So I got back from the demo day. Despite the lack of any powder (or even soft snow), I learned a bit about the different skis from the slushy hardback we had. I also didn't ski much from my original list but some manufacturers were not there (blizzard and line) and I couldn't see myself on a 115 underfoot skis to spend time on groomers
My original list was...
-rossignol super 7
-rossignol soul 7
-rossignol sin 7
-k2 shreditor 102
-line supernatural 108
-some race ski
-some park ski
What I skied was ( in order)...
-Rossignol Slat 181
-K2 Marksmen 184
-Volkl 90eight 177
-Rossignol Sin 7 180
-Nordica nrgy 90 177
-Kf razyrblades 183
Rossignol slat- Fun... don't know how else to describe it. Carved well, handled itself well in the firm bumps from the morning, was very poppy and energetic in the park, and was twin tipped for some switch riding. I imagine this ski would make a great all mountain skis for ANYONE. They impressed me out of the park as well as in it.
K2 marksmen- This is a new skis and the K2 rep told me it is the replacement to the shreditor 102 and 112. It is 106 underfoot and has a asymmetric sidecut. I don't have much experience with rocker skis but this ski just felt stable on an edge. I expected I would struggle to hold an edge but to my surprise, they held. Not as strong as a frontside ski but blew me away. I found a little bit of soft(ish) crud and they didn't blow it away but handled themselves well and made it fun. I have to imagine that these would be a blast on a powder day. I took them into the park and found that they jumped well and had a good swing weight.
Volkl 90eight- This skis blew me away the most. I went to the Volkl stand and asked for either a shiro or gotama but apparently they discontinued both. The rep talked me into trying the 90eight. Just looking at it told me instantly this isn't what I wanted to be "wasting my time" on. However, I obliged and took them up. I instantly noted how carvy they were. I never found the speed limit. They carved flawlessly. They actually made groomers fun. I could blast gs or slalom and then blast over knuckles and fly 50 ft and the skis did it all. With 98 underfoot and a decent amount of tip rocker tells me they will still be decent in soft snow. If I wanted a skis for conditions when it hadn't snowed in a while, this would be it.
Rossignol Sin7- these were fun. nothing to show, just skied. They were just enjoyable. I was a little disappointed in their hardback ability but thats probably because I just got off the Volkl. I found a 200 foot stretch of lightly touched corn (took some hiking). Usually i have to be nervous on corn to ensure my tips don't dive and buck me off but this was not the case. These just planed over it. It was really fun and really easy.
Nordica nrgy 90- was looking for the soul rider but they didn't have it in. So I found myself on these just for giggles. They felt similar to the volkl's but were not as comftorable in slalom style turns but just as comftorable in gs. The slushy groomers had been completely roughed up by now so that probably hurt my impression of them. They were fun skis and the I know i could have fun on the nrgy 100 as a soft snow ski, but its just not for me.
Kf razyrblades- These a center mounted symmetrical park ski. After my enjoyment on the slats i thought these would be great as well. I was wrong. They were very unpredictable and just didn't feel right. However, their in air attributes were great and if your a park rat I'm sure these would be perfect. Im not a park rat though, just a freestyle skier.
In conclusion, I am less afraid of how a wider skis will perform on groomers. I really liked the characteristics of the Marksmen if i wanted to be more jibby and i liked the sin 7 if i want to be not as jibby. The volkl's were my favorite but i already have skis for firmer snow days and i can't afford two new pair of skis. The slats were also a ton of fun and I'm curious about their powder performance. The Kf skis were my least favorite followed by the nrgy 90's.
So now I have a better idea of what i want and the watch list is
-k2 shreditor 112
-rossignol something 7
sorry for typos, I didn't edit.