Looking for skis for my son (who is not a kid but a teenager)
Only skis a few days a season east coast. The last two seasons (via just a few days each) he really began bringing his skis together for some parallel carving but by no means at any advance level of course. Always skied on rentals and now in light of his developing skills the time has come where I want a ski for him that he can develop and progress on to the next level of intermediacy carving and also grow with (ability wise) for the next few seasons.
After hours of investigating reviews and write-ups I am giving good consideration to the (2014/15) rossi experience line as one good option which can be had at a good price right now. But I am crossed between the experience 77 or the 80?. Of course the 80 a tad more advanced ability wise and probably then also proportionally a tad less forgiving but his size plays a role in this at 6'2" and 225 lbs. In one sense the 77 may better suit his current developing needs but his size and weight make me think the 80 may actually do him better. I don't want to give him too much ski to handle but due to his size and weight it may be the 77 that is not enough ski should he progress just enough this season.
If i do decide to go with either of these I am fwiw looking at the 176 length. I think the only difference between last years 77 and 80 besides the width is that (if I am correct) the 80 is made with paulownia wood and the 77 some lessor type of wood. That (if true) may primarily be what makes the 80 a tad firmer and also tad less forgiving for that tad higher level of skiing. But again my sons weight and size I am speculating may warrant that ski regardless.
I know all about demo days and such so please (with utmost respect) lets not go there as its not so easy for us to do at all and I don't really want to explain why that is the case unless you want an entire page just on that. What I would like if any is any opinions, experience, or knowledge you can share about these skis and why you think either may or may not be a decent ski for my son. Any good, bad, whatever about the skis and if anyone has skied both is there any big difference between them. And consider my sons size and weight if you think it applies.
Thank you in advance for your input. Very much appreciated :)