I'm considering buying a new pair of skis this year, but I'm a bit unsure if I should wait another year or if I should go ahead and pull the trigger. A little about me:
*I live in NYC, so generally ski Catskills with a few trips to VT and hopefully an annual trip out west.
*I'm a confident intermediate, I can tackle blacks, but I need to "think" about it a lot while going down.
*I'm not big into moguls. I like skiing in the trees when I can. I generally stick to groomed runs, but I'm interested in more tree skiing.
* 6' 185Lb
*I started skiing back in 92 or so. I was in the Navy for a bit and then college so I didn't ski much during that time. I've been getting back into it more recently in the past three years.
*This year I have 7 ski days and it looks like I will have 10 by the end of the year, maybe 11. I think most years will look like 10-15 ski days, depending on vacations and such.
I already own boots; I bought them last year.
This year I've demo'd the K2 Rictor 82's at Okemo and mostly liked them. I also tried a more narrow Rossignal that had an asymmetrical nose, I didn't like that ski much. It was pretty amazing to carve it, but otherwise it was very rigid and seemed more focused on speed and technique then anything. The last ski I was on was a Kastle 84, and that was different for me, I ended up getting used to it, but I also felt like it was punishing me if I did anything wrong.
The lengths started at about 168 and went up to 176. Based on what I've liked so far, I've been leaning towards a ski that does these things:
*doesn't beat me up too badly if I don't ski perfect technique,
*that I can grow into as I improve
*That I can take out west and will be ok in non-powder days
*Can ski in most situations east coast, including powder days.
Mainly, I just enjoy having a good time. I'm not a terribly aggressive skier. I'm content waiting another year to find the right skis, but I'm spending a lot on rentals right now, so I'd like to consider it especially if I can get a good buy.
Based on the above, I've read some good reviews on the head rev 85 pro, and the price is right:
There is also:
The difference being the binding? Is it worth it?
I've also read a lot about the rev 90s, but then I would have to buy the bindings:
http://www.skinet.com/ski/gear/head-rev-90-2014 (I don't see many for sale right now)
This year I really really wanted to demo these:
Some of the reviews I read described me pretty well, flexible ski, can handle a lot of different kinds of terrain, intermediate friendly but expert / advanced can get a lot out of it. However I couldn't find anyplace that carried them where I went skiing this year.
Thank you for any input you all may provide me.
Edited by jamesglenn - 3/4/14 at 1:49pm