Alright, after all this great input here's where I now stand in my hunt for skis.
I've decided I don't want or need a ski with a waist above 95mm, which leaves me looking at mostly 90mm skis with a few at 95 and in between the two.
I also decided I'd really like the ski to be rocker/camber/rocker for the sake of maneuverability since I ski a lot of very tight trees which also makes me a little unsure about jumping up to a longer ski.
I've been on 169s and am not sure what the difference will be like on a 176 or 177 (not going much higher than that).
Furthermore the ski will be used heavily in moguls of all types, mostly tight, firm, and oftentimes steep ones). I ski moguls with a very narrow stance so tip/tail width and shape is something I'm also somewhat concerned with.
Again, I'm 5' 11'', light 125 lbs. but will be gaining, "ski hard or go home" advanced-expert coming from an all wood core, soft flex, 90 waist, 121 in the tip, 115 in the tail, at 169cm.
Ski was fun & easy to ski in moguls but it lacked power in any crud and at higher speeds/steeper terrain. Kind of felt like I was overpowering/skiing it into the group at times (if that makes sense). It was okay in deeper snow, not great.
So I want my next ski to be a clear step up and push me to improve, while still allowing me to crush bump lines and maneuver through tight woods without any trouble from the ski being too stiff.
Therefore, I'm looking for the ski to be stiffer, but not too stiff. I'm fine with metal in the core + non-metal cores that are still considered to to on the stiffer side. Ski should have decent float (not too hard since I'm light), and good edge hold is secondary to all, but I don't want a ski that is considered to have to have below average hold on hard snow and ice for its category.
Here's the skis and their lengths (and prices) I've been most seriously considering:
- *New 2016 Atomic Vantage 90 CTi at 169 or 176 ($600)
- New 2016 Atomic Vantage 95 C at 170 or 178 ($500)
- *Used demo Kastle 2015 FX94 at 166 or 176 (good deals, end Aug. 10th)
- 2015 Nordica NRGy 90 at 169 or 177 ($600)
- 2015 Atomic Theory (old Vantage 95 C) 95 at 168 or 177 ($380)
- *Line Supernatural 92 at 172 ($360)
*Honestly, right now I'm feeling strongly about the Vantage 90 CTi
*I know the FX94 is rocker/camber, but the deal is good enough that I just have to consider it xD
*I keep hearing mixed reviews and suggestions about the Supernatural 92 so people who have skied it - keep feeding me your thoughts on it!
I'm curious to hear any of your input on these ski/length options - Thanks!