This season, I'm looking to replace my trusty Salomon Guns, which have served me well and faithfully for a number of seasons, but the time has come for them to retire.
The ski I've set my sights on as a replacement is the RMU P802. I figure it's the only ski I've seen that's specifically designed for Vermont side/backcountry, which is where I ski. I like the looks of the rocker profile, and the 96 underfoot looks just about right to replace my 99 underfoot Guns. I have a 181 Icelantic Nomad RKR and a 179 K2 Obsethed in the quiver as well. The Icelantic is my AT setup, the K2 is my pow ski. The P802 would become my daily driver.
My questions are two: First, I don't have any experience with RMU's products, and wondered if anybody had insight into the general quality of their goods. They advertise as super burly skis, which I like, but advertising copy is advertising copy.
Second, I'm debating between the 172 and the 178. I'm 5'9", coming in at a compact 200lbs. I know conventional wisdom is going to tell me to go with the 178, but I already have two longer and fatter skis in my quiver, and the P802 is going to replace a 166, which I enjoyed for its agility. I'm leaning toward the 172, but want to use the experience of the forum as a sounding board before I commit to purchase.