Nordica firearrow 84edt 176/184. This ski blew me away at its carving ability and quickness. yes It blew me away on the groomers but had one speed limit. Not that speed isnt good but ilike to ski slow sometimes. In softer snow the smiles faded some. Still my favorite..or is it.
Volkl rtm 84 181 cm. Couldn't wait to get off this ski.
volkl rtm 84 v werks 171/176/181. This ski was a good carver and did well at speed. Loved how light it felt. When i tried gentle runs and not carving, the ski felt loose. Not fishy but asif there was no tip. Would own this over the regular rtm 84.
Head 8.5 ti. I just couldn't get this ski to work for me. Short turns, long turns , carving. I just didn't enjoy it.
Dynastar cr 78 pro. 178 cm. This ski digs trenches on the groomers. Lots of damp high speed turns like crazy. Didn't seem demanding but not for soft snow for sure. Too heavy and turny.
volkl kendo. Felt like a stiff plank to me. Ruled out the mantra after this . Would of been the only wide ski I wanted to try with metal. I did try the nordica hell and back and it was ok.
Dynastar 87. Didn't do much for me but it was very easy to ski.
Let's go back to the shop. Having owned the fa84edt and the cr78 i had in my head these skis ruled for fun and didnt want wider. Would just deal with the lack of versatility. Shop tech this time say " i ski the mx83 or 88 and live them" im up at keystine and its not busy so i say whats the worst that could happen. They set me up with the mx88 in a 178 and i head to the slopes. In my head i have already discounted them. I get off the lift with my music playing , low volume of course. Make a few smeared turns .. not bad . I like them kind of. keep running straight a few minutes ... silky smooth. Go up a bank to see how they change direction.. very good. Pick up the speed and try a few short and medium radius turns ....lots of fun. Cut through some soft snow and definately better than the other narrow skis.
Now! It's time to try carving. I find an open spot where there is little traffic pick up the speed and drop the hip. WOW! How is it possible for a ski this wide to carve so well? Just great carved turns. Still a non believer I swap them out for the rtm v werks. I skied them for one run and picked the kastle mx88 back up. I just ski so well on that ski.
I will end now. When i returned them the tech just smiled. Let's say this " the cr 78 were sold and I have a new pair of mx88 skis in my basement.