I'm about ready to pull the trigger on Fischer Motive 86 (175 cm) and am looking for appropriate bindings. This is my first new pair of skis in many (20+) years and I don't want to rent or demo this winter. I have been following the demo/don't demo thread and I think I would be happy with any of the skis I have listed below based on reviewers on this forum and my skiing style. I don't have enough recent experience on modern skis to determine what subtle differences I may like or dislike.
The best price I have found for the skis is at LevelNine and they will include Tyrolia Attack 13 bindings (88 mm brake) for $139. I also found Marker Griffon for $159 (90 mm brake) at various sites. Is 90 mm brake appropriate? Back in the day, brakes were all the same size! The Marker's have lots of good comments on this site, although someone did state they are hard to clip into if you are standing on an incline.
About me: 5'9", 155 lbs. I took my first trip out west last winter since 2001 and my wife and I are ready to get back into the sport, as much as reasonably possible for folks living in Indiana. We both got properly fitting boots this summer while we were in Telluride so the most important step is complete (Thanks, Bootdoctors!). I have been skiing since I was 6 years old and would be considered advanced when I stopped skiing in the late 90's. I'm not quite at that level now, but was very happy that I had not lost much ability. There is very little lift-accessible terrain I could not ski with confidence (Park City, Deer Valley, Brighton).
Other skis considered: Head Rev 85 Pro, Blizzard Latigo, K2 Rictor 82ti (used these in Utah last February)