OK, so I've read all of SJ's and Dawg's reviews and have decided tht the Kaestle MX 83 is the ski for me. Unfortunately, I can't even think about spending $1400 for a pair of skis. I know, I know, the MSRP is $1199, but a certain shop in my neck of the wood is jacking up the prices to $1399 because they seem fairly sure they'll sell out at any price...they may be right.
Me: 6'0", 180-185, 53 YO. I ski almost exclusively at Magic with early and late season forays to Killington, plus a trip to Wyoming, Utah or Tahoe every year. Been skiing for almost 50 years, raced (not very well) at the collegiate level for a year. On any given weekend, I'll ski the lifts at Magic until things get played out and then ight travel to skin up a NELSAP area in serach of something interesting. Last year I got in 43 days and only skied 1 day before Christmas.
I'm looking for a ski that I can rail the manmade on and still be respectable in the mostly ungroomed terrain at Magic. I have skis that work for me at the 84mm, 94mm, 98mm and 112mm waist levels. I actually enjoy skiing moguls but don't zipperline and want a ski that can go from the manmade smooth to the bumps. I tried going with an FIS complaint GS ski a few years ago (182, >21M) and couldn't bend them...at all. That was an ego-check fer sure.
Not a huge fan of rockered skis in 2D snow.
Favorite skis are older Nordica HR Afterburner and Fischer Watea 94 (no rocker or any other gimmicks) but they don't allow me to keep up with the young'uns when there's only icy groomers open.
So what is out there that is affordable, carveable, and mogul-able? Fire Arrow? Progressor 900? Something from Head? Elan? Volkl? I have lots of bindings so a ski that does not require a system binding appeals to me. Would like to keep it under $700 (or half the price they want for the MX83).