Looking for some help here. I need a ski that will be an everyday VT ski as well as on lean days in Europe/out west.(I have DPS Wailer 112s for softer days) My 9 year old Nordica hot rods are past it at this point!
Basically, I'm 6 ft & 172lbs and I love to make fast GS turns on the groomers, but equally as important I want a ski that can be quick and not too much work in VT trees, especially when the form starts slipping and I'm getting tired. Also, I'll probably throw some Baron or Guardian bindings on, as probably 1-2 times a week I like to go uphill and earn a top to bottom run. That's less important than the downhill attributes but if I was totally split between 2 skis and one was a a lot lighter it might sway it.
In the past year or two, I've tried Dynastar powertrack 89, the K2 Amp Rictor 90 and Salomon X drive 88. I found the powertrack and x drive to be great at speed on the groomers but more work in the trees, and the K2 was quick in the trees but not as stable at speed. I know I'll have to compromise a little one way or another, but something that falls in between would be ideal.
The Brahma seems to be a great ski, but the Atomic Vantage 90 CTI and 85 CTI both look good as well. The 85CTI maybe looks more appealing than the 90CTI given that I already have fatter skis and don't care about float etc. And even though I already drank the DPS kool aid and the Cassiar 85 definitely looks interesting, it's a lot of money to spend on a ski that I won't be able to demo anywhere and not a lot of beta yet on it. The only review I can find on the 85 CTI is on Real Skiers:
Any other skis to consider? Any thoughts on comparisons between the Brahma and Vantages?
My first trip this year is up to Stratton & Magic in early Jan for 7 days, and I've always had bad luck with the shops having the skis I want to try and in the right sizes. So I might just pull the trigger so I can just have the skis good to go from day one, so any feedback would be great.
Thanks a lot.