Current Ski quiver:
Elan Magfire 82XTi 184cm
Black Diamond Verdict 180cm (the old orange ones with out the tip rocker)
Boots (not that it matters probably)
Lange RS110 wide
I'm an 'expert' and strong/athletic (got the squat and deadlift numbers to prove it) groomer skier an ok powder skier and a shitty bump and tree skier.
I'm looking for a ski to be used on mostly east coast bumps and trees where I personally find the 82xti to be an ass kicker it's just to stiff for me to ski well in those conditions. I want to be able to lay some carves on the groomer but I don't need to be able to mach.
So I've skied the 2013 bushwhackers in 173cm pretty extensively my room mate has them and I was stealing them on a semi regular basis to play around on. I liked how playful they felt compared to the 82xti's and it was they where really fun in the bumps and surprisingly good edge hold and where great at making low energy carved turns, but once you started turning it up they got sorta vague and then they'd start loosing there edge and getting over powered on hard snow.
Which would obviously point to the Brahma, or perhaps a longer bushwhacker. Ideally I'd want the increased stiffness to allow for more fun on hard snow but only if it doesn't come at a huge expense of the ability to easily release the edge in bumps and trees.
So any advice?
Does the Bramha's extra stiffness make it much harder to release the edges and slide them around in bumps and trees?