For a long time, I was a one ski kind of guy. In 2011, I fell in love with some MX-88s and purchased them. I find they work great for me in anything other than hard ice or over 6 inches of powder.
Last year, I got some FX-104s to handle the 6+ inches of powder days. I live in the east, so those aren't exactly common for me at home, but I travel out west at least once a year. What appealed to me about the FXs is that they have a much more consistent feel with my MXs than the typical 100+ wide ski (some of the ones I've demoed on powder days I would describe as too 'vague' and 'light' feeling in even moderately cut up snow or breakable crust). Jury's still out on the FXs as a purchase, haven't had a chance to try them in the conditions I bought them for but they're decent on western mountains in general. I find I like my MXs way more if it hasn't snowed recently, but that's not surprising. I do like the FXs more than any other comparably wide ski in the conditions I've ridden them in, so that's an encouraging sign.
The other condition where I don't feel all that happy with my MX-88s is if I'm trying to keep up with a good friend, who used to race, some place like Cannon or Stowe. I find they get chatter-y and it makes me wish I had something really narrow. Because I'm certain at least 5% of that is the ski, I've been considering buying a real carver to round out the quiver
1. Does buying a carver make sense? Would be for east coast skiing almost exclusively. I get about 10-30 days per year, about half is out west.
2. Assuming it makes sense to get another ski, suggestions? I find I like the Kastle "feel" but am not so fond of the price. I've also heard a lot of people here talk favorably about the MX-88s as carvers, so I'm worried about overlap. Looking around here my sense is that the Stockli Laser line should be on the demo list, but that's just as expensive as Kastle. People also seem fond of Blizzard 800s. Anything from Head or Volkl worth looking at? What about the Blizzard Latigo?
I'm about 6 ft, 200 lbs, late 20s and athletic. Ski the MX-88s a bit short at 178 due to the fact I found them easier to manage in eastern bumps/narrow trails/traffic in that length. I know that is contributing to the issue at speed on ice, perhaps longer MX-88s are the answer?