I'm considering a powder-specific ski purchase after renting a few over the past couple years when conditions lined up for me. I live in the east so still not convinced the purchase is a good idea over renting but I am sold on those over 110 at waist when lucky to find those conditions. Also had the bad fortune to be at Alta on a heavy snow day and couldn't rent as nothing was left - hence the purchase idea.
I have no access to demo these where I live so mostly online research and magazines. Am 45, 6-1, 200 with a strong technical/instructing background but don't charge like I once did. Also looking for some versatility for crud and respectable on groomers back to the lifts. All that having been said, I'm on the Blizzard Brahma and love them if that helps, also had a set of Bonafides until someone lifted them at Alpine last spring - loved them and may replace them.
Any experience or thoughts on any of the following would be greatly appreciated:
Nordica Patron (no metal so maybe too soft for 200 pounds?)
Blizzard Gunsmoke (another no metal but I recall talking with Philpug and he liked them, I'm a little heavier)
Armada JJ (a bigger stretch from my usual ski-type but everyone seems to love them)
I've looked at the Line Influence at Start Haus couple years ago but can never find them to try. Looking for something for my Utah and BC trips mainly as a 2nd pair. Not for everyday use.
Thanks for any feedback and hope everyone has a great 2015. If you have any extra snow lying around, we could really use some out east.