I been having trouble deciding which skis to purchase for my son. After tons of investigating and reading I had it down to a choice but never pulled the trigger because I want to make the best choice I can and perhaps I am over analyzing but I cant help that, its how my mind works lol.
About my son-
My son is 19 and is 6'2" @ 220 lbs. ( a big young man)
has skied plenty but has never been on anything but rentals.
Skiing east coast - PA, NY, and usually a trip to VT.
The few days a season we get to ski he (especially last year) he is skiing now parallel (not really carving per say) but controlling well enough and starting to come into his own ability wise on the blues and will also shall we say "venture" down milder blacks. . So its time imo to get him on an intermediate ski he can progress further with and also last him as he improves even more through the next level.
Looking for an all mountain piste bias ski fwiw
A ski more advanced than the rental and longer is of course going to probably cause some difficulty at first until he gets use to them. But imo its what must be done in order to keep advancing. Actually once I get him on new skis I will probably plan a one-on-one intermediate type lesson to help him learn better carving and general technique advancement skills.
One of my issues is due to my sons size and weight. In general its usually suggested a skier being of extra size and weight get a ski a step up (ability wise) from where they are actually looking. The notion being that the extra size and weight of the skier will compensate for the extra flex stiffness and torsional stiffness in the ski. This also then brings metal into the picture (for some skis even at the intermediate level). But of course the more advanced the ski, the less forgiving the ski. I want to be in the ski considering his need to improve as well as considering his size and weight but also forgiving enough . So with his size its kind of a catch -22.
The rossi experience 80 was gong to be the choice. The 77 was my initial thought but due to his size/weight decided 80 would better suit the objective here and also last him at least a few years as he improves even further. That ski has no metal but is a wood ski. Its known to be a light ski and has side wall underfoot with cap tip&tail. Sounds forgiving enough but still suppose to be an upper intermediate to advanced ski.
Then we have the salomon xdrive 78 or 80. The 78 is composite core and also hybrid side wall. The 80 (which has different models) is composit but with single layer metal while the 80 ti is wood with double layer metal.
The head rev 78 or 80. this is a starnge leap here between the two. 78 is composit with fiberglass and full sidewall. The 80 is wood with double layer metal. This is like a jump from low/intermediate and then the 80 being high/intermediate through advanced. Almost like there need to be something in between. The only difference between the 75 and 78 is the full side wall, yet the 80 takes on wood and also goes double metal. Where is the in betweener? The composit 78 may allow him to out grow (ability wise) it too fast especially at his size. But the 80 would seem too difficult a ski for him.
There are others as well but you get the gist here. I desire a ski forgiving enough for him yet one he can advance while leaving room for some more further improvement. Of course his size and weight play its role here too.
Composit, compsoit with metal, wood, wood with metal, full or hybrid side wall? Its tough to figure for an in betweener and also a heavier/taller one. Too far in an advancing direction and the ski is too hard to handle, too little and at his size he too quickly out grows it.
Any thoughts or experiences with any the above skis? or any other thoughts for skis? or whatever thoughts you have for my situation in genral? perhaps i'm over analyizing the crap out of this. But its an investment and needs to last and work well for him.