With the recent threads on reviews and reviewing, and being aware of one's biases, I thought I'd challenge my preconceptions and see what suggestions people come up with.
Me: 5'10", 145lbs, age 53. Ski mostly Stevens Pass and Crystal Mt. Part-time instructor, working on advancing certification level (currently L1, hope to complete L2 this year). i like bumps and off-piste, but enjoy groomers if that's what you got. Got about 20 days skiing last year (sad face emoticon), the year before it was about 50.
Current quiver includes Head Rev 85 in 177 (used for teaching, and days when I'm focused on bumps), Head Rev 105 in 181 for soft snow and off-piste. For myself, I found they both have a nice balance between liveliness and stability for most conditions.
Also have a K2 Outlaw (92 wide) in 170, that was my first pair of newer-ish skis after returning to skiing following a long absence. I currently use them as rock skis, but sometimes it's nice to have that dampness. Also picked up a pair of Stockli Spirit SC (65 wide) in 175. Got them for $100, had belonged to a former rep, they're probably 10 years old or more, still fun on the occasional hardpack day.
Skiing style? Still trying to figure that out. I think I'm more finesse than power.
What I am looking for is a powder ski that will handle crud well, or maybe what I'm really looking for a is a good crud ski that can also do a decent job in powder. Keep in mind, the PNW gets wet maritime snow, and often a lot of skiers to cut it up nicely. Not the light fluffy stuff, so I don't think I would really utilize a dedicated powder ski, unless someone wants to gift me with a pile of money so I can do as many cat-skiing excursions as I might want.
The other caveat is that crud-busting skis are often categorized as "chargers", I'm not planning to charge mach schnell on wide open bowls. More likely I want some liveliness to hit the trees, while still having the stability to not get bounced around too much with variable snow. I'm still puzzling over width. For my weight it seems a lot of the skis that have that nice balance of stability and crud performance along with liveliness are in the 98-100 range, but I might want more width for powder if and when it shows up when I'm skiing. 108-ish, 112-115?
Am I looking to replace any of my skis? Glad you asked. Not necessarily. Maybe. Like I stated earlier, I am leaving myself open to suggestions. That said, if I went through this season without changing anything I'd probably live just fine.
What I have on my demo list is Fischer Ranger 108,
might consider the Motive 95 (liked the Motive 86 but already had that spot on my quiver with the Rev 85).
Head Monster 108
Nordica Helldorado, though maybe Patrol would be a better fit.
ON3P Wrenegade 112 or Billygoat
When I tried the Bonafide in 2012-13 I felt it was two planky for me. It definitely handles everything, but kind of took me for a ride faster than I wanted to go at times. Not as nimble as I liked. maybe the new version is better suited to my style and weight.
Blizzard Cochise This seems to be a perennial favorite for variable snow, that said I'm cautious as it seems to be considered more of a charger.
Blizzard Scout May be a better selection without metal.
Blizzard Dakota. Women's version of the Cochise, still has metal but a lighter core. It comes in a 177, and a dealer not far from me has a two year old pair for $270, so was just thinking......
RMU Apostle has been recommended to me by the same dealer.
Atomic Automatic 109.
Salomon Q 115 or Q 105. side note: while at Sunshine Village in May, hard pack in the morning turning to late season spring slush, I demoed a bunch of Salomon skis (that's the only brand they had from demo) and found I really liked the X Drive 8.8.
Stocki Stormrider 107 was smooth, And pricy, so not really looking there. Maybe I need a Kastle FX 104 or BMX 115. Again, pricy.
Any other suggestions? Also sizing suggestion would help. Thanks.
Edited by DesiredUsername - 10/5/15 at 3:54pm