I am looking for some input on the pros and cons of these two skis. I have found a lot of info about the Brahma's on the internet but not a lot about the Sin 7 (but what little I have found is positive). I am looking to buy a new pair of skis at year end closeout prices and think these would probably fit best for my needs.
I am currently using 2011 Blizzard Magnum 7.4's, 170 cm long (no rocker), which I purchased back when I was skiing in Michigan. I now live in Colorado and am looking for something a little wider. I have found on days with more than 3" fresh snow, the runs get very tiring at the end of the day on the narrow skis.
I did get a chance to demo the Brahma's in 173 cm on a 7" snow day in Steamboat and enjoyed them. Definitely felt the difference in having more ski underfoot in fresh snow. Despite being a more aggressive ski I didn't feel the leg fatigue I normally get in my Magnum's from skiing end of day chopped up snow. Took them through the trees and felt like I had plenty of control. So they fit the bill for me regarding fresh snow but I didn't get to evaluate their performance on groomers.
Most of my skiing is front side with the family; two young kids and my wife who prefers groomers. However, I like to a break away for a few solo runs in the glades, off-piste, hitting the bumps or a couple 1st morning runs on the backside on snow days. My oldest son is showing a fondness for the bumps and trees so I will have an off-piste ski buddy in a couple years.
My info: I'm 39, male, 5'-9" about 170 lbs, high-end advanced skier
Here are some of the specific question for which I am looking for input:
1. Waist width? Brahma 88mm vs Sin 7 96mm. Is this whole East/West All-Mountain legit or market hype? The Brahma seemed to have enough float for the type of skiing I do, but I don't want to regret not having a wider waist, which the Sin 7 has?
2. Level of aggressiveness needed on groomers. Most of the time I am cruising with the family but do enjoy pushing a ski. I am worried that the Brahma is going to unhappy when I am just cruising whereas it appears the Sin 7 doesn't need to be pushed to be a fun ski.
3. 80% on-piste/20% off-piste with room to grow: Your thought between the two.
4. Thoughts on length. I am thinking 180 cm in either ski even though I enjoyed the 173 Brahma in fresh snow.
Sorry for the length of this post but wanted to provide plenty of information.