I am planning on buying new Ski's this season and would really appreciate some help with the decision making. English is my second language, so please bear with me. But first some facts about myself:
Height: 6'4" (195cm)
Weight: 194-195lbs (88-89kg)
Ski-Level: Advanced - I ski since I am 3 years old, at least twice per year, a lot of my friends with at my level are ski-instructors (in Austria - so they have to pass a range of tests).
Current Ski: K2 Apache Crossfire
What I am searching for is a Ski with which I can go Touring, but that will also handle well on the piste. With Touring I don't mean the real Alpine Touring, but rather the kind where you go out in the morning (grab some skins if needed), go up a mountain for a couple of hours, and then free-ride down. I would consider them as Touring "Day Trips". Often the conditions during free-riding can't be described as "champagne powder" though, so the Ski's need to handle rough conditions e.g. hard snow etc... as well. On the piste I prefer to carve, and need Ski's that handle well at high speeds (if the piste is empty, my GPS logs 50mph/80kmh speeds). While Skiing I would say that I spend 65 % Off-Piste vs. 35% On-Piste.
I know that what I am looking for is more or less the Holy Grail of Ski's. It will be of course impossible to find a perfect Ski, but these are the Ideas I got after some research:
- Marker Baron 13 EPF (L): Seems like the best binding with which I can go both touring as well as still handling very well on the piste. My biggest concern here is the high weight (pair - 2480g)
- Kästle MX88 (188cm): Got great reviews and seems to be a very well regarded Ski. Concerns: Relatively high weight; That it won't have enough "float(?)" in the deep snow?
- Kästle MX98 (184cm vs. 194cm): Also got very good reviews. Seems to handle better off-road and in deep snow than the MX88. Concerns: High weight; Unsure about which Ski-Length; Scared that I won't be able to handle the large under-foot size as well on the piste.
- Kästle FX85/95 HP: Found initially mixed reviews. Unsure if I should even consider these.
Any help or insights would be much appreciated.