Originally Posted by markojp
IMHO, the venturi has a bit of a weight limit. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone over 200lbs. For a lighter guy it could work great. All in all, I think the Collective is a better ski and has a stiffer tail for a bigger guy. Stiffness wise, I'd guess the venturi is somewhere between the soul rider and the Shredditor though I can't recall with any certainly.. I'm a big fan of the Soul Rider. It's a great general purpose all mountain ski that happens to have a twin tip. Edge hold is superior to the Venturi, and it's nice not to have to ski a 191 to get whatever additional stability the Venturi needs. Personally, I prefer the Rev 90 over the Venturi for pretty much any application. The rev 90 is pretty underrated IMHO.
Just wanted to follow up..I ended up buying the 177cm REV 90, I have three days on it, including one almostly exclusively spent in VT glades (FWIW, the heavy, dense storm that hit NE last week left most VT resorts with the best early base I've seen since, well, ever! Seriously, it was Epic) and a few spent on mixed early season groomers. I agree with your assessment, it is underrated (and can be bought dirt cheap) and a wonderful tweaner ski, one that more than holds its own on firmer groomers and in short turns (which makes it a lovely resort ski).
It was solid in moguls (though, I haven't run it through true shark tooth eastern bumps yet-and, I'm only a so-so mogul skier), it has a great even flex throughout with just enough tail to add a little hold or serve some kick, but still easy to 'swish' around in tight spots. I have skied nd owned just about every iteration of Head in this category over the last 11 years (monster 88, Peak 88, iPeak 90, Rock n Roll)-this is the best for my skiing and an evolutionary step up. It carries speed, it can be playful but it's first instinct leans towards the technical, which, for most is probably a better way to lean.
I'm happy with it. I have skied the Shredittor 92 and the K2 Rictor 90xti. REV 90 is similar to the 90xti, but a little less hard snow ability and a tad softer. I liked the 90xti, but I can't find that cheap anywhere. Shreditor is good too, but it's all play and no work. Be great in low-medium snow eastern glades and spring snow, but gives back quite a bit to these other too in hard snow conditions.
Anyway, just throwing in with the sentiment that the REV 90 (and Probably the K2 90xti) are much better choices than the Venturi given the OP's parameters.
Hey Markojp, I see the PNW is off to another mixed start this season…I had a blast at Crystal last year in March (in what was a very weird year), and with the new Lift, I'm thinking of another March trip…conditions depending (though, last season, on paper the conditions didn't seem that great either, but our trip timed real well).