(background for clarity) (I think in bullet points)
Stuff has changed a lot since I bought. I have been kind of out of skiing for a while, still occasionally got to go but it was with the kids and I had to hang with them. Life got in the way of going a lot, (years) however, things are looking brighter now. I have had the kids out a few times and they are able to function on their own. I took off and was actually able to ski some intermediates. When I got back over and into my skis, and it felt GOOOOD. I think I can come back to intermediate pretty quick, and get back to eastern light expert even as a old guy.
I have skied for a while, started around 13 in NEPA (Jack Frost, Big Boulder) and kept it up in the service in WA. (Baker, Snoqualmie, Stevens) Hit Mt Hood a few times and did Bachelor in OR. Went to college, and Elk (NEPA) was close and a trip I made often night skiing after class, did Killington and Pico, then I moved and was 15 min from Shawnee.
I was refereed to as a "terminal intermediate" and that sums it up pretty well. I could do expert and not embarrass myself out west when I went a lot, but I didn't get to go as much as I wanted. Now I have done WPA/ Pittsburgh, and I like Blue Knob with the kids. Not a huge hill, but well taken care of.
When I bought last, the choice was stiff, flexible and flaccid, skis to. I have a set of 31 Y/O Swallow's that have a lot of miles on them. I replaced the bindings a few years ago because they grenaded. That makes me want to replace the boards and boots now that I am a little free to push again. I doubt I will ever go for a diet of steady black diamond, but a run or two will happen.
Anyway, the question.
Starting with the most important part, boots, as a 6' 250lb 50 year old who kayaks and backpacks, I am not the smallest bear in the forest. Not exactly a chunky dunker (skinny dipping for fat folk) but no runway model. What would you folks who actually have skied stuff that isnt older than yourselves, think about the Nordica Cruise 110. I got my current Nordicas mainly for the high arch, calf size, and pretty stiff flex. It looks like Nordica has continued that trend and it looks like the Cruise 110 is falling in the ability range I want to get back to.
Was this just to simple?
I need a hint to be able to talk to a ski shop. I mean, rocker, rocker/camber, rocker/camber/rocker, off the rocker...... I think..... a full camber or a rocker/camber is what I am looking for. Dont plan on "off piste" or what we used to call "out of bounds, you are on your own". Just eastern groomed stuff and if I am lucky, a trip or two back west and to VT.