Hi, I am moving permanently to Colorado and want to buy one pair of Skis for the season. I am a 41 yr old Advanced skier, 6'-2" and 182 lbs. I am in decent shape because I ride my road bike about 5-6k miles a year. I can pretty much ski all runs in almost any condition at a resort and have done some cat skiing in the backcountry. I like to ski in the trees a lot of times and have been known to spend all day in mogul runs in the bowls and trees. I ski controlled and mostly do short to medium turns but on the groomers I do let go at times and get some speed (in the 30-40mph range Max according to my GPS). I do encounter hard snow on steep slopes at times but I prefer the softer snow in the moguls and trees. Of course whenever there is powder I ski that as much as possible. I usually ski about 20-30 days a year and of those resort powder is not that common and in those times a 100mm wide (+-) ski has usually been plenty. So in short I spend my days on steep ungroomed slopes in bounds but hit the groomers every once in a while.
Ok. Here are some of the skis I have tried recently:
Rossi Soul 7 in 180 cm.: Really liked this ski in the tight trees and moguls. Pretty bad ski in the fast grommers or skied off groomers. I mean It held an edge in the steep hard stuff but at speed the vibration made it a handfull when the snow got hard, scratchy and cruddy. At lower speeds it felt nice in most any snow condition though.
Rossi Sin 7 in 180 cm: I though this would be better than the Soul 7 but I liked the Soul better. The Soul oddly enough felt more maneuverable and held edge better in the conditions described above. I thought that the Sin 7 being narrower would feel snappier and more responsive but no.
K2 Annex 98 in 184 cm: This was a good but boring ski. The Soul 7 felt better and more maneuverable in the bumps and tight trees and the K2 just was not any better in the groomers. It vibrated less but that is about it. Did not feel like a fun ski just so so. Ok I guess.
I used a new boot this year a Salomon Quest Pro 90. Felt comfortable but even though I got the correct size (about a size smaller than my reg. shoes) I had the boot cinched down all the way and sometimes felt I wanted a touch tighter fit and the boot also felt a bit too flexy most times in most of the runs specially the ones with hard snow. So suggestions on Boot choice are also appreciated.
I am clueless about bindings, have only used the very common Salomon Z12. So suggestions on bindings also welcome.
I really do not care much about brands or price but want a pretty durable system that is gonna last me 3-4 years or more.
Thanks in advance.
Edited by MuchosPixels - 1/15/15 at 6:54pm