So I (77kg/170lbs, 190cm/6'2.8'' tall, semi-expert) have been using Armada TST 192 for a couple of years now as my primary rig (or when the conditions are unknown/variable), be it sidecountry, lifts or even Verbier Haute Route. I do enjoy my TST a lot, both in parallel and Telemarking (NTN Freeride+Scarpa TX Pro combo allows for solid PTs when needed, and I can swap for Dynafit with BF inserts, only that is seldom needed), but it starts to show the signs of wear.
Now I want something wider, with slightly bigger radius too (up to 22m I guess, but even 25 is not a problem).
I like 3-point shape a lot, as it allows variable radius turns so effortlessly I call that "lazy telemarking", and I guess I might like 5-point design (a.k.a DPS's PaddleTech) even better, but no overpriced DPSs for me.
The TST geometry is in 192cm: tip 120mm, contact point 133mm, waist 103mm, tail 124mm, radius 18.9m.
Norwalk geometry is in 189cm: tip 136mm, contact point 141mm, waist 116mm, tail 132mm, radius 21m.
I thought that Norwalk - being almost the same TST, just wider - is natural "upgrade" to TST, only a tad stiffer (TST they list as 6-7-6.5, while Norwalk is listed 6.5-7.5-7 tip-to tail, but I hand-flexed 179cm Norwalk and it seemed just okay). But then, a couple of years have passed from that time when I bought TST (deciding between pricier Praxis 9D8 and Blizzard Cochise/Bonafide), so I thought maybe some new and better technology already arrived?..
So, the question is: if I'll ski mostly back- and sidecountry, and mostly deeper snow, what wonderski is available in 115m waist range that has 3- or 5-point shape, some camber, tip rocker, twin tip but NO tail rocker, has some carbon in it (no double-layer of metal please), is no noodle, and skis better than Armada Norwalk in softer-to-variable conditions?
Edited by combiner - 11/10/15 at 8:57am