I am deciding on a ski to use with Marker Kingpins, upgrading from an old, very heavy setup with Dukes. I'll mainly be skiing backcountry in northern Colorado this season with the occasional resort day thrown in, but could possibly be living elsewhere next winter with more resort time. Lightweight is good for touring, but the legs have plenty of uphill endurance in them, and I'm more concerned with performance than weight and won't mind having some metal in my skis. I'm 30 years old, 5'7", and 145 lbs.
Two of the skis I'm looking at closely are 180 Atomic Vantage 100 CTI's and 177 K2 Pinnacle 95's, but am open to any and all suggestions. I've seen a few reviews saying that the Atomics favor heavier skiers, so wondering if anyone has any input on that.
Also, I can't see myself needing to crank my DIN up above 10, so would there be any reason to get Kingpin 13's instead of 10's (durability, beefier construction)?