Thanks guys for the added info..
I totally agree i need a tighter fitting boot before jumping on new skis.. my adjustment to my boot with the insoles did seem to help a bit, but no, still not perfect.. next fall the boots will get fixed first.
Yesterday, i decided, however, to rent other skis, just to feel the difference, mainly because i wanted to feel a real ski (for men, not the unisex k2 from 1802) that was stiffer..
It was a high of maybe 34 in the daytime.. 3-4" of fresh powder had fallen, it was mostly 29F while we skied..
The first ski I had from the rental was a 76 mm wide (my k2s are 70mm) Elan and 176 (they didnt have 180s).. they were horrid.. either because they lacked wax or just werent very good.. they would barely go in the snow.. I switched back to my K2s (which i had waxed with warm wax 2 trips prior) and they slid in the snow perfect..
I went back and switched them for Experience 78's (182cm) which the shop called "high performance" skis..
At first i was a bit timid on these.. they went faster (than mine) (and actually went).. and the width threw me off, catching the edge on my right foot (i assume this is the right term, nearly doing the old 7 10 split).. but part of that issue might be because for whatever reason (boot related again), my right foot always seems to tilt inward on my ankle, edging the ski..
**Actually, i think the right foot bending/edging inward to the left is a pronation or maybe just a canting issue related to my foot more than anything.. i feel this will follow me in any boot, which makes me wonder if it would hurt to remove the foot bed (first layer?) of the right boot only (?) and put something like this custom footbed in its place and see if the inward tilt is still an issue (or go to a boot fitter to get ideas/padding etc). I have zero issues with left hand turns on steeps, its only the right and after the weekends testing/rentals etc, it seems clear to me part of the issue is the tilt of the right boot out of the box. **edit: actually in looking at my nordica cruise 80 boots, it appears i have an adjustment on the side of the boot which might help with the tilt / pronation (or maybe not help at all).
Back to the rental skis, I gave it an hour, kept using them and the difference became apparent.. they did indeed plow through the thicker powder spots, or float on top, less bumpy.. the downside, though again i'd get over it, was the weight.. the rental guy said these ones had metal tips and the bindings are "heavy" (but i think this is standard for the Experience line isn't it, or is it because they are 78R (rentals, reinforced? added weight etc).. the difference in weight was definitely noticeable.. i found my upper thighs to be burning after a half day.. knees taking a beating (mainly because of the weight, i think).
After a half day, i switched back to mine, yeah they were easier on the knees and lighter, but i could see the difference with thick bumps.. the 78's definitely make a difference..
I would definitely consider something along these lines (or the others you guys have mentioned, once i fix the boot next year).. I did read someone said the Experience 88s were actually a bit better than the 78's despite the extra width and less of an issue catching edge, which i found strange.. though frankly by mid day i didnt have many edge catching issues. I liked the stability of the added strength of the ski, or was it the length, or both, though i think maybe i'd drop back to a 178ish, but probably not any shorter (as many mentioned).
Edited by markm75 - 3/23/15 at 8:35am