I got boots and poles and I like them both. I demo'ed about 6 skis and I was leaning to the Amphibio 14's, which were on sale for $499 at my Local shop, though they sold out of them, before I could buy some :(
I really liked how easily they blasted through everything crud and ice. They also seemed to turn on a dime. Someone did mention that skis with metal in them aren't the best for bumps. While I love bumps, there is only about 100ft of them on the mountain that is 38 minutes from my house. This place is the best place within hours of my house as well. My heart was initially set for the 14's, though I am hard pressed to find them again at that price at this point in the season. So I guess that leaves me wondering what should I do? Try to find a similar ski for about the same price point?
I tried the Amphibio 74's, which are currently selling for same price as the old 14's, though they are this year and the 14's were the previous year. I also liked them as the preformed close to the 14's, but my buddy said I skied much more aggressively with the 14's.
I also liked the 78ti's which I initially tested out, though the shop is selling this years for $650.
I am also wondering about skis that are more for moguls. Though seeing I am 32 and due to the lack of moguls around here I am wondering if this might not be such a good idea.
What I was skiing the other day was mostly regular groomed slopes, with some patches of ice with lots of crud at the end of every patch.