I'm 5' 10" 200lbs level 7-8 skier but actively progressing. I ski some in Michigan but primarily out west. I currently use Fischer Big Stix 98's as a one ski quiver, but after skiing some older Progressor's last week on hardpack/crust in Utah I decided I needed to add a pair of carvers to my arsenal. I've always like Fischers and can get pretty good deals on them so I looking at the Motive 86 and Progressor 900 or even 800.
These would be for hard snow conditions only. Mostly for groomers but I always end up in the trees or bumps at some point, 70-30%. I skied the Progressors for two days (I think they were Progressor 9s). They were the first real carvers I have used and they were a whole lot of fun on piste. That said I they were a challenge to ski off piste in trees and bumps (probably my technique). I'm wondering if a more all mountain carver like the motive 86 or even the progressor 800/700 might be as fun on piste but better in a variety of other terrain? I've read that the motive 86 is a good carver for an all mountain ski having metal layers, but I'm not sure how it would compare to something like the Progressor 900s.