First post. Signed up because it looks like you all really know what you're talking about. Seriously.
I live east coast. 5' 10". 140lb. Advanced skier. Ski most of the time at Hunter BUT am expecting to do a lot up in VT this year now my son is at college there and also planning to hit Whiteface for various reasons.
I let my old pair of Atomic Metron 11s go in the swap sale this year because I was ready to upgrade. Last year I bought a pair of Nodica Speed Machine 170cm in the swap sale. Super narrow - 67mm - but are good for exposed conditions and plenty fun on icy conditions. SO now I need to replace the Metrons and I feel capable of a good step-up.
Last Jan, went out to Mammoth and used demo gear. Fell head over heels in love with the K2 Sideshow at 174cm. (90mm width.) They made me a better skier and I was thrilled with what I could accomplish on them. Expected to buy this year but they've switched to the K2 Amp Rictor 90.
I got to demo some skis at Hunter over the past week - one on demo day from the various brands on the piste, one direct from the store - but it's only confused me. All of them were in longer length than I would like and the conditions were very different over the two days: one had a foot of fresh powder, the other was pretty much all groomed. I took out a pair of 177 K2 Amp Rictor 90s early on powder day and probably wasn't ready for the adjustment in skis and conditions. Plus, there was no groomers to try them on. The store doesn't have an AMP Rictor 90 to demo, and on groomer day, there wasn't much between the Enduro 850s and the Atomic Crimson; both charged down the hill super fast and with plenty control. If I was only going to ski groomers, I'd probably go for one of those. But I do want my new skis to push me a little harder, as the Sideshow did out west, and I expect to see more powder and mixed conditions both in VT and with future trips out west.
Any one want to talk me out of the Amp Rictor 90? Or should I just stop over-thinking and go for it while it's still in stock at my length (170)?