Now for the skiing that I want to do,but usually can't thanks to low altitude and the Atlantic Ocean. I have a pair of Dynastar Sultan 85s that have an edge dent and plenty of self-repaired core shots. In reality, they don't ski much different than new as the edges are in good shape outside of the dent and a couple of small spots.
Problem is, I don't love them. They're great at charging any sort of junky, cut up snow/slush. Otherwise, they're just okay. Not great at floating in the soft stuff at slower speeds, even by 85mm standards. A bit to stiff on real bumps (tight, steep and big) and trees. They'll hold a carve on groomers to a certain degree but always feel somewhat vague and the tip likes to dig into the snow and slow down. The dampness that makes them great at charging junk makes them a little lifeless elsewhere. Kind of low energy.
So, replace with an 88 or expand the quiver to a 98? At 155#s, I don't see the need to go much higher. Majority of days will be in NY, a few VT and 5-7 at an Alta/Jackson type place. I've demoed 98s that floated me well on Alta powder days and I can just demo on the seldom powder days. Based on what I've said on the Sultan, what would you suggest? I like skiing everything.
For the demo, demo, demo replies - I have and it's not always easy to demo what you want and the conditions you demo in make a huge difference. I was dying to buy a pair of Rocker^2 115s last year but talked myself down knowing they'd get 2 days/season.