Im trying to pick a new ski sometime this year and could use a little help. Ive demoed a few pairs of Volkl RTM84s on three separate occasions and really love them, but not sure I can justify $1000 on a pair, so Im looking at around maybe the $700 range. I was at a demo yesterday (Cannon NH) and also checked out a few other pairs:
A set of Head Rev85 were nice. Carved real well and didnt balk too much at the new snow (few inches of new snow during the overnight and morning)
Nordica Hell and Back Burners werent as good. These didnt seem to carve as well as the Heads, although it was starting to get a bit icy/scratchy from traffic during the day
Final few runs were on a set of RTM 77s and they were the best of the day and seemingly as good as the 84s that I have been looking at.
At this point, looks like Im looking strictly at the Volkl RTM series, they seem to ride the best for what I like to do. I could endlessly demo other skis, but I like these so I may throw in for a pair.So really, what are the differences between the RTM 77, 80 and 84s with respect to their ride? The 77s were nice and they seem to retail for around $700 with bindings and the 80s are $800. I can do $800 for 90% of the skis I really want, but I have not skied these guys. So what do I need to know about the differences between these three Volkl skis
Disclaimer: I consider myself "advanced intermediate" for whatever that means, or if my legs were in better shape, maybe a bit better :P
I ski New England and hit up to 90% of blacks, no crazy stuff, no moguls and no off piste.