We just got back from six ski days at Snowmass. Great weather, awesome skiing conditions. I let my 19-year-old son demo skis for a couple days. His current skis are hand-me-downs from four years ago: 164 Volkl AC20s (74 waist). Those were my beginner skis, which he first skied when he was four inches shorter, at least 10 pounds lighter, and several levels less proficient than he is now. He's now about 5'8" and maybe 142 lbs. We ski a lot of glades, moguls, and of course groomed and semi-groomed to get to and from the trees and moguls.
When I signed him up to demo, the idea was that he'd ski 2-3 runs on one pair of skis, try another, etc. But, for his first pair, the guy at the ski store gave him 166 Blizzard Brahmas. He really liked them and didn't want to swap to anything else. In my head, these are too short and too stiff for him. Back at the Xmas break, I demo'ed 173 Brahmas and chose 173 Bushwackers over the Brahmas for my skis (I'm 5'9" and 150 lbs.). Yes, he is a better skier than I, but we all (he, my daughter, me) all ski the same stuff together.
So, here's my quandary: should I trust his gut or my head? More specifically, should I get him 166 Brahmas now -- with all the post-season sales starting -- and hide them in a closet for next Christmas? Or, wait til next season, and insist that he demo other skis?