Originally Posted by Dino
For a really deep snow ski, the Shiros would be a safe choice. They have a lot of tip/tail taper and the width to handle deeper snow.
Tried Benchetlers and they were easy to ski in pow and trees. Maybe not as good as Shiros in cut up conditions.
Originally Posted by Mikep
I've got the Shiro from a few years ago. I do like the ski but they are in the "clown shoe" category due full rocker. Easy and fun to ski and very turny since they have a lot of sidecut for their width. I hear this years model has a flatter tail, which I think would be a good thing.
Thanks guys I do appreciate the feedback. I think the Salomon Q115 would be ideal for me, easy to initiate, tight radius, playful, light for touring and a bit of camber underfoot but the Shiros are the only ski on my list that are exactly the right size at 183, Im 5'11" 170. So maybe I should just get the right size instead of going small or large...only 178 and 188 available in the Q115s. I currently ski Volkl Bridges and have been happy with them for most stuff, they just dont surf well @95mm
Considering youre both recommending the Shiro, its a good sign, though the clown shoe comment is a bit discouraging haha. I thought there was a bit of camber underfoot on these...Volkls site says Full Rocker but they also say my Bridges are Full Rocker and I know there is camber on them, theyre more of a tip rocker/mustache rocker.
I do like the heavy taper on the Chetlers and would lean more toward the side of "easy to ski in pow and trees" vs "good in cut up conditions" as they will be my fresh track hikers. Chetlers would be slightly big at 185 but not really a huge deal and with the taper theyd probably be fine.
Skis like the Blizzard Bodacious are not for me, Im just a little guy and I dont typically need a ski that charges well down icy steeps. Id prefer spring to stability.
The Moment Bibby's have specs I like though I dont do much launching anymore, pushing 40 yrs old at this point. Too many choices these days....not sure if any of that clarifies or adds further confusion.
Id probably be fine with the Shiros if I can be convinced they ski more nimble than the spec turn radius of 26.4m @183