Looking to transition from Salomon XScream 8's bought back in 2001 to something new. On the skill level scale, I'm a 7. I'm 42 5'8" 170 lbs and ski mostly in the Midwest with 1 or 2 trips out west each year. Ski mostly groomers, but I do like to mix it up in the bumps on occasion.
I've pretty much made up my mind that I'm going to go with the Motive 76 or 80 in a 168 length. My preference would be to go with the Motive 80's. I think they'll be a little more stable and a little more adaptable to different snow conditions. However, I'm a bit concerned in going from a ski with a 68mm waist to an 80mm waist.
Would I be better off going with the 76 or will it be no big deal top hop on the 80's?
Salomon XScream 8 181cm 106-68-96
Motive 76 168cm 122-76-106
Motive 80 168cm 122-80-110