I'm 23 years old, 6'0", 140lbs from the west looking to buy an all-mountain ski that will be good on the groomers and in some powder.
Any thoughts on the Atomic Theory vs Salomon Quest 98?
Andrew - I have friends here in Utah who ski on both the Theory and the Salomon Quest 98, and I've never heard a bad word about either ski. Demo them if you get the chance, or just buy based on price -- I don't think you'll be disappointed with either ski. I ski on the Atomic Ritual and love the ski and the Theory is simply a narrower version of the Ritual. T. / wasatchreport.com
Andrew, the 168 is a bit short, especially for your height. I'd get the 177cm length. The early rise means it'll ski like a shorter ski. As you get better and venture off piste the 168 just won't be long enough for you. Hope that helps. T.
Sorry, I don't keep up on who demos what where, so you'll have to just check around. Just to add to the confusion, if you ski Deer Valley, then they have a Rossi demo yurt where you can try all their skis, too. The Experience 88 (the Experience 98 is too stiff) and the S3 are great skis for out here in Utah.