I'm 5'10", 220lbs. 35 years old, I've been skiing for about 3 years, and I ski about 15-20 days throughout the year. I'm 80% groomed and 20% off-piste if there is fresh snow. I like Red Runs the most, but can do some blacks as well. I'd consider myself at least an intermediate.
Currently I have some Kastle RX Skis in 171CM Length. They have a waist of 66CM
I like to go fast on groomers and find that things get a little bumpy for me at speed with my current set-up. Also I've noticed in the afternoon when going through the steep stuff after the runs have been torn out my bottom leg gets very choppy and wants to slide out a bit. This could be bad form, I'm not really sure. I only notice it in the afternoon typically when trying to navigate what area has turned into moguls. I'd like to get better in the powder but my Kastles suck there and conditions aren't normally good so either way I'd probably be sticking with 80% on groomed runs.
I have the rest of this season in Italy (I'm in the Air Force) then will be headed to South Korea next year so should be able to ski a half dozen days there. I'm looking to spend less the $400 for new ski's and bindings.
Here are some things I've been considering:
Elan Waveflex 78 Fusion 176CM $269 w/bindings
Elan Waveflex 78 Ti Fusion 176CM $269 w/ bindings
Dynastar Powertrack 84 176CM $231 no bindings
Elan Amphibio Waveflex 78 176CM $375 w/bindings
Blizzard Power 700 176CM $377 w/ bindings
Elan Spectrum 85 176CM $379 w/ bindings
Rossignol Pursuit 200 176CM $290 no bindings
Blizzard Magnum 8.5 174CM $300 no bindings
Rossignol Pursuit 18 176CM $413 w/ bindings
Volkl RTM 77 176CM $427 w/ bindings
The Elans seem like a bargain but I generally feel like you get what you pay for. I feel they would be a cheap upgrade once I sell my current Castles. Is there anything you guys recommend of feel like I'm leaving out in my <$400 price range?