I'm beginning to think about new skis and need a bit of assistance from those of you who have demo'd /reviewed a lot. I am currently on older (2010) Dynastar CrossTi's and am looking for something a bit more damp, I think. I've recently been plagued with knee issues, and I'm finding that I'm a bit nervous on the skis b/c they seem a bit too "poppy" or light in groomed re-froze. When I get to speed, I feel like they might suddenly deflect if I hit some rough spots and tear up my tender knees. So I'm thinking maybe damper, perhaps a longer radius. Maybe it's only me and my skiing... but maybe I could ameliorate this w/equipment?
Anyway, I ski east. My style is fast GS on lower-angle, but then (perhaps b/c of said knees and my age) when it gets steep, I start to shorten up the turns and pick my way more carefully. Current skis are fine here. But often deal with push-piles, or groomer ruts, or hardened reefs. I want something that will plow through these if I hit them like a big, heavy Mercedes through a dirt road. The problem is that I equate damp with "lifeless" and I also like some life, or strength, in a ski. It feels like I want a ski that has opposite personalities: strong and solid at speed, but quick and responsive in short turns.
Any of you have ideas? I know enough to know the standard suggestions for a fairly narrow carver (Dynastars, Head Titan or Rally, etc) but I don't know which is more strong and damp vs light and poppy. I'm looking for a narrow east coast ski (<78), good at turning out careful short-swing turns, but also damp and "heavy" when I want to open it up. FWIW, I'm 5'8", 175, pretty realistically level 7+/- 8 (I can ski anything almost anywhere, but with more grace on some stuff than on others). Ideas?