I'm looking for some guidance on Salomon skis - I've been reading up on the X-Drive 8.0 FS and the 8.3, and I'm having a hard time deciding which would be the better ski for me. Many of the reviews I've read give a lot of praise to the 8.0 FS and the 8.8 FS, but I haven't been able to find a comparison between the 8.0 FS and the 8.3 (from what I've read, it seems like the 8.8 FS is geared more to hard charging at high speeds, but less nimble or playful than I'd like).
A little about me and what I'm looking for:
I'd describe myself as advanced intermediate - I've been skiing for 24 years, usually 10 days a year, and I can ski anything in bounds with confidence. I'm 6'1, 165 lbs, and I ski fairly aggressively most of the time. I don't have as much experience off-piste, but I would like to ski trees and glades more and improve there. I primarily ski the east coast, with occasional trips out west for a week or so.
I'm looking for that one ski that will work of the majority of what I ski - 70% groomers, 20% bumps, and 10% trees - and won't hold me back as I continue to improve and ski different types of terrain. I like carving big powerful turns, but I also want a ski that's playful and doesn't falter at lower speeds. I'd like to it be capable in the bumps and trees, though by no means is that the majority of what I ski. Being on the east coast, I'm not looking for something that is great at powder, but I would like capable in some new snow.
Last year, I demoed the Enduro 800 and the Q-90 - I really like them both. The carving ability of the Enduro was a lot of fun - I really liked the edge hold it had and the feeling of pushing me out of the turns. I've been surprised to read (after demoing) that some people think of it as heavy or ponderous. The Q-90 had great playfulness, but I didn't feel that same carving response.
Has anyone skied the X-Drive 8.0 FS or the 8.3? Can you give a comparison of the two? Thoughts on the Q 90 as an east coast one ski quiver? Any ideas about the XT12 bindings that come with the 8.0 FS and the 8.3 - better to go with those or is something comparably priced a much better option?