Hoping you can help. I'm looking for a new go-anywhere ski.
I'm 5'11" and weigh 175. I ski in Australia, which is like skiing in western USA. Limited powder, mainly groomers and chopped up off-piste.
I'm a very strong skier. I ski fast most of the time, but I don't like having to work really hard ALL the time (I know that sounds strange). I find skiing really fast easy and don't need to man-handle most skis to get what I need. I like medium radius turns, nothing too short, but some versatility in this space would be good.
Skis must be able to handle crud and soft, chopped-up rubbish (my old 4x4's chewed up this stuff). Not too concerned about powder performance, we don't get much, and I'm happy to sink in deep!!
Years ago I owned Dynastar 4x4 powertracs, and loved them (if they weren't so old school I might still be riding them). I then bought some Dynastar Contacts. For the first time I found myself having to really work them to get the maximum grip. Took some of the fun out of it, and they frankly weren't that predictable a ride.
Now I'm in the market for some new all-mountain planks but I won't get the chance to test anything. Looking at these ones, but happy to consider anything:
- Blizzard Brahma
- Blizzard Bonafide (not sure its the right ski?)
- Volkl Kendo's
- Dynastar Powertrack 89
I know there's another thread going around comparing the Blizzard's and Dynastar's, but I don't weigh anything like 250 pounds.
What do you reckon...? I only every own (read "ride") one set of skis. I like to know everything my ride is capable off, and I don't swap much.