Originally Posted by CharlieRN
mfa81 mentions that the flat tail of the Cham or Hell & Back would be a very different feel than the LP's - in what way? I came across a pair of Cham 97's online in what I think is an OK length for me (172cm) and the price is very tempting. I love the forgiving nature of the P90s though . . .
I'm 5'5" and ~147 and I've been on the Prophet98 172cm for 2 seasons. Not sure which size do you ski them, or maybe you only ski the P90 in 179cm, not the P98.
The P98 is more forgiving than the P90, a little softer as well. What I meant was that the tail on the P98 is very forgiving and won't punish you when you get in the backseat, I know because I do that a lot in challenging steep terrain as well as sometimes when landing from jumps, I wouldn't expect the Hell&Back and the Cham 97 to treat you the same way!
I've never tried the Hell&Back but I was curious to do and I might even get one if it shows up at the starthaus blem sale over the summer, but I'm looking for a stiffer, less playfull, better carver ski than the P98.
But I do love the P98 for off piste, slarving, soft snow, bumps... it's a very forgiving ski and great offpiste in softish snow!
If you want an offpiste, softish 98 underfoot ski, you could definitely go for the 186cm depending on how tall you are, sometimes it's not just about weight since the skis might get a little too long to handle in difficult spots even when you are able to bend the skis without much problem! The 179 will be much easier to ski than your 179 P90.