Hope all is well with you. First I must thank you for all your great reviews, feedbacks and opinions on variety of topics on this website. I have been a silent observer for a while and recently decided to join this wonderful community.
I am 44, 5' 10", 185lbs and fairly athletic. I am advanced intermediate (level 6-7). I can come down the blue runs (always parallel, often carving when the snow is softer and in better conditions, but lots of skidding on icy stuff and hard pack). I can also ski black diamond groomed ones with proper form and style (as I was told). Currently aiming at and working my way up to the ungroomed runs, moguls, off-piste, bowls, trees and more steeps. I like to go faster and charge and maintain my technique, but occasionally I get scared of speed and my technique gets thrown out of the window and I slow myself down. I enjoy cruising at the end of the day.
My current ski is Volkl RTM 80 (126-80-17) @171 with TR=16.7m. I live in Northern California and mostly go to Tahoe resorts. I enjoy carving my turns and love the medium turns, but as I said I like to charge and become more aggressive in my skiing, and be More off piste.
I am looking to get a wider ski for my off-piste/all-mountain adventures. I know that wider skis are confidence inspiring so i can go faster . I have tried blizzard bonafide 180 in Utah as well as The Volkl mantra (only these two skis in the 98mm width range). Enjoyed the bonafide (gave me more confidence and wider platform to have more contact with the snow), but found the mantra (expectedly so) to be way too fast, stiff and challenging to control and have fun at my level. I still had fun on it, but I had muscle soarness at the end of the day which typically doesn't happen much to me and realized its way more of a ski for me at this time.
I have recently read some reviews about "Head Rev 98", however since this is a pretty new (year 2014) width for the Head rev line, there is not much info about it out there. Also, as this is not a ski that you can typically find at demo shops (unlike Mantra, Bones, soul 7, RTMs, etc), i don't think I will have a chance to try the ski. So I would like to know if anyone has tried this ski and/or can provide any feedback or comparison with the bones. What did you like or dislike about this ski? Do u think its a good one at my level and for my goals and improvements? I am also thinking of getting Head/ tyrolia Attack 13 at 97mm to go with that Ski. Your thoughts are really appreciated.