Current skis are pair of 178 Legend 8000's. The ones before they made the tip wider. I love these skis. They do everything very well but don't outright excel at anything. They never surprise you but are always willing to play. Sort of like a 6 year old Labrador retriever. The can be skied from anywhere and more or less in anything. Overall I've been happy with the 178 but it was definitely as short as I'd want to go.
That said, they don't have the pop they used to so I'm looking to get something new. I've found a good price on a pair of 2012 Legend Sultan 85's in a 178 but I'm not sure if I'll be disappointed. Will the rocker shape make them ski smaller than the 8k 178's? I've read they are better carvers, but at the expense of versatility?
Can anyone who has skied both shed some light?
My other plan is to save some money and get the Blizzard Brahmas next season.
FWIW, 35 yrs, 5'10 210lbs east coast skier. Racing background but not charging as hard on account of 2 young kids and knee injuries. Still try to ski everywhere. Groomers, bumps, trees.