Just soliciting input here. I am interested to know what everyone's daily driver/go to ski is. And why they went that route. Was it the result of a long demo process? Intuition? Shot in the dark? Cheap? Friend's recommendation?
Don't worry, I won't call you out if you made a bad choice. Can't say the same for others here.
I will start:
Daily ski: Kastle MX88 178cm. I live in the PNW, am 5 foot 9, 155lbs, and find that most of my days are anything from firm snow to softer, cut-up new snow. Rarely more than 8-10 inches deep. So this ski really makes sense. I could use a bit more width at times, say 95mm underfoot, but it would cut down the hard snow power I can get from this ski, so as everything is, I am in somewhat of a compromise. The upside is I can rip bumps on it, find it very nimble and stable when skiing trees fast, and surprisingly forgiving in cut-up snow. It is a great road trip ski; was very happy on it in Colorado during a storm cycle last year. It floated well in the pow of the Steamboat trees, was great in late-day cut-up snow, and ruled the bumps. And is as exceptional as a hard snow ski of this width as you will ever find (although I am not really skiing groomers when the snow is so good elsewhere).
I have tried other skis as daily drivers: notably I really like the Rossi E98 178cm, Fischer Motive 95 in a 180; the old Head Rock n' Roll in 180 as well. They tended to work well for that everything niche. I have had less luck more soft snow oriented skis like the Soul 7, Bonafide and current Mantra, felt I was getting soft snow float at the tip with the expense of responsiveness in other conditions, which wasn't a trade I wanted to make.
So, how about you? Why did you choose your daily driver? What do you like about it? And what don't you like about it, or why would you keep looking for something different?
Shameless plug: I have my old pair of demos from last year I am selling. Plus a bunch of other skis laying around. Mounting up a new pair of MX88's as soon as we get some more snow.