I was skiing this season on a 172 Line Prophet 98 and a 178 Rocker2 115... 5'5" / 147 skiing mostly Idaho with about 15 days split between LCC and Jackson.
I've just replaced the r2 115 by 176 On3p billy goat, wasn't that unusual for me to feel like I was folding too much the tips od the r2, while I loved the rocker profile it was just a little too soft when I tried to push hard on the tips!
I'm also buying a cochise in 177, loved every time I tested it! The 177 is plenty of ski for me and I like how stiff it is, curious to try the 2015 but probably will live with the current version since there is a bunch of sales going on right now!
I like the P98 but it doesn't do any good for me on really hardpack conditions and groomers, yes it works but just not fun! Also it's a touch too soft for these conditions! I will keep it because I like it!
Now where I need some input, I had no demo time on any ski in this category, I want a ski that's gonna do the job well done on groomers and hardpack off piste! I don't really want a pure carver but also don't care about soft snow performance but if it works better! What I need it to do well is groomers and hardpack offpiste, some bumps and trees when new snow hasn't been in the report for days!
So far what I have seen suggested to people kinda asking for the same is
and I'm really growing some interest in the Praxis SND, I like it's a little on the narrower side at 82mm underfoot compared to the 88mm's
not sure if I like the rocker flipcore in the brahma but it could help me out on hardpack offpiste! Not sure about size 173 vs 166
kendo seems perfect on paper, but the 170 might be too much ski for my size and the 163 not enough !?!
MX83 seems good and maybe more ski than the kendo at 163!
MX88 again a size issue, 168 would be the size to go, but I've seen some people a little bigger than me saying it was too much ski!
right now I'm leaning toward the praxis snd 167/stiff which is pretty much the standard layup for the ski, but it's pretty hard to get info about the ski like back to back comparison with other skis in the same category!
any other skis to consider? should I just pull the trigger on the snd 167? Talked to keith Today and he thinks that the 167/stiff would be the right size/layup for my size and what I'm describing!
what you have to say? what have you been using for groomer/hardpack offpiste and are happy with?
Edited by mfa81 - 4/18/14 at 6:03am