I need some new boards and I intend to demo a few before buying. I know very little about gear so am looking for some informed help here.
Me: 58 years old. 5'11" tall. Currently weighing in at 202 lbs, trying hard to lose my clydesdale status for the first time in almost 30 years! Level 8 or 9 skier. Getting in around 30 days a year.
I tend to avoid groomers and seek out trees and sidecountry. Will ski moguls but not all day as I have some osteoarthritis in the 58-year old knees.
Currently skiing on some shorter,177cm, 93mm waist, G3 Saints mounted with AT bindings. These are a light, responsive ski that I bought for eastern back country, but I have been using them at resorts and want to stop doing that.
I also have a pair of older Solomon 1080 Guns that are 183 CM and 105mm waist and these are mostly retired but occasionally come out to surf in the pow.
So nothing too wide... I prefer light and quick to solid and stable. Performance in powder and variable snow over carving and edge-hold on ice. I demoed some Soul 7's at Whitefish season before last for a day of powder and a day of chopped up pow and crud and did really like them. (188cm) However, I did not like that big rockered tip flopping all over the place when not in pow or crud.
Looking for suggestions please and thank you.