My MX88s have finally given out after 200 days of use (they had a fatal edge catastrophe) so I'm looking for a replacement. When I bought the MX88s, they were my only ski but I now own a pair of Atomic Cheater GS skis (174cm) for occasional racing/hard days + a pair of MX98s for softer+powder days. I'm looking to replace the MX88 with something in the 83-88cm range as the ski I use most. What I loved about the MX88 was that there was never a condition where I was unhappy with it - they really did everything competently.
I'm 180lbs, 6'0", 47 years old. I ski 45 days a year at Whistler and used to race (although not well). I'd describe my skiing style as traditional. I do everything from double blacks to moguls to groomers... no trees though.
- The Atomics are lots of fun when it is hard.
- The MX88s were great in a variety of conditions. My only two complaints: 1.) I wouldn't mind a slightly less GS oriented ski as I I often make short/medium radius turns if it is busy. They require some effort to keep on top of them in moguls - although it is a good workout.
- The MX98s are great when the snow is soft. The rounded tail is super easy in soft moguls. For my style of skiing, they don't work well when it hardens up (even a bit). In these conditions, they hurt my knees. This is why I have no interest in owning a wider pair of skis.
I considered buying another pair of MX88s, but was hoping for just a bit more forgiveness. So far, I've tried the 180cm Brahma and was impressed. Does anyone think I would enjoy the FX85HP more given the above? Is there anything else I should try? Cost isn't a huge issue (although the Kastle would need to be better for the extra $500CDN)
Thanks in Advance