I'm also light weight (145 @ ~5'10"). Also looking.
Your light weight is a factor, in terms of float, from what I've read on other Epic threads. For you (and me), the amount of float you get from a 115 ski is about the same as a 180+ guy would get on a 120+ ski. So you (and I) can hit a deep powder "sweet spot" at ~115, earlier than the heavier guys who go bigger.
This past year, I demoed Autos 179 & 186, Rossi Super 7s 180 & 188, and Soul7s, Squad 7s, Icelantic Keepers, Quest 105s, DPS 112 rp on deep and variable days. My wish list to demo is mostly the same as the other skis mfa81 (and others) mentioned.
Of the Icelantics, you might like the Keepers best: turn tightly, carve, crud bust, powder float, both stiff and playful.
I know 2 people on Sick Day 110s as their daily drivers here in Colo (where snow is softer, probably), and there is another on Epic. The two both love that these skis turn on a dime easily in any snow, float well (better than your influences, for instance), and are playful carvers also. But one of these folks, at least, has wider powder skis, Atomic Autos. The Epic person has a pair of Icelantic Gypsies but uses the Sick Days as a soft, carvy daily driver.
I'd suspect them in bad crud.
The softish Sick Day 110 can be both guick in "tight and technical" places and gs carve because of the new-fangled flex radius or progressive radius sidecut they have: when you flex forward into your turns, the ski slaloms (tighter turns) very fast; when you go more upright, the ski has a wider radius carve, more gs-like, more charging. So you get both in one ski, sort of. (The Sick Day has a third mode also: sit back a little as you carve and you get a dedicated slarve.)
The stiffer Praxis GPO also has the tight turn forward and the "Charger" upright modes (but I hear it's not so great in bumps, too stiff in the tail).
Other skis that do this sort of flex radius thing are on the lists here, as I understand it (please correct me if I'm wrong): Praxis SND, GPO and Protest; Icelantic Keeper; the Line Opus (and Francis Bacon 108? but not the Influence)? and the ON3P Billy Goat.
Not sure about this multi-flex stuff yet, myself.
The Volkl Two (overkill width?), and Volkl One, are great in steep powder bumps, "technical and tight," but apparently suck on variable and packed powder, I've heard.
Last thing, the Atomic Autos stand out in one way, in that they have a slightly softer tail than the powder chargers mentioned. Perhaps because of this, I found Autos surprisingly good in pow/chop/crud bumps, which is my go to afternoon place on a powder day once the fresh/chop has been skied off most places (rather than going to the trees, say, or backcountry.)
I too am looking at the Auto, but wonder if the 2015 stiffer version won't be as good in bumps.
Originally Posted by SkiBumGolfer
... I'm looking to possibly take advantage of the Labor Day blowouts going on over the next few weeks to update my ski quiver, and am having a bit of a challenge making a decision. 5'8", 145lbs, and my home mountain since last year is Mt. Baker. Probably about a level 8 skier according to the Vail system - I'll ski anything that's not seriously life threatening (so no cliffs, rocky death chutes, etc.), I ski confidently but I'm not a hard charger by any means. Right now my quiver includes 169cm Dynastar 6th Sense Slicers that I use for the firmer days, and 179cm Line Influence 105's on the softer and powder days. My concern right now is that the Influences feel a little long and stiff for a lot of the Baker terrain - technical and tight, rather than lots of wide open bowls. I LOVED the Influences when I had a pass at Snowbird, because there's so much open terrain and the stability was awesome when really tearing, but last season I was jonesing a little bit for something a little more playful and maneuverable.
Lately, I've been looking most seriously at 174cm Salomon Rocker 2 108's, 175cm Dynastar Cham 107's, 179cm Atomic Automatics, 172cm or 179cm Line Sick Day 110's...basically, I'm way down the rabbit hole with options and some guidance couldn't hurt! The general characteristics I'm looking for are a little softer flex and easier turning performance than the Influence. Better float would definitely be nice, but not totally at the expense of hardpack performance, since Mt Baker is quite a variable mountain when it comes to conditions. This led me into the roughly 110mm waist width region, except the Automatics which are just a killer deal right now. I'm also fighting with how long to go, since most of the skis I'm looking at have MUCH more significant rocker characteristics than the Influences.
Thanks MUCH in advance for any help you're able to provide!! Any clarification questions, fire away.