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Back in the sport and need new skis - E88 vs Head Titan vs Salomon XT850

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Hi all, I live on the east coast of Canada, sometimes venture over to New England. Strictly what I guess is called a 'front side' skier? I like challenging runs, but not off piste, no trails through the woods. I'm basically comfortable skiing any of the groomed trails at the New England resorts as long as they aren't moguls.

40 years old, been skiing off and on since age 4, but not so much in the past 10 years (kids, etc). 5'10, 180 pounds.
Used to ski on Dynastar airflows (190's I think). About 12 years ago I got my first set of parabolic skis, Atomic C9 Beta Carves. They seem to work fine for me, but I don't find them very fun....they almost turn too easy? I was sold 170's. I remember shortly after I tried one of the Salomon offerings (again, this would have been around 2002-3) in a 183 length, and found them more fun, not sure if it was the length, or different ski.
Heck, going -way- back, in my dynastar airflow days, I remember demoing a pair of K2 Unlimited's, and remember thinking how stiff they felt, and I loved that feeling.

Anyway, to the present....I'd like to replace the Atmoics. I don't necessarily have the ability to demo, as nice as that would be. But based on store stock and pricing, I've narrowed the choices to E88's in a 178, Salomon XT 850s (177?), and the Head i.supershape titans in 170 (was told I'd be better off sticking with 170 in this one).

Help! Thx!!

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I can't speak about the other skis, but the E88s are an outstanding all mountain ski.  The ski doesn't get the press it should, and it's even our local Rossi reps favorite "go to ski" for all conditions.  My buddy skis them, and while I prefer a wider ski for out here in Utah, he skis them everywhere from groomers to hiking to powder bowls.  I think you'll love the E88.

 

T. - wasatchreport.com

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