Just gonna do quick snapshots before I forget all of what I skied. I skied every ski just one run on the trail next to the Gondola - bumps, then some reaching shorts and then opening it up. The snow was a foot of new packed down into a fairly demanding harbor chop with some smooth silky spots near the bottom.
Nordica NRGy 90 and 100 177cm - Soul7 and Bonafide got married and had babies. I like the balanced rocker profile and shape of these skis. The 100 is quite a bit more ski than the 90, but I'd still like more from both of them. I think I'd prefer the 185, but they didn't have any to try.
Blizzard Bonafide 180cm - probably should've tried the 187, but since I skied the NRGy short I figured I'd do the same with the Bone since it seems to be the one we measure against. Very nice feel on this ski strong and damp, but I'd like it to feel more positive especially in the tail.
Volkl Mantra 177cm - first time I've tried the Mantra since it was introduced however many years ago (it's been a while I think I was still skiing Karmas then). In short, it still has the same Mantra feel. "Glassy" is what I'd call it. Damp and stable, but certainly not the most stable ski I tested.
Volkl V-Werks Katana 184cm - OK, not a 90-100mm ski, but it just looks so badass and I've been wanting to try it. Wow, it felt awesome on edge skiing away from the lift. They got the camber profile perfect on this. You can use teh whole ski, any part of it whenever you want. The feel is silky and damp. Speed limit is a bit low, maybe because it is so light but probably because it is so wide and kind of want to flatten out and you really do have to stand on just the outside ski. Even though it was huge I liked it better in the bumps than the Bones (bucky and hard to use the tail) or the Mantra (didn't wow me in the bumps either).
Volkl BMT (184?) - take the Katana and shrink it to 94mm. It's pretty straight, but I really liked this ski a lot. It's even lighter than the Katana, so not great on speed limit, but I don't think that's what they built it for. Very smooth and predictable in the bumps. A bit more shape in the tip would have been nice, but again, that's not what this ski is for.
Stockli Stormrider 100 (pretty sure this was a 174) - for a while this ski was best in test for me. Silky, strong and damp. Nice tail. Unparalleled stability at speed. In the longer sizes you could compete at Arcticman on these things. Skied very well in the bumps.
Fischer Motive 95 180-something - OK, this was my favorite ski of the day. it has a pretty big rocker in the tip, but somehow you can still use the tip. It was the easiest one to use in the bumps, the tail wasn't over-powering, but it was right there for you. It was easy to be patient with the ski or steer it. It was also really good at speed. Maybe a 9 to the Stormriders 10 - 1 point deducted because you could feel that big tip flopping around a bit while the thinner lower tip of the Stormrider was more steady. I'd say the Fischer had the best balance of skills.
Atomic Theory 180something - felt very "cappy" had plenty of edge, but just not much feel.
Edited by epic - 2/14/14 at 5:56pm