy ripping down everything else.
My current skis are the Salomon Shogun size 191 which are 105 under foot. I've loved this ski but regret getting the 191 length as I have always had to ski them hard for good performance. I had demoed the 182 and found I pushed that ski to it's limit. So I went a size up...bad decision.
So I am just looking for confirmation with my two top choices Mantra and Bonafides are right for an all mountain ski for my style. I have read a lot about this stiff tail of the Mantra. Hard for me to imagine me not being ok with this.
I know... Demo Demo. I used to be in the industry and was spoiled with demoing often. However now a days I have a few issues with demoing. One the cost. The second and the bigger issue for me demo binding I have found are not high enough din setting for aggressive riding. I don't want to waste a couple days of my own fun being more gentle to some shop's skis. I tend to do a fair amount of base damage to my own skis. I want to have skis of my own skis ready to slay the mountain from day one.