My stats: male, 5'11", 225, level 7 skier. Ski almost exclusively in VT, so hard snow / ice performance is a must. I stay mostly on groomers, but will venture into the bumps on occasion. I like to carve as well as make short turns. I guess I'm looking for a frontside ski that will handle typical New England conditions.
After doing a bit of research, I'm leaning towards the Progressor 900 in 175. It seems to me be the logical step from the RX8. I'm thinking at my weight I should be able to manage the stiffness of the 900s, as well as give me the grip on ice/boilerplate. My one concern is that they will be much heavier and less nimble than the RX8.
That being said, the Motive 80 sounds interesting. Handles like a carver, but a bit more versatile in the bumps and crud. True? Or is it more of a case of jack of all trades, master of none? In other words, am I going to hate these on those wind blown icy days that are all to familiar in VT?