I read the Blister Gear review of the Rossi E98 and thought that it might be a really great ski for me. I'm seeking some opinions, specifically to hear how they match up against the Stockli Storm Rider 95.
Age -- 36 (already!?!?!)
Ability -- 8+ or 9- (racing background)
Height/Weight -- 6'2" / 185
Style -- fairly hard-charging, very form-driven (from my racing days), likes to ski the entire mountain (bumps, trees, ridgelines, groomers)
Location -- mainly Taos and southern CO (and, of course, there's Sandia Ski Area right in my backyard!)
Other skis in quiver -- beer-league GS skis (Kneissl White Star 182); Rossi 9S slalom; Head Monster 88 (to be replaced)
Last year, I demoed the SR95 (186) at Taos and had an absolute blast. They were surprisingly light and agile, quick to grab an edge but easy to release out of the turn. The conditions were great, with about 2 new inches falling over the course of the day on already soft, late-season snow. My main complaint with them was that the shovel felt a little soft for what I'm used to and I felt as though I was over-flexing them into turns. I thought they were a little too easy to ski for what I'm used to (if that makes sense).
After reading Blister Gear's review, it sounds like the E98 is a much stiffer ski, much more geared toward the skier (like me) who likes to dig deep trenches. Also, I see some pretty great deals on this ski, especially with it being replaced by the E100. Is it a good choice for me?
What I'm worried about is -- am I just getting a fat GS ski? I'm riding the big, heavy Head Monster 88s with big, heavy race bindings, and it's just too much work for me now: too heavy, too difficult to flex, too unforgiving. Will the E98 be the same? I'd like something lighter, more nimble, and a bit more forgiving, but also something that I can trust at speed. In other words, I'm looking for a sweet-spot somewhere between the Monsters and the SR95s.
Thanks in advance for any sage (or snarky) comments any of you may have!