First post and I'm looking for advice on some new boards. I'm 47 y.o., 5' 7" and 145 lbs. I ski in Minnesota, so it's mostly hard-packed/groomed snow. I currently ski on some 185 Solomon Crossmax 10's. I absolutely love these ski's but want to check out a newer ski - just because I can, I guess and also because I know these boards can't last forever. Also, when I bought these, they were my first "shaped" ski's. Prior to these I had a pair of Fischer slaloms in 195 cm's and Dynastar GS skis in 203 cm's. When I bought these ski's I couldn't mentally allow myself to buy anything shorter than the 185's, and quite frankly, I am glad I didn't as I ski short turns, long turns at speed and moguls with these ski's and feel they perform great in all conditions (in Minnesota).
As I'm looking into a newer ski, I want to try a shorter ski, more inline with what's recommended for my weight and ability. From what I've read, most sizing charts say I should be skiing a 165cm ski.
Here are some of the ski's I'm looking at, all of which are 2012 or 2013 models (all seem to be pretty close to 50% off msrp). If anyone has any experience with these, I'd appreciate some input. 1. Head Worldcup Rebels Ispeed. 2. Dynastar Course Ti. 3. Nordica Fire Arrow 80 Pro XBI CT. 4. K2 AMP Charger
Lastly, do most folks here adhere to the sizing chart recommendations? I'm an old dog and have a hard time seeing myself on a 165's -- I'd feel like I was skiing on mini ski's!!
This is a great site - I did a lot of research here before buying new boots (leftovers) last year (Lange Comp 110's). Other than the terrific challenge of getting my feet out of the boots on cold days, they perform like no other boot I've ever owned. On top of that, they are more comfortable as well, as I finally found a boot that was built for a guy with skinny feet!
Thanks for any and all input.