Firstly, the questions:
Where in the world are you skiing?
What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)
How many days a year do you ski?
How advanced are you as a skier?
What's your height and weight?
1. Mostly East Coast/Midwest. A couple days out West a year as well.
2. For the east and midwest, it's pretty much strictly groomers.
3. I get about 10 days a year in for the last several years. Hoping to increase that as I anticipate a move closer to ski resorts in my near future.
4. I would consider myself an advanced-intermediate. I ski single blacks confidently with mostly carved turns (sometimes a skidded turn or two works its way in). I like to ski fast, with short, linked turns.
5. 6' 1" 210. Athletic.
I have been skiing for 16 years now, and have begun the process of acquiring my own equipment. I have a pair of properly fitted boots and a pair of "all mountain" skis ( '09-'10 K2 Apache Xplorers 170cm) that just dont really do that great of a job on the groomers. The last several times out I have rented skis rather than ride my own. Out of all of the skis I rented, the K2 Charger in 172 was probably my favorite ride (I think they were the 11-12 model). I also liked the Head Icon 10 (170 cm, no clue on model year), but it was a little too soft, and really chattered at speed, which was a tiny bit unnerving. Looking for recommendations/guidance on what to demo.