I have time to kill, so lets see if I can remember back to 12 years ago when I started skiing (I don't remember stuff if not important).
Volkl 7/24 at about 170? 1st pair of skis I bought used on Ebay. Loved them
Volkl AC40 in about a 170. My first pair of new skis. Loved them and resold for maybe $75 less than I bought them for after a few seasons use.
Pocket Rockets 178? Purchased as a powder ski. They didn't float my F.A. so were quickly sold.
K2 Maiden AK. I thought I was really stepping it up to long skis (180). They did float better than the Pocket Rockets, but left a lot to be desired.
Movement Thunders 187. The first skis that I feel in love with. They clearly were a handful for me in the beginning, but they improved my skiing a bunch in years 3 and 4.
Blue House Districts 187. Purchased on a whim when Blue House introed the company on TGR with $200 a pair skis. I didn't like them as they felt to planky to me.
Praxis Powders 195?. Finally, a pair of skis that helped a jong enjoy skiing in powder
Praxis Bank Country 190. This was a proto ski I bought for a great deal, but they didn't set me on fire, so I sold them after a season
Movement Goliath 190?. These bad boys were bought as a replacement for the BC's. They were just to much for my skill level (hard for me to ski) so were sold.
PM Gear Bro 183. The TGR classic from many years back. Bought a used pair that likely needed a tune (I was clueless) and never felt right to me so I sold them.
Dynastar Mythic Riders 184. God, what a fun pair of skis. I sold them after a few seasons due to the over lap with the Movements.
Movement Source 187. Bought to replace my aging Thunders. Now my early season skis, but one of the best shapes (the Thunders and Source) I have ever skied. I still love them.
PM Gear Lhasa Pow 196. What a great powder ski. I loved them. Too bad the early ones had some delam issues.
Nordica 178 Nitros? I forget the model. First ski I bought due to Epic input, as I needed a ski to improve in moguls. They worked as advertised. I really liked those skis.
Dynastar Sultans 178? Didn't ever like these like I did the MR's. Sold them and bought the Elan's. What a great decision.
Atomic Autos in 193. Bought to replace the busted Lhasa's. Great ski. To bad the last 2-3 seasons have sucked for powder and I have maybe 10 days on them
Armada TST 183. Fun ski, but skied way to short, so I sold them and bought the 192's. Really fun, but like the Auto's, not enough snow to use them much. (For sale)
Elan Amphibio xti 179?. Due to the fore mentioned shitty snow seasons, I bought these a few seasons ago. What a great pair of skis in firm conditions.
Nordica Vagabonds 185. Bought on the blem sale and got 1 day on them last season But what a fun pair of skis.
So what I learned over the years is my over all preference is for longer skis. At 5"10", skis in the 178 range are stupid easy to ski, but I do like the stability at speed and larger turn radius of skis in the mid 180's. Having put on a lot of weight over the last 7 years (I am working on a big loss for next season) I have needed skis in the 190's for powder and I feel very comfortable on what I ride now. While no Expert (never will be) my present quiver is great and I will be using it next season too. In the beginning I thought I liked stiffer skis, but have found over the last few years I do like to be able to bend a ski and being I use longer skis mostly, they do not need to be real stiff. Now please baby jeezuz, let it dump in the Sierra next winter so I can work out the Vagabonds and the Auto's.
Edited by liv2 ski - 5/31/15 at 10:54am